Keto Waffles are just like eating traditional waffles, without all of the carbs that make them impossible to eat when you are on a keto/low carb diet.
They are light and fluffy, and you can top them off with some butter and low carb syrup and not think that you are eating ketogenic waffles. What a treat that your family will love, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Enjoy your new-found breakfast!
Who has not loved waffles since they were a kid? I know that I do, and it was especially a treat when I could have strawberries and whipped cream on the waffle too! Give me some bacon strips on the side and it is a very special breakfast to me!
I think that’s why I am so excited to bring to you a keto waffle recipe. Imagine a yummy crispy keto waffle with some butter and low carb maple syrup that you can make very easily right in your own home!
They are similar to our Keto Chaffles, but these are not made with cheese and are much closer in texture and flavor to a traditional waffle recipe.
Your family will really think these are the best keto waffles if you addfresh strawberries and our homemade keto whipped cream!
What are Keto Waffles?
Keto waffles are made similar to traditional waffles that you normally eat, but they are just made from low carb ingredients, like almond flour and a zero glycemic sweetener.
This means that you can eat these easy keto waffles without any guilt and can stay on a low carb diet.
What Do They Taste Like?
You may be wondering what keto waffles with almond flour taste like, I know that I did before I made them. When you cook with low-carb ingredients you can see that our keto waffles batter smells and tastes very similar to what you have always been used to.
They are light and fluffy, with a touch of sweetness, and by topping them off with butter and low carb maple syrup, you would not even know that they tasted any different than normal waffles.
Are Almond Flour Waffles Healthy?
Regular waffles are a very common choice for breakfast, either at home or in restaurants. They contain white flour, eggs, and milk, all of which we are conditioned to think are healthy ingredients.
Then you pour sweet maple syrup over the top of them which also can lead to inflammation that can then lead to pre-diabetes or even diabetes. This is all from a breakfast that you thought was giving you a good start to the day.
1 cup of traditional white flour has about 95.4 grams of carbs, subtracting the fiber which is only 3.4 grams, for a total of 92 NET Carbs. WOW, that’s way TOO MANY carbs to be healthy!!
Our low carb flours are so much healthier:
Almond flour-1 cup is 8 NET CARBS
Coconut flour-¼ cup 6 NET CARBS
Is Almond Flour Keto?
Yes, almond flour is keto. It is made from 100 percent almonds that are finely ground and form a flour that can be used in keto recipes from breakfast to desserts and everything in between.
Being on a keto diet, it’s a blessing to have almond flour to substitute for traditional flour, at only around 2 NET CARBS for ¼ cup and a really healthy form of fat.
How Many Carbs are in Keto Waffles?
Our keto waffles recipe comes in at only 4.2 NET CARBS per waffle. If you were to compare it with one traditional waffle, there would be too many carbs to make it keto compatible.
I took a look at a few examples of traditional waffles and they came in at anywhere from 15-35 NET CARBS per waffle. That is quite a bit higher than our keto waffles and impossible to eat if you are watching your carb intake.
What Ingredients are in Low Carb Waffles?
Eggs – These hold the waffles together and also help make the almond flour waffles fluffy.
Almond Flour – A low carb flour made from 100% finely ground nuts and is what makes keto waffles with almond flour.
Coconut Flour – A drier flour, mixed with almond one makes the perfect blend for keto waffles with coconut flour.
Monk Fruit – A zero net carb sweetener that in a small amount just adds a touch of sweetness to the keto waffles.
Baking Powder – This helps the waffles to rise, otherwise they would be like a flat pancake.
Salt – Just in touch.
Butter – This helps add moisture and flavor to the waffles.
Almond Milk – A low carb and dairy-free milk for moisture.
Vanilla – A unique and essential flavor.
How Many Waffles Does This Recipe Make?
We made our easy keto waffles recipe to come out with 6 yummy square waffles. That way there is enough for 2 or 3 delicious keto waffles per person.
You could also cut the recipe in half if you only want to make 3 at a time.
And the best thing is that if you only want to eat one keto waffle at a time, you will have extras so just put them in the refrigerator for the next day and then pop them in the toaster oven to heat and crisp them up for your breakfast.
