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2 Ingredient Chaffle Recipe (keto cheese waffles)

Also known as cheese waffles, a 2 ingredient chaffle is made with just eggs and shredded cheese. Cooked in a mini waffle iron, they turn out light and fluffy and can be served sweet or savory. Chaffles are gluten free, keto, and low carb!

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WHAT IS A CHEESE WAFFLE?

A cheese waffle, otherwise known as a chaffle, is a low carb substitute for traditional waffles that’s wildly popular within the keto community.

Basic chaffles are a ridiculously easy recipe with just eggs and finely shredded cheese and don’t contain any extra ingredients such as almond flour or baking powder.

This makes them a great option for those watching their carbs or eating a keto diet. They’re also naturally gluten free!

TYPES OF CHAFFLES

You might be surprised to find out that there are many different ways to enjoy chaffles! While an original chaffle recipe has only eggs and cheese, you can find recipes for everything from chocolate chaffles to a wonder bread knockoff(!)

Here are a few common variations:

  • Cream cheese chaffles use cream cheese instead of other types of cheese in sweet chaffle recipes, for obvious reasons. They usually also contain a type of flour like almond or coconut, and sometimes a leavening agent such as baking powder.
  • Wonder bread variation uses either almond flour or coconut flour, eggs, and a few other simple ingredients to make a waffle that is more, well, bread-like. It is typically used as a bread substitute in sandwiches, avocado toast ,or pizza but can also be enjoyed as a sweet chaffles with maple syrup or other toppings.
  • Sweet chaffles are made by adding cocoa powder and a keto friendly sweetener to make chocolate chaffles, or sometimes they’re simply dusted with cinnamon sugar.
A ceramic ivory bowl with black specks and an aquamarine rim sits on a gray marbled counter. Inside the bowl is a mixture of eggs and cheese that has been stirred with a fork. Behind the bowl are two brown eggs, and a block of mozzarella cheese that has been partially grated.

BASIC CHAFFLE RECIPE

2 Ingredient chaffle is made with just a couple of basic ingredients:

  1. large egg
  2. cheese

Rumor has it that 2 ingredient chaffles taste less eggy if you bring the eggs to room temp, but I didn’t personally notice a difference.

If you want less of an eggy texture, try subbing 2 egg whites for the whole egg. This will make the texture a little lighter and give them a more mild flavor.

WHAT TYPE OF CHEESE TO USE

Basically any type of cheese that can be grated will work well, so select one based on the flavor you want your chaffles to have.

For the best texture, use finely shredded cheese.

I tested this recipe with a freshly grated block of cheese, and with pre-packaged finely shredded cheese and found that I preferred the texture of the chaffle made with the pre-packaged cheese. That being said, whichever you have on hand will work just fine.

Mozzarella cheese has the most neutral flavor, so plan to use this one if you’re going to enjoy your chaffles with syrup.

Cheddar cheese is a popular option because it pairs well with eggs and most people have it on hand.

Parmesan is a fun option; try adding some chopped pepperoni to your batter for a pizza flavor!

Pepper jack cheese is a fun addition if you like a little spice.

Feel free to use any combination of cheese that you prefer!

a mini waffle iron is open and filled with a mixture of eggs and cheese. In the background you can see 2 brown eggs and a pile of finely grated white cheese

HOW TO MAKE A 2 INGREDIENT CHAFFLE

These are SO easy to make and are ready in 5 minutes. Here’s how to make perfect chaffles:

  1. Preheat waffle iron (more on which waffle iron works best below)
  2. Whisk eggs in a small or medium bowl
  3. Add finely shredded cheese
  4. Whisk until well combined
  5. Add chaffle batter to waffle iron and cook for 2-3 minutes (3-4 minutes for a crispier exterior) You’ll know the chaffles are ready when they are a little crisp on the outside and you can easily remove from the waffle iron.
  6. Eat!

If you want to put your own spin on this recipe, try adding your favorite seasoning to the chaffle batter. A few ideas are onion or garlic powder, Italian seasoning, chopped chives, or fresh parsley.

BEST WAFFLE MAKER TO USE FOR KETO CHAFFLES

You can make chaffles in any waffle maker you would use for regular waffles, but I definitely recommend a mini Dash waffle maker.

The Dash mini waffle maker makes them the perfect size for individual portions, great for on-the-go or to pop in the freezer for later (more on that below). I do not recommend a Belgian waffle maker as they will be too thick and affect the texture.

