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. With ingredients that fit in perfectly with your ketogenic lifestyle, keto 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, 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.
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(I even went out and bought a dash mini waffle maker.)
Chaffles are Versatile
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. It is my favorite breakfast sandwich ever.
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. So good with sugar free syrup! Make a brownie version for dessert, or surprise the kids with a chaffle ice cream sandwich.
(YES, even kids love chaffles!)
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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!
To avoid scratching the nonstick surface, use a silicone utensil for removal. I like to use tongs, but a spatula would work too.
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.
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Getting Creative - Different 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 Breakfast Sandwich
- Pimento Cheese Sandwich
- Avocado Toast
- White Bread Chaffle
- Peanut Butter Chaffles
The Best Waffle Iron for 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 super-inexpensive.
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.
Chaffles 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!)
So, 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.
Easy Clean Up
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.
Cleaning 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 part water to the kitchen brush and scrub.
- If anything remains, place a clean wet dish towel 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.)
- 1 egg
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 tablespoon almond flour optional
- Preheat the waffle maker.
- Crack the egg in a medium bowl, and beat with a fork.
- Stir the almond flour and the grated cheese into the egg.
- Season the "batter", and add in any extras.
- Flatten the mixture in your bowl, and divide it in half.
- 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.