Low-Carb High-Protein Quinoa Waffles in 15-min.

Fluffy, high-protein, low-carb, flourless, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free waffles? In less than 15 minutes? Yummy! I was craving waffles today, tired of sticky-sweets for breakfast. Quinoa is a tasty ancient Incan superfood. Even better, it’s a complete protein! Quinoa is NOT a grain. Instead it’s a seed related to beets and spinach!

This recipe requires soaking the quinoa seeds overnight. If you can remember to do this, the rest is a snap. Soaking removes bitter lectins and saponins from seeds so they’re easier to digest. Or you can use pre-sprouted quinoa by TruRoots, found in any healthy grocery, however this is optional. If you have a super-blender such as a BlendTec or VitaMix, you can even dispense with soaking, and just blend the raw quinoa into all the ingredients in the morning. Ha ha! Ready to start? This recipe will go very fast, so make sure your waffle-maker is hot and ready before you blend the ingredients. Makes 4-6 waffles, Serves 2

What topping to choose?
Today I topped them with Redwood Hill Goat Kefir and cilantro.

More waffle topping ideas:

Here they are cooking. Are you ready for a fluffy, low-carb treat?

High-Protein Savory Herb Quinoa Waffles



    Soak 8 hours or overnight. Yep, you can soak them in the blender:
  • 2/3 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup alternative milk or water
  • Good morning! Turn on your waffle iron. Make sure it's hot before you continue.
    Now add all these to the quinoa in the blender. Blend well:
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons melted oil such as organic coconut, ghee, butter, or olive oil
  • 1 small clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/8 heaping teaspoon unprocessed salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs, chopped, or 1 tablespoon dry herbs such as dill, tarragon, basil or parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Stir in by hand:
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • Cook your waffles until they come off easily, Top with your favorite sauce, and enjoy!

5 Replies to "Low-Carb High-Protein Quinoa Waffles in 15-min."

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    Sandy February 22, 2022 (8:12 am)

    Hi Jane, have you managed to find a waffle maker that doessnt have a non-stick coating? These look so good but I have never bought a maker because they all seem to have coatings here in UK which I always avoid. All the best, Sandy

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      Jane Barthelemy February 25, 2022 (9:04 pm)

      Hi Sandy, Well, I love waffles so much finally broke down and got the coated variety. I don’t heat it very high and am VERY careful washing it not to scratch the surface. Let’s check the antique stores for one of those old vintage waffle makers. Maybe that will be the healthiest brand! Sorry I do not know. Let us know what you come up with! Thanks! Jane

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    Lynn September 3, 2021 (5:44 pm)

    Looks very good… however, I don’t have a waffle maker. Can this be made into pancakes instead?

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      Jane Barthelemy September 12, 2021 (7:40 am)

      Hi Lynne, Thanks for your question. Yes, for me pancake and waffle recipes are interchangeable. I was in the mood for waffles that day. This will make wonderful pancakes! Best wishes! Jane

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      Nancy February 28, 2023 (1:38 pm)

      Thank you, they are very good.
      What modification will you suggest to make them as a dessert.

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