Cooked in a conventional waffle iron, the keto chaffle is a low carb version of the waffle that is very popular for those on the ketogenic diet. The batter substitutes almond flour for regular flour and typically adds artificial sweetener, shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese, eggs, cinnamon and cream cheese (optional).
4 eggs (room temperature)
1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese (optional)
1/2 block cream cheese (room temperature)
1 cup almond flour
3-4 tablespoons sweetener
1/8 teaspoon baking powder (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sugar-free vanilla extract
1. Set out the cream cheese and eggs until they are room temperature.
2. Soften up cream cheese with a mixer (about 1 minute) so the cream cheese can mix well with the eggs.
2. Add the 4 room temperature eggs and mix again until you no longer see pieces of cream cheese.
3. Then add all your dry ingredients.
4. Heat up your waffle maker and wait for the ready light to come on.
5. Spray nonstick oil or coat with butter, then pour batter over waffle pan and close lid until ready.
The above recipe has approximately 17 carbohydrates per chaffle.
2. Mozzarella cheese-2
3. Cream cheese-3
4. Almond flour-12
Is the keto chaffle worthy of all this hype?
Quite frankly, yes it is. I know, I was skeptical myself until I tried one. There’s something about the combination of keto chaffle batter poured in a hot waffle iron cooked to a golden brown. You just can’t duplicate that in an oven or pan.
The chaffle should be on everyone’s keto diet food list, especially once you’ve reached your target weight and you’re in the maintenance phase of your keto diet.
When did the keto chaffle craze get started?
If you go to Google Trends, the term “Chaffle Keto Recipe” exploded onto the scene on 3 August 2019. The ketogenic Diet is very popular and being able to eat low-carb waffles makes the diet seem less restrictive and a more sustainable long term diet. When I explain the keto diet I always stress that you can still eat delicious foods on keto.
Is the keto chaffle an example of Lazy Keto?
It could be if you’re eating a bunch of chaffles and not eating enough healthy meats and vegetables. Furthermore, keep track of your weight loss and if you’re adding extra carbohydrates and/or artificial sweeteners to your diet it could be causing you to experience a keto plateau.
Most of the ingredients can be found while shopping for keto supplies at Costco. The keto chaffle recipe above adds a full cup of almond flour which raises the carbohydrate count considerably.
The almond flour gives it a “bready” texture, but if you were concerned about the carb count you could always lower the almond flour to 1/2 cup.
Be careful with the extra carbohydrates
They are low-carb waffles and are generally keto-friendly, but they are not carbohydrate-free. Be sure and include the carbohydrates to your daily carb count, especially if you like your chaffles made with almond flour as I do.
If you want a low carb chaffle just lower the amount or remove the almond flour and add more mozzarella cheese.
What’s the history of the chaffle?
To the best of my knowledge, the “chaffle” was originally coined by the Seabirds Kitchen out of Southern California. Ironically, Seabirds Kitchen is a plant-based restaurant. It was supposed to be a hybrid food halfway between a churro and a waffle, hence the name chaffle.
The ingredient in their chaffle is a churro waffle topped with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, and chopped walnuts. This article goes in great detail on the history of the chaffle.
How to make a Keto Chaffle pizza
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
- Make desired chaffle but without artificial sweetener
- Let chaffle cool down for 10 minutes
- Add (sugar free) pizza sauce and desired pizza toppings
- Cook for 12-18 minutes or until golden brown
- Remove from oven and enjoy
There are literally hundreds of keto chaffle recipes besides keto chaffle pizza. Chocolate chip chaffles, blueberry, walnut, and pumpkin spice chaffles. You are limited only by your imagination. I have tried them with a couple of over-easy eggs on top and and bacon on the side. I’ve seen people use the chaffle as a “bread” for their cheeseburger.
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