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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, I’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 7 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
    September 29, 2020 at 11:32 am

    5 stars
    Hi there, I just happened upon your site when I was looking for a quinoa waffle recipe. I made these and they are gorgeous! Light, tender, not too sweet, just perfect. Thank you so much and I’m off to check out your other recipes!

    • Reply
      September 30, 2020 at 5:16 am

      Hi Rose,
      So glad you loved these waffles! They are perfect for breakfast 🙂

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