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Quinoa Waffles

Quinoa Waffles are a favorite for breakfast or brunch. The quinoa becomes hidden in these waffles adding extra protein and nutrients but doesn't change the delicious taste of the waffles.

Your favorite breakfast waffles packed with extra protein and nutrients from added quinoa – you’d never know it was in there!

This post was originally posted in April 2105.  I have updated the photos, added a video and made a few minor changes to the text and recipe. 

Breakfast waffles with added quinoa for an extra boost of protein and nutrition. These quinoa waffles are perfect for breakfast or brunch.

Weekend breakfasts are always a big deal at our house. It’s time to relax a bit and take the time to make something to really enjoy. One of our favorite breakfasts is homemade waffles.

Quinoa Waffles are a delicious, healthy way to start the day.

I decided to try quinoa waffles and they were a big hit. Of course I didn’t tell anyone there was quinoa in the waffles! That would have been reason enough for everyone to exclaim….”Ewwww!”   Nope, not until after they had eaten three waffles each did I ask, “How were the waffles?” They loved them!  n fact, they had no idea there was anything I did differently to our regular old waffles.

Quinoa waffles for breakfast are a family favorite.

Quinoa is what I call a “super food.” It’s packed with protein, fiber, and nutrients. It doesn’t contain gluten (although this waffle recipe is made with flour which has gluten.)

To use quinoa, first rinse thoroughly in a bowl of water. Gently rub the seeds together in the water. This helps remove a slightly bitter taste from the quinoa. Then drain quinoa through a fine meshed sieve. Cook quinoa according to package directions before using in dishes.Quinoa can be cooked ahead of time and kept covered in the refrigerator until needed.

Looking at the batter, you can see the quinoa.  Once the waffles are cooked, it just seems to disappear. Quinoa really doesn’t have much taste on it’s own. Added to a dish, it often takes on the flavors of the other ingredients.

Ingredients for quinoa waffles includes flour, eggs, baking powder, milk and quinoa - and a couple other ingredients.

Since waffles are already a regular staple in our house, I think these will be our new go-to recipe for Saturday mornings.

Homemade quinoa waffles

5 from 4 votes
Quinoa Waffles are a favorite for breakfast or brunch. The quinoa becomes hidden in these waffles adding extra protein and nutrients but doesn't change the delicious taste of the waffles.
Quinoa Waffles
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Regular waffles made healthier with added quinoa.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: quinoa breakfast recipes, quinoa recipes, waffles with quinoa
Servings: 8 waffles
Calories: 248 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa cooled
  1. Place eggs in a bowl. Mix with a whisk.
  2. Add melted butter, milk and sugar. Mix
  3. In a separate bowl mix flour, salt and baking powder together.

  4. Whisk egg mixture and slowly add flour mixture. Continue whisking until all flour is added.

  5. Stir in quinoa.
  6. Cook in a preheated waffle iron until waffles are done.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Number of waffles depends on the size of your waffle iron.

Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Waffles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 165mg 7%
Potassium 360mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 6.5%
Calcium 16.3%
Iron 11.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    April 19, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    What a great idea, Kathy! Good way to up the nutritional value of waffles. Having a bowl of cooked quinoa in the fridge is a always a good idea – to add it to soups or salads – but adding it to waffles is an excellent idea!

    • Reply
      April 19, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks, Geraldine!

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    Annie @ The Garlic Diaries
    April 19, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    This is SUCH an amazing idea! I am absolutely trying this.

    • Reply
      April 19, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      I hope you do! Let me know how you like them!

  • Reply
    September 4, 2016 at 8:58 am

    We just tried these this morning and we loved them, but they needed some salt. I figured I just skipped it by mistake, but it’s actually not listed. Next time I make them I will be sure to add a but. We loved them anyway!

    • Reply
      September 5, 2016 at 5:50 am

      I’m so glad you love these pancakes. Thanks for letting me know about the salt. We actually don’t add it to the pancakes, but I will add it to the recipe as optional.

  • Reply
    July 4, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    As promised, my family could not tast the Quinoa in my pancakes. They were very good, I noticed that the eggs were not added to wet or dry ingredients so I went ahead and put them with the wet before adding dry ingredients. I had two bananas that were too ripe to eat so I added them to eggs after mashing. After adding the flour and quinoa, I also added 1/2 cup walnuts to batter. Yum! We made 7 banana walnut waffles! Thank you!

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    David @ Spiced
    July 7, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Quinoa in the waffles? What a unique idea, Kathy! Robbie loves pancakes and waffles, and I’m tempted to try these out with him. What a sneaky cool idea. Also, these photos are excellent! Love the one with the syrup dripping out of the container. Well done, my friend, well done! 🙂

    • Reply
      July 7, 2018 at 6:33 pm

      Thanks, David! There’s nothing wrong with sneaking a little extra nutrients into something Robbie is going to eat anyway! 🙂

  • Reply
    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    July 7, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    I like your video- I’ve done a few videos and it sure does take extra time to add them to the blog! Well done!

    • Reply
      July 7, 2018 at 6:32 pm

      Thanks, Fran! The learning curve on making videos is quite steep…I figure the more I do, the easier they will become. I hope anyway! 😉

  • Reply
    Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    July 12, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Quinoa is one of my favorites, these waffles look wonderful and that drippy syrup on top has me drooling for breakfast. Take care.

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    Nicoletta Sugarlovespices
    July 13, 2018 at 10:17 am

    I never eat enough protein (since I don’t eat meat) so these waffles are just perfect for me! Never made them, and can’t wait to try! They look so so beautiful!

    • Reply
      July 15, 2018 at 6:24 am

      I hope you enjoy them!

  • Reply
    Kay Lynn Peterson
    August 2, 2018 at 1:18 am

    Kathy, is the Quinoa pre-cooked or uncooked? Also, I love buckwheat, how much of the flour can I replace with buckwheat flour?

    • Reply
      August 2, 2018 at 9:01 am

      The quinoa is cooked prior to adding to the waffle batter. I have not ever used buckwheat flour so I am unaware of it’s properties or how to use it.

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