My family has been loving these cottage cheese waffles lately. Flourless, high in protein, and gluten-free, these healthy waffles are not only filling, but also super easy to make and delicious on their own without any toppings.
Cottage cheese waffles are a filling, no-fuss breakfast
We’ve been loving this healthy cottage cheese waffle recipe lately as it’s just so different.
Unlike typical waffles, this recipe makes flourless waffles that are high in protein.
Plus, the batter has such a wonderful, savory flavor that you don’t even need to fuss with extra toppings. You can just eat them plain on their own, which is what I like to do as a snack.
Let me show you how easy it is to make these cottage cheese protein waffles. You only need 5 ingredients and 2 simple steps.
I love cottage cheese for breakfast
In case you haven’t noticed, cottage cheese is one of my go-to breakfast foods.
Not only does it add a great texture and flavor to recipes like pancakes and waffles, but it’s also very healthy for you as it's:
- Rich in calcium, which is important for bone health.
- High in protein to help keep you nice and full.
- Good source of many other important nutrients like phosphorus and vitamin B12.
And just as there’s a big difference in quality between different brands of yogurt, it’s important to get high-quality cottage cheese as the flavor and texture is just so much better.
Speaking of yogurt, there’s a really interesting article about cottage cheese and yogurt that’s worth reading.
It talks all about why Greek yogurt became so popular and how cottage cheese is starting to make a comeback as more consumers are starting to appreciate its versatility, flavor, and nutritional benefits.
Cottage cheese has more protein than greek yogurt
One of the most interesting parts of the article mentioned above is the nutritional comparison of Greek yogurt and cottage cheese.
Despite Greek yogurt’s reputation for being a popular high protein breakfast option, full-fat cottage cheese is actually even higher in protein than full-fat Greek yogurt, yet contains almost the same amount of total fat.
And when you compare low-fat varieties, cottage cheese still has more protein yet less total fat than Greek yogurt.
In case you're interested in the numbers, according to the article, 100 grams of full-fat cottage cheese has 11.5 grams of protein and 4.3 grams of fat and the low-fat variety has about 10.5 grams of protein and 1 gram of fat.
In comparison, the same serving size of Greek yogurt has 8.7 grams of protein and 4.1 grams of protein in the full-fat version, and 8.2 grams of protein and 1.7 grams of fat for the low-fat option.
So, if you’re a fan of Greek yogurt, it may be worth changing things up every once and awhile by using cottage cheese instead!
These flourless waffles are high in protein and gluten free
I love breakfasts with plenty of protein as they keep me nice and full all the way until lunch.
While traditional waffles can often be high in carb yet low in protein, these cottage cheese waffles have plenty of protein as they’re made with cottage cheese and eggs.
Plus, they’re also made with oats, which have more protein than traditional wheat flour. So, between these three ingredients, you can have high protein waffles without having to use any protein powder!
Want to bump up the protein even more? Make these waffles savory by topping them with smoked salmon and crème fraîche.
This healthy waffle recipe doesn’t use any refined sugar
To keep these cottage cheese waffles healthy, I don’t add any refined sugar.
Cottage cheese waffles are savory
Because of the cottage cheese and not having any added sugar, these protein waffles are quite savory tasting.
And I like to make them even more savory by adding toppings like crème fraîche, smoked salmon, and everything seasoning.
If you don’t like or have salmon, you can also serve these with chicken, homemade turkey sausage, or a poached egg.
This recipe is also really good topped with sour cream and caviar for a fancier breakfast option.
Don't forget the everything seasoning
Yes, these cottage cheese waffles are good on their own. But adding a sprinkle of everything seasoning makes them over the top delicious!
Personally, I love Trader Joe’s everything seasoning and always make sure to bring a few jars back to London with me. Plus, it’s often cheaper than what you’ll find online.
However, if you don’t have a Trader Joes’ nearby, I like this everything seasoning that you can buy on Amazon.
There’s also a great no salt everything seasoning that you can get. Especially since these waffles are already a bit salty from the smoked salmon and cottage cheese, having a salt-free seasoning is really nice.
Of course, you can also make your own everything seasoning with a recipe like this one.
These waffles can also be enjoyed as a sweet breakfast
Just because cottage cheese waffles are a bit savory, doesn’t mean you can’t make them sweeter.
In fact, I especially like them with a drizzle of honey on top. You can also go the traditional route of pure maple syrup.
Flourless waffles are different than traditional waffles
While the shape is the same, this healthy waffle recipe isn’t your typical light, fluffy waffle with a crispy exterior.
Instead, this recipe makes more of an eggy waffle that’s soft and almost custardy inside. They’re more akin to my Norwegian heart waffles in terms of texture.
How to make cottage cheese waffles
Making these waffles is very easy as all you need is a blender and a waffle iron.
What you’ll need to make them
This healthy waffle recipe comes together with just 5 ingredients:
- Quick cook oats (gluten-free if needed)
- Cottage cheese
- Baking powder
- Coconut oil
TIP: As there are so few ingredients, I recommend using a good-quality, full-fat cottage cheese as it’ll give your waffles a creamier texture and better flavor.
There are just two steps for making these high protein waffles
Making these waffles is super simple as it requires just 2 easy steps:
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender
- Pour batter into a preheated waffle iron
TIP: Let the batter sit for 10 minutes after blending to give it time to thicken up a bit.
Cottage cheese waffles are delicious as a snack
These waffles are delicious served plain.
This makes them perfect finger-food for kids or an easy option to put in a Tupperware container for a high-protein snack after the gym.
More cottage cheese recipes
This cottage cheese waffle recipe is actually adapted from my Simple Cottage Cheese Pancakes with Oats. They’re just as healthy, and are a good option if you don't have a waffle maker or are simply in the mood for a stack of pancakes instead.
If you don’t have time to cook breakfast, these Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowls are a great high-protein, low-carb option.
Another great low-carb breakfast are my Flourless Cottage Cheese Pancakes (coming soon!), which are also keto and diabetic-friendly. And the best part is that you only need 3 main ingredients to make them: eggs, almond flour, and cottage cheese.
For a dessert option, you can also make this Healthy Cheesecake with Cottage Cheese. It might sound odd, but trust me when I say that it’s just as creamy and tangy as traditional cheesecake, but much healthier and higher in protein.
Cottage cheese waffles make for a high protein breakfast that doesn’t need any fancy toppings
I really hope this gluten-free waffle recipe makes it on your table soon. It’s definitely a recipe we make when we are craving a simple yet filling breakfast.
Any questions? Feel free to ask in the comments below.
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- ¾ cups quick cook oats (use GF oats if needed)
- 1 cup cottage cheese
- 2 large eggs
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- smoked salmon and crème fraîche
- Blend everything together in a blender. Transfer to a bowl and allow to sit for 10 minutes. The batter will slightly thicken as it sits. In the meantime, preheat your waffle iron.
- Pour or scoop the waffle batter into a hot waffle iron (I used a ⅓ cup measuring cup for each waffle, but waffle makers vary). Cook waffles for about 4 minutes each, until cooked through. Once done, transfer the waffles to a cooling rack.
- Serve immediately with your favorite toppings. These waffles are a little savory, but go well with either sweet or savory toppings.