There is a reason that chaffles are hitting the low carb and keto community by storm! They are super-quick to make, infinitely adaptable, and will leave your taste buds doing a happy dance. If you haven't tried them, be prepared to be blown away. (I know I was!) With ingredients that fit in perfectly with your ketogenic lifestyle, chaffle recipes bring a welcome change to your meal plans.
If You Are Keto, You Need Chaffles in Your Life!
If you are on Facebook or Pinterest, chances are you have heard of or seen a chaffle.
It is the latest craze in the Low Carb and Keto world, and for a good reason.
Chaffles are delicious.
I was so skeptical when I tried them the first time, but I was blown away by how good they were. Since I tried these crispy bites of deliciousness the first time, I have had one every single day.
I am a bit obsessed, and I think you will be too!
What is so amazing about chaffles is how versatile they are!
They can stand-in for a bagel, serve as bread for a sandwich, a bun for a hamburger, or even taco shells.
One of my favorite ways to enjoy them is as avocado toast. That was something I missed on keto, and 90-second bread just wasn't cutting it for me.
But the uses don't stop there!
As great as they are savory, chaffles are shockingly tasty sweet!
No need to miss waffles, because you can have a crunchy sweet one on your plate in minutes. Make a brownie version for dessert, or surprise the kids with a chaffle ice cream sandwich.
(YES, even kids love chaffles!)
The options of how to make chaffles really unlimited.
I think you get the idea - whether you are on a keto or low carb diet or not, you need chaffles in your life!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Keto Chaffle?
A chaffle is a waffle made with egg and cheese. You can make it without flour, but often almond or coconut flour are added to help with the taste and texture. Chaffles can be made sweet or savory!
What ingredients do you need to make a chaffle?
The only ingredients that you absolutely must have are cheese and egg! I prefer chaffles with a bit of almond flour in them, and of course, seasonings make them that much better.
What does a chaffle taste like?
First, a chaffle does not taste like eggs. At least not to me. When using mozzarella cheese, I find the flavor to be neutral. This is perfect for sweet treats, sandwiches, toast, and as a burger bun. For savory recipes, feel free to play around with stronger cheeses.
I much prefer chaffles with almond flour added to the batter. This helps to eliminate any lingering egg and cheese taste, and also helps with the texture. Seasonings go a long way towards making your keto waffle tastier! For sweet chaffles, I like to add Swerve and vanilla extract. For savory, I am a big fan of everything seasoning, as well as more traditional standbys such as garlic powder.
Even when I use mozzarella, it still tastes like cheese to me. What can I do?
I don't have this problem, but some people still feel that the cheese factor is too much - especially with sweet recipes. If this is an issue for you, try using one to two ounces of melted cream cheese. You can either melt it in the microwave, or a small heavy saucepan over low heat. If it is still too eggy, you can also try using two egg whites, reserving the yolks for another use.
Do you have to use almond flour to make a great chaffle?
Nope! Chaffles are still great without any type of flour - adding it is strictly a personal preference. Try it for yourself and see if the additional carbs are worth it to you. (They are for me!)
What should my chaffle batter look like?
You want your batter to be much thicker than traditional waffle batter. It should be thick enough that you need to use a fork to spread it across your waffle iron. If your mixture is too thin, add in more cheese, almond flour, or other ingredients so that you have a spreadable batter.
How much batter do I need to make a one chaffle?
The amount you need will depend on the type of waffle iron you are using. For the dash mini, you will need about ¼ cup of batter. Make sure you don't overfill it as this can lead to a big mess! (And don't press down on the top of the waffle iron after adding your batter!) The amount you will need for other waffle irons will vary, but very often you will be able to make the entire batch at one time.
How do I know my chaffles are done?
Try to resist the urge to peek too early! The indicator light is not a reliable measure as I've found that most recipes need to cook beyond this. In general, it takes about 5 to 7 minutes to reach crispy perfection. Use the steam coming from the waffle maker as a guide. Don't lift the lid until the steaming has stopped - or at least decreased dramatically!
How do I remove my waffle from the iron?
To avoid scratching the nonstick surface, use a silicone utensil for removal. I like to use tongs, but a spatula would work too.
How do I ensure the crispiest chaffles?
Place them on a wire rack to cool slightly before serving. When you are making savory recipes, you can also sprinkle cheese directly on the waffle iron prior to adding your batter.
