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Recipe: Foundations Cafe Protein Waffles

These protein waffles were pretty much the star of the show at Foundations Cafe, the healthy cafe I previously owned and ran in central Bristol. Not only are they freakin’ delicious, but they’re full of nutritious goodness so you can feel totally virtuous and smug about eating them. I’ve left the toppings open to interpretation so you can get as creative as you like!

Serves two

What you need:

- 70g oat flour (blitz normal oats in a blender or food processor to make this)

- 2 scoops vegan protein powder (for flavour and value for money I recommend the repair blends from Raw Sport. In the cafe we used this one from SF nutrition which is a little more on the spenny side but cooks well and tastes great.)

- 1tsp baking powder

- 1tsp baking soda 

- 1 egg, yolk and white separated 

- 1 tsp vanilla essence 

- 1tbsp maple syrup, honey, or other liquid sweetener 

- 100ml milk of choice


1️⃣ Add all your dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl - oat flour, protein powder, baking powder and soda

2️⃣ In a separate bowl, mix together your egg yolk (saving the egg white in a bowl of its own), vanilla, sweetener and milk of choice

3️⃣ Using an electric hand whisk, or a regular whisk if you don’t have one and/or want to get a good old arm pump on, whisk your egg white until stiff. Don’t. worry too much about making it so stiff that you can tip the bowl upside down on top of your head (although if you try this and it goes wrong, please send pics). It should be starting to form peaks, though.

4️⃣ First, gently mix your wet ingredients (not including the egg white) into your dry. The mixture should be quite thick at this point, but if there isn’t enough liquid to combine with all of the dry just add a little more milk.

5️⃣ Gently fold in the egg whites to the batter, taking care not to knock too much of the air out. Think light and fluffy, people.

6️⃣ Turn on your waffle iron to heat up whilst you allow the batter to sit for 5 minutes.

7️⃣ Time to cook your waffles. Add enough batter to just about fill the bottom grids - about two tablespoons. Close your iron and set a timer for two minutes, at which point open it up and get those bad boys out of there. Repeat!

8️⃣ When your waffles are cooked and good to go, add toppings of choice. Greek yoghurt and berries was a winner for me, but other popular choices were peanut butter and banana or jam and coconut.

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