5-Ingredient Vegan Protein Waffles (Gluten-Free)

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Drizzling maple syrup over a stack of vegan gluten-free protein waffles topped with vegan butter and blueberries

It’s HAPPENING: vegan, gluten-free PROTEIN waffles that are light, FLUFFY, seriously crispy, and have 17+ grams of protein per waffle! 

Perfectly sweet, wholesome, and just 1 bowl, 5 ingredients, and 15 minutes required! The hardest part is waiting for your waffle iron to cook them. Let’s make waffles!

How to Make Protein Waffles

Grab these 5 INGREDIENTS, and you’re ready to make protein waffles:

  1. Pancake + Waffle Mix: Our wholesome vegan and gluten-free mix makes super fluffy pancakes and crispy waffles every time!
  2. Protein Powder: We like Sprout Living Vanilla or Original, or use another protein powder of choice. We recommend one with pea + brown rice protein for best flavor!
  3. Dairy-Free Milk
  4. Vanilla Extract
  5. Avocado Oil or Melted Vegan Butter
Adding protein powder to the wet ingredients

When ready to make waffles, simply whisk together the wet ingredients, then add in the dry, and you’ve got a protein-filled WAFFLE BATTER!

Whisking pancake batter in a glass mixing bowl

Then cook ’em up in your waffle iron until crispy and golden brown! All that’s left is choosing your toppings and digging in! We love nut butter, fresh fruit (or compote), and maple syrup.

Crispy, golden brown vegan and gluten-free waffles on a cooling rack

We can’t wait for you to try these protein waffles, friends! They’re:

Perfectly sweet
Easy to make
& Packed with 17+ grams protein per waffle!

Make a batch (or two) for the work week ahead and we promise your mornings will be brighter! You can also freeze them for lazy weekends and busy mornings. Simply reheat in a toaster or under the broiler (watch closely!).

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Drizzling maple syrup onto a stack of waffles topped with vegan butter and blueberries

5-Ingredient Vegan Protein Waffles (Gluten-Free)

Crispy, FLUFFY, vegan protein waffles that are gluten-free and naturally sweetened. Just 1 bowl, 5 ingredients, and 15 minutes required!
Author Minimalist Baker
Drizzling maple syrup onto a stack of protein waffles
4 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 (Belgian-style waffles)
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3-4 Days


FOR SERVING optional


  • To a medium mixing bowl, add the dairy-free milk, vanilla extract, and oil or melted vegan butter. Whisk well to combine.
  • Next add the Minimalist Baker Pancake + Waffle Mix (see notes for DIY version!) and protein powder of choice. Whisk again until there are no lumps remaining.
  • Preheat your waffle iron and cook the waffles according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Serve warm with desired toppings, such as vegan butter, maple syrup, peanut butter, or fruit. We like a combination of bananas, maple syrup, and peanut butter!
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Waffles reheat well under a low-medium broil or in the toaster until hot and crispy.



*DIY Pancake + Waffle Mix – add the following ingredients to a medium mixing bowl: 1/3 cup (53 g) brown rice flour, 1/3 cup (37 g) almond flour, 1/3 cup (30 g) oat flour, 2 Tbsp (20 g) potato starch, 2 Tbsp (24 g) coconut sugar, 2 tsp flaxseed meal, 1 ½ tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp sea salt. Whisk until no lumps remain, then proceed with the recipe. The pancake + waffle mix can be prepared ahead and stored in a sealed container at room temperature for 1 month or in the refrigerator or freezer for 3 months.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with avocado oil, Sprout Living Vanilla Protein, and without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 waffle Calories: 465 Carbohydrates: 55.5 g Protein: 17.5 g Fat: 17.9 g Saturated Fat: 1.6 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.9 g Monounsaturated Fat: 3.9 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 530 mg Potassium: 950 mg Fiber: 8.4 g Sugar: 13.4 g Vitamin A: 0 IU Vitamin C: 1.3 mg Calcium: 335 mg Iron: 1.2 mg

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  1. Kristyna says

    Hi! My daughter has a lot of food intolerances and unfortunately PEA is one of them. Instead of protein powder, could I sub powdered collagen peptides?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Kristyna, we think collagen could work, but it might not be as absorbent. If the batter seems too wet or if the waffles aren’t cooking in the middle, try adding more of the flours. Hope that helps!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Simone, the product is no longer available, unfortunately! If you’re up for making it from scratch, we have a recipe for homemade here. Hope that helps!