What types of chaffles can you make?
How much time do you have? Only your imagination limits the options!
Suggestions for Types of Chaffles
- Everything Bagel with Cream Cheese
- Jalapeno Cheddar
- Turkey Cheese Melt with Chaffle "Bread"
- BLT (with sriracha mayo!)
- Red Velvet
- Ice Cream Sandwich
- Egg McChaffle
- Pimento Cheese Sandwich
- Avocado Toast
- Get the idea? There are SO MANY ways you can adapt the basic chaffle recipe!
Chaffle Recipes to Try
- When you serve them with butter and keto-friendly syrup, these Blueberry Chaffles taste so much like waffles that even the kids will love them!
- Peanut butter bliss doesn't get much better than these Peanut Butter Chaffles. You will be transported to your happy place when you serve these with warm peanut butter and keto-friendly jelly.
What kind of waffle maker do you need to make chaffles?
Most people agree that the best waffle maker for chaffles is the Dash Mini.
Before you balk at the idea of a new waffle iron - it is under $10!
It is a great option because it makes small thin waffles that get crispy. One recipe makes two, and the size is ideally suited for use as bread or a bun.
Can you use a Belgian waffle maker?
Some people say no, but I have one and I've had great success with it. I prefer them out of the dash mini, because of the crispy factor, but I have no complaints with the ones I've made with my big waffle iron. It does take longer to cook, but the time evens out since you can make a whole batch at once.
Can chaffles be made ahead of time?
Absolutely! They keep great in the refrigerator for about 5 days. To reheat, use your toaster, oven, or toaster oven to crisp them right back up. (Some chaffles won't do well in a toaster because they have other ingredients in them - use your judgement!)
Can you freeze chaffles?
Yes!!! How exciting is this?! You can freeze them for up to three months in a plastic bag with the air pressed out of it. Reheat the same way you would if you had put it in the refrigerator, except increase the time you cook it.
How do you make clean-up easier?
You probably already know that keeping a waffle iron clean can be a challenge - especially when you are making non-traditional waffles!
Here are two tips to make clean-up a breeze.
- Place parchment paper, newspaper or a Spil Mat underneath your waffle iron. If anything leaks out, you can throw away the parchment paper or newspaper, or easily wash the Spil Mat.
- Spray the waffle iron with oil if you find you are having a problem with sticking. I have found that some waffle irons have a more significant issue than others with this.
How do you clean a waffle iron?
- First, let the waffle iron cool and place it on its side on paper towels. Use a dry kitchen brush to remove any crumbs.
- Apply a mixture of 4 parts baking soda to 1 parts water to the kitchen brush and scrub.
- If anything remains, place a clean wet dishtowel on the waffle iron and turn on for 1 minutes. This should help to loosen anything that remains.
- Carefully rinse. DO NO IMMERSE IN WATER.
(Always consult your waffle irons user manual for instructions that are specific to your model.)
How to Make Perfect Chaffles
Chaffles are a game-changer when it comes to sticking with a keto diet! They have so many applications - from traditional breakfast "waffles" to bread for sandwiches and even desserts! They are an excellent go-to option because they come together in a flash and use simple ingredients you probably already have. Here is how to make the best chaffles.
Ingredients You Need
- 1 egg
- ½ cup cheese
- 1 tablespoon almond flour (optional)
- Waffle Maker (I prefer the Dash Mini.)
Time needed: 10 minutes.
- Preheat the Waffle Iron
Do not skip this step! It is important to start with a fully preheated waffle iron.
- Grate Your Cheese
You can use any type of cheese! Mozzarella is best for sweet chaffles, but you can use other types for savory. For best results, I prefer finely grated cheese.
- Beat Your Egg
Crack the egg in a medium bowl, and beat with a fork.
- Add Almond Flour and Cheese
Stir the almond flour and the grated cheese into the egg.
- Season and Add in Extras
Season the "batter", and add in any extras.
- Flatten and Divide
Flatten the mixture in your bowl, and divide it in half.
- Add to the Waffle Maker
Add half of the chaffle to the waffle maker. Close the lid, and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, until golden brown.
Repeat with the remaining half of the chaffle batter.
Enjoy as is, or use to make toast, a sandwich, or dessert!