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Matcha and Green Apple Protein Waffle [Vegan, Clean, GF]

Need something green to make for St. Patrick’s Day? Why not try out this naturally green protein waffle! It may not be the vibrant green food coloring you’re used too, but it’s packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants to make up for it. It’s also clean, vegan and gluten free depending on what type of protein powder you use. The recipe is easily adjustable for however many waffles you need, too! So go grab your waffle iron and get waffling! 

Matcha and Green Apple Protein Waffle [Clean, Vegan, GF]...And A Dash of CinnamonHuge news! Ok, maybe not for you, but for me I am SUPER excited because I finally have a replacement waffle maker!  Remember my (ok maybe a bit pathetic)  post about the day I found out my waffle maker broke? (If not, feel free to read this ?humorous, albeit sad account of that morning here).

Insert Picture of New Waffle Maker here!

You may be saying to yourself, ” That happened so long ago. Why has it taken so many months for you to finally replace it?”. To answer that thoughtful question I will say this. It was very close to Christmas (relatively speaking) and was hoping to get it replaced as a gift, especially since I was told by one of my aunt’s that it would be a good Christmas gift. True. However, that holiday came and went and not a waffle maker in sight.

Yes…that is what I want please.

No matter, I thought, I’ll just go out and get one. Well, that didn’t really happen. You see, I was banished to the middle of nowhere for my rotation and was away for the past few months, AGAIN. (Ok, maybe banished isn’t quite the right word, but it was 3 and a half hours away so it wasn’t like it was easy to get back and forth. ANNNNDDD it was in the middle of nowhere, so there).

Yeah, pretty much me for the past few months

OK, ok maybe a bit dramatic. However, I was put up in this super old, somewhat creepy house in the middle of nowhere (If you want to hear about the first night I spent there, let me know and I’ll tell you about it. Scary (in my mind), but also quite funny).

See? Creepy, right?

Needless to say, I did not acquire a waffle maker while there. Actually, I didn’t get one myself at all. Turns out one randomly showed up in the mail!! It was a fantastic surprise. One of my co-residents sent it to me. She probably didn’t want to hear me lamenting over my waffle maker any more (or she wants some of these said waffles) and decided to surprise me with one. Therefore, I am now the owner of a new Cuisinart Double Belgian Waffle Maker. I didn’t initially want another Belgian Waffle maker, but this one is pretty neat because it can make 2 at one time! One on top and one on the bottom. It also has lights for each separate waffle part so that you know when each side is ready. Very cool.

This is a side view. When horizontal and on top the respective side opens for the waffle iron

It’s also neat because the plug wraps up underneath so you don’t have it flailing around when you are trying to move it! However, it can be somewhat awkward to unwind it since you have to lift it up. I’m also not much of a fan of all my fingerprints already on it, but that’s my fault. Haha.

So what did I do with this new found gift? Made waffles, you might guess? Well, no, I sat on it for a few weeks because I didn’t have any cooking spray :(. I’m trying to get away from your traditional cooking sprays and just using more natural ingredients to grease my pans. I wasn’t sure how well that would work out on a waffle iron so I intended on getting one of those oil misters. Well, I went to the store and they were out of them! “NO!” I thought. I need waffles. Then, I gave up and just used some oil olive and smeared it around because:

It worked really well actually and the waffle did not stick one bit! I wasn’t sure how long it was suppose to take and was thinking about looking at the manual as it was cooking, but then it beeped and the waffle was done. Super convenient. So hooray for being able to make waffles again. Let’s get to the recipe!

Matcha and Green Apple Protein Waffle [Clean, Vegan, GF]...And A Dash of Cinnamon

Matcha and Green Apple Protein Waffle [Vegan, Clean, GF]

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 1 Belgian Waffle
Author AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon


  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oatmeal ground into flour
  • 1/2-1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 scoop matcha green tea powder
  • few dashes cinnamon
  • 1/8 t ground cloves
  • 1/8 t nutmeg
  • 1/4 t baking powder
  • 1/2 T ground flax seed
  • 1/2 Green Apple
  • few T liquid of choice


  1. Grease your waffle iron and pre-heat it

  2. Meanwhile, grind your oatmeal and flax seeds (if whole) and add them to a bowl

  3. Add the rest of your dry ingredients (protein powder, matcha, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and baking powder) to the bowl and mix.