I have tried using a regular waffle maker and it works OK as well, but I did prefer the texture of the ones made in my Dash. If you’re cooking for a crowd, you can use multiple mini waffle irons or this one that makes 4 at a time.

a hand holds a small round chaffle. It is topped with mashed avocado and sprinkled with everything bagel seasoning

HOW TO SERVE A 2 INGREDIENT CHAFFLE

I love making chaffles when we need quick and easy breakfasts. Because they’re made with eggs and cheese, they’re sure to keep you full until lunch!

My husband is gluten free so we are always looking for easy and filling breakfast ideas, and these make the perfect gluten-free breakfast.

You can serve as you would a regular waffle, with cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, or maple syrup. If you want to keep the carbs low, you can use a sugar free syrup as well.

I don’t personally like chaffles with syrup, they’re too eggy for me; but if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t mind maple syrup getting onto the sausage or eggs on your breakfast plate, then you might enjoy it that way 🙂

Here are a few ways you can enjoy chaffles:

  • Top with maple syrup (regular or sugar free)
  • Spread with guacamole or avocados and sprinkle with bagel seasoning
  • Make a pizza chaffle by spreading half the chaffle batter on the waffle iron, topping with a single layer of pepperoni, and spreading with the remaining half of batter before cooking. Serve with a side of marinara.
  • Make a chaffle sandwich by filling 2 chaffles with strips of bacon and a slice of cheese
a stack of 3 chaffles on a gray stone plate. Beside the plate is a stack of worn silver forks on top of a gray and white linen

CAN I DOUBLE OR TRIPLE THE RECIPE?

Absolutely! This recipe is perfect for a single serving, and is easy to scale up if you’re feeding a small or large crowd. I’ve had great success making double or triple the batch.

CAN I FREEZE CHAFFLES?

If you have leftover chaffles, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

If you would like to store for longer in the freezer, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place chaffles in a single layer without the sides touching. If you have more than one layer, separate with parchment paper so they don’t stick together.

Freeze until fully frozen, then transfer to a freezer bag, press the air out, and seal. Freeze up to 14 days.

To reheat chaffles, warm in the microwave for 30-60 seconds (less if refrigerated) or heat in the toaster or toaster oven until warmed through.

HOW MANY NET CARBS ARE IN KETO CHAFFLES?

A 2 ingredient chaffle has only 1 net carb per serving, making it the perfect low-carb waffle!

a stack of 3 round waffles on a gray stone plate. They are topped with syrup with is running down the sides and pooling on the plate. A white and gray striped linen is in the background along with a stack of silver forks

2 Ingredient Chaffle

Yield: 2-3 chaffles
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Also known as cheese waffles, 2 ingredient chaffle is made with just eggs and cheese. Light and fluffy, gluten free, keto, and low carb!

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese (see notes for variations)

Instructions

  1. Preheat waffle iron (more on which waffle iron works best below)
  2. Whisk eggs in a small or medium bowl
  3. Add finely shredded cheese
  4. Whisk until well combined
  5. Add 3-4 tablespoons chaffle batter to Dash mini waffle iron and cook for 2-3 minutes (3-4 minutes for a crispier exterior) ***You'll know the chaffles are ready when the waffle iron is no longer steaming and you can easily remove from the waffle iron.
  6. Serve as is or with desired toppings (see notes)

Notes

CHEESE:

For the best texture, use finely shredded cheese.

I tested this recipe with a freshly grated block of cheese, and with pre-packaged finely shredded cheese and found that I preferred the texture of the chaffle made with the pre-packaged cheese. That being said, whichever you have on hand will work just fine.

Mozzarella cheese has the most neutral flavor, so plan to use this one if you're going to enjoy your chaffles with syrup.

Cheddar cheese is a popular option because it pairs well with eggs and most people have it on hand.

Parmesan is a fun option; try adding some chopped pepperoni to your batter for a pizza flavor!

Pepper jack cheese is a fun addition if you like a little spice.

Feel free to use any combination of cheese that you prefer!

WAYS TO SERVE:

  • Top with maple syrup (regular or sugar free)
  • Spread with guacamole or avocados and sprinkle with bagel seasoning
  • Make a pizza chaffle by spreading half the chaffle batter on the waffle iron, topping with a single layer of pepperoni, and spreading with the remaining half of batter before cooking. Serve with a side of marinara.
  • Make a chaffle sandwich by filling 2 chaffles with strips of bacon and a slice of cheese

TO MAKE THE TEXTURE LESS EGGY

Try adding 1 Tablespoon of almond flour or 1 teaspoon of coconut flour.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 101Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 182mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g

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