These healthy strawberry oat waffles are a total game changer. The gluten free waffles are crispy on the outside, light and fluffy in the middle, and they have an irresistible strawberry flavor. Best of all, they’re the easiest waffles you’ll ever make (seriously). They’re a family favorite, and I hope you’ll love them too—watch my kids make them in the step-by-step video below.

Syrup pouring down on two stacked gluten free strawberry oat waffles.

Healthy gluten free oatmeal waffles

My family loves waffles with a serious passion, but for years I relegated them to weekends. Not only because they were a production to make, but also because the recipes we used were usually loaded with butter and sugar. I set out to create an easier, healthy waffle recipe that would be whipped up any day of the week. These strawberry waffles hit the nail on the head. They have an incredible flavor and are now my kids’ absolute favorite.  

Two stacked cottage cheese waffles with a bite removed, showing the interior of the waffles.

High protein cottage cheese waffles

The waffles get a triple dose of protein from rolled oats, eggs and cottage cheese, meaning they will keep you satisfied until lunch. The cottage cheese is the secret ingredient, lending the waffles a light and fluffy texture. 

Easy strawberry waffles

Strawberry jam and freeze-dried strawberries give the waffles a sweet berry taste without the need for any added sugar. Using freeze-dried strawberries instead of fresh berries provides strawberry flavor without making the waffles soggy (but they’re optional).

Close up of a high protein cottage cheese waffle topped with strawberry sauce and a dollop of cottage cheese.

Strawberry oat waffle ingredients

  • Eggs
  • Old fashioned rolled oats
  • Cottage cheese 
  • Strawberry jam
  • Freeze dried strawberries (optional)
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt

How do you make oat waffles?

Process shot showing all of the ingredients for the oat waffles in a blender.
  • Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
The waffle batter in a blender.
  • Cook the waffles in a preheated waffle iron. I have a Belgian waffle maker, but you can make these in a regular waffle iron if that’s what you have. Or you can make pancakes instead (see the tips below)!
The gluten free waffle batter in a waffle iron.
Strawberry oatmeal waffles in a Belgian waffle iron.

Cottage cheese pancakes

You can also use the same batter to make cottage cheese pancakes! Cook the batter as you normally would on a buttered griddle or in a non-stick skillet. The pancakes won’t bubble on top like regular pancakes, so check the bottoms and give them a flip when golden brown (see the Tips below). 

Easy strawberry sauce

You can serve the waffles with maple syrup, but we love to take them over-the-top with a five-minute homemade strawberry sauce. The sauce is made with just frozen strawberries, water and maple syrup—I’ve included the recipe below. 

Two plates of strawberry waffles, with a bowl of strawberry sauce alongside.

FAQ

Can you freeze the waffles?

Yes, these homemade waffles freeze beautifully. Let them cool completely then freeze them in an airtight container or zip-top freezer bag. Reheat them in a toaster oven or regular oven until warmed through and crisp. 

Can you use waffle batter to make pancakes?

Yes, you can use this waffle batter to make pancakes instead! 

What’s the difference between a Belgian waffle and a regular waffle?

Belgian waffles are thicker and have deeper holes than American style waffles. You can make this batter in either style.

Two child hands grabbing a plate of waffles topped with strawberries and cottage cheese.

Tips for this recipe:

  • You’ll need a waffle iron for this recipe, or you can make pancakes instead (see below). I love this Belgian Waffle Maker, which makes 4 waffles at a time, meaning we’re not waiting between batches. 
  • The waffles freeze beautifully! Reheat them in a toaster or oven until warmed through. 
  • Freeze dried strawberries give the waffles a delicious berry flavor without making them soggy.
  • If you’d like, you can use a strawberry flavored cottage cheese instead of plan cottage cheese and omit the strawberry jam (keep the freeze dried strawberries, if using).
  • The homemade strawberry sauce is also awesome on ice cream, pound cake, yogurt and these Shortcakes
  • To make pancakes: Heat a large non-stick griddle or non-stick pan over medium heat. Coat lightly with butter. For each pancake, pour about 1/4 cup of the batter onto the pan (being sure to space out the pancakes). Cook until golden brown on the bottom, about 3-4 minutes. Using a thin spatula, flip the pancakes over and cook until golden brown on the other side, about 1 minute longer. Repeat with the rest of the batter. Serve immediately! 
  • Don’t miss these Banana Oat Blender Pancakes!

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High-Protein Gluten-Free Strawberry Oat Waffles

These might just be the easiest waffles you’ll ever make!! The batter gets whipped up in minutes in a blender. Rolled oats, eggs and cottage cheese give the waffles a triple dose of protein. The cottage cheese also lends a light and fluffy texture. Crushed freeze dried strawberries amp up the berry flavor without making the waffles soggy (but they're optional). To take the waffles over the top, serve them with an Easy Strawberry Sauce (recipe below) and a dollop of creamy cottage cheese – SWOON! If you prefer, you can cook the batter as pancakes instead—see the Tips below!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cottage cheese waffles, easy strawberry waffles, oat waffles
Servings: 4 Belgian waffles

Equipment

  • Waffle Maker (or Griddle)

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats (make sure they're gluten-free if you can't eat gluten)
  • 1 cup plain cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely crushed freeze dried strawberries (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Cooking spray
  • Strawberry Sauce (recipe below), and/or maple syrup, for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat a waffle iron to medium heat.
  • In a blender, combine the eggs, rolled oats, cottage cheese, freeze dried strawberries, cinnamon and salt. Blend on high until smooth.
  • Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray. Pour in the batter, working in batches if needed. Cover and cook until the waffles are golden brown. Serve the waffles immediately with strawberry sauce and/or maple syrup. If you’d like, dollop the waffles with with a spoonful of cottage cheese for some creamy contrast.

Notes

Do Ahead: Once cooled, the waffles can be frozen in an airtight container or zip-top freezer bag for up to 3 months. Reheat in a toaster oven until warmed through.
Tips:
  • You’ll need a waffle iron for this recipe, or you can make pancakes instead (see below). I love this Belgian Waffle Maker, which makes 4 waffles at a time, meaning we’re not waiting between batches. 
  • The waffles freeze beautifully! Reheat them in a toaster or oven until warmed through. 
  • Freeze dried strawberries give the waffles a delicious berry flavor without making them soggy.
  • If you’d like, you can use a strawberry flavored cottage cheese instead of plan cottage cheese and omit the strawberry jam (keep the freeze dried strawberries, if using).
  • The homemade strawberry sauce is also awesome on ice cream, pound cake, yogurt and these Shortcakes
  • To make pancakes: Heat a large non-stick griddle or non-stick pan over medium heat. Coat lightly with butter. For each pancake, pour about 1/4 cup of the batter onto the pan (being sure to space out the pancakes). Cook until golden brown on the bottom, about 3-4 minutes. Using a thin spatula, flip the pancakes over and cook until golden brown on the other side, about 1 minute longer. Repeat with the rest of the batter. Serve immediately! 
  • Don’t miss these Banana Oat Blender Pancakes!

Easy Homemade Strawberry Sauce

This easy strawberry sauce is fabulous on waffles, pancakes, ice cream, pound cake, yogurt and these Shortcakes!
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy strawberry sauce, homemade strawberry sauce, strawberry sauce
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 10-oz bag frozen strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions

  • Put the strawberries, water and maple syrup in a skillet with a lid and place it over medium heat. Cook, covered, until the berries are softened, about 3-4 minutes. Using a potato masher or fork, mash the strawberries until they're mostly crushed. Simmer the sauce until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes longer.

Notes

Do Ahead: The strawberry sauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week. 

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