So I know it’s Monday, but as far as I’m concerned, Waffle Sunday is better late then never. For the March edition of my ongoing Waffle Sunday series (see previous installments here, here, here, and here…) I thought I’d celebrate March’s only saving grace, St. Patrick’s Day, by making a green(ish) waffle! My Vegan Matcha Protein Waffle is packed with protein and energy, as well as being dairy and gluten free, and colored green naturally with Matcha Green Tea Powder.
Protein waffles are a fitness and health phenomenon. I bet you’ve seen them all over Instagram. They’re basically waffles made with a base of protein powder so you can eat junk food without feeling guilty. They’re not as light and fluffy as regular waffles, but more dense and filling. My recipe makes 1 serving, and is the perfect pre-workout breakfast. The vegan protein powder will power your muscles, while the matcha green tea delivers a nice dose of caffeine to rev you up.
The product I’m featuring in this recipe is 100% Matcha Green Tea Powder from Nuts.com. I buy my matcha from Nuts.com because it’s high quality, inexpensive, and most of all, DELICIOUS. If you’ve ever tried to buy matcha in a tea store, you know how outrageous the pricing can be. This 8 oz bag only costs $18.99! What a deal! Matcha has long been prized in Japan for its health benefits of antioxidants, detoxifying properties, and stress reduction. Go do yourself a favor and get some, pronto!
It all starts with these ingredients…
The first step is to make your flax egg, a vegan egg substitute, by mixing 1 tbsp of flaxseed meal with 3 tbsp of hot water. After sitting for 10 minutes, it will become thick and goopy–kind of like an egg!
While your flax egg is sitting, you can grind your oats into oat flour by using a food processor or high speed blender. If you’re gluten free, make sure you are using certified gluten free oats!
Then, combine you dry ingredients (oat flour, vegan vanilla protein powder, matcha, baking powder, and salt). Because the flavor of protein powders can be pretty overpowering, it’s important to use a vegan vanilla protein powder that you enjoy. I like the Garden of Life brand, but do you.
Next, pour in your wet ingredients (almond milk, flax egg, melted coconut oil, maple syrup) and whisk until everything is combined.
Let the batter sit for 5 minutes before cooking in your waffle iron. Vegan waffles can be pretty delicate, so I usually cook them through two full cycles in the waffle iron.
When they’re done, top with maple syrup and and extra sprinkling of matcha. And look, they ARE green on the inside! Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 3 tbsp hot water
- ⅔ cup gluten free oats
- 1 scoop (32g) vanilla vegan protein powder
- 1 tbsp Matcha Green Tea powder
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup almond milk
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- Make your flax egg by mixing your ground flaxseed with hot water and let it sit for 10 minutes.
- In a high speed blender or food processor, blend your oats until they are a fine powder.
- Mix your oat flour, protein powder, matcha, baking powder, and salt, and whisk until combined.
- Add your almond milk, maple syrup, coconut oil, and flax egg, and mix with a whisk until everything is combined. Let your batter sit for 5 minutes before cooking.
- Cook your batter in your waffle iron according to the maker's instructions.
- Top with maple syrup and a dusting of more matcha green tea!