When I was a little girl, there was nothing that made me happier in the morning than coming downstairs to either pancakes or waffles being made for breakfast.  I mean, fluffy dough with hot sugar on top– what’s not to love?!  While these two starchy breakfasts will forever hold a place in my heart (and belly) I rarely eat either one these days, since they’re pretty much devoid of nutrition.  Luckily that all changed when I created these Freezer Protein Waffles…I literally can’t get enough of them pre-workout, post-workout, for dessert, and everything in between!

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If you’ve jumped ahead to the ingredients, you may not have several of these on hand.  However, all of them will be well worth the (nutritional) investment! MRM’s vanilla veggie protein* has been a staple in my diet for nearly 8 years, even before I transitioned to a plant based diet.  What I love about this powder is it not only provides a serving of lean muscle building protein, but also my day’s worth of micronutrients. Those who follow a plant-based diet are often concerned with consuming complete proteins, so luckily MRM’s veggie protein contains a complete amino acid profile in addition to each serving providing the antioxidant power of 20,000 ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, a unit of measurement for antioxidant content which was originally developed by the National Institute on Aging).  This powder is very thick, which makes it the perfect substitute  for some of the flour in these waffles and other baked goods alike!  Between the veggie protein, the chia seeds, and the flax, each whole waffle packs 14g of protein!

In order to reduce the sugar content, I use Lucuma Fruit Powder* to naturally sweeten the batter. Lucuma has been called the “Gold of the Incas” by those in South America, treasured for its maple-caramel like taste.  Although it is sweet, it has a low glycemic index, meaning it increases blood sugar slowly and steadily without the typical spike seen with most common sugars. Besides these amazing benefits, lucuma is also provides beta-carotene, iron, zinc, calcium and vitamin B3.

Since I typically have these around my workout, I also threw in some Maca, a renowned adaptogenic herb.  Adaptogens greatly improve your body’s ability to adapt to stress, whether it’s heat or cold stress, a hectic schedule, excessive noise, altitude or any number of other environmental factors. This elite class of supplements also improve metabolic strength, energy, stamina, endurance, and have been shown to improve mental clarity- perfect to consume in the morning!

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I’m always looking for quick and easy snacks, especially for during the week.  Which is why the best part about these protein waffles is you make them ahead, freeze them, and then you simply have to toast them back up whenever your heart desires.  They’re naturally lightly sweetened, so if choosing to eat them straight out of the iron you CAN add pure maple syrup, but they’re sweet enough you don’t need the sticky stuff when you’re on the go! In fact, my FAVORITE way to eat them has been smeared with my DIY Walnut Butter (almond butter would be fantastic too!)

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I hope these Freezer Protein Waffles add convenience to your life and delight to your tastebuds- enjoy!

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