Now your breakfast only takes a couple of minutes from the refrigerator to your plate!!!
Which Flour is Best for Keto Waffles?
We used 2 different low carb flours in our keto waffles, and we feel that a combination of both together makes the best keto waffles.
Almond Flour vs Almond Meal
Almond flour is a fine flour, from blanched almonds, where the skin is taken off and then the almonds are ground up really light and fine, almost powdery consistency to better resemble flour.
In contrast, almond meal is more coarsely ground and not the same as the flour. The texture differs greatly because it is ground up with the skins still on, and is much darker in color and impossible to use as a replacement for flour.
In this case, you only want to use almond flour for keto waffles and not almond meal. If you used almond meal it would be very coarse and heavy instead of light and fine.
Best Sweetener for Low Carb Waffles
I have used both granulated Monk Fruit and powdered Swerve when making this keto waffles recipe, and don’t really notice much of a difference.
Sometimes when we make low desserts it matters whether we use granulated or powdered, because of the texture it creates. However, in this case, I think it’s personal preference or even convenience depending on which one you have in your kitchen.
To keep your carb count as low as possible use heavy cream or almond milk for keto waffles.
Avoid using regular milk or buttermilk in the keto waffles mix. They both have a higher carb count than heavy cream or almond milk.
Oil vs Butter
In our keto waffles, we chose to use butter but you can also use olive oil or coconut oil, which are both good options if you can’t eat dairy products.
To do so, replace the butter with oil one for one with the same portion size as butter.
If you can not eat dairy, there are other choices for you in these ketogenic waffles. You have the option of adding almond butter or even peanut butter, which both add some yummy flavors to the waffles.
In fact, some recipes even call for a combo of butter and almond butter. It’s just a matter of taste and making sure that whatever you use is sugar-free.
Can I Substitute the Eggs?
I prefer to use eggs in these keto waffles. However if you have an egg allergy or just can’t eat them, a good substitute is flax seeds or chia seeds mixed with water. They both have a similar texture as an egg, and not too much flavor which makes them a good substitute.
Mix together just 1 Tbsp of chia seeds or flax seeds along with 2.5 Tbsp water and now you have a “chia egg” or a “flax seed egg”, It’s as simple as that.
Can I Use Cream Cheese?
If you want to use cream cheese in your recipe, it is a good ingredient that will add richness and tang to your keto waffles.
It is an acceptable ingredient that is used in a lot of keto recipes because it has no carbs in it, and it tends to give dough, bread, etc an elasticity that helps hold your ingredients together, and this can help make your keto cream cheese waffles a success.
Different Variations of Keto Waffles
Blueberry – Add some blueberries to the mix
Chocolate Chips – No sugar type which makes them low carb waffles
Cinnamon – Add some cinnamon to the mix and they will take on that nice warm coffee cake flavor.
Nuts – Some walnuts or pecans would be my first choice in nuts to add to the keto waffle recipe.
Peanut Butter – To replace the butter or add to the butter
Almond Butter – Add this to the butter or replace the butter with this Paleo approved ingredient
Cream Cheese Waffles – Tangier and creamier than regular ones.
Difference Between Waffles and Belgian Waffles
Waffles and Belgian waffles are similar but a little different. They have the same flavor but the main difference is that Belgian waffles are thicker than regular waffles and they also have bigger crevices to allow more yummy butter, syrup, or strawberry sauce to seep into the holes.
You can make almond flour waffles in either Belgian style or regular style as long as you make them with low carb ingredients.
If you want to make keto Belgian waffles, then you will have to buy a different waffle maker in order to accommodate the larger size.
Tools to Use
Bowls for mixing
Choosing a Waffle Iron
There are a few things to know before buying a waffle iron:
Pick your size, either classic or Belgian. The classic iron will make thinner waffles whereas the belgian type will make thicker ones.
If speed is important then make sure that the one you choose does not take too long to cook. The slowest ones take up to 5 minutes to cook, while the quickest ones take about 2 minutes. This may not seem like a huge difference but if you are standing there cooking waffles for your whole family, the minutes add up quickly. Everyone will be done eating before you even get to eat.
