protein powder coconut flour waffle recipe

by Lori and Michelle on May 22, 2012

gluten free protein waffles

Hello luvs!

We know we have been teasing you through our facebook and twitter pictures of our waffle making. But you do not have to be teased anymore, as we have  our protein waffle recipe to finally share.

Now this recipe is full of protein from the protein powder and eggs, and full of fiber from the coconut flour.


We used a brown rice protein powder that we got from the local health food store mixed with coconut flour. We know many of you have wanted us to do more recipes using coconut flour. And we have been working hard to provide some more recipes using coconut flour.

 protein powder waffle recipe

These past few days we have studied all different types of waffle recipes. We have researched the history of waffles and what makes a waffle different from a pancake. Do you know the difference?

We found some sites saying there really is no difference besides the look of them. But then there were sites that said waffles usually have more oil or fat in them to help get them crispy compared to a soft pancake. We also learned that some recipes said to whisk the egg whites separate from the egg yolks as this will help in the texture of the waffle. So we gave that technique a try and we liked it.

grain free coconut protein waffles

What do you think? Is there a big difference between waffles and pancakes?

Basically what we were looking for in our waffle recipe was:

  • very easy to make.
  • tasted great.
  • few ingredients.
  • simple.
  • light and a little spongy texture.

We feel this recipe meets all those requirements.

This protein powder waffle we feel can be used with any protein powder of your liking. But like we have mentioned many times before, different protein powders will react differently in the recipe. Though any protein powder should work!

protein waffles

Our waffles definitely had a brown rice protein flavor to it. We have not been the biggest fans of this particular brown rice protein powder (NutriBiotic vegan rice protein vanilla flavored), which we have been using in our trails lately. The reason we tried this brand was because a few of you mentioned to us on facebook about using a different protein powder to bake with rather than Sunwarrior and Vega as they are more expensive. As this particular brand is cheaper.

We are really excited to try this recipe out next time with this protein powder. We did not add any special flavorings as we wanted a BASIC vanilla waffle recipe before we started to play around with flavors. It took us 3 different recipes to get to the one we are satisfied with.

We hope you all enjoy! We sure have been eating waffles like crazy around here. 

grain free protein waffles

Hope everyone enjoys our take on gluten free coconut flour protein waffles. They are not your average waffle, but we found them to be amazing. Okay maybe we are biased of our recipes, but we have enjoyed these protein waffles for about 5 days in a row now. These protein waffles have become our pre-workout meal. YUM!

coconut flour waffles

Now go make yourself some high protein coconut waffles. We feel these beat any store bought waffle.

Twins Question: What is your favorite meal of the day – breakfast, lunch, dinner? or maybe brunch or dessert?

P.S. we are still working on our vegan waffle recipe…a little too crumbly

till next time,

pure2raw twins

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LizAshlee May 22, 2012 at 6:53 am

Typically breakfast (on the weekends) or dessert…it’s kind of funny that my breakfasts sometimes resemble my treats very closely!! :)

mariel May 22, 2012 at 7:04 am

These look beautiful :)
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barb May 22, 2012 at 7:54 am

Yum! You make me want to buy a waffle maker, mostly because i think all those little holes would give it lots of crispy edges. I’m all about the crispy edges.
As for the buttermilk….I guess one could use coconut milk and add a little vinegar, or regular milk and vinegar even.
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Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free May 22, 2012 at 8:10 am

YAY!!!! FINALLLY! Can’t wait to make a whole bunch!
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Liz @ IHeartVegetables May 22, 2012 at 8:17 am

YUM!!!! I actually HAVE coconut flour in my pantry, which is a miracle. So I’m totally going to try these out! You ladies are so creative!
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Liz May 22, 2012 at 8:23 am

Can’t wait for your vegan version. I’ve been using coconut flour in my vegan protein muffins (loosely based on your non-vegan recipe :) to help with binding and structure., but it seems to work better in my protein pancakes.

