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With my low-carb diet and diabetes diagnosis, I’ve taken the steps to cut out most anything that has high carb content. One breakfast treat that I’ve missed a whole lot is waffles, and I think you’re going to like this Keto Waffle/Keto Chaffle recipe.
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A chaffle is a keto dish made with eggs, melty cheese and seasonings combined and baked in a waffle maker, to create a crunchy, low carb waffle.
A chaffle can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes to make depending on your waffle maker and how many you’re making.
You want to be sure the cheese you’re using can melt, but is also sturdy. I recommend cheeses like cheddar and mozzarella as a starting point.
Yes! You can make batches ahead of time, and freeze them for up to a week. Heat them in your toaster, or by wrapping them in a damp towel and microwaving for 20-30 seconds. Note: sweet chaffle recipes end up tasting cheesy again when re-heated, so you may need to add a dash of cinnamon, or some keto-friendly sweetener after it’s heated.
Here’s the interesting thing about this – although the waffle contains no grains, the base of this Keto waffle is cheese.
And I know you’re looking at this like “did this woman really just say cheese?”
Yes – the biggest stabilizer in this Keto Waffle is mozzarella cheese. Here’s why?
Why are you making keto waffles with cheese?
I was a skeptic about this method too when I saw it pop up on KetoMadMan’s Instagram.
Cheese is the perfect base for these because of its versatility. Mozzarella, in particular, has high fat and protein content, and it’s a little salty, so you get that amazing salty-sweet flavor.
It’s a mild enough cheese to use for a sweet recipe, which is what I did here. Cheese also gets nice and crispy when baked and then cooled.
Is almond flour necessary?
When I tested recipes, I tried with some almond flour and without.
What I noticed was that chaffles without almond flour have more of an eggy taste, less structure, and tend to look like melted cheese when you cut into them. They do get crunchy on the outside, but you don’t get that true “waffle” texture and the cheese gets a bit stringy.
Adding a small amount of almond flour and mixing your ingredients well reduces the eggy taste, and also gives it more of that “bready” waffle texture.
So what does this keto waffle taste like?
One thing I miss on a low carb diet is a crunch. I’ve talked about it several times in Keto recipes. Things with a crunchy texture are okay on Keto, but honestly, there’s nothing like real crunch.
I’m glad to say that when you cut into this waffle, you’re going to get that crunch you miss. Bryan actually said “if you hadn’t told me this was made of cheese, I wouldn’t have known.”
As for the taste, you can sweeten it up with your favorite blood sugar friendly sweeteners like Swerve or Monk Fruit, or go savory with a little bit of garlic powder and a stronger cheese like sharp cheddar. It’s truly versatile.
Lastly, what are Keto Waffles without syrup? To me, ChocZero‘s Maple Pecan has literally been a lifesaver for me. It’s been exciting to still have one of my favorite dishes without the worry.
Tips for making keto waffles.
This is a very messy process if you don’t cut the batter in half before you make them. I had some blow-outs in my waffle maker and cheese everywhere. Be sure you portion it out to minimize overflow.
If you’re still worried about it, I recommend a Silpat mat for your countertop. You can place your waffle maker on top, and it makes for easy clean up in case your chaffle spills over.
Enjoy the recipe below and let me know what you think of these keto waffles/chaffles.
A note about my Choczero syrup recommendation
I got more than a few comments about my syrup of choice. A few people claimed that Choczero contains maltodextrin.
It does not.
I got enough comments to alarm me that something was wrong, so I went to the source, and they answered me publicly.
For me personally, the syrup had very little effect on my blood sugar.
I saw an increase of 1-2 points (to compare, I wake up 20-30 points higher doing nothing but sleeping). Each individual has unique needs, so judge your needs and sensitivities carefully.Print
In a bowl, mix together, egg and vanilla extract.
Lastly, add in the mozzarella cheese and coat it evenly with the mixture.
Spray your waffle maker with oil and let it heat up to its highest setting.
Cook the waffle, checking on it every 5 minutes until it gets crunchy and golden. A tip: Make sure you put in half of your batter. The waffle maker can overflow, making it a messy process. I suggest putting down a silpat mat for an easy clean up.
Take it out carefully, and top it with butter, and your favorite low-carb syrup.
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- You can also add a sweetener like Swerve if you really want that extra sweetness. I opted not to, and instead used a low carb syrup that I feel is sweet enough.
- This recipe can be frozen, and reheated in the microwave for 30 seconds – 1 minute. Let it cool for 1 minute, and the crunch comes right back – it’s actually crunchier than fresh, which seems like a miracle to me!
- Be warned if you freeze it, the mozzarella flavor actually gets stronger in my tests. Add a dash of cinnamon and teaspoon of butter on top before you eat it. They’re best enjoyed fresh.
- These can be frozen for up to 7 days in a ziplock bag without air.
- As indiated by users, the recipe makes 4 mini chaffles in the DASH mini waffle maker, or 2 chaffles in a regular sized waffle maker, or one large chaffle in a Belgian waffle maker. Eat what fits in your macros, but the nutrition information listed is for 1 large chaffle, which is the serving size.
- Macros will vary by ingredents. Using full fat, vs skim vs nonfat cheese can increase or decrease your nutrition information. This recipe used low moisture, part-skim mozzarella cheese, so be sure to recalculate your macros if you’re tracking closely.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: Keto
- Serving Size: 1/2 belgian chaffle
- Calories: 221
- Sugar: 0.2g
- Sodium: 460mg
- Fat: 15g
- Carbohydrates: 7.1g
- Fiber: 0.2g
- Protein: 17.6g
- Cholesterol: 133mg
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