It’s a big help if your waffle iron has an easy to read indicator light to let you know when your low carb waffles are done cooking. After all, you don’t want your waffles to go from crispy keto waffles to burnt ones.
Some waffle irons cook unevenly which can make keto waffles with almond flour not come out as good, half golden brown and crispy and the other half undercooked and pale.
How to Make Keto Waffles from Scratch
We are going to show you step by step how easy it is to make our keto waffles recipe. Steps include mixing the batter, pouring the mix and then cooking them. Once they finish, add your favorite toppings.
Mixing the Batter
Step 1: The first step is to get a large bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl, starting with the almond flour and coconut flour.
Step 2: Next add the monk fruit, baking powder, and salt. Blend everything together.
Step 3: Take the eggs and separate them by placing the whites in one small bowl and the yolks in another.
Step 4: Melt the butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
Step 5: Add the almond milk, egg yolks, melted butter, and vanilla to the flour mixture. Blend together with an electric mixer until all ingredients are mixed together well.
Step 6: Now with the mixer and with clean beaters, mix the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
Step 7: With a spatula, fold the egg whites into the batter that is in the large bowl.
Step 8: Plug in the waffle iron and turn it up to medium temperature. Lightly grease the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray so that the batter will not stick and will remove easily.
Pouring the Waffle Mix
Step 9: You don’t want the keto waffle mix to be too thick but also not too thin. I like to call it a “thick pour” which means I help it pour into the waffle iron with a spoon.
If the batter is too thick it will be hard to spread it out in the waffle iron. If it is too thin then it will not form into good and crispy keto waffles.
Step 10: When filling the waffle iron, only fill the squares a little over halfway because once the lid goes down it presses the batter and if it’s too full then the batter will come pouring out over the sides of the waffle iron.
You will lose some of your valuable keto waffle mix and it makes a big mess that you will have to clean up afterward.
Step 11: Once you have filled your waffle iron with low carb waffle mix, now it’s time to cook them. Our waffle iron takes about 3 minutes to cook at medium temperature. Your cooking time may vary by a minute or two so you’ll have to watch them.
Take them out when the time is up and enjoy!
How to Know When the Waffles are Done?
The best and easiest way to know when keto waffles are done is to listen to the chime or lights coming from the waffle iron. When the red light turns green the waffle is done. Or when it’s done the waffle iron will chime.
Also when the waffle is cooking steam comes out of the waffle iron, but when the steam slows down or stops altogether it’s an indication that the waffle is done.
FAQs & Tips
If you haven’t already bought a waffle maker then buy a flip waffle maker to make more even waffles.
Before adding the keto waffle mix, first, spray the maker with non-stick coating or oil, and preheat it.
When you take your keto waffles out of the maker, if they are not as crispy as you would like, then just stick them in the toaster oven or large oven for 5 minutes more.
To get a fluffier keto waffle just separate the eggs and separately whip up the whites until they form soft peaks. Then fold them into your keto waffle mixture.
Be careful when removing almond flour waffles from the maker, because they can break apart.
Keep the finished waffles warm in the oven at 300 degrees.
Making Almond Flour Waffles Light
In my opinion, the best way to get your almond flour waffles come out nice and light is to separate the egg yolks from the egg whites, and with your electric mixer beat them up until light and fluffy. Then fold them into the rest of the ingredients to get the best keto waffles with almond flour.
How to Make Waffles Crispy and Not Soggy
The worst thing is a soggy waffle because they should be nice and crispy on the outside but fluffy on the inside.
If you do not turn up the temperature high enough then you may not get the crispy keto waffles that you were looking forward to having. For best results, always make sure to preheat the waffle iron before adding the keto waffle mix.
If your keto waffles do not come out as crispy as you would like, another suggestion that I have is to pop them in a toaster oven for a minute or two and they will get crispier.
How to Keep Waffles Crispy
Keeping waffles crispy after they are cooked is simple….just put them in the ovenfor a few minutes until you are ready to eat.
Why Do My Waffles Stick to the Waffle Iron?
Waffles stick to the waffle iron because it is not oiled enough. To resolve this use a non-stick spray or brush the iron with olive oil or vegetable oil.
Also, for best results also preheat the waffle iron so that the batter will cook up quickly and not have much time to stick.
