What Is A Chaffle?


Hey there, fellow keto enthusiasts and food explorers! Today, we’re diving into the mouthwatering world of chaffles – the keto baby of the ever-loved waffle. If you’ve been on the keto journey for a while, as I have, chances are you’ve come across the term “chaffle” at least once. These crispy, savory, but sometimes sweet fluffy creations have gained a loyal following for their incredible taste, low-carb profile, and endless customization options.

In our quest to provide you with the most comprehensive research on all things chaffles-related, we’ve delved deep into the origins, preparation methods, nutritional benefits, and cultural influences of chaffles. So, whether you’re a seasoned keto warrior looking to spice up your meal plan or a waffle aficionado seeking a low-carb alternative, this article is for you. 

Are you ready? Let’s dive right in…

A Quick History of The Chaffle & Its Rise to Low-Carb Staple

The concept of combining cheese and eggs to create a waffle-like dish can be traced back to the early days of the low-carb movement. However, the keto community popularized and coined the term “chaffle.”

 So, what is a chaffle, after all? The term “chaffle” is a playful combination of the words “cheese” and “waffle.” It refers to a waffle-like dish primarily made from egg and cheese, often with additional ingredients for flavor or texture.

The versatility of chaffles makes them a fantastic base for many more creative recipes that build upon them without derailing ketosis. Of course, this quick history would only be complete if we discussed the impact of social media platforms and online communities in proliferating this recipe. 

As with the dalgona coffee or zoodles, as people shared their creations and experimented with different ingredients, the chaffle rose to fame and became more than a simple trend but a rooted staple for low-carb dieters.

Staple Chaffle Ingredients

The chaffle has many variants and styles; however, what they all have in common are the following vital ingredients:

  1. Cheese: Cheese is the star ingredient of chaffles, providing flavor, structure, and that delightful crispy exterior. Popular shredded cheese choices for chaffles include mozzarella, cheddar, and Parmesan, each offering a unique taste and texture. It’s recommended to use finely shredded cheese as it’s easier to fully incorporate with the eggs.
  2. Eggs: Eggs act as a binding agent, holding the chaffle together and giving it a fluffy texture. They also contribute to the nutritional content of chaffles.

Types of Chaffles

Some chaffle recipes may add other ingredients such as almond flour, baking powder, or baking soda, but the most basic keto chaffle recipe only includes egg and cheese. While the types of chaffles grow every day, there exist two main broad categories: 

Sweet Chaffles

To transform chaffles into a delightful sweet treat, keto-friendly sweeteners like erythritol or stevia and other sugar-free syrups can be added to the batter. Other ingredients can also be added to make flavored chaffles. For example, to make a chocolate chaffle, you only need to add unsweetened cocoa powder to the batter.

Additionally, flavors like vanilla extract or cinnamon can be incorporated to create a fantastic base for toppings like sugar-free syrup, berries, or whipped cream.

Here at Butter Together, we have quite a few of these to get started with: 

Savory Chaffles 

If savory is your preference, you can experiment with herbs, spices, and seasonings to create chaffles that complement your desired flavors. Garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, or even a sprinkle of grated Parmesan can elevate the savory profile. Savory chaffles can be enjoyed on their own or as a base for toppings like eggs, bacon, avocado, pizza toppings, or cream cheese.

You can even use a savory chaffle as a tasty and low-carb alternative to a regular hamburger bun or sandwich bread. Who says you can’t have flavorful food when you’re on a keto diet?

Again we have a few savory chaffle recipes for you to get started: 

What Chaffle Maker To Use

To make perfectly-sized keto chaffles, you need a mini waffle maker. If you’re looking for recommendations on what to get, the Dash mini waffle maker is a great choice. Its small size makes it easy to fit anywhere. If you put it on the counter, it won’t take up too much space. It’s very easy to clean too! The small size of the Dash mini waffle maker is perfect for making round 4-5 inch chaffles.

If you want to make multiple chaffles at a time, a regular waffle maker may suit you better. The Dash Belgian waffle maker is a popular choice in the community, and with good reason. With it, you can make up to four chaffles at a time. This saves you a lot of time when you’re making a large batch of delicious keto chaffles.

Tips and Tricks for The Perfect Chaffles

  1. Use finely shredded cheese to ensure proper melting and distribution throughout the chaffle.
  2. For a crispier chaffle, cook it slightly longer for just a few minutes. Increasing the temperature will also do the trick.
  3. Scrape off remaining batter with a spatula or rubber scraper.
  4. Experiment with different cheese combinations and flavors to discover your favorite chaffle variations.
  5. Don’t overload the waffle iron with too much batter. Doing so can lead to uneven cooking or overflow. Slow and steady wins the race here.
  6. Allow the chaffle to cool slightly before removing it from the maker or iron to avoid them breaking apart.
  7. Look for models with adjustable temperature settings and non-stick surfaces for hassle-free cooking and cleaning. Some chaffle makers even come with interchangeable plates, allowing you to explore different waffle patterns and shapes.
  8. When in doubt, opt for a simple and affordable mini waffle maker, as it allows to make a chaffle for 1 or 2 relatively easily. Less hassle during cleanup.

Nutritional Benefits of Chaffles

The exact nutritional profile of a chaffle can vary depending on the specific ingredients used, but generally, chaffles are low in carbohydrates and high in protein and fat. The primary sources of macronutrients in chaffles are cheese and eggs, both of which provide essential nutrients.