Robyn May 22, 2012 at 8:48 am

These pancakes look great! But one question…How do you make coconut buttermilk?

chris May 22, 2012 at 8:50 am

Please work on that Vegan version!!!! I am allergic to eggs, so you are still teasing me with all these awesoe posts related to coconut flour, pancakes, and waffles!!!!!!! I know you girls can do it!!!

chris May 22, 2012 at 8:51 am

Just curious, can you dehydrate vegan protein muffin to make it raw?

Julie May 22, 2012 at 9:20 am

I am so glad someone else had the same thoughts as I did, spending 50.00 on Sunwarrior raw protein, only to cook it, seems insane to me. I also buy nutribiotic and mix it with peanut flour for protein powder involved cooked recipes (protein muffin, protein pancakes, etc). I agree it tastes like a** and is chalktastic, but mixing it with peanut flour or coconut flour along with organic extracts takes away that nastiness. I by no means would EVER use it as a protein drink powder, I would throw up trying to drink the first gulp.

Lori and Michelle May 22, 2012 at 10:20 am

Robyn for making our own buttermilk we used about 2 cups coconut milk to about 2-3 tbsp apple cider vinegar, let sit for 10 minutes.

Lori and Michelle May 22, 2012 at 10:21 am

Sure, probably have to dehydrate over night or something.

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 22, 2012 at 11:10 am

These look perfect! I love protein waffles. Peanut flour is my go to for protein powder these days. I also so making almond meal coconut waffles! I love them super crispy too, so I will toast them up in the toaster oven too. Your’s look delicious! I need to order more protein powder and start making these!
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Rachel @ Eat, Learn, Discover! May 22, 2012 at 11:33 am

it’s official – I definitely need to invest in a waffle maker! I love protein pancakes (the taste) but they’re just too boring for me sometimes. The waffles sound fantastic :-)
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Ali May 22, 2012 at 11:58 am

Breakfast, hands down! Those waffles look delicious.

Runningahealthyfamilyinheels May 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm

My coconut flour & Peanut flour arrived yesterday. I’m now going online to look @ a Waffle Maker & Protein Powder. Not bought any Protein powder yet as they are such big tubs & worried I’ll order the wrong one…

Lisa May 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm

These look fabulous!! I need to find my waffle maker asap! I know its somewhere buried in some boxes
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Ana May 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Soooo happy to see this recipe, I was waiting for it!! They look amazingly good girls, awesome job! And you two are too nice to share with all of us.
I can’t wait to make it!! Now if I could only find my waffle maker… who the heck loses a waffle iron? Yep, me! We took everything out of the kitchen when we renovated last year and after putting everything back our waffle iron was missing… the only thing among every single thing in our kitchen that was missing was my waffle maker. It was a nice one too, breville brand. I am not on a mission of looking into every corner of this house and finding it because I really, really, really want to make these waffles.
Oh, and breakfast is for sure my favorite meal of the day! I love to wake up hungry for a nice breakfast, is that weird?! :-)

Ela May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Love the visual of the vegan muffin crumbs!
True fact: I have never eaten a waffle!
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Janetha May 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm

These sound/look great! I love protein packed waffles.
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chris May 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Would you still need the baking soda/powder? Thanks!

chris May 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Can you share how you use coconut flour in vegan recipes? I am having trouble finding the egg substitute, and I am searching to make vegan coconut flour protein pancakes. Thanks!

Kristi @ lifesprinkles May 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm

yum – these look sooo good!

my favorite meal of the day is definitely breakfast. or dessert. or if it’s a dessert that can pass for breakfast that’s even better! 😉

Lauren May 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Thank you for this! My husband and I are trying them in the morning, so I will report back!
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Lori and Michelle May 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm

No you would not need those in making it raw.

Daniel May 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I wholeheartedly agree with you and haven’t purchased any “retail” protein powder in over a year. If anyone is beginning to experiment [often] by adding protein powder into their favorite recipes, stay away from the pricey retail products if possible. Find a single protein source powder – or blend – that your body accepts and works best for the recipes you are producing. For my experiments, milk protein isolate works the best.

