Waking up to the aroma of freshly made waffles is one of life's simple pleasures, and with this keto waffles recipe, you can savor that joy without straying from a low carb diet. I'm excited to share a recipe that turns the classic Belgian waffle into a keto-friendly delight.
This isn't about creating another fake-out recipe; it's about making genuinely enjoyable waffles, marrying the fluffy and crisp texture of regular waffles with the nutritional balance of real keto recipes. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just looking for some new low carb waffle recipes, I promise that my keto waffle recipe is amazing.
This recipe is LOW CARB, KETO-FRIENDLY and GLUTEN-FREE.
Inspiration for this Keto Waffles Recipe:
For the past decade, Sundays in my home have always been synonymous with waffle mornings. It's a tradition I love, creating golden brown, delicious waffles for the whole family. However, since starting my low carb diet in 2017, I've been the cook who couldn't enjoy those fluffy waffles. I needed to figure out a simple recipe for low-carb waffles to feel like I was participating in our family tradition.
This led to create the best keto waffles that didn’t just mimic the original but stood out on their own. I've spent countless Sundays tweaking and experimenting with our traditional recipe, substituting low-carb ingredients like almond flour for regular flour, heavy cream for traditional milk, and more. After a ton of trial and error, I finally hit the sweet spot – a recipe for fluffy keto waffles full of flavor and beautifully golden brown.
The best part? These waffles don’t just come close to the traditional ones in taste and texture; they’re a new Sunday favorite for me. Now, I no longer have to opt out of our family tradition and I'm eating the best waffle I've had in years!
With this easy recipe, I'm right back at the breakfast table, enjoying the best keto waffles with my loved ones and staying true to my low carb goals. Most weekends, I'll make a double batch so I have some on hand throughout the week... I just love this recipe.
ARE KETO WAFFLES LOW CARB TOO?
The answer is a resounding yes, and here's why they fit seamlessly into a low carb lifestyle—the secret lies in the choice of ingredients. Traditional waffles are usually made with all purpose flour, which is high in carbohydrates and can disrupt a ketogenic diet. In a typical waffle, the white flour increases the carb count and lacks the nutritional benefits of more keto-friendly alternatives.
In contrast, this keto waffle recipe uses almond flour and coconut flour as the base. These low carb flours are also high in fiber, which helps reduce the net carb count. Almond flour, in particular, is a fantastic substitute for white flour, offering a mildly nutty flavor and a texture that comes really close to normal waffles. Coconut flour adds a hint of sweetness and helps achieve that soft, fluffy waffle texture just like the real thing.
Replacing white flour with these alternatives significantly reduces the grams of net carbs in each waffle, making them a perfect fit for a ketogenic diet. With these flours, you can enjoy a warm, comforting waffle with your favorite toppings, like a drizzle of low carb syrup or even fresh berries.
The MAIN INGREDIENTS FOR KETO WAFFLES:
In the keto diet, every ingredient serves a purpose, especially when it comes to replicating classics like waffles. The good news is, with the right ingredients, you can create a waffle batter that's not just low in carbs but also rich in taste and texture. Here’s a breakdown of the key ingredients in our keto waffles recipe and why they are essential:
Almond Flour: A staple in low carb baking, almond flour brings a wonderful texture and a slight nuttiness to the waffles, making them hearty and satisfying.
Coconut Flour: This flour adds lightness and a mild sweetness to the waffles, balancing out the density of almond flour.
Erythritol: A keto-friendly sweetener that doesn’t spike blood sugar levels, erythritol is used to add a touch of sweetness without the carbs. I use a monk fruit sweetener that I like too.
Baking Powder: An essential leavening agent that helps the waffles rise and become fluffy. Ensure your baking powder is fresh, as it does make a difference in this recipe!
Salt: Just a pinch to enhance all the flavors in the waffles.
Eggs: Egg yolks are the binder for holding the wet and dry ingredients together, adding structure and richness to the waffles. They also provide the right amount of moisture for the recipe.
Melted Butter: Not only does melted butter add incredible flavor, but it also contributes to the crispness of the waffle's exterior. There is no need for cooking spray as the butter will prevent sticking in the waffle iron. I experimented with coconut oil, and it works well too.
Heavy Cream: This keeps the waffle batter light without adding extra carbs. If you would like, you can substitute almond milk on the wet ingredients list. The flavor shifts in the waffles, but it still works.
Vanilla Extract: Adds a lovely aroma and enhances the overall flavor of the waffles. A little goes a long way.
The great thing about my recipe: nothing to do with egg whites. No need to get out the hand mixer for egg whites. No need to beat anything to stiff peaks. These waffles will be light, fluffy, golden brown, and delicious without any hard work.
Are keto waffles the same as keto chaffles?
Keto waffles and keto chaffles are similar in that they both fit into a low carb diet, but they're not the same. A typical chaffle recipe is primarily made with cheese and eggs, giving it a distinct texture and flavor different from waffles. A chaffle is still a great option, but not the same as low carb waffles. On the other hand, Keto waffles use almond and coconut flour, creating a taste and texture closer to traditional waffles.
Can I use the same Keto Waffle Batter for Low Carb Pancakes?
Absolutely! The versatility of this keto waffle batter is one of its great advantages. It can easily double as a low carb pancake batter. Remember that the texture might be slightly different from traditional pancakes due to the ingredients, but they'll still be delicious and keto-friendly. Maybe I'll alter the recipe slightly to make a keto pancake recipe. That would be delicious.
Make these low carb waffles at home:
For a seamless cooking experience, follow the easy step-by-step instructions in the upcoming series of pictures. These process shots are designed to make every recipe stage as straightforward as possible.
What is the texture of keto waffles?
These keto waffles have a texture that closely mirrors that of regular waffles. Depending on your waffle maker (some are good, some a bad...), you can expect a crisp exterior with a soft, fluffy interior.
A note on almond flour: I have found a really finely ground almond flour so it doesn't have that "gritty" feel that some more coarsely ground almond flours have. A nice balance of crispness and fluffiness makes them similar to traditional waffles while still being a keto friendly recipe.
What can I top my keto waffles with?
Regarding toppings, the options for these keto waffles are both delicious and varied. Keto maple syrup offers a classic waffle experience without the sugar. A dollop of keto whipped cream adds sweetness, while fresh fruit can provide a refreshing, natural pop of flavor.
For those who love a nutty flavor, almond butter is a fantastic choice, and a pat of organic butter is always delicious. Some people might opt for a sugar-free syrup. Whatever you choose, these toppings allow for various flavors keeping breakfast low carb.
Storage, Reheating, and Freezing Keto Belgian Waffles:
Storage: If you have leftover waffles, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will stay fresh for up to 3-4 days. For best results, separate the waffles with parchment paper to prevent them from sticking together.
Or you can choose to use plastic wrap. Once the waffles have cooled, I'll wrap them in plastic to save on the container. It's fast, easy, and keeps them fresh.
Reheating: The best way to reheat these waffles is in your Belgian waffle iron. This method warms them up and revives the waffle's delightful crispiness on the outside while keeping the inside soft. Simply preheat your waffle iron and place the waffle in it for a few minutes until it's heated through and crispy.
If you don't have time for this, reheating them in the toaster oven is a great option.
Freezing: Keto waffles freeze exceptionally well. Let them cool completely, then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet to freeze initially. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
When you're ready to eat, you can reheat them directly from frozen in your Belgian waffle iron or the toaster oven for a quick and delicious breakfast.
KETO WAFFLES LOVE TO SHARE THE SWEET SPOTLIGHT:
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