When I was a little kid, I had no concept of portion control, and I'm pretty sure I'd eat about four waffles at a time. At least. Growing up with a twin sister and little brothers (also twins), it was pretty much a feeding frenzy every meal time. I distinctly remember a friend of my father visiting and remarking "Wow you kids eat a lot!" We of course were all insanely skinny and active, but alas, as I got older I realized I can't actually eat huge portions all day long if I want to look and feel how I like to, even if the food itself is healthy.
Anyways. Back to the waffle. This waffle is one waffle. One filling, high protein waffle. It's good alone or with a drizzle of plain unsweetened applesauce. I can promise you too that it is delicious after a long run. I also got around to calculating the nutrition, which is listed at the bottom. Enjoy!
Maiah's Protein Waffle
1/3 cup gluten-free oats (or less--heaping 1/4 cup works fine too)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tablespoons protein powder (I used Garden of Life Vanilla Spiced Chai)
1/4 cup egg whites or vegan egg substitute
1 tablespoon sunflower seed butter (I used Wild Friends)
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1. Food-process oats and chia seeds, then place in a bowl.
3. Heat waffle iron and spritz with nonstick coconut spray. Cook until indicator light changes or it stops steaming. Serve warm!
I used Garden of Life Vanilla Spiced Chai protein powder. Any vanilla protein powder will do; add in a dash of cinnamon for more flavor. Due to my crazy sensitive stomach, I can't consume Garden of Life protein powder alone (or more than this amount at a time) but it works fine baked in with other ingredients. Play around with your favorite!
I also used Wild Friends Honey Sunflower Seed Butter because a) it's delicious and b) it was invented by fellow University of Oregon graduates. Go Ducks!
Lastly, add a little water if the batter is too thick, or you can get away with slightly less than 1/3 cup of the gluten-free oats.