By buying at custom protein webshops, you can save a TON of money. I know many here like, for example, brown rice protein concentrate which you can purchase a lb/$5.50. Let’s compare Sun Warrior 2.2 lbs(45 servings@15g protein=675g) for about $40 with a 2 lb bulk bag of Brown Rice Protein Concentrate (30 servings@24g protein=720g) for about $11. You’re getting much more protein for far less money by avoiding the retail products.

katie @KatieDid May 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm

LOL at the vegan waffle…. just a tad crumbly 😉
These looks AWESOME! It’s been way toooo long since I’ve had waffles. Actually I had the vans GF ones a while back and they are alright. I need a waffle maker first and foremost, it must be fun to have a new toy to experiment with. You worked hard on this recipe, nice job figuring it out.
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janeen mitchell May 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm

i just made these, holy crap they are good! Thanks for the recipe, only thing i changed was adding a banana instead of the stevia. What a perfect combo of card and protein for pre and post workout!

Heathy May 22, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Yummy! I’ll have to try your version of protein waffles. They look delish girls! I remember testing out waffle recipes and did about 4 trials before I got what I was looking for. So fun to play around – even better when you find a winner!
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Lori and Michelle May 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Janeen, sounds amazing! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!!!

Lori and Michelle May 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

so true!!

Anna @ The Guiltless Life May 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Yum! I love coconut flour recipes – it makes for great pancakes so I assume it makes great waffles too! I would eat those crumbs covered in milk like they were cereal (haha I am really, really strange in what I will eat covered in milk – muffins, banana bread – the soggier, the better!).
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Lisa May 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm

These sound great! I love all the ingredients, would prob use sunwarrior or jay robb protein powder in mine.
My mom always did the separate egg white thing in waffles, and I swear it makes them so much better! Sometimes in the past I’ve made protein powder waffles that turned out so rubbery! lol. But these really do look and sound great—as you know, coconut flour is my fave!
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katie May 22, 2012 at 7:23 pm

AHH I miss you girls so much! How are yall?! Its been so long! GOSH this is a great recipe- I have some coconut flour that I need to use! I hope yall are doing amazing!
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Laury@TheFitnessDish May 22, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Ummm…I don’t think I’ve pinned anything faster in my life! Been waiting for you to post this one! I got 3 waffle makers as wedding gifts and we returned all of them. Now that Ella’s here (and there are recipes like THIS) I’ve been thinking how I really need to go to Bed Bath and get one!!!
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Liz May 22, 2012 at 8:06 pm

I’ve never had any success doing straight coconut flour in vegan baked goods. I’ve only used it in regular pancakes and my protein muffins/pancakes and always with another dry good (ie: wheat flour or protein powder). I don’t really know HOW to use coconut flour as; I’ve mostly just kind of went off on a wing and a prayer with them. Eggs do seem to be the magic ingredient in making recipes with straight coconut flour work.

What do you mean by you’re having trouble finding the egg substitute? Do you mean finding one that works?? For my pancakes, I’ve used both chia gel mixed with the liquid (NOT a pre-made “Chia egg”) and Ener-G’s egg replacer. The amounts for my protein pancake ingredients change based on what protein powder blend I’m using, but I can give you my most successful recipe if you like. . . .

Liz May 22, 2012 at 8:08 pm

CORRECTION: When I said “chia gel” I meant chia MEAL (chia seeds ground in my spice grounder).

siew wei May 22, 2012 at 8:34 pm

can i substitute coconut flour with almond flour instead?

Lolita @ Peace, Love and Greens May 22, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Wow girl! These waffles look so amazing. I have never seen anything with such a great looking texture that is gluten free. I need to get a waffle maker to try these out.

