The Best Vegan Protein Waffles

Written by Jack Schrupp and reviewed by Ella McGonagle, M.S. Nutrition

Sick of protein shakes? Vegan protein waffles are also a great way to boost your protein intake. Jump to the recipe.

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Why make vegan protein waffles?

How do I make vegan protein waffles?

Why drink wholesome? 

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Why make vegan protein waffles?

As more and more people turn to plant-based diets, the question of how to get enough protein looms larger and larger. Protein helps to repair and build muscle tissue, improve bone health, and support a healthy immune system. While most people can easily get enough of it from foods like eggs, dairy, and meat, vegans cannot, and sometimes find it challenging to meet their daily protein requirements.

Vegans have to rely on plant-based protein sources like beans, lentils, tofu, tempeh, nuts, and seeds to meet their protein needs. Although foods like these are rich in protein, many of them are not “complete” proteins, meaning that they do not contain all of the essential amino acids that the body needs, but cannot produce on its own. Vegans therefore need to consume large amounts of protein from a variety of plant-based foods to meet their daily requirements. This is why adding protein to waffles is such a great idea. Packed with 20 grams of almond protein, these vegan protein waffles can contribute to your daily protein intake, without making eating protein feel like a chore.

This vegan protein waffle recipe is perfect for vegans, vegetarians, and anyone looking to add more plant-based protein to their diet. In addition to providing a good source of protein, these waffles are packed with healthy fats and complex carbohydrates to fuel your day. Whether you are looking for a post-workout snack, a filling breakfast, or a healthy dessert, this recipe will get the job done.

How do I make vegan protein waffles?

Making high protein vegan waffles is easy. It requires no cooking skills and or fancy equipment, and can be whipped up in less than five minutes. Plus, you probably already have all of the ingredients you need at home. It follows that if you are anything like me, you will be making this vegan protein waffle recipe regularly. Depending on the type of protein powder you use, you may have to adjust ratios, but once you have found the right protein powder, this recipe is foolproof. 

Why drink wholesome?

This recipe was made with drink wholesome – the only protein powder made with 100% real foods. Given its simple ingredient list, it makes delicious waffles. Most protein powders, on the other hand, do not make good waffles because they are made with protein isolates. Isolates, which are listed on the ingredient list as “pea protein” and “whey protein” as opposed to “peas” and “whey,” are foods stripped of everything but the protein. Unlike real foods, they are missing the nutrients that make food taste good. It follows that protein isolates taste like chalk and turn fluffy waffles into hockey pucks. Avoid them at all costs. 

the alternative:

Protein Matrix Comprised of (Whey Protein Concentrate,  Whey Protein Isolate, Calcium Caseinate, Micellar Casein, Milk Protein Isolate, Egg Albumen, Glutamine Peptides), Polydextrose, Sunflower Creamer (Sunflower Oil, Corn Syrup Solids,  Sodium Caseinate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Tocopherols), Natural and Artificial Flavor, MCT Powder (Medium Chain Triglycerides, Nonfat Dry Milk, Disodium Phosphate, Silicon Dioxide), Lecithin, Cellulose Gum, Salt, Yellow 5, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Papain, Bromelain.

*This is the actual ingredient list of one of the best-selling protein powders in the United States.

Another reason why drink wholesome is perfect for pudding is that it is sweetened with monk fruit. Monk fruit, also known as lo han guo, is a small, melon-like round fruit native to Southeast Asia. It is turned into a sweetener by removing the seeds and skin, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice, which is then dried into a powder. Monk fruit sweetener is sweet like sugar, unlike the artificial sweeteners and stevias used to sweeten most protein powders. Artificial sweeteners and stevia have an awful bitter aftertaste because they activate bitter taste receptors in addition to sweet taste receptors. They may be sugar-free, but they will ruin your waffles. Now without further ado, here is my favorite high protein vegan waffle recipe.

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The Best Vegan Protein Waffles Recipe


-1 ½ cups whole wheat flour

-1/2 cup drink wholesome vegan vanilla protein powder

-1 tablespoon baking powder

-¼ cup coconut oil, melted

-2 cups plant milk

-cooking spray, as needed


Preheat the waffle iron. Add the flour, protein powder, and baking powder to a large mixing bowl. Whisk them together. Then add the melted coconut oil and plant milk to the bowl. Gently fold the ingredients together until everything is combined. The batter should be thick, and it is okay if there are some lumps in it. Add more milk if it is too thick, or more flour if it is too runny. Grease the heated waffle cooking spray and add a few spoonfuls of the batter (the amount will vary based on the size of the waffle maker). Cook for about 4-6 minutes, or until the waffles are golden brown.



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Can you make gluten-free vegan protein waffles?

Yes, you can make gluten-free vegan protein waffles by swapping the flour in the recipe with an all-purpose gluten-free flour.

What toppings go well with vegan protein waffles?

I like to eat my vegan protein waffles with fresh fruit, peanut butter, maple syrup and chocolate chips.

Can I freeze vegan protein waffles for later?

You can absolutely freeze and store your waffles for later! Frozen vegan protein waffles will last up to 4 months in an airtight container. Just pop one in the toaster oven when you are hungry or in need of a protein boost. Avoid using a microwave oven to reheat them as it makes them spongy.