  4. Dice your apple and mix it in with the dry ingredients

  5. Add your liquid tablespoon by tablespoon until all the ingredients are wet and mixed 

  6. Scoop out your batter onto the waffle iron and cook

  7. Carefully place on a plate, and top with pure maple syrup if desired!

Recipe Notes

  1. I use a coffee grinder to grind both my oats and flax seed
  2. This will make more than 1 waffle if using a smaller waffle iron
  3. The recipe is easily multiplied to make more than 1 waffle if desired
  4.  The edges of the waffle will not be super smooth because of all the apples. This is OK!
  5. You don't have to use a Granny Smith Apple. You can use whatever variety you have on hand.
  6. The amount of liquid you use will depend on how absorbent your protein powder is. Therefore, I always recommend adding just a little bit at at time and mixing and looking at the consistency before adding more liquid. I just use water. 

I link up with Deborah and Sarah’s, and running on happy’s/ the fit foodie mama’s Meatless Monday, #recipeoftheweek,Homestead Blog Hop, glutenfreefridays,  #healthyveganfridays,  What’s for Dinner, Sunday Fitness and FoodGraciousPantryKriska Marie


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  • Kelly Jones June 19, 2017, 1:48 PM

    Love matcha! Tried it in cookies, but adding to waffles is a great idea!

  • Farrah April 30, 2017, 10:08 PM

    I feel ya about being “banished” to the middle o’ nowhere for rotations, haha. That definitely happened to me allll too often! And oh, creepy houses. x_x

    In any case, I’m glad you’re done with that rotation and yay for waffle makers! My big (normal-sized) one is at home-home in California but I broke down and got a mini one here partially because I wanted to make waffles and also because it was adorable. 😀 I love the sound of these waffles!

  • Kriska Marie March 24, 2017, 3:06 PM

    Thanks for sharing it over at Food Friday. Excited to see what you’ll be sharing next! 🙂

  • Helen at the Lazy Gastronome March 24, 2017, 9:33 AM

    Your posts always make me smile – And I too love my waffle maker!! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner link up!

  • kimmythevegan March 19, 2017, 6:31 PM

    Oh how fun! It looks like a very nice waffle maker – your co-resident was so sweet to send it to you =)
    You should most definitely make her waffles 😉
    My St. Patrick’s Day recipe didn’t turn out super green either, I guess that’s what we get for not wanting to put scary food colouring in. Ah well. Your waffles sound great! I like the idea of matcha powder. Good for colouring and energy!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Healthy Vegan Fridays. I’m pinning & sharing.
    ps. That house does look rather “Cabin in the Hills”ish. Creepy for sure. You should definitely share the story of the first night there!

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon March 19, 2017, 8:11 PM

      It is nice! A bit heavy and bulky, but so far it’s been great. I made different waffles with it this morning. So good, I’ll have to post that recipe soon. I will have to make her waffles at some point to thank her, especially now that I can make 2 at the same time, lol!

      Your St. Patrick’s Day recipe sounds so awesome though. Super tasty. I hope you ate a few after that long run of yours!

      This was actually my very first time using matcha! It had been sitting in my pantry for a few weeks bc I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Lol. I’m excited to keep trying to experiment with it. Let me know if you’ve got any tips!

      Haha, ok I’ll share the story at some point. It’s sort of embarrassing from my standpoint, but retrospectively it’s probably quite funny and likely entertaining for others.

  • Barrie March 13, 2017, 9:33 PM

    I have to get a waffle maker- yum! Plus I love Leslie Snopes .gif!! So funny~

  • dixya @food, pleasure, and health March 13, 2017, 10:31 AM

    on that note, i need to get me new waffle maker!

  • Annmarie March 13, 2017, 8:58 AM

    Yay for a new waffle maker! I LOVE protein waffles- these look so yummy!

  • RS March 13, 2017, 6:45 AM

    Waffles are the best!!! I’m glad you finally got a new one!

    I LOVE matcha so I’m super excited to make this recipe! When I do I’ll definitely know how it goes!

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon March 13, 2017, 4:47 PM

      I Am too! How I’ve missed making waffles! You need to share with me how you use matcha! This was actually my first time. I hope you do get a chance to make them!

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