Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Whole Wheat Waffles with Protein Powder

I'm always looking for filling, hearty but delicious breakfast options for my family. My boys, like most, love waffles. I've made a gazillion different versions of waffles, but I landed on one that is truly tasty, really satisfying and very tasty. I make a double batch of these, individually freeze them on sheet pans, then fill up Ziploc baggies with these waffles and store them in the freezer. My kids (or Andy and I, for that matter) just pop one out of the freezer in the morning, hit toast frozen on our toaster oven and in less than five minutes, they have a filling, yummy breakfast. I started with the 100 Days of Real Food recipe and then modified it over the months until I found just the right mix of ingredients. As the title indicates, I add protein powder to these waffles to ensure my boys are getting enough protein to start their day right. Below is a double batch of waffles, which usually makes 12-14 waffles for me.

These can be eaten with pure maple syrup, a little peanut or almond butter, butter and powdered sugar, or jam. Or, if you want to have them savory, they'd be perfect for a chicken and waffle dinner! Try them out...delish!

Whole Wheat Waffles with Protein Powder
Ingredients:
4 large eggs
3 cups milk (I like almond or coconut milk here)
1/2 cup oil (I usually use sunflower oil)
2 tablespoon agave nectar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups whole-wheat pastry flour (regular AP flour works here or whole wheat flour works as well)
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup protein powder (mine is plain, but you can use flavored)

1. Preheat your waffle iron.

2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, oil, agave, cinnamon, vanilla and baking soda until well combined.

3. Add in the flour, baking powder, protein powder, and salt and whisk together just until the large lumps disappear.

4. When the waffle iron is hot, dab it with a little butter (or nonstick spray) and then ladle some batter onto the center of the iron.

5. Follow the instructions that came with your waffle maker to know how long it should be cooked (mine takes about 3 – 4 minutes each).

If you freeze, freeze them individually on sheet pans, then put in Ziploc bags and pop in the freezer.

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