Chaffles have taken the keto-verse by storm. They have exploded all over social media. The reason is clear; they provide a low-carb (or carb-free if you make the original recipe) waffle that almost perfectly emulates the crispy-outside, soft-inside texture you expect from a waffle. The can be made and served savoury or sweet depending on what add-ins you use. Plus, savoury versions make for awesome, quick-and-easy bread, buns or toast for sandwiches of all kinds.
The original recipe is simply 1 egg and ¼ cup of grated mozzarella, stirred together and cooked in a single serve waffle maker called the dash waffle maker. I wanted to cut back on the cheese a little and add a few other healthier ingredients that improve the flavour and texture. I made my recipe for two waffles since I have a double waffle maker, and usually want to make more than one anyway.
Keto Flax Protein Chaffle Recipe
Basic Flax Protein Chaffle Ingredients:
- 2 large eggs
- ⅔ cup (76g) cheddar or mozzarella, grated (cheddar for savoury, mozzarella for more neutral. Other cheeses can also work, so feel free to experiment.)
- 1 teaspoon golden flaxmeal
- 1/2 teaspoon nutritional yeast(*Optional for enhancing cheese flavour in savoury waffles.)
- 2 teaspoons unflavoured whey isolate or hydrolyzed collagen powder for savoury, chocolate or vanilla-flavoured for sweet
- Large pinch of Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper (*Omit if using a seasoning with salt.)
(*See below for both sweet and savoury chaffle ingredient variations.)
Basic Flax Protein Chaffle Directions:
Heat waffle iron to high heat. While it's heating up, combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until fully combined. For a smoother consistency, chop the grated cheese into smaller pieces before adding.
When the waffle iron is fully heated, pour the mixture in and close. Cook until the mixture stops steaming. Remove and serve immediately. Makes 2 chaffles.
Variation for Crispy Savoury Chaffles:
This variation on the cooking directions puts the cheese more to the outside of the waffles for a crispy layer of cheese, making them a great option for sandwiches and other savoury style chaffles.
Heat waffle iron to high heat. While it's heating up, combine all ingredients, except the cheese, in a blender and pulse until smooth.
When the waffle iron is fully heated, sprinkle half the cheese on the bottom iron. Pour the egg mixture overtop, close and cook around 2 minutes, until waffles have hardened a little, then sprinkle remaining cheese overtop. Close and cook until the mixture stops steaming. Remove and serve immediately.
Sweet Chaffle Variations:
Chocolate Chaffles: Use ½ cup cream cheese instead of grated mozzarella or cheddar, chocolate whey isolate and add 1 teaspoon granulated Swerve or other keto-friendly sweetener and ½ teaspoon red or dark cocoa powder.
Blueberry Chaffles: Use vanilla whey isolate and add 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon. After pouring batter into waffle iron, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of blueberries over each chaffle before closing and cooking.
Cinnamon Bun Chaffles: Use vanilla whey isolate and add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon. Serve with a glaze of 1 teaspoon whipped cream cheese (room temperature), 2 teaspoons erithrytol (powdered), 2-3 drops vanilla extract mixed with ½-1 teaspoon unsweetened almond milk, until desired consistency is reached. Drizzle glaze over the chaffles and serve.
Apple Fritter Chaffles: Use vanilla whey isolate and 2 teaspoons raw cider vinegar, 15 drops apple stevia drops, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, (freshly grated if possible), and a large pinch https://amzn.to/2ZOzZqj. Serve with 1 teaspoon of butter, and a sprinkle of brown sugar style sweetener like Sukrin Gold and a little extra cinnamon. (*Try this one with a sharp cheddar cheese if you dig the whole apple-cheese flavour combo!)
Peanut Butter Chaffles: Use vanilla whey isolate or chocolate whey isolate and 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter (*You can substitute partially or fully with other nut butters to reduce carbs. I find that swapping 1 tablespoon with almond butter or other nut/seed butter works well, without losing the peanut taste.). Top with keto jam, or keto-friendly chocolate sauce.
Savoury Chaffle Variations:
Garlic Bread Chaffles: Use cheddar cheese and unflavoured whey isolate or hydrolyzed collagen powder, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 1 pinch dried oregano, and 1 pinch dried parsley. Use the crispy savoury chaffle cooking directions.
Pizza Chaffles: Use unflavoured whey isolate or hydrolyzed collagen powder and add 1/4 teaspoon https://amzn.to/2LtDbm3 and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Use the crispy savoury chaffle cooking directions and add 1 tablespoon of sliced pepperoni to each chaffle after adding the first layer cheese. Top each chaffle with 1 tablespoon keto marinara sauce and 1 teaspoon grated Parmesan. Sprinkle with chopped fresh basil leaves (if desired). Use the crispy savoury chaffle cooking directions.
Did you try this keto flax protein chaffle recipe out? If so, let me know how it went in the comments, or tag me in any photos you share on Instagram so I can see your creation. :)