How to make grain-free, low carb keto waffles

How to make grain-free, low carb keto waffles
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With my low-carb diet and type 2 diabetes, 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.

What is a chaffle?

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.

How long does it take to make a chaffle?

A chaffle can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes to make depending on your waffle maker and how many you’re making.

What kinds of cheese can I use in a chaffle?

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.

Can you make chaffles ahead?

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.

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Almond Flour (3 lbs)
Waffle Maker
DASH Waffle Maker
ChocZero
Monk Fruit Sweetener
Swerve Granular and Powdered Sweetener
Bean Envy Milk Frother
Almond Flour (3 lbs)
Waffle Maker
DASH Waffle Maker
ChocZero
Monk Fruit Sweetener
Swerve Granular and Powdered Sweetener
Bean Envy Milk Frother

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.

Keto Chaffle

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.

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.

Keto Chaffle

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.

Keto waffles or chaffles

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.

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How to make grain-free, low carb keto waffles


  • Author: Mila
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 waffles 1x

Description

There are lots of questions about the best way to make a chaffle. Here’s some guidance in my chaffle guide!

A lovely breakfast recipe for Keto waffles (or Chaffles as they’re lovingly known) that includes one of my favorite breakfast foods! This recipe is low carb and will surprise you with how much they taste like real waffles.


Scale

Ingredients

1 tablespoon of almond flour

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 shake of cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup mozzarella cheese (full fat, skim or nonfat will work depending on your preferences). 


Instructions

In a bowl, mix together, egg and vanilla extract.

Mix in baking powder, almond flour, and cinnamon.

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.

Notes

  • Need a waffle maker? Here are some options!
  • 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. 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 nonfat cheese, so be sure to recalculate your macros if you’re tracking closely.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Keto

Keywords: waffle, chaffle, low carb waffle, low carb keto waffle, keto chaffle

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Mila Clarke Buckley is a type 2 diabetes advocate who started her food blog, “The Hangry Woman”, after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and struggling to find approachable resources to help her manage the chronic condition and live a happy, healthy life.

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106 Comments

  1. July 19, 2019 / 6:50 am

    These waffles look delicious!!

    • Mila
      Author
      July 19, 2019 / 7:37 am

      Thank you so much! I hope you love the recipe!

  2. July 18, 2019 / 3:55 pm

    Holy cow! Why have I never had a waffle made of cheese before!!?? This is genius. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Mila
      Author
      July 19, 2019 / 7:37 am

      I hope you love it! It’s SO good! The savory ones are a gem too. I like mine with some cheese, bacon, sour cream and chives.

  3. July 18, 2019 / 12:50 pm

    Wow! Those waffles look delicious! It’s certainly a recipe I’d love to try and make. Thanks for the suggestion! 🙂

    • Mila
      Author
      July 19, 2019 / 9:05 am

      Thank you! If you give it a try, I hope you love it.

  4. July 18, 2019 / 7:02 am

    Going keto is on my ‘need to implement’ list. I don’t want to give up certain foods. Waffles might make the transition easier. Yum!

    • Mila
      Author
      July 19, 2019 / 9:05 am

      I’ve loved keto – there have definitely been some things I’ve missed, but certainly lots to love!

  5. July 17, 2019 / 11:24 pm

    These look so amazing! I have not made waffles in a long time, but love this grain-free version. I can’t wait to give them a try!!!

    • Mila
      Author
      July 19, 2019 / 9:06 am

      I hope you love them!

    • Hevs
      September 14, 2019 / 5:47 am

      I wish they were only 147 calories, Im getting over 300 per chaffle!

      • Mila Clarke Buckley
        Author
        September 14, 2019 / 7:22 am

        Your nutrition information will vary based on your ingredients. Higher fat cheeses are going to be higher in calories. Note in the recipe I used a lower fat, low moisture cheese. Full-fat cheeses are generally more in macros across the board.

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