I have been reading your blog long before I had my own, and it was definitely an inspiration for me. Because of this and how much I love your blog in general, you were straight on my list to nominate for a ‘Versatile Blogger Award’ (

The Versatile Blogger Award is a great way of meeting other like-minded bloggers and share blog love.
The rules for the Versatile Blogger are as follows:
If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.
-Thank the person who gave you this award
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I know you girls are super busy, but if you have the time I would love to see 15 of the blogs that you visit!
xxx Lolita
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Lori and Michelle May 23, 2012 at 4:43 am

ahh miss you too katie!!! things are good, busy but good

Gillian May 23, 2012 at 7:06 am

I would do anything for these right now!!
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barb May 23, 2012 at 8:21 am

Hey Daniel…which webshops did you get your powders from?

Lauren May 23, 2012 at 11:45 am

I tried these this morning, and the taste was great! I added some cinnamon, vanilla, and salt and used Sunwarrior protein. The batter was pretty thick, so I might add a touch more coconut milk next time, but definitely a keeper! Thank you!
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Lori and Michelle May 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm

sounds delicious Lauren!!! YUM glad you liked it!

Kerry May 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm

I’m so happy to see this recipe! I have some coconut flour that I didn’t know what to do with, and I love making protein waffles, so this looks like the perfect thing to try! Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day, so I’m always happy to see new breakfast ideas!

chris May 24, 2012 at 8:49 am

Liz, I would very much appreciate any protein pancake recipe that is vegan (I am allergic to eggs, dairy, and soy!). I was intereseted in incorporating cocopnut flour into it, but anything will do. Same goes for chia or flax :)

Liz May 24, 2012 at 11:22 am

You know what, Chris? Let me direct you to the recipe I used as a jumping off point to create my version. (My recipe is VERY very loosely adapted from hers.) It’s from Sarah over at Peas And Thank You. (If the link doesn’t work, just do a search for the site and “protein pancakes.” She has one that uses banana, too.)

If you’re still having trouble with that one, let me know, and I’ll share mine. I don’t want to overwhelm you with unnecessary ingredients, cooking time or methods for your first go ’round. You may be a lot happier with Sarah’s version. It looks like her version is a lot closer to a standard pancake than mine is. (My pancakes have a REALLY thick batter, like quickbreads. And, I pretty much just wanted them to be straight protein powder, so I reformulated it to include just that plus TB coconut flour. And I BAKE mine since I had trouble with my first protein-coconut flour version sticking to the pan.)

I couldn’t decipher if you meant you were allergic to chia and flax or open to them; Sarah’s recipe uses flax as the egg replacer. . .

Good luck with your trials! Let me know if you need anything else. :)

Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well. May 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Perfect timing since I have some coconut flour I’ve been meaning to use up! I wonder if a chocolate protein powder would be fun to try in these :)
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Laura Hernandez May 26, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Hi ladies,
Thank you for the yummy recepie! I made these today and they are the best waffles ever. I think the last time I had a waffle was like 10 years ago because I just don’t eat grains anymore and so happy to have these as a special treat. I used Sunwarrior Brown Rice Vanilla Protein, added a pinch of sea salt and also 1 Tbsp ginger powder…yum!! I’m going to experiment with different flavors and even make a chocolate version with the SW chocolate protein!
Thanks again :)

Sara Man July 2, 2012 at 7:34 am

I just made these as blueberry pancakes and they turned out AMAZING!! My nephew who is gluten and dairy free LOVED them. Thank you for the amazing recipe!

Lori and Michelle July 2, 2012 at 8:22 am

Sara so happy to hear this!!

Zino July 6, 2012 at 5:22 am

I’ve tried the recipe and I worked out pretty good. Taste was great but texture needs some work =) Especially like it because of the high protein which I want for my training. One question, why Erythritol sugar? I’ve heard of stevia but am unfamiliar with erythritol :$

Lori and Michelle July 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

Erythritol is another no calorie sweetener, that does not upset the tummy like other sweeteners can.

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