Thanks to pro-racer Amelia Boone, pre-race pop tarts have been a big craze for the last year or two. However, it’s time to change and bin that crap.

Welcome the new champion of your OCR kitchen – the kickass pre-race protein waffles. The name is a mouthful, but so are these delicious waffles. Trust me.

A while back we shared a recipe for making kickass protein balls, which burn out cleanly and give you enough energy throughout a race. Similarly to the protein balls, we’re again using only clean ingredients to make these waffles, with an optional sprinkle of raisins (if you’re a fan) or some other goods we’ll suggest below.

Final Product:

This is my first attempt at delivering the recipe, so don’t expect sprinkles or pretty shapes. Just the raw macho power of freaking waffles.


The Recipe

Ingredients (makes 4-6 macho waffles):

  • Coconut, almond or any gluten-free flour – 1-2 glass
  • Hemp, whey isolate or any other high quality protein powder – a scoop or two for good measure.
  • Baking powder/Baking Soda (proven to boost endurance, just don’t add too much so it does not result in disaster pants) – 2 tbsp will do.
  • Couple of eggs with yolks. Not yolking around.
  • Coconut oil – 2 tbsp. First melt it in on a low heat, then stir into the batter.
  • Rice, almond or coconut milk. Diary will do just fine too, if that’s what you are into.



You will also need the following gear:

  • A waffle cooker. I used a fat American-style waffle maker.
  • Tupperware to pack waffles for your pre-race snacking.

my best friend the waffle maker


Cooking routine:

  • Preheat the waffle maker.
  • Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the liquid ingredients in another. Then add liquid ingredients to the dry, slowly mixing them in. Add any extra milk/water/almond milk if you need for the ideal consistency (it should be similar to pancake mix).
  • Cover the waffle plates with just a little bit of coconut oil. This will prevent sticking.
  • Add the waffle mix into the maker. Cover just ⅔ of the lower plates, since the rest will be filled by the waffles expanding thanks to the generous amount of baking powder.
  • Do 50 burpees.
  • Open the maker and take those bad boys out. Voila! You got yourself a pair of Macho Waffles.

making of the macho waffles


I eat these for breakfast before a run or a training session. They’re handy to eat on the go or while travelling. Macho waffles also have a good macronutrient ratio to give you energy, however if you want more carbohydrates – simply add a handful of raisins on top.

One waffle provides just the right amount of nutrients to keep you going for at least an hour. And of course it is a much better choice than energy gels and other on-the-go supplements.

For an extra kick: treat yourself to peanut butter covered waffles or if your body allows some maple syrup drizzle. If I need a boost before the race I tend to simply top it with energy gel. That’s right – use energy gel instead of jam and prep up to kick ass later. Either way – these will make your day.

Will you try this recipe? If you do, please tag us in your photos on Instagram so we can see your awesome creations! We’re @gritcamp.

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