As the leaves start to change color and the cool breeze of autumn sweeps through, it's time to embrace all things cozy and comforting. And what better way to do that than by indulging in some delicious homemade pumpkin waffles?
But wait, we're not just talking about any ordinary waffles; we're talking about protein-packed pumpkin waffles made with the goodness of protein powder! These waffles are not only a delightful treat for your taste buds but also a nutritious addition to your fall mornings.
So, get ready to satisfy your cravings while staying on track with your health goals. Let's dive into this delectable recipe!
Protein-Packed Pumpkin Waffles
For the waffles, you will need:
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
- 1 scoop of Healthy Heights KidzProtein in Vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 1 ½ cups milk (dairy or non-dairy)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Cooking spray or butter for greasing the waffle iron
For the topping, you can use:
- Greek yogurt
- Chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
- A drizzle of maple syrup
- Preheat Your Waffle Iron: Start by preheating your waffle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Mix the Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, protein powder, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Ensure all the dry ingredients are well combined.
- Combine Wet Ingredients: In another bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, eggs, milk, maple syrup or honey, and vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth and well incorporated.
- Blend Wet and Dry Ingredients: Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, being careful not to overmix. You want a lumpy batter, not a perfectly smooth one.
- Grease the Waffle Iron: Lightly grease your waffle iron with cooking spray or a small amount of butter.
- Cook the Waffles: Pour the waffle batter onto the preheated waffle iron, using a ladle or measuring cup. Cook according to your waffle iron's instructions, usually for about 3-5 minutes or until the waffles are golden brown and crisp.
- Serve Hot: Carefully remove the cooked waffles from the iron and place them on a plate. Keep them warm in a low oven if you're making a batch.
- Top and Enjoy: Serve your protein-packed pumpkin waffles with a dollop of Greek yogurt, a sprinkle of chopped nuts, and a drizzle of maple syrup. The creamy yogurt, crunchy nuts, and sweet syrup perfectly complement the warm, spiced waffles.
These protein-packed pumpkin waffles are a fantastic way to embrace the flavors of fall while also ensuring you meet your protein goals. They make a wholesome and delicious breakfast or brunch option that the whole family will adore.
So, get ready to savor the season's bounty with a stack of these waffles that are as good for your taste buds as they are for your health. Happy cooking and enjoy your cozy fall mornings!