Ah yes, chaffles! The chaffle is a creation of a waffle but with cheese and egg. I too watched those TikTok videos like so many posts before me but I thought it was time to see what all the fuss was about. It’s also in the top 10 for the USA concerning recipes for 2020 when you study Google Trends.
It looks easy and straightforward to make and a regular waffle maker or perhaps even better a waffle iron will do the trick.
One of the reasons for its sudden rise to fame is the link with the keto diet. This is the diet which advocates high protein and fat in food but virtually no carbohydrate as a way of encouraging body fat to be used as the preferred energy source. A number of commentators on this diet use chaffles as bread substitutes but they’ve morphed into pizza replacers, an alternative to dessert and certainly make for a swift snack.
From a nutritional perspective, 2 medium sized chaffles will be 200 calories containing 13 grams of fat, 15 grams of protein and something of the order of 2.5 grams of carbs.
There are different forms of the chaffle as we’ll see but lets get the basic recipe out there first.
The following amounts will make 4 reasonably sized waffles in 2 minutes. It takes 5 minutes though just to sort out the settings and get the food out of the fridge and shred it but that’s no time at all.
Some of us find that just cheese and egg makes for a too eggy waffle so the almond or coconut flour is there to return it to a more traditional waffle texture and get round that eggy taste. You could also add a half-teaspoon of psyllium husk to make it slightly more fibrous and give yourself a fibre benefit but just do not overdo this.
Ingredients for Chaffles:
- 1 cup of shredded mozzarella/cheddar/Red Leicester cheese
- 2 eggs
- 1 or 2 teaspoons of almond flour or coconut flour (never wheat flour)…optional
- Switch the mini waffle iron on and let it heat up to a particular temperature depending on instructions.
- I would spray the hot surfaces with a small amount of nonstick cooking spray
- To make this simple version just whisk the eggs in a bowl and add all the cheese.
- Pour the ‘batter’ into the waffle maker and cook as per instruction. Most waffle makers cook for 2 minutes.
- Remove the chaffle or chaffles from your waffle maker and place on a paper towel to absorb any oil that has not been absorbed. Just repeat.
To create really crispy chaffles, add a bit of extra cheese to the waffle surface before you add the mixture. Before you close the lid, add a second amount of shredded cheese on top.
There are many different types to make. To make chilli chaffles, add a teaspoon of chopped up fresh chilli. Jalapeno chillis are ideal.
The Tex-Mex Chaffle
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup grated Mexican blend cheese which may be Monterrey Jack with Colby and some Red Leicester
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander a.k.a. cilantro
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed chilli
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon minced or sliced garlic
- Pieces of sliced avocado, some shredded chicken, cilantro/coriander and mango pico de Gallo for that Tex-Mex topping
The preparation is the same as before where you add all the ingredients for cooking except those for the topping.
Preheat mini waffle maker and oil as before. In a small bowl, mix and fold in together the ingredients. Add as much mixture as your waffle maker suggests and just repeat.
Sweet Chaffles – The Chocolate Chaffle
If you like sweet and not just savoury then a chocolate chaffle would be right up your street. The version we have here came from a local waffle manufacturer who avoids using any carbohydrate by employing the powers of stevia or coconut palm sugar. All the sweet chaffles can have some chopped fruit such as strawberries, raspberries or blueberries.
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons cream cheese. Just soften for a few seconds in a microwave
- 2 teaspoons cacao powder or cocoa
- 1 teaspoon coconut or almond flour to get it closer to a waffle but its optional
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons sweetener – stevia, coconut palm sugar
Prepare the mixture by whisking the egg and then folding in the other ingredients. As with the previous recipes, add enough mixture to the waffle maker to make one or two waffles. Keep repeating to make as many as you jolly well please!
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We mentioned waffle makes and some of the most popular are those from Dash. You can try the following mini waffle maker in either black or aqua for a start.