WELCOME THE CHAFFLE TO THE KETO WORLD OF GOOD EATS
The very first thing everyone says is, “What’s a Keto Chaffle?” as did I when I first came across it on social media.
All of a sudden last week we started to see photos of a Chaffle pronounced CHAW-FFLE like WAFFLE.
What Is A Chaffle?
The meaning behind the name Chaffle is a spin on three ingredients, eggs with shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese.
So, it’s a Cheese and Egg Waffle called a Keto Chaffle.
I’m unsure who created the Chaffle name or recipe as I can’t really find an actual recipe just people sharing what ingredients they’ve tried.
Whether you’re in the mood for a savory or sweet chaffle you can easily create custom chaffles for everyone in your family.
Chaffles Instead Of Bread
The great thing about the Chaffle is that it replaces bread so it’s perfect as a burger bun, sandwich bun, breakfast sandwich bread.
You can even toast it and add butter and a sugar-free jam to your Keto Chaffle.
The possibilities are endless which is why I believe the Chaffle has lit up the keto world over the past week.
Chaffle Variations – With and Without Almond Flour
There have been two variations of the Chaffle recipe floating around mainly people exploring ingredient combinations.
You can either just use eggs and shredded cheese to make a chaffle or eggs, shredded cheese, almond flour, and baking powder.
Of course, you can add any spices you like to your chaffle recipe you’ll find that they both are delicious.
We did find that adding the 1 tablespoon of almond flour to the recipe along with the baking powder significantly increased the size and soft texture.
The Keto Pizza Chaffle Waffle
For our pizza chaffle waffle we used only eggs and no almond flour and found it to be light and fluffy but equally as delicious.
It was perfectly crispy on the outside, full of pizza flavour and melted mozzarella. So good!
The pizza chaffle waflle below has fried ham pieces in butter, pepperoni slices pre-fried in a bit of butter, spring onion, egg, pink salt, homemade pizza sauce, garlic, fresh basil and only shredded mozzarella cheese.
We did not use cheddar cheese in the pizza chaffle waffle since we find it can get oily.
You could easily replace the cheddar in the original chaffle waffle recipe below and only use mozzarella cheese instead.
I think that would be one of our favourites but it’s up to you how you like your chaffle waflle texture and flavours.
How To Make The Pizza Chaffle Waffle
- Put two eggs and salt in a bowl and mix
- Add 1 cup Italian mozzarella shredded cheese to a bowl
- Fry 1/2 cup of ham or bacon chunks
- Fry 10 pieces of pepperoni or salami in butter
- Add 1/4 cup pizza sauce, 1 tbsp basil, 1 clove minced garlic and one minced spring onion to the cooled ham chunks and mix
- Spray the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray when heated
- Add a bit of mozzarella to the griddle
- Top with 1/2 the egg mixture
- Add the ham and pepperoni
- Top with the rest of the egg
- Finish it with the rest of the mozzarella cheese
Close and cook until the waffle is golden brown.
Note: You do not need baking powder when you don’t use the almond flour.
Serve with more Italian pizza sauce or any dipping sauce that you like.
Adding the almond flour to the chaffle recipe also offers more of a waffle consistency as opposed to an omelet and cheese chaffle.
The choice is yours how you choose to make your chaffle so I’d certainly say to experiment with making the recipe both ways.
When making your Chaffle I have two important tips:
- Always coat your waffle machine with a keto-approved cooking spray even if it says it’s non-stick
- Leave your chaffle in for minimum 3-5 minutes if you want a nice crust or crispy texture on the outside and soft in the middle
Best Waffle Machine To Make A Chaffle
The Dash Mini Waffle machine seems to be the big rage in the keto world right now because it is portable and makes a perfectly round mini chaffle.
At only $14.00 on Amazon Canada regular $20 plus free shipping, I’d say that’s a bargain if you’re someone who wants to try making a chaffle or two.
MORE THAN WAFFLES: Make paninis, hash browns, and even biscuit pizzas! Any wet batter will “waffle” your treats and snacks into single serving portions. Great for kids or on the go!
