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Quinoa Waffles

July 7, 2018 (Last Updated: May 29, 2019)

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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. 

A stack of three waffles on a white platter.

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.

What ingredients are needed to make quinoa waffles?

  • eggs
  • butter
  • milk
  • sugar
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • cooked quinoa

Waffles with fresh fruit and syrup.


What is Quinoa?

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. Check out this post for step by step directions for how to cook quinoa

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. I also add quinoa to pancakes! They are delicious too!

Ingredients for quinoa waffles includes flour, eggs, baking powder, milk and quinoa.

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

Pouring syrup onto waffles.

Other Great Recipes Using Quinoa

Don’t forget to PIN for later!  Syrup pouring onto waffles with fresh fruit.

If you make this recipe, Iโ€™d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below or snap a picture and tag me on Instagram #beyondthechickencoop


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

Regular waffles made healthier with added quinoa.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 waffles
Calories 248 kcal


  • 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)


  • Place eggs in a bowl. Mix with a whisk.
  • Add melted butter, milk and sugar. Mix
  • In a separate bowl mix flour, salt and baking powder together.
  • Whisk egg mixture and slowly add flour mixture. Continue whisking until all flour is added.
  • Stir in quinoa.
  • Cook in a preheated waffle iron until waffles are done.



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


Calories: 248kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 7gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 165mgPotassium: 360mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 325IUCalcium: 163mgIron: 2.1mg
Keyword quinoa breakfast recipes, quinoa recipes, waffles with quinoa
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.


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  • Reply
    Fred G
    November 29, 2018 at 9:18 am

    5 stars
    Another good use of quinoa.

    • Reply
      November 29, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      They are so tasty too!

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

    5 stars
    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.

  • Reply
    Nicoletta Sugarlovespices
    July 13, 2018 at 10:17 am

    5 stars
    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
    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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    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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply
    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    July 4, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    5 stars
    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!

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

    5 stars
    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
    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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