Why Are My Waffles Raw Inside?
When you cook your waffles and they are still raw inside, one of the reasons is that the batter was too runny. It didn’t have enough substance before it was cooked, so hence the reason it didn’t have enough to form while it was cooking.
If the waffle iron is not hot enough while the low carb waffles are cooking, then it has a hard time cooking through to the center.
Can You Make Waffles Without a Waffle Maker?
If you don’t have a waffle maker then using a grill pan on top of your stove will make good waffles. They will have a different design, more like deep craters in the shape of long lines which will be good for holding lots of low carb maple syrup and melted butter.
Why Is the First Waffle Always Bad?
The first waffle may not come out as good as you want it to because the waffle iron was not hot enough to start with. This is key to getting them to come out perfect.
Should You Let Waffle Batter Rest?
Making your waffle batter ahead of time and letting it rest for a while is a mistake because it will lead to flat, dense almond flour waffles.
Especially after whipping up the egg whites in order to make the waffles light and fluffy, the more the batter sits around it starts to lose that light, fluffy texture.
Do You Spray a Waffle Iron?
Yes, we spray the waffle iron with non-stick spray, which is very important so that your low carb waffles don’t stick to the pan.
How to Season a Waffle Iron?
A waffle iron must be seasoned properly before you use it so that you can make the best keto waffles possible. After each use, the seasoning improves after each and every use.
The way you season it is by rubbing all of the cooking surfaces with oil and then heating it up. If you repeat this step after each use the waffle iron will continue to season.
Why Do Waffle Irons Flip?
If you ever went to a restaurant and watched the cook make your waffles, you may have noticed that the waffle iron rotated back and forth upside down and right side up. There is a method to the madness.
Gravity helps the batter spread out more evenly and distributes the batter better to produce a perfect waffle. It also makes both sides of the waffle brown up evenly.
Why Do My Waffles Taste Bitter?
Waffles can taste bitter if you put too much baking powder in them. You could try using some baking soda if you would prefer. For 1 Tbsp of baking powder only use 1 tsp of baking soda.
Can I Use Keto Waffle Mix for Pancakes?
A keto waffle recipe is not the same as our Keto Pancakes recipe, and they are different still from Almond Flour Pancakes. Even though they have similar ingredients, they are not the same because waffles contain more fat and sometimes can be sweetener.
By adding the extra fat it will make keto waffles with coconut flour crispier on the outside, whereas pancakes are better when they are fluffy, not crispy.
Other Diets This Recipe is Good For
Gluten-free – By using almond, and coconut flours these waffles are a gluten-free hit.
Sugar-free – Using a sugar-free replacement that has no carbs.
Paleo– By taking out the butter and replacing it with coconut oil or almond butter or a combo of both, it will make yummy paleo waffles.
Vegan – In order to make vegan waffles there can’t be any eggs or dairy products. Replace the eggs with chia seeds soaked in water, and replace the butter with almond butter or coconut oil.
Nut-free – The only way to make this keto waffle recipe nut-free is to use only coconut flour instead of almond flour. It can be done with a little adjustment and then you will have keto coconut flour waffles!
Vegetarian – These waffles are a perfect choice.
Making Vegan Waffles
In order to make vegan waffles, you can not use any dairy products, so we need to change the keto waffles recipe into one that replaces the butter with something else.
You can make almond flour waffles or coconut flour waffles with coconut oil instead of butter, using the same amount as you would use if you were using butter.
Eggs are another ingredient that is not acceptable on a vegan diet. There are a couple of substitutes that have similar textures and so can be used in place of eggs.
1 Tbsp of Chia seeds mixed with 2.5 Tbsp of water equals 1 egg.
1 Tbsp of Flax seeds mixed with 2.5 Tbsp of water equals 1 egg.
Making Paleo Waffles
Eggs are an acceptable ingredient in a paleo waffle recipe, but dairy is not. In order to make them Paleo-friendly waffles we need to use ingredients such as coconut oil or almond butter instead of butter and almond milk instead of milk or cream.
Happily, even using these ingredients make for a yummy breakfast treat.
What to Serve with Keto Almond Flour Waffles?
