Protein-Packed Malted Waffles

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Earlier this week, I set out to make delicious, healthy waffles. I compared all of my favorite recipes and figured out what it was that I liked about each one, made a few extra tweaks, then tested several batches. This is what I ended up with, and they’re not just delicious for healthy waffles – they’re flat-out delicious. I love when things work out like that!

Each of these protein-packed waffles is as light as a cloud, with a crispy, crackle-y crust and a center that’s so light it practically disappears. (You know the way cotton candy evaporates in your mouth? The center of these reminds me of that!) Malted milk powder gives them a hefty punch of bold flavor, and protein powder means they’ll keep you full all day. There’s some whole wheat flour in there too, but I promise you’ll never be able to tell.

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These waffles are best straight off the iron, but they can also be frozen and toasted for an easy grab-and-go breakfast. The flavor of these is complex, so I don’t like to cover them up with syrup. Just give me some freshly whipped cream and summer berries and I’m a happy camper!

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Protein-Packed Malted Waffles

Protein-Packed Malted Waffles

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

The length of time that these waffles take to cook will vary depending on your waffle iron. I found that mine needed an extra 30-seconds to a minute beyond the highest setting to turn golden brown. Use a form to remove the waffles very carefully - they're very light with a super crispy exterior and will break easily.
ViShape protein powder is sweet cream flavored. If using a different brand of powder, you might need to add some vanilla extract and sweeten to taste.


  • 1/2 cup Gold Medal white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup ViSalus ViShape protein powder
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons malted milk powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 egg, separated


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, protein powder, cornstarch, malted milk powder, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. Mix well. Stir in the milk, oil, and egg yolk.
  2. Add the egg whites to a second bowl. Use a hand mixer to whip the eggs whites until they're thick and shiny and hold a stiff peak. Fold the egg whites into the waffle batter.
  3. Spray your waffle iron with cooking spray. Add 1/4 cup batter and cook on highest setting, continue cooking and extra minute or so, keeping a close eye on it so your waffle doesn't burn. Carefully remove from waffle iron. Keep warm on a rack set in a 200-degree oven until ready to serve. Repeat with remaining batter.
Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving Calories 245Total Fat 9gFiber 4gProtein 12g

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This post was sponsored by ViSalus. I received a sample of their Vi-Shape protein powder and was paid to create a recipe using it. All opinions are my own. 

By on June 27th, 2013

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook.

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