5-Ingredient Low Carb Waffle


These 5-Ingredient Low Carb Waffles are made with healthy ingredients and ready in minutes for a high protein, gluten-free, and low-carb, vegan recipe you’ll love. Keep them on hand for easy breakfasts or fun dinners! 

Introducing Your Newest Breakfast Obsession 

You guys, this gluten free waffle recipe has been on repeat in my house, and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon! I mean, is there a better way to start the day than stuffing your face with warm and comforting carbs? With recipes like my Monkey Bread Muffins, “Banana Bread” Baked Oats, and Vegan French Toast, it’s obvious they’re my love language. 

After all, they have always been there for me, even when I pushed them away. When I needed a shoulder to cry on, they had my back. It’s clear that carbs hang with the cool kids, and we all want to hang with the cool kids, right? Basically what I’m saying here is that carbs are not the enemy that diet culture seems to make them out to be.

This being said, I personally don’t feel my best when I eat a super carb-heavy meal first thing in the morning. So, what am I to do when a waffle craving hits at the crack of dawn? Opt for these 5-Ingredient Low-Carb Waffles, obviously! Don’t get me wrong, they still have a few carbs (they aren’t the enemy here, remember). However, the amount is significantly less, and with the added protein and healthy fats, this recipe is a well-rounded meal that won’t leave you feeling tired and sluggish. 

Now, you can have your carbs and eat them, too! 

Ingredients and Substitutes for Low Carb Waffles

Honestly, you’re not going to find another gluten-free waffle recipe that’s as easy as this one! All you need is 5 ingredients, and you probably already have them all laying around your house. Take a look below to double-check, and get cooking. 

  • Ground Flaxseed – The secret to holding these waffles together is in creating a flaxseed “egg” by combining the flaxseed with water. However, a regular egg would work as well.
  • Plant-Based Milk – Use whatever plant-based milk you like best! Almondmilk, cashew milk, and coconut milk all turn out delicious. Or, opt for regular dairy-milk if you prefer.
  • Coconut Flour – Coconut flour is high in fat and low in carbs, but a low carb 1:1 flour would work if you have it on hand.
  • Protein Powder – Of course, my favorite protein powder is Nuzest (code: thekellykathleen). I used a vanilla flavor, but feel free to experiment with fun flavors such as chocolate, peanut butter, cookies and cream, and more.
  • Baking Powder – this one helps with the fluff factor and you need a little fluff with gluten free waffles so don’t skimp on the good stuff!

Tools You’ll Need 

  • Small Bowl
  • Whisk or Stirring Spoon
  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray
  • Waffle Iron

How to Make a Gluten Free Waffle

This high protein waffle recipe could not be any easier to make. All you’ll need to do is grab all of your ingredients, whisk them together in a small bowl while your waffle iron is preheating then pour the batter over the top iron.

The hardest part of this whole recipe is figuring out how you’ll top your beautiful creation! Luckily for you, I’ve taken the time to write out some toppings, add-ins AND directions on how to make this gluten free waffle take on a savory spin – just keep reading!

Toppings & Add-Ins

  • Maca Powder – If you want to make this waffle even more nutritious, add a scoop of maca powder for extra vitamins, protein, and fiber. 
  • Chocolate Chips – A sprinkling of chocolate chips or white chocolate chips on top or in the batter pre cooking creates a dreamy situation that is divine! Of course, you can use any chocolate you like best. It all tastes great!
  • Pistachios or Chopped Nuts – For a hint of salt, extra texture, and healthy fats, add a handful of two of your favorite nuts either pre cooking or once done!
  • Cardamom or Cinnamon – both delicious and both prime add-ins. Cinnamon has numerous health benefits such as helping balance your blood sugar!

Savory Spin

Not everyone is into the sweet stuff which I completely understand as I too don’t always vibe with it – especially first thing in the morning. This recipe is actually great to make savory so that your sweet tastebuds can take a back seat. Here are a few prime ideas to make this waffle recipe a winning savory breakfast:

  • Fresh Herbs- rosemary, dill, parsley or cilantro would be a super simple way to make this recipe lean towards the savory side while keeping it light, fresh and healthy!
  • Sun-dried Tomatoes – oh heck yes! Sun-dried tomatoes would take this waffle recipe to another level! Just chop up a few and stir it into the batter before cooking.
  • Lemon Juice- Lemon juice actually goes great with sweet waffles but on savory? UH YES. It adds a freshness and a little zip that’s always appreciated.
  • Vegan Cheese- I feel like nothing else needs to be said here. Vegan cheese + waffles = happiness. You could (and should!) add some vegan cheese to any of the savory options listed and allow yourself to have a mouth party.
  • Sauteed Spinach or Kale- emphasis on the sauteed, no one wants a soggy waffle mmk? Saute a little spinach or kale, let it cool slightly then fold it into your waffle batter.

How to Store Gluten Free Waffles

Storing these gluten free waffles is super easy peasy – let them cool completely before storing them in an airtight container in the fridge for upto 4-5 days. Storing them in the freezer is just as easy but with one extra step – Once the waffles are fully cooled, layer the waffles with parchment paper either in a reusable silicone bag, container or ziplock bag. The parchment paper will make it so the waffles don’t stick together and you’ll be able to reheat them easily!

How to Reheat Low Carb Waffles

Remember how we used parchment paper to separate the waffles? Yes! Because you were so smart all you’ll have to do is pull one, two, three or however many waffles (if you chose to double, triple or quadruple the recipe) and place them in your toaster until warmed through.

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5-Ingredient Low Carb Waffle

These 5-Ingredient Low Carb Waffles are made with healthy ingredients and ready in minutes for a high protein, gluten-free, and low-carb, vegan recipe you’ll love. Keep them on hand for easy breakfasts or fun dinners! 

Course Breakfast
Keyword 5-Ingredients, gluten free, High Protein, low-carb, no sugar added, vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 waffle


  • 1 flax egg 1 tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp plant-based milk
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 serving Smooth Vanilla protein by Nuzest
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt optional
  • Sugar of choice optional and to preference


  1. In a small bowl, stir all the ingredients together. While your waffle iron preheats, let the batter sit and rest.

  2. Once your waffle iron is preheated, spray the waffle iron heavily with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon the batter into the center of the iron and spread out evenly with a spatula. (It will be thick!!)

  3. Let the batter set for 30-60 seconds before closing the lid. This ensures the waffle will stay nice and fluffy!
  4. Waffle cook for 5-7 minutes before topping with whatever you’d like and enjoying!

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