These Keto Waffles are so easy to make and the perfect low carb breakfast when you’re craving crispy and fluffy waffles. This low carb waffle recipe is a healthy breakfast or brunch that’s also paleo friendly, sugar free, dairy free and grain free.
Updated July 2019
AN EASY LOW CARB BREAKFAST
Since going on a mainly grain-free and low carb keto diet to help heal my autoimmune disorder, I’ve been on a mission to come up with the best low carb waffle recipe to satisfy that waffle craving.
If I had to choose between low carb pancakes or waffles – these keto waffles with almond flour win hands down every time.
They are deliciously thick, crispy, fluffy and perfect for your next weekend breakfast, brunch or any Waffle Wednesday.
Another great thing about these almond flour waffles is that the recipe comes together easily in just one mixing bowl so clean up is a breeze. Plus, I love that you don’t need that added step to whip the egg whites separately.
You don’t have to worry about flipping pancakes and the waffles always come out so pretty and perfect with the help of a trusty belgian waffle maker.
ARE WAFFLES KETO?
Traditional Belgian waffles are made with wheat flour, milk and sugar making them high in carbs so they do not fit well into a keto meal plan.
This keto waffle recipe is low carb and totally sugar free, gluten free, grain free and paleo friendly. We use a combination of coconut flour and almond flour for better structure, texture and taste.
INGREDIENTS YOU NEED:
To make sugar free waffles, our recipe for easy keto waffles is made with the following ingredients:
- Eggs: help to give the waffles structure and bind everything together. For extra fluffy waffles, separate the egg whites and whip until stiff peaks then fold into the batter after you add the cinnamon.
- Almond butter OR use any nut or seed butter of your choice: this also helps give the waffles structure and binds them together
- Granulated monk fruit sweetener: a low-glycemic sugar-free sweetener that resembles the taste of granulated sugar but is keto-friendly and diabetic-friendly. For true paleo, you use coconut sugar or swap with another low carb sweetener like SWERVE or erythritol. For guests that don’t have any dietary concerns, regular sugar would work as well.
- Almond milk + apple cider vinegar: replaces buttermilk and gives the waffles that fluffy texture
- Maple extract OR Vanilla extract: bring out the flavors from all the other ingredients.
- Almond Flour: Be sure to use superfine blanched almond flour and not almond meal. Almond flour is the main nut flour providing most of the bulk. Measure properly using the spoon and level method.
- Coconut flour: absorbs liquid and adds softness to the waffles
- Baking powder: helps the waffles rise for a thicker waffle
HOW TO MAKE KETO WAFFLES
- MIX WET INGREDIENTS: Start off by whisking the eggs with almond milk, apple cider vinegar and vanilla extract in a large bowl. (For extra fluffy waffles, separate the egg whites and whip until stiff peaks then fold into the batter after you add the cinnamon.)
- ADD THE DRY INGREDIENTS: Add the granulated monkfruit sweetener, almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Mix until smooth and combined.
- LET THE BATTER TO REST: Allow the batter to thicken up slightly while you turn on the waffle maker.
- PREHEAT WAFFLE MAKER: Preheat the waffle iron (This waffle batter makes 6 (1/4) cup mini waffles or 3 (2/3) Belgian waffle) and spray generously with pure coconut oil spray (or olive oil spray).
- COOK WAFFLES: Spoon in 1/4 cup of the batter for each waffle. Close the lid and cook until waffle light turns green (about 4-5 minutes depending on your waffle maker). For crispier waffles (recommended) , use a silicone spatula to flip the waffle over and cook again for another round (another 4-5 minutes) until the light turns green. Allow to sit for 15 seconds, then transfer the crispy waffles onto a plate.
- Repeat with remaining batter. This waffle batter makes 6 (1/4) cup mini waffles or 3 (2/3) Belgian waffles.
- SERVE: Serve with your favorite toppings and sides.
