Delicious, easy, and versatile, these no-carb garlic parmesan chaffles are a delicious bread alternative. Every day chaffle recipes will soon become meal plan staples.
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Are there times when on a keto diet you miss a simple sandwich?
That is so true for me and very tempting to cave and have just one. But no! My will power is completely dependent on how well I’ve prepared and what I have on hand.
Discovering chaffle recipes, specifically these garlic parmesan chaffle wonders has been huge. I love the crunch of the cheddar cheese chaffle, and with the garlic and parmesan flavors it’s a delicious sandwich “bread”.
Well, dare we say no-carb bread? Or maybe no-carb chaffle. Either way I eat them often, as do my kids. What kid doesn’t like a waffle for a sandwich?
In a hurry?
While I think you’ll love my super helpful tips and fun stories, I also realize we are sometimes pressed for time and just need a good recipe!
Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the printable recipe to make it NOW or PIN it here for later! Add it to your meal plan!
Well, many’s the long night I’ve dreamed of cheese–toasted, mostly…
– Robert Louis Stevenson III
What is a chaffle?
I absolutely love chaffles. How can you not? Of course, I’ve long been a fan of fried cheese. However, add a few ingredients and easily cook it in a mini-waffle maker, and it feels like light bulbs are going on everywhere with possiblilities.
It’s nearing Christmastime so you may in fact hear the Hallelujah Chorus in the background singing “Hallelujah”!
What is a chaffle? That’s easy to answer. A chaffle is a cheese waffle.
Cheese + waffle = chaffle!
Chaffles are usually made with egg and cheese with assorted other ingredients. Initially I just didn’t think it would work, but oh my it does.
And, there are endless possibilities.
Basic Chaffle Recipe
This is still my go-to basic recipe before adding flavors, and it’s super-simple:
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
What?! Yes, two ingredients. Mind blown.
Blend together the egg and cheese and possibly add a little garlic powder or salt. Cook half the mixture in the mini-waffle maker for 4 minutes. Remove the chaffle and repeat with the second half of the mixture.
Boom! That’s it! Honestly, I still use this recipe and eat one with a piece of ham and a little avocado oil mayo for a filling breakfast. Did I mention how easy it is?
Quick and easy is important, especially when I’m in a hurry. And let’s face it, I’m a mom. That means I’m in a hurry ALL the time.
But, you know I can’t just leave it at that. The garlic parmesan chaffle is actually no-carb, and the basic recipe so adaptable, you almost are forced to play with different flavorings!
Let’s just say there are some good, some bad.
As far as chaffle recipes go, I’ve shared the keto blueberry chaffle. Now it’s time for the no-carb garlic parmesan chaffle.
To make chaffle recipes you’ll need:
- small or medium-sized bowl
- a spatula
- whisk or fork
- measuring cups
- mini waffle maker or other waffle maker or frying pan
My Favorite Mini Waffle Maker
For my chaffle recipes I like to use a mini waffle maker like this one here:
You can get it in several different colors if you like, or even a heart shape!
However, you can also use a larger traditional waffle maker. In that case you would just have to watch your portion sizes, but it works.
Garlic Parmesan Chaffle Pancakes
No waffle maker? No problem!
If it so happens you don’t have a waffle maker at all, you can make any of my chaffle recipes as pancakes.
Use half the recipe per pancake and spread the mixture out thinly on a medium-high preheated pan sprayed with coconut oil.
Cook it for 2 minutes. Next, flip the pancake and cook about 2 more minutes on the other side. Nice and easy!
How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?
– Charles de Gaulle
How to make chaffle recipes: garlic parmesan
Chaffles are a fabulous easy breakfast or meal. I love them for a keto diet because they’re not complicated, nor do they take a lot of time to make. So let’s get started!
First, get out the waffle maker, coconut oil spray, and all the other ingredients.
Why grate your own cheese?
I start garlic parmesan chaffles by shredding a half cup from a block of organic cheddar cheese. The smaller the shreds, the better it will integrate in the batter.
I also powder my own parmesan cheese from a block.
“What? I thought you said this was quick and easy!”