COMPACT + LIGHTWEIGHT: Weighing 1lb+, this is a MUST-HAVE for that first apartment, smaller kitchen, college dorm life, or camper/RV traveling
QUICK + EASY: Simply plug it in and go; it heats up in mere minutes. The dual non-stick surfaces provide an even cook for consistent results, each and every time
PERFECT GIFT: The perfect wedding or new home gift. Its small size takes up little counter space, and its sleek design and trendy color options will match any kitchen décor (add to your registry now!)
INCLUDES: Backed by a 1-year manufacturer warranty, the Dash Mini Waffle maker includes recipe book and recipe database access (all non-electric parts are easily wiped clean)
We have an Oster Belgian Waffle maker that will make us one large chaffle but cut into 4 equal parts which work equally as well.
The cost to buy one that is a newer model than the one we own is only $24.95 on Amazon Canada plus free shipping so again an excellent deal.
If you don’t own a waffle machine and want to make this chaffle recipe I’d say go for the Dash mini waffle machine.
Almond Flour For Keto Chaffle Making
What type of Almond Flour should you use?
When trying to decide which almond flour to use on a keto diet stick to brands that say, almond flour and not almond meal.
Almond meal is still good to use in certain recipes but I find it to be too chunky as it’s not really a flour consistency.
You get 1.36 kg for $31.99 unless you can get a bag at Costco for $16.99 however not everyone has Costco available to them.
Cheese For Keto Chaffle Making
I’ve tried making this recipe few ways over the past week and the best by far is a mixture of Italian mozzarella cheese and old cheddar cheese.
When I used cheddar only the waffle got too crunchy where mozzarella made it too soft.
Mixing both the mozzarella and the old cheddar cheese tends to balance out the flavours and the texture of the Chaffle.
Personally, we only buy bricks of cheese on the keto diet only because some pre-shredded cheeses have added ingredients to help the cheese last longer.
Always read the ingredient list if you go the shredded route to make sure there are no added carbs that are used to coat the cheese.
We buy a 2kg mozzarella brick at Costco for $20.99 made by Salerno so it’s authentic Italian pizza mozzarella which is great for melting.
The cheddar cheese that we used for this particular recipe was a Black Diamond Old Cheddar that we shredded ourselves.
I’m almost betting you could also get away with adding some soft cream cheese to the egg mixture as you would make keto pancakes.
I haven’t tried it yet but I will and am certain you’d still end up with a delicious chaffle.
The cream cheese would be in addition to the mozzarella and cheddar cheese for any of you willing to try that method out.
Sweet Keto Dessert
Another method of Chaffle making is to create a sweet dessert by adding cinnamon or a keto-approved sweetener to the batter.
Once ready top it with sugar-free whipped cream and maple syrup.
How To Make A Keto Chaffle Waffle
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ teaspoon pink salt or salt
- 1 tablespoon Almond Flour
- ¼ teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ cup shredded Italian Mozzarella
- ½ cup shredded Old Cheddar Cheese (use whichever cheddar you like)
- Optional: Chives, Spring Onions, Cinnamon, Hot Pepper Flakes (add your own spices to customize your Chaffle)
- Heat your waffle iron up until the light signals it's ready to be used
- Spray with a cooking spray even if it says it's non-stick
- In a mixing bowl add your eggs, salt, almond flour, baking powder then mix together
- Mix both the shredded cheeses together in one bowl
- Once your waffle maker is ready add cheese to coat the waffle maker.
- Pour the egg mixture over top of the cheese.
- Add the rest of the cheese over top of the egg mixture.
- Close the waffle maker for 3-5 minutes until golden brown.
- Makes 4 Mini Chaffles or 1 Belgium Chaffle
Whether you want to make a chaffle to pack as a keto snack on the go or as part of your lunch or dinner it’s a winner!
If you choose to cut out the almond flour and the baking powder this will be a zero carb recipe as the nutrition suggests below.
Discussion: What flavour chaffle would you like the most? Do you prefer a sweet or savory chaffle?
Nutrition Info: Per 1 Belgium 0.50g or 1 Mini 0.125g (almost zero carbs)