LOW CARB WAFFLE TOPPING VARIATIONS:
- whipped heavy cream or coconut cream
- melted butter
- almond butter / peanut butter / sunbutter
- sugar free syrup / sugar free maple syrup
- sugar free chocolate chips
- toasted coconut chips
- hemp seeds
- fresh strawberries / raspberries / blueberries
- smoked salmon
- dairy free cream cheese
- bacon and fried eggs
CAN YOU FREEZE KETO WAFFLES?
Yes, these low carb waffles with almond flour freeze beautifully, so you can make a big batch and treat yourself to crispy waffles even on busy weekday mornings.
Just place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Transfer them to a resealable freezer-safe bag or container and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.
TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST KETO WAFFLES EVERY TIME:
- Do NOT over-mix the batter
- Apple cider vinegar is what helps these waffles that fluffy & crisp texture
- For extra fluffy waffles, separate the egg whites and whip until stiff peaks then fold into the batter after you add the cinnamon
- If you don’t have monkfruit sweetener, you can also sub with any other granulated low carb sweetener of your choice – erthritol or SWERVE would be fine
- If you prefer your waffles sweeter – you can add another 1 tablespoon of sweetener of your choice
- Keep waffles warm in a single layer on a baking sheet in a 200 degree oven to stay crisp. Do NOT stack them or they will lose their crispiness.
- Spray your waffle maker generously with nonstick cooking spray (I use avocado oil spray OR coconut oil spray) so they do not stick
- Allow the batter to sit and thicken up while you you preheat your waffle maker
- Flip the waffles and cook for another round for crispier waffles
HOW MANY CARBS IN KETO WAFFLES?
The nutritional information for 1 mini (1/4) cup waffle serving of these almond flour waffles is:
- 191 calories
- 3g Net Carbs = 7g Total Carbs – 4g Fiber
- 9g Protein
- 16g Fat
WHERE CAN I BUY KETO WAFFLES?
Since the keto diet has been so popular now, you’ll be happy to know that they now have low carb waffles mixes that you can buy on Amazon, Target. Whole Foods or Walmart.
More low carb recipes:
- 3 large eggs (for extra fluffy waffles - separate the whites & whip until stiff peaks then fold into batter at the end)
- 2 tablespoons almond butter OR nut or seed butter of your choice
- 3 tablespoons granulated monkfruit sweetener , can also use SWERVE OR erythritol, add more if you prefer a sweeter waffle
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
- 1/8 teaspoon apple cider vinegar , optional - helps give the waffles that fluffy buttermilk texture
- 1 teaspoon maple extract OR vanilla extract
- 1 cup superfine blanched almond flour
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon , leave out if you prefer
- waffle maker
- Sugar free syrup raspberries, strawberries, blackberries etc.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs or egg yolks** then whisk in the almond butter, sweetener, milk, apple cider (if using) and maple or vanilla extract.
**FOR extra fluffy waffles - separate the yolks and whites first & whip the whites until stiff peaks then fold into batter after you add the cinnamon
Add the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Mix until smooth and just combined - do NOT overmix.
Allow the batter to thicken up 3-5 minutes while you preheat the waffle maker. This allows the baking powder to activate.
Preheat the waffle maker and spray generously with pure coconut oil spray (or olive oil spray).
Spoon in 1/4 cup of the batter for mini waffles or 2/3 cup for Belgian waffles. Close the lid and cook until waffle light turns green (about 4-5 minutes depending on your waffle maker). For crispier waffles (recommended) , use a silicone spatula to flip the waffle over and cook again for another round (another 4-5 minutes) until the light turns green. Allow to sit for 15 seconds, then transfer the crispy waffles onto a plate.
Repeat with remaining batter. This makes about 6 (1/4 cup) waffles or 3 (2/3 cup) Belgian waffles.
Serve with your favorite toppings and sides: whipped cream, melted butter, low carb syrup or fresh berries.
****FOR extra fluffy waffles - separate the yolks and whites & whip the whites until stiff peaks then fold into batter at the end
*For crispier waffles, flip the waffles to the other side and close the lid and cook for another 3-4 minutes - or toast in the oven or toaster oven until desired crispness.
This waffle batter makes 6 (1/4) cup mini waffles or 3 (2/3) Belgian waffles