Full disclosure: I am not on the Keto diet. This may explain my confusion when I started seeing “chaffle” recipes pop up everywhere from low-carb Instagram feeds to some of my favorite big-name cooking websites.

At first, I wondered if chaffle was a typo. But no, chaffle recipes are officially a thing. Basically…cheese plus waffle. Get it?

Testing the Keto-friendly, easy chaffle recipe with tips and tricks to make yours better | © Jane Sweeney for Cool Mom Eats

It’s a Keto-friendly concoction made in your waffle iron using just those two main ingredients and sometimes almond flour, and you can eat it for breakfast, dessert…you name it. Even a tasty no-carb bread substitute, though after trying and adapting. few recipes, turns out they’re great on their own.

Consider me a convert!

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How to make great chaffles: The basics

Many chaffle recipes call for the addition of 1 teaspoon almond flour and/or baking powder – just this small amount will give the chaffles a slightly more recognizable waffle-like texture, if you prefer. For starters, I’m working off the original, more basic recipe.

How to make the best chaffles: Tips and tricks | © Jane Sweeney for Cool Mom Eats

Tips and tricks for the best Keto-friendly waffles, plus variations | © Jane Sweeney for Cool Mom Eats

1. Using a fork, thoroughly combine 1 whole egg with ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese. You can do this in a bowl or liquid measuring cup. Add a little salt and pepper to taste, if desired.

How to make chaffles: We tried this Keto recipe, and have tips and tricks to help make yours easy and delicious | © Jane Sweeney for Cool Mom Eats

2. Pour the egg and cheese mixture onto the center of a hot waffle maker.

3. Cook using the medium to medium-high setting. (My waffle maker turns green when it’s ready.) Serve immediately or freeze.

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Pro tips to make your chaffles delicious.

Learn from my mistakes…and successes. These tips should help.

  1. Do not check on the chaffle by opening the waffle iron too early! You want it to remain cooking until completely done and crisp. If anything, err on the side of cooking slightly longer than you might think.
  2. You can definitely experiment with other Keto-friendly cheeses – Goat Cheese and Haloumi could work well — however mozzarella is typically recommended because it’s mild in flavor and not as greasy as other options. It helps with the texture.
  3. If you want more protein and flavor, you can also add 1 slice of chopped ham when mixing your egg and cheese. Bacon can work too (in moderation if you’re on a strict Keto diet.)
    Keto Chaffle Recipe tips: Cream cheese can be a good substitute for mozarealla
  4. If you prefer a sweet chaffle, substitute cream cheese for the mozzarella. I love this tip!  I can’t imagine the mozzarella in my sweets.
  5. Sprinkle a little bit of extra cheese on the waffle maker before adding the egg-and-cheese mixture for a really nice savory and crisp crust. My husband and I love this trick when making ham and cheese chaffles.
  6. To keep them super crisp on the plate it can be tough, since the steam from cooking softens them, like any waffles. They’re best eaten or frozen right away. Though I did find that adding a bit of almond flour helps with the texture.
    Making chaffles: The dash mini waffle maker is affordable at under $15 in lots of great colors
  7. As for the waffle maker, you really can’t go wrong. If you don’t own one yet, Many Keto bloggers obsess over the Dash Mini Waffle Maker for chaffles — under $15 at our affiliate Amazon! It’s not only inexpensive, but it’s versatile and comes in lots of fun colors. Plus, it works very well;  my best friend has been using one for years to make eggs for her kids and swears by it.I personally use my classic Cuisinart waffle maker without issue — it’s just a few dollars more. (And our editor Liz is a fan as well.)
  8. Make more than you need — chaffles can be stored in the fridge for a few days. I reheat using my toaster oven but you could also reheat them in a pan on your stovetop.
  9. There are variations galore! Once you’ve got the basics down, try a few alternative recipes for chaffle variations from your own favorite recipe bloggers or magazines.

 

Testing chaffle recipes: Pumpkin Chaffles variation for a Keto friendly dessert | Life Made Sweeter

Pumpkin Chaffles | Life Made Sweeter

I like Kelly’s chaffle recipe and tips and tips, including amounts and tips for adding baking powder or rice flour.

She also offers plenty of great recipes for more savory and sweet adaptions, like perfect-for-now Pumpkin Chaffles, made with pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and some low-carb sweetener if you’d like.

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The final chaffle recipe verdict

 

Testing the Keto-friendly, easy chaffle recipe with tips and tricks to make yours better | © Jane Sweeney for Cool Mom Eats

Simple and delicious! And easy peasy.

Personally, my family has been loving eating ours for breakfast and lunch but with add-ins like bananas or pumpkin, I see how they could be reimagined as a sweet treat. After all, plenty goes well with eggs and cheese, if you’ve ever studied an omelet menu.

Another bonus? It’s frugal; a little goes a long way in filling you up. One egg and a little cheese seemed to stretch farther than it does when serving regular old fried eggs and toast.

Trendy name or not, whatever your diet, I think that Keto-friendly chaffles are here to stay.

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