BEST CRISPY Keto Chaffle Recipe (w/ pictures & video)

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Keto Chaffles – the recipe that took social media by storm! All you need are 2 ingredients, freshly shredded cheese & an egg white to make this basic savory keto chaffle recipe. Crisp and delicious without tasting eggy, this base recipe is so versatile you can make many kinds of chaffles, both sweet and savory. All the details are in this post, along with variations, substitutions, step-by-step pictures, and a video tutorial. This traditional Chaffle recipe is a fantastic alternative to bread and makes perfectly delicious low-carb sandwiches.

keto chaffle in dash waffle maker with lid open

Easy Keto Chaffles

It seems that recipes for Keto Chaffles popped into the keto world overnight. With an incredibly easy base recipe, your imagination is the limit. While I did not originally create this recipe, I’ve been testing many different variations to make the best keto chaffle recipe with the perfect crisp texture and delicious taste. 

What is a chaffle made of?

Simply put, it is a waffle made of cheese and eggs, better known as a chaffle. While there are many substitutions for these two ingredients and variations, this is the traditional simple keto chaffle recipe.

Why is it called a chaffle?

It’s a waffle made with cheese hence the play on the word waffle starting with a ch instead of a w.

Do chaffles taste like eggs and cheese?

While tastebuds and sensitivities to foods vary, I have found that using an egg white instead of the entire egg yields the best crisp, no-eggy results.

Do keto chaffles get crispy?

It takes about 4 minutes for each chaffle to get golden brown. At first, they feel soft, but they will crisp once you remove them from the mini waffle iron. The secret is letting it sit for a few minutes once it is done. The Chaffle will begin to crisp in just a few minutes. If you want to crisp it, even more, you can pop it in an air fryer for a few seconds.

How to serve chaffles?

The standard Chaffle recipe makes a an excellentubstitution for keto bread. The possibilities are truly endless. You could use it for a hamburger bun, Keto Sloppy Joe bun, hot dog bun, or tosandwich. It would also make fantastic breakfast sandwiches as well.

What do I use to make this chaffle recipe?

While a standard waffle iron would work, Dash mini waffle make the best chaffles. With grates smaller and closer to each other, the dash mini chaffle maker makes the best chaffles. Most all chaffle recipes are geared for the size of the Dash mini waffle maker, which is smaller than traditional waffle makers with smaller grates that are placed closer together.

Dash Mini Waffle Maker

The Dash Waffle maker is a perfect size! The traditional Chaffle recipe makes two four-inch chaffles using this waffle maker.

If you have a big family or want to make several at once, the Dash multi mini waffle maker is a huge time saver, making four 4-inch chaffles atsimultaneouslyCan you use a regular waffle maker to make Chaffles?

Yes, you can use a Belgium or a regular waffle maker. The surface area of both is larger than the Dash mini maker, so you won’t fill it completely with batter. The grates are larger and farther apart, which makes a less crisp chaffle.

Where can I buy the Dash mini waffle maker?

I am a fan of Amazon Prime because I can order from the comfort of my home and have it delivered to my front door in two days. Most stores that carry small kitchen appliances carry the regular-sized Dash Mini c,haffle maker.

egg, shredded cheese, dash mini waffle maker

Ingredients for Traditional Keto Chaffles:

*Egg – The egg is the binder that holds the chaffle together.

Freshly Grated Cheddar Cheese – I enjoy the bold taste of sharp cheddar cheese, but you could use any variety or combination of cheeses.

*Note: The photos and video for this basic keto chaffle recipe use a whole egg; I have found that my personal preference is an egg white. 

shredded cheese and egg in a bowl

How to Make a Keto Chaffle

The basic chaffle recipe starts with a small bowl, shredded cheese, and an egg. Sounds simple enough, right?

grated cheese and egg combined in a glass bowl

I used a whisk to mix the cheese and egg as the waffle maker heated up. It heated up very quickly.

Tip: Sprinkle a little shredded cheese on the waffle maker before pouring the batter, then a little more on top for added crispness.

dash mini chaffle maker with chaffle batter

 

Tip: This recipe makes two chaffles. Make sure to divide the batter; otherwise, the batter will go all over when you close the lid.