There are so many things that you can have with your keto almond flour waffles:
Keto waffle mix does not store well and it’s best to use the batter right away after mixing it up. If you have leftover keto waffle batter, it will not store well overnight. It will become flat and will lose its light and fluffy texture.
Instead it is best to use the batter up by making as many waffles as you can because you can always reheat the leftover waffles.
The only way it is ok to store the keto waffle batter overnight is if you hold back on adding the baking soda until the next day when you finally have time to finish making the waffle mix.
How to Reheat
If you made more waffles than you were able to eat for breakfast, wrap them up and they will be ok to eat the next day.
My favorite way to heat up leftover low carb waffles is by using the toaster or toaster oven because it not only makes them hot but also will crisp them up.
You can also heat them up in the microwave for 30-60 seconds and then top them off with butter or syrup.
Can You Freeze Almond Flour Waffles?
Leftover almond flour waffles do freeze well as long as you wrap them up well in an airtight plastic container, or in freezer paper so that the air does not make them spoil. I like to wrap them individually so that you can take out only as many as you need at that moment.
When you get ready to eat frozen keto waffles with almond flour, take them out of the freezer and heat them up immediately, just like you would do if you bought frozen waffles in the store.
You do not want to thaw them out first or they could become soggy during the defrosting process.
Other Low Carb Breakfast Recipes
If you are in the mood for some more Keto Breakfast recipes, check out these:
This Keto Waffle recipe is a real winner for your low carb breakfast options. They are so easy to make and likewise so delicious to eat. Pour some sugar-free syrup and a pat of butter on the top and you will forget that you are on a diet.
1 ½ cupsalmond flour
3 tbspcoconut flour
2 tbspmonk fruit, granular
1 tspbaking powder
6 tbsp melted butter, (Coconut oil, almond butter, or peanut butter for Paleo or Vegan)
¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
Mixing the Batter:
Pick out a big mixing bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl, starting with the almond flour and coconut flour.
Next, add the monk fruit, baking powder, and salt. Blend everything together.
Take the eggs and separate them by placing the egg yolks in one small bowl and the whites in another.
Melt the butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
Add the almond milk, melted butter, and vanilla to the flour mixture. Blend together with an electric mixer or a whisk until all of the ingredients are mixed together well.
Using the electric mixer, with clean beaters, mix the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
With a spatula, fold the egg whites into the batter that is in the large bowl.
Plug in the waffle iron and turn it up to medium temperature. Lightly grease the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray or oil.
Pouring the Waffle Mix:
You don’t want to make your keto waffle mix, not too thick and not too thin. I call it a thick pour which means that I help it get into the waffle iron with a spoon.
When filling the waffle iron, only fill the squares halfway because once you put the lid down, the batter spreads and will come running down the outside of the iron. You will lose some of the batter and also make a big mess.
Turn the waffle iron on medium temperature. It takes about 3 minutes to cook a batch.
If your waffle iron has a chime or a light, that is the easiest way to tell if the waffle is done. When the steam stops coming out of the waffle iron, it is also another way to know that the low carb waffles are done cooking.
4.2 NET Carbs for 1 Waffle.
Make sure to use oil or non-stick spray to coat the waffle iron before using it.
If your waffles need more crisping, then stick them in the toaster oven for 5 minutes.
Make sure to separate the eggs and whip up the egg whites separately to soft peaks in order to make your keto waffles fluffier.
Keep finished waffles in the oven on warm until they are all cooked.
Be sure to wrap securely any uneaten waffles and refrigerate or freeze until the next breakfast.
Paleo Option: By taking out the butter and replacing it with coconut oil or almond butter, you now have a paleo waffle recipe.
Vegan Option: When removing eggs, you need to replace it with “vegan eggs” which are simply made from chia seeds mixed with water or flax seeds mixed with water. Also an option to replace the butter is by using almond butter or coconut oil.
Reheating: If you have left over cooked waffles then you can heat them up in the oven or toaster oven for about 5 min, or in the microwave for 1 min if you are in a hurry or on the go.
Storing: In order to store your leftover waffles, wrap them up in an airtight container or ziploc bag and store them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Freezing: Freeze the leftover waffles wrapped in ziploc bags or airtight containers, and keep in the freezer for about 3 months.