  2. Emily Korosec says

    These turned out so delicious! I did the diy mix in the notes and added the KOS Vanilla protein powder.
    ate half a waffle and Topped with peanut butter and berries. It was still super filling and so yummy.

  3. Karen Furie says

    I am absolutely in love with this recipe, especially using your Pancake and Waffle mix. The only problem is that you are out of the mix and I just used up the last of the mix I had! Do you know when it will be back and available to purchase? Brilliant idea to add the protein powder which elevates these nutritionally.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Karen, we’re so glad you enjoy the recipe and mix! Thank you for your kind words! We don’t have a firm estimate yet of when it’ll be back in stock, but we’re hoping 2-4 weeks. There are a few factors out of our control at the moment! On the shop page, you can sign up to receive a notification when it’s back in stock.

  4. Ens says

    Although I haven’t made these yet, I can appreciate how much work goes into testing and creating new recipes. It’s cool to see you trying to find multiple uses for your products but still providing alternatives. I guess I just wanted to say I’m rooting for MB as a small business and understand the struggle of balancing marketing and content creation. Even if I don’t get a chance to purchase your mixes, MB remains one of my favorite positive places to get inspired. Just hoping for the whole team’s happiness and success!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      You’ve made our day, Ens! Thank you SO much for your kind words of support and encouragement! xoxo

  5. India says

    This is an excellent waffle recipe. I’ve been testing and searching for years for waffles that were gluten free, sugar free, and vegan! I do prefer 2 Tbsp of vanilla protein as it was too much vanilla for me, but great recipe overall. Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. Emily says

    It would be nice if you included in the DIY section a way to make these without using your premade mix. Some of us don’t have access to buying the premade mix, and that makes this recipe irrelevant because we cannot even try to make it.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Emily, In the recipe notes, there are links to two different recipes for DIY options. You can use 1 1/4 cups of the dry mix from those recipes in this recipe. Hope that helps!

  7. Monica Chlastawa says

    I followed the ingredients and directions exactly and my batter was very thin, Should I have adjusted that so it was thicker? I put it in the waffle iron anyway for the recommended time and it did not turn out. In fact my waffle iron is a mess, Half the waffle was on top and half on the bottom some of the waffle was not cooked in the middle, even though I sprayed it with oil. Where did I go wrong? :(

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Monica, we’re so sorry it didn’t turn out well for you! Would you mind sharing which protein powder you used? Is it possible the non-stick coating on your waffle iron is worn out? Were you using the US or metric measurements? What type/brand of dairy-free milk were you using? Did you by chance open the lid to check on the waffle before it was fully cooked?

  8. Kat says

    Thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes!! So helpful for those of following special diets!! You are such a blessing!!

  9. Lyn says

    I am sad. I can’t make your delicious waffles, or any of your other enticing gluten-free recipes that you so generously send to my inbox. Why? Because, as you mention on your FAQ, “We only ship within the United States at this time”, and I don’t have a recipe for GF flour that would come close to giving the same results. 😢 So now I read receive your enticing emails, read the recipes, and all I can do is salivate. 🤤 Any idea when (or if) you will ship to Montreal, Quebec (Canada)?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lyn, sorry to hear that! We hope to be able to ship internationally in the future, but don’t have a timeline yet. In the meantime, you could try subbing your favorite pancake mix or check out the notes section for homemade pancake mix options.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sorry to hear that! If you’d prefer not to receive product recipes, you can change your subscription preferences at the bottom of any email from us. We try to offer an alternative in the notes section below the recipe whenever possible. For this one, we linked to a homemade recipe for the pancake mix in the notes if you’d like to try that.

  10. Jessica says

    Are all your recipes gonna automatically include your products that you want us to buy?? Cuz I can’t afford that and I’ll have to unsubscribe. If you could PLEASE Include an alternative that would be helpful.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jessica, we provide a homemade recipe for the pancake mix in the notes below the recipe! Hope this helps.

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Kya, we offer homemade options in the notes if you’d prefer to use your own ingredients. Just know there can be trace amounts of lead in ingredients from the grocery store too, unfortunately!