By Lauren Cox of Closer To Your Food
Getting a balanced breakfast for the whole family–specifically in the pandemonium of the morning routine–can often be a monumental task. I work at trying to make gorgeous, balanced meals out of my garden whenever I can, but realistically those happen on the weekends, and then only sometimes.
The good news is everyone loves a good waffle–toddlers, kids, teens, and adults alike–and they can be made to be especially healthy. When we make the following waffle recipe we double or triple a batch, then freeze them for later use. Waffles are great for popping into the toaster or oven whenever you’re in a rush (which these days is almost always). These waffles are delicious, gluten-free, and loaded with protein. You can even make them vegan if you want.
Building a Better Waffle
While most traditional waffle recipes are stacked with gluten, carbs, and calories, this recipe is one you can certainly feel better about. This recipe is very easy to make, and because there isn’t any gluten in the batter, you don’t have to worry about over-mixing and the texture turning out poorly.
This recipe also represents a great opportunity to get the kids involved in creating a healthier, sustainable, and deliciously nutritious breakfast. Certainly a good a habit to instill and encourage.
You Get Out What You Put in Them
We recommend using a vanilla or plain protein powder that works best for your body, but remember, you can get creative and add different flavored protein powders–such as berry or chocolate–and top them with your favorite treats.
Check out www.naturalpartners.com for some great protein powder options. I love topping mine with a drizzle of coconut oil and fresh berries.
Bonus: you can mix up the dry ingredients and transfer it to an air-tight container like a mason jar. Label the mason jar with the wet ingredients using a sharpie marker or a cute tag and voila, ready to go waffle mix. You can get creative with the packaging. Healthy waffles also make a really thoughtful gift that tastes great.


Closer To Your Food is a wellness blog and YouTube channel dedicated to better wellness through whole food nutrition, sensible eating and informed food preparation with healthy-eating recipes. They are a frequent contributor to Natural Partners blog and you can visit them at www.closertoyourfood.com and follow them on Twitter @Closer2YourFood