We all know the keto diet is the most popular diet right now. And a current breakfast food that people on the keto diet are loving, are chaffles.
Now, if you don’t know what the keto diet is and landed on this post because you are looking for a healthier breakfast item, or because you just want to know what the heck a chaffle is, you are in the right place.
If you want to know more about the keto diet, check out the Beginners Guide to the Ketogenic Diet.
Back to the chaffle. I had no idea what a chaffle was. My mom had mentioned it to me to check them out because they are great.
With a name like chaffle how could I not be interested. And as usual, my mom was right (they always are).
What is a Chaffle?
A chaffle is a crunchy, low carb waffle made from eggs, cheese, and seasonings that you cook in a traditional waffle maker.
It you have ever been on the keto diet, the fact that cheese is the main ingredient won’t surprise you.
If you have never had anything keto before, I just have to say don’t knock it til you try it.
One of the first things I tried that was keto were cheese chips. They looked different and I didn’t really know what to expect, but they were good!
How Much Time Do You Need to Make a Chaffle?
As with any food, if you make it homemade rather than frozen, it takes a little extra time.
The time it takes to make will also depend on how many chaffles you are going to be making.
It really only takes about 5 minutes to whip up the mix and another 10-15 minutes to cook. Again, this will depend on how many you are making and how big of chaffles you are making.
You Said Cheese?
As I stated earlier, the base of this chaffle is cheese.
Cheese is used as the base because it gets nice and crispy, like you want a waffle to be. And certain kinds of cheese (like mozzarella) do not have an overpowering taste, so they can be used for sweet or savory recipes.
You can pretty much use any cheese that you want, but I do want to mention that you will want a cheese that melts good and is a little more durable.
What I mean by that is, you want it to be able to get nice and crispy. You don’t want to take it out of the waffle iron, and it sags.
Cheddar and mozzarella are great cheeses for this recipe, and I would suggest using for the first time you make it, just so you can get an idea on how it should turn out.
Then you can feel free to experiment.
Does a Chaffle Really Taste Like a Waffle?
I want to say make it and find out and leave it at that.
But I know you are dying to know.
If you cook your chaffle long enough so that it gets crispy, you will great crunch of a regular waffle.
You can also get them to taste pretty much like your usual waffle. You can add things like cinnamon or a sugar-free vanilla.
You can also use a keto friendly syrup.
Or if you want to make it more savory, you can use things like fresh minced garlic or basil.
What you add really just depends on how you like to eat your waffles, but I will say you can get it pretty close to the real thing!
Chaffle Tips and Tricks
1. Don’t overfill your waffle maker.
These can be messy to make if you get the waffle maker too full and it starts oozing out the sides. It’s a pain just like when you make normal waffles.
2. Get a non-stick silicone mat.
I highly suggest this because, not only will it make your cleanup a breeze if you do overfill your waffle maker, but you can use this for numerous other things.
It is a non-stick food grade silicone mat that can withstand temperatures to 480F. And it never needs to be greased or oiled.
3. Keto Waffles don’t just need to be waffles.
These are a great food because you can do so much more with them. For example, if you make them savory, you can use them to make mini pizzas or even use them as the “bread” for a sandwich.
4. Get a good waffle maker.
Here are some of the top waffle makers on Amazon. People are particular about what they like and might not want to spend a whole lot, so I wanted to show you a few great options.
This waffle maker can make four waffles at once and has built in drip trays, so you never need to worry about the overflow on the counter. It is also non-stick for easy cleanup.
Here are for those who prefer round waffles. This maker is ideal because you can rotate it to ensure you get a nice even crispy chaffle.
This one also includes a drip tray and it can be folded for easy storage.
5. Get a mini waffle maker.
I know we just went over waffle makers, but this deserves its own section.
A mini waffle maker will be your new best friend when it comes to chaffles. By making mini chaffles, you can not only control your portions better, but you can do more of a variety.
Remember when I mentioned you can make a sandwich with the chaffles as the “bread”? This mini waffle maker will make them the perfect size for that. Oh, the possibilities!
Chaffle/Keto Waffle Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes (will vary depending on the size of chaffles you are making)
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 2 chaffles
1 tablespoon almond flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch of cinnamon- or to taste
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup mozzarella cheese- or your choice of cheese
In a bowl, mix together the egg and vanilla extract.
Mix in the cinnamon, almond flour, and baking powder.
Last, add the mozzarella cheese (or the cheese you prefer). Make sure it is coated evenly with the mixture.
Spray your waffle maker with non-stick spray, if need be, and heat it to on the highest setting.
Pour in half your batter. Note: Be careful not to overfill it so you do not have a mess.
Check the keto waffle every 5 minutes (or less if you are making mini waffles) until it is golden brown and crispy.
Carefully take it out and top with butter or your favorite toppings.