Yes, I can hear your thoughts now. However, it takes a minute at most to finely grate a half a cup of cheese and another to powder the parmesan.
I use a good coffee grinder to make powdered parmesan.
Why take the time to shred and powder cheese? Can’t you buy it already done?
Actually, did you know when you buy already shredded cheese there are added ingredients simply to prevent the shreds from sticking together, caking, and molding?
Look at the ingredients on a back of shredded cheese, and you’ll find things like potato starch, corn starch, dextrose, calcium sulfate, and natamycin.
Do you want to eat these ingredients and add carbs to your recipe?
I certainly don’t and don’t want my children to so the fresher the better!
Take an extra minute to grate your cheese, and you’ll feel better about it.
How to make the batter for chaffle recipes: savory garlic parmesan
Take out a medium-sized mixing bowl. Use a half cup measuring cup and put in the shredded cheddar cheese.
Then add the garlic, parmesan cheese, and salt. Next, crack the egg in and whisk or stir it all together well.
Now, take a spatula and incorporate all the mixture evenly from the sides of the bowl.
Set the mixture aside and heat the mini waffle maker. Lightly spray the waffle maker with coconut oil. This will prevent the chaffle from sticking, but if you put to much you’ll have it forever draining out the sides of the waffle maker.
Don’t worry, you’ll soon find a balance. I only spray it for the first chaffle I’m making.
Then pour half of the waffle batter into the waffle maker and close the lid to cook. Cook it for 4 minutes, and don’t be tempted to check it beforehand! Let it cook in the waffle maker for 4 minutes.
When it’s ready, carefully remove the waffle maker to a plate. I use a fork to pull it out.
The cheddar cheese is easier to work with than mozzarelly because it crisps up more. Still, carefully set it on a plate for a minute or two to cool before adding toppings or fillings.
With chaffle recipes, the sky’s the limit when it comes to filling them.
For a savory chaffle like the garlic parmesan, top with green onions. Maybe sour cream or mayo.
Or, you can use two chaffles as keto sandwich bread and fill it with your favorite meats or veggies and enjoy!
How to store chaffles
Chaffles will keep in the fridge for up to about a week. If you’d like to make a bunch and freeze them for even easier meals, they’ll keep in an airtight container about a month.
Did you eat freezer waffles as a kid? I certainly did! Make a big batch and keep these in the freezer to pull out as a side or for the “bread” to your ham sandwich.
They are super-convenient and adaptable to many food options.
Easy keto recipes
I love it when I find an easy recipe. There’s something to be said for the elaborate Princess cake with layers of custard, cake, cream, and marzipan, but it’s not the everyday!
Chaffle recipes are for the everyday. There are so many options you will quickly fall in love.
Also, the mini-waffle maker is fabulous because it doesn’t take up a lot of cabinet space. Even as I strive for a minimalist kitchen, I can justify it’s existence with the size and the frequency with which I use it.
Why not try a garlic parmesan chaffle for lunch today?
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- ½ cup cheddar cheese
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp parmesan cheese (powdered)
- ½ tsp minced garlic (or powdered garlic)
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- Place the shredded cheddar cheese, egg, parmesan cheese, garlic, and salt in a bowl.
- Mix it together with a whisk or spatula until everything is fully incorporated.
- Heat the mini waffle maker and spray it with coconut oil.
- Pour half of the waffle batter into the waffle maker and close the lid to cook. Cook for 4 minutes then carefully remove from the waffle maker to a plate.
- Top with sliced green onions or whatever topping you wish. Use 2 chaffles to make a keto sandwich.
Servings 2.0 Amount Per Serving: 1 chaffle Calories 175 Total Fat 13 g Saturated Fat 8 g Monounsaturated Fat 1 g Polyunsaturated Fat 0 gTrans Fat 0 g Cholesterol 129 mg Sodium 574 mg Potassium 41 mg Total Carbohydrate 0 g Dietary Fiber 0 g Sugars 0 g Protein 13 g
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 175Unsaturated Fat: 0g
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For the most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe. **Not all cheeses are created equal. Choose organic block cheeses and shred or powder them yourself for lowest carb count.