 

fluffy cooked chaffle

It takes about 4 minutes for the chaffle to reach a golden brown color. Once itne, it should be easy to remove from the waffle maker. You can see the yummy cheese oozing out and crisp edges.

breakfast chaffle sandwich

Basic Chaffle Recipe Four Different Ways

 

Breakfast Chaffle Sandwich: Add crisp bacon, eggs, and melted cheese for a mouthwatering low-carb breakfast sandwich.

chaffles with butter and syrup

Chaffle Waffle: Add a pat of butter and hot sugar-free syrup to transform the basic chaffle into a delicious crisp keto waffle.

keto grilled cheese chaffle sandwich

Hot Grilled Cheese Chaffle Sandwich – Chaffles make delicious grilled cheese sandwiches! Add cheese and cook the low-carb grilled cheese sandwich in a skillet or air fryer to get the cheese hot and melty.

chaffle club sandwich

Club Chaffle Sandwich: The traditional low-carb chaffle recipe makes delicious sandwich bread. Add your favorite lunchmeats, lettuce, cheese, tomato, and condiments for a fantastic keto club sandwich. Pepperoni would be a yummy addition as well.

Variations to the Traditional Chaffle Recipe

  • Experiment with different kinds of cheese, such as Monterrey Jack, Colby, mozzarella cheese, etc. You could even combine two different kitypesf cheese for added flavor.
  • Add spices such as garlic powder, Italian seasoning, Everything But the Bagel seasoning, or red pepper flakes to turn it up a notch.
  • I have found they are best when made with just an egg white instead of the entire egg.
  • Add a tsp of coconut flour, a tablespoon of almond flour along with 1,/4 tsp baking powder, and a pinch of salt.
  • Thinly chopped peppers, onions, or jalapenos can add flavor and texture.
  • Keep it sugar-free by adding keto-friendly sweeteners like Lakanto Monkfruit or Swerve to make a sweet Chaffle.

How do I store chaffles if I make several at once?

You can make several at keep in the refrigerator or freeze. In the fridge, they will stay fresh for 4-5 days.

To freeze, store them in a freezer-safe container or zip-lock bag for up to 4 months. To keep them from sticking together, place parchment paper or wax paper between eathemFollow the reheating instructions below for the best experience for reheating.

How do I reheat?

I prefer to reheat chaffles in the oven, air fryer, skillet, or toaster for the freshest taste and crisp texture. My personal preference is a toaster oven or air fryer. You can also pop them back in the Dash Mini Waffle Maker to heat up and make them crispy again.

How Do I Make Chaffles Crispy?

There are a couple of things you can do to make it crispier. Keep in mind, haffles are a lolow-carbubstitution. They don’t taste exactly like a traditional waffle or sandwich bread, but they are a fantastic low-carb option.

  1. Make sure the waffle maker is thoroughly heated.
  2. Sprinkle a little cheese on the waffle iron before adding batter, then a little more on top of the batter.
  3. Use only egg whites.
  4. Make sure to cook the chaffle until it is golden brown. Some say that 2-3 minutes is the optimal cooking time. I prefer a cooking time of 3-4 minutes.
  5. They won’t feel crispy when you initially remove them from the waffle maker but will crisp as they sit.
  6. Pop them in the toaster oven, air fryer, or skillet with a bit of butter for added crispness.

More Chaffle Keto Recipes:

Sweet Chaffles:

Savory Chaffle Recipes:

Other Recipes to Make in the Waffle Maker

Ninty-Second Bread would work great in a mini waffle maker, as would 90-Second French Toast. For these recipes, use the waffle maker instead of the microwave and divide the batter in half to make two chaffles.

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Basic Keto Recipe (Crispy)

The quick and delicious Keto Chaffle recipe is easy to make and versatile. You can use chaffles for hamburger buns, sandwiches, or smothered in sugar-free syrup as a low carb waffle.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Course: bread, Breakfast, Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American, casual
Keyword: Chaffle, Chaffle Recipe
Servings: 1
Calories: 291kcal
Author: Kasey Trenum

Ingredients

  • 1 egg (or just an egg white for a crispier chaffle)
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions

  • Turn waffle maker on or plug it in so that it heats and grease both sides.
  • In a small bowl, crack an egg then add the 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and stir to combine.
    * For a crispier chaffle use just the egg white instead of the entire egg.
  • Pour 1/2 of the batter in the waffle maker and close the top.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes or until it reaches desired doneness.
  • Carefully remove from waffle maker and set aside for 2-3 minutes to give it time to crisp.
  • Follow the instructions again to make the second chaffle.
  • This recipe for a traditional chaffle makes fantastic sandwiches.

