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