This keto-friendly Cheddar Chive Chaffles recipe makes irresistible waffles loaded with flavor. Use these cheese and egg based waffles to replace your regular waffles or breads in any low-carb, keto, Banting, Atkins, or gluten-free diet.
The Recipe for our Keto-Friendly Cheddar Chive Chaffles
There are hundreds of chaffles recipes out there, but this is the first one we’ve put on the site. While a basic chaffle can be made from egg and cheese only, we included almond flour for an irresistibly bread-like center and makes it less “eggy”. We used cheddar cheese instead of the typical mozzarella for a boost of flavor.
We were impressed with how these keto chaffles turned out. They came out with a golden crisp chaffle crust with a cheddar and chive essence.
The Inspiration for Our Keto Chaffles
One great concern when starting on a keto diet is, “Can I still have bread?” Sadly, the answer to that is no (unless it’s keto-friendly like this bread from Sugar Free Londoner. With recipes like this, your meals will only get more interesting!
This chaffle recipe makes a suitable base for burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, and one of my favorites— waffles.
That’s right, don’t throw out your waffle maker just yet! Even on a low-carb diet, you can make good use of it by creating this keto version of waffles.
Eager to get started on my chaffles, I finally ordered a mini waffle maker. A mini waffle maker makes one serving at a time, perfect for a couple of chaffles on the go.
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What Is a Chaffle?
A chaffle is a waffle made from cheese and eggs. Basic chaffles use just these two ingredients, which is why so many keto eaters love them. Of course, you can then mix in any other ingredients to make it exactly how you want it, which adds to the beauty of chaffles.
People sometimes include almond or coconut flour in the batter, as we did in our cheddar chive variation. After mixing it, you then cook it in a waffle maker until it’s golden brown. Sprinkle some scallions or have it with butter and berries to complete a low-calorie breakfast.
While I admit I was late to hop onto the chaffle craze train, the wait has been worth it. The more options I came across, the more I realized just how versatile these easy treats are and how they can be customized easily.
Because chaffles are similar to waffles, you can add all sorts of goodness to them. Bacon, chicken, tomatoes, you name it!
Switch from savory to sweet with some cream cheese or mozzarella and sweetener in the chaffle batter instead of cheddar and chives. Add some pumpkin spice and a bit of pumpkin puree to the batter for an autumn-themed chaffle. This pumpkin spice variation would be perfect with our maple whipped cream!
Other options for topping sweet variations of chaffles include drizzling some keto maple syrup, our hot fudge sauce, or our caramel sauce to create a simple dessert. Add a scoop of ice cream on top, if you want to be incredibly decadent!
In truth, the variations for chaffles are endless. They make such a convenient, minimalist treat. The small batch nature of chaffles makes them perfect for households where only one or two people eat low-carb.
How to Make Keto-Friendly Cheddar Chive Chaffles
Whether you’re a pastry professional or novice, this chaffles recipe is straightforward and easy to follow. I’ve used only easy to find ingredients accessible from almost any grocery store. The only prep to get started is chopping the chives.
First, preheat the waffle maker. I like to start with this step so it can preheat while I prepare the batter.
To prepare the batter, start by adding an egg into a bowl and whisking it lightly. Next, whisk in the shredded cheddar cheese, almond flour, and the chopped chives. The cheese usually contains enough salt to give it a balanced flavor, but you can add some salt if you like. Whisk the mixture again to end up with a thick batter.
Spray the waffle iron with coconut oil or olive oil before adding half of the batter into the waffle iron. Close the iron on the batter and bake the waffle in the iron until it’s golden brown. This usually takes only a few minutes. I find that when the steam starts to slow down, it’s time to open the waffle iron to check on the waffle.
Remove the waffle from the waffle maker. I like to use a wooden skewer to help pull up the edge. The wood will not scratch the surface of the waffle iron as easily as a metal fork would. Place the chaffle on a cooling rack.
Repeat the process for the remaining batter and allow the chaffles to cool completely before serving. Warm chaffles may have a stringy cheese texture, so I prefer to eat them cool.
Breakfast Ideas for these Cheddar Chive Chaffles
There’s no doubt that the pairing of pancakes and maple syrup is a compelling duo, but cheddar and chives are an equally remarkable— and irresistible— combination. This chaffles recipe takes the busy out of mornings and gives an exciting twist to keto breakfasts.
These chaffles can create a quick and satisfying breakfast by themselves. You can make them in less than 10 minutes and they leave you feeling satiated and satisfied all morning.
While you can serve them by themselves for breakfast, you can also pair them with other breakfast goodies, A rustic breakfast with eggs, bacon, and chaffles is hard to pass up. Sausage, ham, or even sautéed veggies would also work well.
What to Serve with Cheddar Chive Chaffles
Our cheddar chive chaffles aren’t just for breakfast! They make an excellent bread replacement anytime of the day. Use them as a tasty bread for a sandwich, have them as a snack, or enjoy them in place of a biscuit or roll for dinner.
One of my favorite things to serve with these cheddar chive waffles is soup. Our Low-Carb Italian Sausage Soup and these chaffles make a cozy winter meal. The spicy sausage soup will match the chive flavor to complete a delicious savory dinner.
If you love the taste of cheese with cheddar, try this recipe for Low Carb Cheddar Biscuits and enjoy how the two flavors complement each other.
You can adjust this Cheddar Chive Keto Chaffles recipe to suit your preference. Its simple ingredients list gives room for a more refined version or a kid-friendly one. Keep it delicious, and don’t be afraid to add in little bits that make it unique to you! Enjoy!
Cheddar Chive Keto Chaffles Recipe
Preheat the waffle maker.
Place egg in a small mixing bowl and lightly whisk.
Add in cheddar cheese, almond flour and chives. Mix together until the batter is combined. Stir in the salt (if using)
Spray waffle iron with coconut oil. Scoop the batter onto the waffle iron and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until chaffle is golden brown and cooked through. A good time to start checking is when the steam coming from the waffle iron starts to slow down.
Remove chaffle from the waffle iron and place on a cooling rack. Cool the chaffle completely before serving.