Paleo Protein Waffles

Here is a fun recipe to sweeten up your morning routine, Paleo Protein Waffles!

These waffles are super easy to make and made with grain-free, gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients! I also sneak in some of my favorite Collagen Protein powder to add extra protein to the waffles and add an additional vanilla flavor! (You can use my discount code ‘THEDEFINEDDISH’ when shopping Rootz products for 20% off!) Each scoop of the collagen powder adds an additional 15 grams of collagen and plant protein, which I love adding to smoothies and paleo baked goods! 

What I really like to do is make a batch of these (it makes 12 waffles) and freeze them for easy, grab-and-go breakfasts! Here is how I freeze mine:

  1. Place the waffles on a parchment paper–lined baking sheet.
  2. Put the baking sheet into the freezer until the waffles are fully frozen, for about 2 hours.
  3. Once the waffles are frozen, place them in a freezer-safe bag or container.

This makes busy school mornings a breeze and my kiddos LOVE it!

Paleo Protein Waffles

Serves: 12 Waffles
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins


Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup dairy free milk of choice
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup super-fine Almond Flour
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup Rootz Vanilla Collagen Powder *use Code 'THEDEFINEDDISH' for 20%
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Optional addition:

  • 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips


  • In a bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients and set aside to let rest at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients and stir until well combine, breaking up any clumps.
  • Add half of the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until well combined. Add the remaining wet mixture and continue stirring until well combined and there are no longer any clumps. Set aside and let rest while you preheat your waffle iron, this will allow the mixture to slightly thicken. (here is when you can add the chocolate chips, if you'd like!)
  • Preheat your waffle iron to medium-low heat.
  • When the waffle iron is hot, spray with non-stick cooking spray. Pour batter and cook according to your waffle irons instructions. (I have an All-clad 4-square waffle iron and i pour about 1 1/4 cup of the batter into the waffle iron and cook for 3 minutes).
  • Serve immediately with butter, syrup, or anything you'd like! 🙂 enjoy!


  • Reply
    March 5, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    5 stars
    Amazing recipe. Very light and fluffy.
    Best GF/DF waffles I’ve had in a long time!!
    Alex, you never disappoint. The defined dish is my go-to site for ideas. Thank you.

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    January 7, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    I made these this morning for my kids but did them as pancakes. They turned out great and all of my kids enjoyed them. They didn’t even realize they were paleo.

  • Reply
    Jamie Martin
    January 2, 2022 at 2:47 am

    5 stars
    So delicious! No toppings needed, tasty as is. Also great for kids to eat on the go! I bought a waffle maker just to make these and SO glad I did!

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    Jennifer Davis
    April 28, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    These were a total
    Hit for the whole family! Thanks!!

  • Reply
    Jamie Martin
    March 28, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    5 stars
    I have made this several times and it is so tasty! I do 1 tsp cinnamon and my house smells so home like when they are cooking. Warms my heart!

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    Alli B
    February 28, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    5 stars
    These were sooo yummy! My husband loved them too! We decided this would be a new Saturday morning tradition 🙂 Thanks Alex!

    • Reply
      March 1, 2021 at 1:05 pm

      yippee!!! so happy, I love new traditions.

  • Reply
    February 28, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    Made these this morning!!!! Fabulous!!! You have never disappointed. 🥰

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    Sarah S
    February 28, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    5 stars
    Oh my Waffles!! This recipe is so tasty and flavorful. I used a different type of plant based vanilla protein powder (not collagen), and the results were perfect.

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    Renée Prevette
    February 28, 2021 at 6:22 am

    Perfect timing as I made these today on our new waffle maker! So amazing !!!

  • Reply
    Sue Zulk
    February 27, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    What can you sub for almond flour? Tree nut allergy.

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