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Healthy Carrot Cake Chaffles. Have your cake and eat it, too!

Because in this house, carrot cake counts as a vegetable!

These healthy carrot cake chaffles or ketogenic waffles are a great way to start off your day with a healthy and quick meal. Refined sugar free and full of goodness, they are delicious topped with chopped walnuts and shredded carrot. If you have some extra time, you can quickly make some some sugar free icing to bring your healthy waffle recipe to another level.

What is a Chaffle?

Haven't heard of a chaffle? Don't worry, neither did I until I started the ketogenic diet. The original version of the chaffle was simple 1 egg and 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese. And since it's inception, it has evolve to add additional ingredients such as almond flour, unsweetened coca powder, peanut butter, pumpkin, and so much more. And while it certainly may sound weird, I can tell you that all of my friends who have tried these have quickly fallen in love! So be adventurous and give it a try.

A look into healthy almond flour chaffles.

The majority of my friends and family prefer something sweet in the morning, especially if it involves carrot cake. Let's face it, who doesn't enjoy cake like in the morning, lunch or even dinner? The only problem is carrot cake tends to be loaded with calories and refined sugar making it typically unhealthy to have frequently. But what if you could eat a filling and low calorie healthy waffle that taste like carrot cake but wasn't loaded with refined sugars and a ton of calories? For this reason, I have been developing an almond flour chaffle that combines my love with carrot cake with my love for breakfast foods.

Who would benefit from eating chaffles?

Chaffles can be eaten by anyone, but I generally see these are highly beneficial for a set of people. Chaffles are obviously beneficial to those who are following a ketogenic diet or a low carbohydrate diet. Why? Because most recipes are only a few grams of carbohydrates, even with the almond flour chaffle recipes. Next, chaffles are naturally gluten free. No matter if you suffer from celiac disease or gluten intolerance, these recipes can be beneficial to you. Chaffles are also great for those on a lower calorie diet. Most of my recipes are less than 500 calories and higher in protein, so these can be perfect to be incorporated in your weight loss diet. And lastly, if you tend to enjoy sweets that are more dense, then this is perfect for you.

What equipment do you need to make a chaffle?

There isn't a whole lot of equipment that you need to make a chaffle. The two types of waffle makers you'll need are either a mini waffle maker or a Belgium waffle maker. If you are using the Lemon Kitchen recipes, you will make 3 to 4 waffles with the mini waffle makes or 1 waffle with the Belgium waffle maker. Either way, you will have delicious and healthy waffles.

Tips for making the best almond flour waffles!

There are few tips I would recommend that should be used while making chaffles.

  1. Allowing them to cool before eating will allow them to finish cooking, allowing them to crisp up.

  2. Open the lid 10-15 seconds before you take the waffles off the iron when the waffles are nearly done. This will help the waffles to become more crispy.

  3. Thicker batters tend to be crispier. So don't make it too watery.

  4. Even with shredded mozzarella, I would recommend using a knife to dice the cheese to make it super fine. I have found this improves the consistency.

Best way to serve a chaffle!

There really is no wrong way to serve a chaffle. If you want something sweet and want to keep it simple, then just add some no sugar syrup like Smuckers or Walden Farms. If you want to up your game, you can make a sweet cream frosting. If you want a savory waffle, you can add bacon, a hamburger bun and some fried onions! Or simply add mayo, some lunch meat and cheese for a sandwich. Or my personal favorite, add 3 to 4 cheeses and make a grilled cheese!

So instead of belaboring this, let's get cooking!

Ingredient List:

Carrot Cake Chaffle (serving size - 3 waffles)

1 large egg

½ Cup (52g) finely shredded mozzarella

¼ Cup (28g) almond flour

½ tsp cinnamon

⅛ tsp nutmeg

Pinch of cloves

½ medium carrot (~1oz)

¼ cup chopped walnuts

3 tbsp (27g) swerve confectioners sweetener

1/2 Tsp (2g) baking powder

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions: Put half a cup of mozzarella on a cutting board, dice it finely, and add it back to the mixing bowl. Add the remainder of the ingredients and thoroughly mix. Place roughly a third of the batter at a time into a heated small waffle maker. Cook for about 2 minutes, open the lid and allow for another 15 seconds of cooking. Use a fork to remove the waffle from the waffle iron.

Nutrition (~3 waffles)

Calories: 434

Protein: 26.4g

Fats: 34.2g

Carbs: 13.7g

Fiber: 4.8g

Net Carb: 8.9g

Optional Icing

1 tbsp butter

½ ounce cream cheese

3 tbsp (~12g) confectioners swerve or other powdered sugar

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