Whole Grain Waffles

This high-protein breakfast idea doesn't compromise on taste or nutrition. Give this homemade waffle recipe a try this weekend.

a stack of waffles topped with blueberries

Kelsey Hansen

Total Time:
30 mins
16 4-inch waffles

Craving a sweet and easy breakfast but feel like your body deserves better than freezer waffles? These high-protein whole grain waffles have a whopping 17 grams of protein per serving and are packed full of whole grains and healthy nut butters to keep you fueled throughout the day. The secret to our waffle recipe? 24 ounces of cottage cheese.

Cottage cheese is the unrecognized hero of the dairy family. It's low in fat and high in protein and other important nutrients like Vitamin B12, which helps keep your body's blood and nerve cells healthy. Protein accounts for over 70% of the calories in cottage cheese, a record high for most foods. Adding it to these waffles makes them a guaranteed energy boost and gives them a tasty, savory flavor.

The combination of cottage cheese, all-purpose and wheat flour, and almond or peanut butter makes these waffles a surefire breakfast win. They're healthy without tasting healthy, and with a generous helping of honey or maple syrup, you'll never go back to those freezer waffles.


  • 1 24-ounce container of low-fat cottage cheese

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup whole wheat flour

  • ¼ cup toasted wheat germ

  • 2 Tbsp. sugar

  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder

  • ½ cup milk

  • 3 egg whites

  • ¼ cup almond butter or peanut butter

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • Fresh blueberries (optional)

  • Honey or maple syrup (optional)


  1. Place undrained cottage cheese in a blender. Cover and blend until very smooth.

  2. Set aside 1½ cups of the whipped cottage cheese. Transfer remaining whipped cottage cheese to an airtight container. Cover and chill until serving or up to 1 week.

  3. In a medium bowl combine flours, wheat germ, sugar, baking powder, and ¼ tsp. salt.

  4. In another bowl whisk together reserved 1½ cups whipped cottage cheese, the milk, egg whites, almond butter, and oil.

  5. Add to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. If you like, cover and chill batter up to 2 days.

  6. Add batter to a preheated, lightly greased waffle baker according to manufacturer's directions (use a regular or Belgian waffle baker). Close lid; do not open until done. Cook each waffle until toasted and set, about 4 minutes. When done, use a fork to lift waffle off grid.

  7. Serve topped with additional whipped cottage cheese. If you like, top with blueberries and drizzle with honey.

Test Kitchen Tip: Cooking the homemade waffles ahead or trying to save leftovers for tomorrow? We've got you covered. Cool waffles on a wire rack. Layer in an airtight storage container with waxed paper between layers. Chill up to 5 days or freeze up to 1 month. Reheat waffles in a toaster.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

292 Calories
13g Fat
27g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 291.6
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 1.7g 8%
Cholesterol 4.6mg 2%
Sodium 556.1mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 27.4g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2.5g 9%
Total Sugars 6.7g
Protein 17.4g
Vitamin D 0.2mcg 1%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 205.7mg 16%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Potassium 249.3mg 5%
Fatty acids, total trans 0.2g
Vitamin D 7.5IU
Alanine 0.9g
Arginine 0.9g
Ash 3.1g
Aspartic acid 1.3g
Caffeine 0mg
Carotene, alpha 0mcg
Choline, total 25.5mg
Copper, Cu 0.2mg
Cystine 0.2g
Energy 1221.7kJ
Fluoride, F 27.3mcg
Folate, total 57.6mcg
Glutamic acid 4.1g
Glycine 0.6g
Histidine 0.5g
Isoleucine 0.9g
Leucine 1.6g
Lysine 1.2g
Methionine 0.5g
Magnesium, Mg 51.8mg
Manganese, Mn 1.1mg
Niacin 1.9mg
Phosphorus, P 280.8mg
Pantothenic acid 0.5mg
Phenylalanine 0.9g
Phytosterols 27.9mg
Proline 1.8g
Retinol 17.7mcg
Selenium, Se 23.5mcg
Serine 1g
Starch 4.3g
Theobromine 0mg
Threonine 0.7g
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 2.6mg
Tryptophan 0.2g
Tyrosine 0.8g
Valine 1g
Vitamin A, IU 64.5IU
Vitamin A, RAE 17.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 13.8mcg
Water 97.6g
Zinc, Zn 1.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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