It’s time to elevate your breakfast with these crispy (and secretly healthy) churro waffles.
For these delicious waffles, you only need three ingredients, making this an incredibly easy breakfast to throw together.
Each churro waffle has 100 calories & 6g of protein, but you’d never know that these were healthy.
The waffles are crispy on the outside, light on the inside, and packed with cinnamon sugar flavor in every bite.
Protein waffles are kind of my thing (as you’ll see in my recipe book of 100 protein waffle recipes) but these are by far my easiest waffle recipe!
How to make churro waffles
All you need are THREE ingredients to bring these waffles to life.
My favorite baking hack of all time is combining cake mix with diet soda or seltzer to create a delicious cake without eggs, oil, or butter. It sounds crazy, but it works!
No matter what flavor of soda you go with, you do not taste it in the slightest. For this recipe, I kept it subtle with a lime flavor, but I promise you’ll never taste it.
To add protein to these churro waffles, we’re going to mix a small amount of protein powder into the cake mix to create our waffle mix.
If you use a good protein powder, it will improve the taste of these churro waffles, which is exactly what happened when I used this snickerdoodle protein powder from PEScience. You can use any type of protein powder you’d like, and any flavor will work, but I highly recommend this one (and you can use my code “Matt” to save yourself 15% as well).
All we need to do here is combine all 3 ingredients until we have a nice thick waffle batter.
To make these waffles, I used a Dash mini waffle maker. If you don’t want to make Belgian waffles, this little waffle maker is the way to go!
After you plug it in, it should be fully heated up in a matter of minutes.
Once heated up, lightly spray the waffle iron with some nonstick spray, and add your waffle batter.
When you add your waffle batter, you want to leave a little room around the edges. If you completely fill the waffle iron, the batter will ooze out of the sides as the waffles cook. By leaving a little bit of room around the edges, you’ll be saving yourself a big mess.
Now, here’s a little secret to creating that crispy exterior that we want from our churro waffles…
Sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon sugar on top of the waffle, then close the waffle maker for about 30 seconds to completely melt the sugar.
Not only will the melted sugar solidify and become crispy, but it will also allow the cinnamon sugar coating to stick to the outside of the waffle.
Carefully remove the churro waffle from the waffle maker, then dip in your cinnamon sugar mixture.
Add the waffle to a cooling rack, then continue until you have used up all of your waffle batter.
If you were to add your waffle directly to a plate, it would end up getting soggy due to the condensation caused by the hot waffle. Using a cooling rack is the secret to crispy waffles!
The best toppings for churro waffles
For me, nothing pairs better with churros than chocolate. For my churro waffles, I decided to enjoy them with some Nutella.
Drizzling Nutella on top works great, but dipping these waffles worked out even better. If you cut up each waffle, you can serve up churro waffle sticks that are perfect for dipping into a side of Nutella.
The beauty of waffles is that you can get very creative with your toppings. You can use any chocolate sauce you’d like, top with whipped cream and sprinkles, drizzle some Protein Caramel Sauce over the top, keep it classic with maple syrup, or even use them to create waffle churro ice cream sandwiches.
If you need some other inspiration for toppings, be sure to check out my protein book. If there’s a food you love, there’s a good chance you’ll find it in within my 100 e-book. The recipes are created so you only need to mix up with some (you won’t need to mess with , , etc), so they’re super easy to make.
Can you use this recipe to make a Belgian waffle?
If you only have a Belgian waffle maker, you can very easily use that for this recipe!
Follow the recipe exactly as-is, and you’ll be able to make 2 Belgian waffles, each with 300 calories and 18g of protein.
More 3-ingredient recipes to try
If you love these churro waffles, you’re in for quite a treat.
Using this 3-ingredient baking hack, I’ve been able to put together a bunch of other healthy recipes that are just as delicious! Check ’em out below.
- Crispy Protein Churro Donuts
- 3-Ingredient Cake Mix Protein Pancakes
- Protein Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes
- Oreo Protein Cupcakes
- Protein Churro Bites
- 130g (3 Servings) Yellow Cake Mix
- 40g (1 1/3 Scoops) Snickerdoodle or Vanilla Protein Powder (Code "Matt" saves you 15% on PEScience brand)
- 1/2 Cup + 2 Tbsp Diet Soda or Seltzer
- 100g Granular Sugar Substitute
- Tsp Cinnamon
- In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and protein powder to fully combine.
- Slowly add the diet soda/seltzer a little bit at a time while mixing until it forms a thick but pourable batter.
- Plug in your mini waffle maker and let it heat up.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the cinnamon & sugar substitute for your coating.
- Once heated, lightly spray the waffle maker with nonstick cooking spray, then spoon some of your batter into the center. One heaping spoonful worked great for me- just be sure you leave a little bit of room around the edges rather than completely filling the waffle maker or else it will overflow as it cooks.
- The waffle should only take 1-2 minutes to cook. Once done, open up the waffle maker, sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon sugar on top, and close the top once more, allowing the waffle to cook for an additional 30 seconds.
- Carefully remove the waffle from the waffle maker, coat with cinnamon sugar, and place on a cooling rack. If you place directly on a plate, your waffles will end up soggy, so the cooling rack is important.
- Repeat until you've used all your batter, which should yield 6 waffles.
- If you don't want these to be high-protein, you can leave the protein powder out. The combination of cake mix and diet soda will still yield a great result, but you'll want to use slightly less liquid.
- I use a protein powder that is a blend of whey & casein protein. Whey protein alone should work just as fine, but I would just use one scoop (about 30g) instead, as whey protein tends to become very dry.
- Sprinkling some cinnamon sugar on the waffle while it's still on the waffle iron is optional, but recommended. The sugar melts, making it much easier for the rest of the coating to stick to the waffle and give us that crisp we are after.
- I enjoyed my waffles as-is since they have a ton of flavor, but these are great with Nutella! You can cut the waffles up into strips to be able to easily dunk into Nutella, as well.
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1 Churro Waffle
Amount Per Serving Calories 105Total Fat 1gCarbohydrates 18gProtein 6g