Pumpkin Protein Waffles {Freezer Meal}

By Rachel Tiemeyer
March 27, 2012

Pumpkin Protein Waffles are an easy breakfast idea your family will love. They are crispy on the outside yet moist throughout and make a great healthy freezer meal. A delicious way to get more protein and nutrition into your breakfast!

pumpkin protein waffles

These perfectly crisp, yet light pumpkin waffles were an accident gone right.  They started out as whole wheat pumpkin pancakes using my Sweet Potato Pancake recipe.

You know how I like to tweak recipes, though. I was out of whole wheat flour, so I subbed almond meal (ground almonds). Almond meal is a great way to add protein, calcium, and minerals into any baked good.  You can sub up to 50% of flour with it.  My other changes to the original pancake recipe were using pumpkin in lieu of sweet potato (but I put in more than called for) and coconut oil in place of butter. But, all of these changes made for healthy but gooey-in-the-middle-and-easily-burned pancakes.  🙁

So, halfway through the double batch of nastiness, a light bulb went off.  I decided to fire up the waffle iron. Low and behold, I found out that this batter made the perfect healthy pumpkin waffles!  They were moist, flavorful and passed the husband taste test with flying colors (a small feat).  I hope you enjoy this happy accident as much as we did.

pumpkin protein waffle on a plate with strawberries

You can usually find almond flour in the health food section at your grocery story. If you want it delivered to your door, you can find the link to the almond flour I use in our Top 10 “Health Food” Amazon Prime Favorites.



Pumpkin Protein Waffles {Freezer Meal}

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 19 minutes
  • Yield: 16 square waffles 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Waffle Iron
  • Cuisine: American


Pumpkin Protein Waffles are crispy on the outside yet moist throughout. A delicious way to get more protein and nutrition!


  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup almond meal (ground almonds)
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (I prefer coconut sugar or sucanat)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups almond milk (or any other kind of milk)
  • 4 teaspoons melted virgin coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin (1/2 a can)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients (flour through salt).
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients (milk through vanilla).
  3. Pour wet ingredients into the dry and stir just until combined.
  4. Let the batter rest for about 5 minutes.
  5. Grease a hot waffle iron and pour about 1/3 cup batter per 4-inch waffle. Cook each batch according to waffle iron directions (mine took about 4 minutes.)


Freezer Meal Instructions:
To Freeze:
Cook waffles on waffle maker as directed. Place waffles on a baking sheet (that’s covered in parchment or waxed paper) in a single layer. Flash freeze the waffles long enough for them to be solid. Then place in freezer safe bag or container separating each layer of waffles with waxed paper. Freeze up to 3 months.

To Prepare:
Thaw waffles in fridge or warm slightly in microwave. You can warm them in toaster or microwave.

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