We’ve got 20 reasons to take out your waffle makers—and they won’t deter your health goals. These healthy waffle recipes have something for everyone, from keto dieters to those just looking for a sweet breakfast.
Whether you dress them up or dress them down, the ball is completely in your court. And for more breakfast recipes, check out these 50 Healthy Overnight Oats Recipes.
Why add protein powder to a smoothie when you can add it to a waffle batter? These protein-packed waffles are the perfect way to start your day.
Get our recipe for Protein Waffles.
Savory Waffles with Ham and Egg
If you haven’t used waffles as a delivery vehicle for ham and eggs, why not? You’ll be a convert after trying this recipe.
Get our recipe for Savory Waffles with Ham and Egg.
Savory Parsnip Waffles
This Whole30-friendly recipe is perfect for anyone who prefers savory flavors to sweet ones. Plus, you’ll add an unexpected veggie to your meal.
Get our recipe for Savory Parsnip Waffles.
We’ll let you in on a secret: These waffles are made of cheese. Yes, cheese! You won’t want to slather them with syrup, but you’ll love the crispy goodness.
Get our recipe for Keto Waffles.
Spicy Waffled Cauliflower Hash Browns
OK, so these aren’t technically waffles. But they’re made in a waffle iron, and they’re the perfect addition to your breakfast spread.
Get our recipe for Spicy Waffled Cauliflower Hash Browns.
Strawberry Shortcake Waffles
Skip the nutrient-void angel food cake and whip up a batch of whole-grain waffles instead. Aside from being a wholesome spin on dessert, this shortcake contains the king of superfoods. From blasting flab, curbing the appetite, building lean muscle, and promoting organ functioning to fighting infection, coconut oil takes the cake.
Get the recipe from Well Plated.
Blueberry Orange Waffles
Blueberries and orange are an unexpected flavor pairing that works. Move over, lemon-ricotta pancakes!
Get the recipe from Lemon Tree Dwelling.
Sweet Potato&Chive Hash Brown Waffles
You had us at “sweet potato hash browns.” Whether you follow the Paleo diet, eat gluten-free, or are simply looking for a way to liven up breakfast, these “waffles” are everything.
Get the recipe from Foraged Dish.
Pumpkin Waffle Sandwiches
Despite popular belief, low-fat dairy is not the way to go. Incorporating dairy like the brie in this recipe is part of a balanced diet.
Get the recipe from Go Go Go Gourmet.
Thanksgiving Brunch Waffles with Fried Egg Gravy
We know Thanksgiving was in November, but that doesn’t mean our taste buds don’t crave all its fixing, especially when waffles and eggs are thrown into the mix.
Get the recipe from Climbing Grier Mountain.
These flavor-packed waffles will suppress your appetite, give you a more radiant complexion and help you stay faithful to your workout plan. That’s all thanks to the health benefits of pumpkin!
Get the recipe from Averie Cooks.
Savory Parsnip Chive Waffles
Parsnips and chives may not be on your shortlist of waffle ingredients, but they should be! This savory recipe will have you rethinking what a waffle can be.
Get the recipe from Inspiralized.
Greek Yogurt Waffles
Thank the Greek gods for these low-calorie, low-fat waffles. The white stuff is packed with satiating protein, bone-strengthening calcium, and healthy gut probiotics that have been shown to improve cognitive function and stop belly bloat.
Get the recipe from Creme de la Crumb.
Oreo and waffle obsessed? The food gods have finally answered your prayers with this one. Grab a fork and pleasure your taste buds (but keep it to one serving). To lower the fat and sugar counts, opt for two reduced-fat Oreos per serving.
Get the recipe from Poor Man’s Gourmet Kitchen.
Lemon Buckwheat Waffles
These waffles contain one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which fight inflammation and stubborn abdominal fat. Chia seeds‘ unique balance of protein, fats, and fiber gives you long-lasting energy. Better yet, they absorb water, expanding to up to 10 times their weight in liquid, helping you feel full and fueled.
Get the recipe from The Healthy Maven.
Chicken Waffle Nachos
Fried chicken and waffles is a Southern staple. Throw cheese into the mix, and you’re entering dangerous territory. However, with just 292 calories and 13.7 grams of muscle-building protein, this recipe is hardly a splurge.
Get the recipe from Real Food By Dad.
Looking for a way to sneak more veggies into your kid’s diet (or your own)? Despite appearances, there is zucchini hidden in these waffles. The low-cal green squash is packed with hunger-busting fiber and boasts more blood pressure-lowering potassium than a banana!
Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.
Chocolate-Covered Waffle Bites
According to a study published in the Journal of Proteome Research, eating small amounts of chocolate every day can help you chill out and reach your health goals. And what better way to add a bit of chocolate to your life than with these chocolate-covered waffle bites?
Get the recipe from Sassy Kitchen.
Five-Minute Brownie Waffles
Save roughly 200 calories, 10 grams of fat, and 25 grams of carbs when you take five minutes to make these waffle brownies instead of stopping at Panera.
Get the recipe from Just A Taste.
Cauliflower Cheese Waffles
Cauliflower is one versatile veggie, subbing in for everything from pizza crust, rice, and potatoes to waffles. And for good reason; cauliflower is low in carbs, bursting with vitamin C and B, and absorbs whatever flavors it’s combined with. With a nutritional profile like this one, this gluten-free recipe fits into any diet.
Get the recipe from Food Lust People Love.
Red Velvet Waffles
Red velvet anything is divine, especially when it can be consumed at breakfast. The best part: These waffles are innocent enough to fit into your day without expanding your waistline.
Get the recipe from Tasty Kitchen.
Peanut Butter Honey Banana Waffle Sandwiches
A PB and banana combo is a match made in heaven. And including more healthy fats in your diet has plenty of health benefits, too.
Get the recipe from Mom On Time Out.
Potato Waffle Eggs Florentine
Savory and nutritious, this eggs florentine recipe will fill you up without filling you out. Plus, it’s delicious.
Get the recipe from Eats Well with Others.
Carrot Cake Waffles
Skip the cake and have breakfast for dessert with this delicious waffle recipe.
Get the recipe from The Healthy Maven.
Coconut Yogurt Waffles
These waffles are vegan and gluten-free, but you’d never know it from how delicious they are.
Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker.
And for more ways to start your day off right, don’t miss these 30 Nutritionist-Approved Healthy Breakfast Ideas.