My creativity was at an all-time high after the Ohio State versus Michigan game this weekend. Although my university does not get to go to the B1G championship game, it was an intense game against our biggest rival. And there is hope for a spot in the college football playoffs. The excitement inspired me to bake… again.
I’ve been craving waffles for a while. I have yet to buy my own waffle maker, but lucky for me, my mom had one I could use while at home! Naturally, I wanted to make a protein-based recipe, and sweet potatoes work great to combine with some Vermont Pure Maple Syrup my sister and I had bought a few years ago on our trip up the east coast.
Mom had frozen some of it and it kept well. I unthawed it for this particular occasion. When using pure maple syrup, a little goes a long way. I only used two tablespoons to top off my waffles and it was just the right amount of sugary sweetness needed for these protein-filled treats.
I will preface, this is a large portion. My mom could only eat one of her waffles and save the other for next day’s breakfast! They best thing about that is, they are dense and filling, yet have some of that beloved waffle fluffiness within the crusted edges.
Even being in an “off season” from bodybuilding shows, it is important for me to maintain consistency with eating. I am striving to add muscle and weight and to do so in a healthy way, I still need key nutrients with the foods I eat. I have been using the My Macros + app for about one year now and absolutely love it! Not only can I track my body weight and workouts, but I can also log my foods from their database, use a barcode scanner to find items that might not be in the app yet or create my own recipes to see the macronutrient breakdown of the ingredients used and the portions the recipe yields.
Have you ever taken notice of what types of food you eat, how frequently you eat, what triggers your hunger or when that happens? That self awareness and observation is the first step towards becoming healthier and understanding how nutrition plays a key role in your health!
For instance, imagines trigger my hunger. Doesn’t this look appetizing? I even added a little whipped cream because #lifebalance. 🙂 Enough suspense. Try out this high protein, gluten free, dairy free sweet potato protein waffle recipe!
Sweet Potato Protein Waffles (yields 2)
Macros, including 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
499 calories / 33g protein / 76g carbs / 6g fat / 7g fiber
7 ounces cooked sweet potato
1 egg (room temperature)
1 egg white
2 Tbsp quick oats
3/4 scoop 100% whey protein powder (I like Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard)
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking powder
Dash of salt
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Your choice: sugar free maple syrup, Walden Farms Syrup (0 calorie), or pure maple syrup/honey/agave
- Turn on waffle maker.
- Cook sweet potatoes, either in oven for 30 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit wrapped in foil or microwave on high, wrapped in wet paper towel for about as many minutes as weight/ounces. In this instance, it would be 6:30-7:00 minutes.
- In a bowl, combine dry ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, soften and mush sweet potato. Add egg, egg white and vanilla to bowl. Mix well.
- Add the dry mixture to the wet ingredient bowl. Stir until combined.
- Lightly apply non-adhesive cooking spray to waffle iron.
- Pour half the batter in hot waffle iron and cook as directed.
- Remove and pour remaining batter for second waffle.
- Plate, add syrup and additional toppings of choice. Dig in!
Thanks for following. Please let me know what you think of recipes that you try. You might also like to join me on My Macros + and find my username: SweetCarolineW.