Video

Notes

Variations to the Traditional Chaffle Recipe

  • Experiment with different kinds of cheese such as Monterrey Jack, Colby, mozzarella cheese, etc. You could even combine two different kinds of cheese for added flavor.
  • Add spices such as garlic powder, Italian seasoning, Everything But the Bagel seasoning, or red pepper flakes to turn it up a notch
  • I have found they are best when made with just an egg white instead of the entire egg.
  • Add a tsp of coconut flour or a tablespoon of almond flour along with 1/4 tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt.
  • Thinly chopped peppers, onions, or jalapenos can add flavor and texture.
  • Keep it sugar-free by adding keto-friendly sweeteners like Lakanto Monkfruit or Swerve to make a sweet Chaffle.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 223mg | Sodium: 413mg | Potassium: 116mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 804IU | Calcium: 432mg | Iron: 1mg
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collage of keto chaffles

 

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120 Comments

  1. Can i make the batter and cook it in a pan like a pancake, I don’t have a waffle maker yet, and I’m not really sure how much I would use it.

    1. I don’t know. The dash waffle maker is super cheap. You can find it usually for less than $10. The small grates on the iron really help with the crisp texture.

    2. Just to experiment before I got the mini waffle maker I did it in a regular cast iron pan and turned out great it’s crispy and just really delicious but I don’t know I think it’s crispy enough I like it a lot

  2. 4 stars
    I may not have cooked it long enough, but my chaffle was quite good. I used egg whites (I only have them on hand right now) and made some sliced almonds into a “flour” and used Havarti cheese and 1/8 tsp of baking soda. I will make these again, for sure. Oh, and I sprinkled some homemade cinnamon sugar on top.

  3. Made these tonight for our “breakfast dinner” and they were wonderful. Made it into a sausage breakfast sandwich. My husband was drooling looking at it LOL
    Thanks for sharing so many wonderful recipes!

    1. 5 stars
      Wow! Thanks so much for this super easy and tasty recipe. They came out perfect. I had a tuna sandwich with the chaffles. Absolutely delicious! I went to Target and bought a Dash Mini. It’s a perfect portion size. This is a total game changer for me. Thanks so much!

    2. Chaffles really are a game changer. Perfect for so many things, including sandwiches. I’m so glad you liked the recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    I tried this basic chaffle recipe today and i turned out great, I waited for it to turn golden brown in the waffle maker and it turned out yummy n crispy.
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I will try the other variants as well.

  5. 5 stars
    Made the basic recipe with egg white and LOVED it. Even my non-keto family enjoyed it. Looking forward to trying your other recipes!

  6. This just popped up in my email…so I made the chaffle cause it looked like it took the shortest time….OMG it was fabulous! Picky hubby loved it! We made sandwiches with a little may, sauteed shrimp, red onion,and tomato! Thank you —it WAS like having bread!

  7. In the recipe above all it shows is eggs and cheese I don’t see the ingredients for flour baking powder etc.

    1. Hi Vivian. This recipe is the original keto chaffle recipe that calls only for eggs and cheese. In the variation section of the blog post, you will see several different options of add-ins to the traditional chaffle recipe. In that section, you’ll see coconut flour (or almond flour), baking powder, and salt as an option to add to the traditional chaffle recipe.

  8. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe feels like your eating bread. I made and put cream cheese and sprinkled with everything but the bagel seasoning. Delicious thanks for sharing.

    1. A little above the recipe card in the post you’ll find links to more chaffle recipes that include sweet varities.

    1. I added a 1/4 tsp Jonnies Caesar garlic spread and seasoning powder “Costco” !!!!WOW !!!

  9. 5 stars
    I have made chaffles with cheddar and mozzarella. Today I made your recipe with cheddar, egg white and cheese sprinkled on the waffle maker. Holy cow!!! Game changer!! Such a simple change makes such a big difference. Thank you for these tidbits of information!

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