Personally, I love to start my day with whole-grain carbs and high protein. I feel like that breakfast combination gives me the fuel and energy to go about my day with confidence. This pumpkin spice protein waffle checks off all my boxes. It’s made with oat flour, protein powder, eggs, and more- making it a well-rounded and delicious fall breakfast option made in no more than 10 minutes!
pumpkin spice protein waffle ingredients:
Oat Flour: This recipe used oat flour as opposed to all-purpose flour. I love using oat flour because it is a gluten-free option and I personally feel really fueled and energized when I eat oats in the mornings!
Vanilla Protein Powder: You can use any vanilla protein powder that you already use at home, as long as you enjoy the taste of it! Either vegan or whey protein will work for this recipe. This recipe calls for 1/2 serving of protein powder, so depending on your protein powder this may vary. This means if one serving equals two scoops, use one scoop only. But if one serving is one large scoop, use 1/2 scoop!
Canned Pumpkin Puree: This stuff is like gold at this time of year! Make sure you’re using canned pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling. The canned pumpkin puree should only contain pumpkin on the ingredient list.
One Egg: For binding purposes and it adds a little extra protein!
Almond Milk: For added liquid and creaminess. You can use water or another kind of milk as well.
Pumpkin Pie Spice: To pull all the flavors together. You can purchase pumpkin pie spice already mixed in the seasoning aisle, or mix cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves yourself.
Vanilla Extract: For flavor!
Baking Powder and Baking Soda: For leavening
tips for making waffles:
- Preheat your waffle iron first. Make sure it’s nice and hot before adding the batter!
- Don’t overfill the waffle maker. Waffle maker sizes vary, so if yours is smaller than mine, make a few batches. Note: this recipe is adapted for a Belgian waffle maker, so it is a larger waffle.
- If you are making your own oat flour (which I usually do) start by pulsing your favorite whole oats in a blender for a few seconds until they are finely blended. Typically, blending whole oats will yield slightly less oat flour. For example, 1 cup of oats could yield anywhere from 1/2 cup to 1 cup oat flour, so keep this in mind when making your own.
- Use a fork to gently pop the waffle out of the waffle maker when done. Be careful not the touch the iron as it will be very hot!
what should waffle batter look like?
Your batter should look pretty thick but with minimal clumps. Thicker batter typically yields thick, fluffy, and soft pancakes or waffles. A runny batter will create thin and crispier waffles. If your batter seems too thick add an additional tablespoon of almond milk at a time until the batter looks thick yet silky.
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Pumpkin Spice Protein Waffle
- Belgian Waffle Maker
- 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1/2 serving vanilla protein powder if one serving is 2 scoops, then use 1 scoop
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1½ tsp pumpkin pie spice more if you enjoy pumpkin pie spice
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp baking powder
- Start by turning on your waffle maker to medium-high heat to begin heating. In a medium-sized bowl, mix oat flour, protein powder, baking soda, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spices.
- Once the dry ingredients are mixed, add in the egg, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, and almond milk. Mix until a batter forms. The batter will be rather thick and slighly sticky.
- Lightly spray the warm waffle iron with coconut oil cooking spray (or another neutral oil). Add the batter to your waffle maker and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Remove waffle from the waffle maker and top with peanut butter, honey, or pure maple syrup. Enjoy!