Do a deep-dive into the query “protein waffle” on Google and you’ll find that eggs are prominently featured in most recipes in order to bind ingredients together and provide structure. Eggs are a big no-go for me (duh), and I’ve been trying (in vain) for the past few years to develop a vegan-friendly protein waffle or pancake recipe that I can really stand behind.
Many of my plant-based iterations came out mushy and grainy, or simply wouldn’t cook properly on the inside. I’ve finally found the right ratio of ingredients to make a waffle that holds its shape, cooks up nice and fluffy, and also tastes fantastic. This particular recipe tastes like healthy banana bread – I highly recommend adding a handful each of dark chocolate and chopped walnuts to the batter.
My favorite protein powder to use in this recipe (and in day-to-day life) is the Perform Protein by Vivo Life. It’s a raw protein made with quality ingredients, and both the Madagascan Vanilla and the Raw Cacao flavor work beautifully in this recipe. (I’ll be trying it with their Salted Maca Caramel flavor soon too.) Perform is sweetened with stevia, so the waffles derive their sweetness from the mashed banana and the protein, rather than from added sugar.
Vivo Life is a 100% plant-based brand and I work with them as an ambassador. I have a discount code (SARAH10) if you want to try out any of their amazing products and save a few bucks. It helps me out too. 🙂 I’m going to continue experimenting and see if I can’t make some delicious protein waffles and cookies soon too.
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Vegan Banana Bread Protein Waffles
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup Vivo Life Perform Madagascan Vanilla protein
- 1 1/2 cups plant milk
- 1 mashed ripe banana
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour see notes for gluten-free
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts optional
- 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips optional
- pinch of salt
- Heat up your waffle iron.
- Blend oats into a flour. To the blender, add protein, milk, banana, oil, baking powder and salt and blend until completely smooth. Add in flour and whisk or pulse until just combined (don’t over-mix).
- Spray waffle iron with oil if needed, and cook to preferred doneness. I have a Cuisinart belgian waffle maker and this makes 6 pretty thick waffles for me.
- I've successfully made these gluten-free using the Gluten Free All-Purpose Baking Flour blend by Bob's Red Mill. I actually prefer the texture using this flour as the waffles crisped up a bit more.
- These waffles are sweetened with just the banana and the stevia from the protein blend. If you prefer them on the sweeter side, you can also add in a tablespoon or so of maple syrup, coconut sugar, or a sugar-free sweetener like stevia or monk fruit.