Compared to traditional waffles made with flour and sugar, chaffles have a significantly lower carbohydrate content making them suitable for individuals aiming to minimize their carb intake. As chaffles omit the flour, they often cater to those following a gluten-free diet. Typical recipes substitute with nut flour containing no wheat or gluten-based ingredients such as almond flour.

That said, it is important to note that while chaffles can be a nutritious addition to a well-rounded diet, moderation and mindful ingredient choices are imperative. If you’re monitoring your calorie intake as part of a weight loss plan or have specific dietary restrictions or allergies, it’s advisable to: 

  • Observe the nutrition facts for the particular recipe, 
  • Adjust portion size 
  • Choose ingredients that make sense for you. 

Chaffles & Global Influences 

With the rise of the chaffle trend, regional and modern variations have emerged, adding exciting twists to the traditional concept. From incorporating unique cheeses like feta or blue cheese to experimenting with seasonings like curry powder, italian seasoning, everything bagel seasoning, or chili flakes, many worldwide have embraced the freedom to personalize and innovate. 

Here are some examples of just a few: 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Are chaffles suitable for people with lactose intolerance?

Chaffles can be suitable for people with lactose intolerance, depending on the ingredients used. Traditional chaffles are made with cheese, which contains lactose. However, lactose-free cheese options are readily available. These can often be substituted 1:1.

Can I freeze chaffles for later use?

Yes, you can freeze chaffles for later use. After cooking, allow the chaffles to cool completely, then place them in an airtight container or freezer bag. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy them, reheat them in a toaster or oven until they are warm and crispy.

How do I store leftover chaffles?

If you have leftover chaffles that you plan to consume within a day or two, you can store them in the refrigerator. Allow them to cool completely, then place them in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in plastic wrap. They can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days. 

What are some alternative flours I can use in chaffle recipes?

Chaffle recipes often call for almond or coconut flour as alternatives to traditional flour. However, if you have allergies or dietary restrictions, there are other options you can consider. Other choices include flaxseed meal, sunflower seed flour, ground chia seeds, or a combination of gluten-free flour blends. Experiment with different flours to find the one that best suits your taste and dietary needs.

Why are my chaffles sticking to the waffle iron?

Chaffles like waffles may stick to the waffle iron if the surface is not adequately greased or hot enough. Make sure to generously grease the waffle iron with cooking spray, melted butter, or oil before pouring the batter. Additionally, allowing the chaffles to cook for sufficient time before opening the waffle iron can help prevent sticking.

How can I achieve a crispy texture for my chaffles?

To achieve a crispy texture for your chaffles, make sure your chaffle batter is not too runny. Adjust the amount of liquid in the recipe or add additional dry ingredients to thicken the batter. Additionally, cooking the chaffles in the waffle iron for a slightly longer time can help enhance their crispiness.

What can I do if my chaffles are too dense?

If your chaffles turn out too dense, it could be for a few reasons. Firstly, check that you have used the correct ratios of ingredients as specified in the recipe. Adding too much flour or cheese can result in a denser texture– this is especially true if you use coconut flour. 

Are chaffles calorie-free or low in calories?

Chaffles are not calorie-free, as they contain ingredients such as cheese, eggs, and flour substitutes. The number of calories in chaffles can vary depending on the specific recipe and ingredients used. However, a chaffle would contain about the same calories per serving size compared to a traditional waffle.

Are chaffles only suitable for keto or low-carb diets?

Chaffles gained popularity in the keto and low-carb communities due to their low carbohydrate content. However, chaffles can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of their dietary preferences. They offer a delicious and versatile option for those looking to explore different flavors, add variety to their meals, or incorporate a gluten-free alternative to traditional waffles.

Are cheese waffles the same as chaffles?

While they use similar ingredients, cheese waffles and chaffles are not the same. Firstly, a basic chaffle recipe only uses eggs and shredded cheese. Regular cheese waffles use more ingredients than that. And even if you add flour to a chaffle recipe, it’d be a keto-friendly flour such as almond or coconut flour. In a traditional cheese waffle recipe, you’d be using all-purpose flour or regular wheat flour instead.

Do chaffles taste like regular waffles?

Chaffles have a unique taste that combines the savory flavors of cheese and eggs. While they may not taste identical to regular waffles, they are tasty in their own right.

Do chaffles just taste like burnt eggs and cheese?

While a basic chaffle recipe only uses eggs and shredded cheese, it won’t taste anything like burnt eggs and cheese. Rather, it would have more of a pretty neutral flavor, especially if the cheese used is shredded mozzarella cheese.
For a more pronounced cheesy flavor, you can use cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, or any cheese with less of a neutral flavor. If the chaffles taste too eggy for you, adding almond flour, coconut flour, or another keto-friendly flour can neutralize the egg flavor.


Throughout this comprehensive guide, we have explored the origins, ingredients, nutritional benefits, cultural influences, and practicality of chaffles. If we have left you with anything, we hope it is with the knowledge that chaffles offer a versatile and delicious option for those following a low-carb or keto lifestyle and anyone seeking a flavorful alternative to traditional waffles. 

With their crispy exterior, cheesy interior, and endless customization possibilities, chaffles have become a go-to choice for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and even desserts. As you embark on your chaffle-making adventures, we encourage you to experiment and personalize your chaffle creations.

Don’t be afraid to try different cheese combinations, spices, and toppings to discover your favorite flavor profiles.