This Basic Keto Chaffle Recipe is a great staple to have for easy breakfasts and snacks! Just 1.4 net carbs, easy to freeze and reheat, and perfect for keto meal prep.
What is a Chaffle?
A chaffle is a “cheese waffle,” or a waffle made using cheese. It’s a delicious invention that’s quick to cook and uses a small list of ingredients. In fact, a chaffle can technically be made with only cheese and eggs (although I do add two other ingredients for my own preferences… I’ll explain below)! This makes it an excellent keto option–Low in carbs with a good dose of fat.
Ingredients are mixed into a batter, then poured into a hot waffle iron. It only takes a few minutes to cook and can be frozen for later, making it perfect for meal prepping. Using a mini waffle maker, you can make chaffles to use in place of sandwich bread, burger buns, and more!
I add a bit of almond flour for structure and some baking powder so it gets fluffy like a normal waffle but remains easy and keto-friendly. The recipe is so customizable, too. You can add chopped meats to make it more filling, use different cheeses to change the flavor, even add cooked vegetables to add more nutrition! For me, a good basic keto chaffle recipe has become essential to sticking with my keto lifestyle. For more keto ideas, check out this list of Everything You Need to Know about Chaffles!
- Eggs — size large
- Shredded cheese — Can be any variety or mixture
- Almond flour — Adds structure so it’s a bit more like a bread substitute
- Baking powder — Allows it to fluff up a bit more and not feel so dense
How to make chaffles
This recipe is just as easy as any basic waffle recipe! While your waffle maker is preheating, you’ll mix your eggs, cheese, almond flour, and baking soda together in a bowl until well combined. Once the waffle maker is ready, spray it with oil and fill it 3/4ths up with the batter. It’s important to not overfill as this will cause it to spill over and extend the cooking time.
Cook 2-3 minutes. When there is no longer steam coming from the waffle maker, you know it’s finished! If making chaffles for a crowd, preheat the oven or toaster oven to 200 degrees F and transfer your cooked chaffles there to stay warm while you finish cooking the rest of the batter.
Chaffles will not be crispy immediately out of the waffle maker. Let them sit a few minutes and allow them to crisp up if you prefer crispy waffles.
Where to buy a chaffle maker
You can make chaffles in any waffle maker, but I prefer this Dash Mini Waffle Maker. It’s the perfect size for sandwiches, and I have no problem with the chaffles sticking! This recipe makes 6 chaffles for this size–If you make larger chaffles, prepare to get fewer chaffles and have a longer cooking time.
How many carbs are in a chaffle?
This basic chaffle recipe has just 1.4 net carbs per chaffle. If you make larger ones or add different ingredients, you can expect that number to change.
How to eat chaffles
Chaffles are so versatile! For breakfast, you can top with butter and sugar-free syrup like you would a regular waffle. Or you could eat them plain (like you would toast) with a side of eggs and sausage. For an easy lunch, you could top them with chili for Chili Cheese Chaffles. You can use them in place of bread for a keto-friendly deli sandwich (like this Keto Turkey Club Sandwich–Under 5 net carbs!). You could even top them with marinara and pizza toppings for a keto lunchable or with smashed avocado and some Everything Bagel seasoning for a delicious toast! For an amazing, filling keto dinner, use two for a delicious Keto Bacon Cheeseburger instead of burger buns!
Can you freeze chaffles?
Yes, you can easily freeze chaffles. Allow the chaffles to completely cool off, then place them in a freezer bag (with parchment paper between each so they don’t stick together). These are best eaten within a month of being frozen, but they technically are fine for 6 months.
How to reheat chaffles
If chaffles are frozen, thaw them on the counter (about 30 minutes) or overnight in the fridge. You can reheat these in several different ways.
- Air Fryer – This is the crispiest way; Heat to 300 degrees F and cook for 3-4 minutes.
- Waffle Maker – Preheat the waffle maker, pop the chaffle in, and close the maker for about a minute.
- Toaster – Just like you would toast bread, place the chaffle in and let it toast for 30 seconds or so.
- Oven/Toaster Oven – Warm oven to 350 degrees F and cook 4-5 minutes.
- Stovetop – Heat a dry pan to medium and cook 1 minute on each side.
- Microwave – Not ideal; the chaffles get very soggy.
More Chaffle Recipes:
- Ham and Cheese Chaffles – 1.2 net carbs each
- Bacon Cheddar Chaffles – 2.2 net carbs each
- Pepperoni Pizza Chaffles – 2 net carbs each
- Sausage Jalapeno Chaffles – 1.8 net carbs each
More keto meal prep recipes
Having readymade keto breakfasts, snacks, and treats have been the key to a sustainable lifestyle change for me! Instead of falling for fast food or the dreaded breakroom temptations, I rely on these keto meal prep recipes.
- Keto Ham & Cheese Breakfast Biscuits
- No Bake Keto Peanut Butter Cheesecake Truffles
- Marinated Mozzarella Balls
- Italian Lettuce Wrap
- Easy Italian Sausage Balls
Need more keto snacks? Check out this list of 60+ Keto Snacks under 3 Net Carbs!
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup shredded cheese (any variety or mixture)
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Combine the eggs, shredded cheese, almond flour and baking powder in a small bowl and mix well.
- Preheat a waffle maker according to the directions and lightly spray with cooking oil if needed.
- Spoon the batter into the waffle maker and cook 2-3 minutes until steam is no longer coming from the machine.
This recipe makes 6 chaffles using the Dash Mini Waffle Maker.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: Nutrition calculated per waffle
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 138Total Fat: 9.5gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 158mgCarbohydrates: 1.6gNet Carbohydrates: 1.4gFiber: 0.2gSugar: 0.3gProtein: 8.1g