Healthy Quinoa Protein Waffles
Gluten-Free Quinoa Protein Waffles! Now HERE’S a healthy breakfast.
Soft and moist without the butter, buttermilk or oil.
Sweet and comforting without the refined white sugar and excess calories.
Yes, I’m serious.
These guilt-free Quinoa Protein Waffles are free of white sugar and added butter or oil. Plus, they’re high in fiber and protein!
High quality nutritional aspects, such as the ones listed above, will leave you feeling full and satiated for hours. Best of all, no crazy cravings, sugar rushes and sugar crashes.
Yeah, feel free to add
a gallon some pure maple syrup on top (no fake “maple” stuff here).
This is the kind of breakfast your mom (and doctor!) would be proud of you for eating. These waffles might be a quick and easy breakfast food, but it sure ain’t that IHOP or McDonalds crap!
Preheat your waffle iron to medium/high heat.
In a small bowl, whisk together the quinoa flour, protein powder, sweetener, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg white, and applesauce. Dump the dry over the wet and whisk together.
Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray. Pour half of the batter into the waffle maker and cook for 30 seconds. Flip upside down and cook for ~2 minutes. Flip back upright and check on the doneness, cook additional time if needed (it took me 3-4 minutes total for each waffle). Douse with maple syrup and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Gracious Pantry.
I’m pretty darn satisfied with the Desserts with Benefits nutrition label! Only 280 calories and 4.5g of fat for TWO waffles… plus, a whopping 28g of protein and 6g of filling fiber, with zero added sugar.
I thought I would compare the nutrition stats of my healthy waffle recipe to IHOP’s Simple & Fit Belgian Waffle — HAHA, what an stupid name for a heart-attack-inducing breakfast *rolls eyes*
One IHOP waffle has 400 calories and an insane 20g of fat with 11g of saturated fat (an unhealthy fat) plus 1g of trans fats (the UNHEALTHIEST fat that even causes cancer, disease, stroke, etc.). And that’s not even including the butter or toppings added later while serving. And to top it all off, it’s also made with refined white sugar. Please, someone tell me why they call it “SIMPLE and FIT” ???? Who the hell thought of that? My mind is blown.
Anyways. So while ONE waffle at IHOP has 400 calories, TWO waffles from Desserts With Benefits has 280 calories. If I’m feeling particularly frisky I’ll add chocolate chips to the batter or spread on the chocolate later with some melted Homemade Dark Chocolate Almond Butter.
I guess I know what my breakfast is going to be all weekend long…
With love and good eats,