Pancakes or waffles? Waffles win, especially with a gluten-free, low carb, and sugar free Belgian waffle that is light, airy, and actually crispy.
Best Belgian Waffle Recipe – Keto, Low Carb, Gluten-free, Sugar-free
Every fall, I teach my junior English students rhetoric. It’s a bear of a task given that students never think that argument has any semblance of strategy to it. They believe that if you just shout louder, you must be the winner. I guess I should not be shocked by that misnomer considering our current political and media climate.
But, I digress. One of the debates we use early on is the age old battle of waffle versus pancake. Students really get behind this one for some odd reason. Apparently breakfast food is a debate worth having. But I agree wholeheartedly. If given the choice between waffles and pancakes, I will always choose the waffle. Hands down. 100 percent. Not up for debate with me.
There is something about the waffle as a vessel for syrup that just works. Tiny squares filled with butter and warm maple goodness? The crunchy exterior that encases a sweet, airy treasure? Sign me up. I love the waffle.
But when I started down the path of my new eating journey, waffles were off the breakfast table. Finding a low carb and sugar-free version of the waffle has been a taxing chore. Many recipes produce a soggy or floppy end product. I’m vehemently against cream cheese in my waffles as I don’t care for the tangy aftertaste that comes along with using it. So needless to say, I was not having much luck.
How to Make a Low Carb Almond Flour Waffle
- Salted Butter
- Heavy cream
- Pure vanilla extract
- Blanched, ground almond flour
- Tapioca flour
- Baking powder
- Sea salt
Tips & Tricks for Making Gluten-free Waffles
The airy texture of the waffle comes from beating the egg whites separately and then carefully incorporating into the batter at the end. Beat your egg whites to almost stiff peaks. Set aside. You’ll incorporate this back into the batter at the end. Make sure to gently fold in by hand with a spatula. You don’t want to knock out all the air.
How to Top a Low Carb Waffle
Everyone in the house has their own way of topping their finished waffle. My son and I opt for more butter and sugar-free maple syrup. My husband has been a fresh fruit and whipped cream kick lately. You could certainly do nut butter, berry compote, nuts, whatever suits your fancy. Heck, put a piece of fried chicken on it and call it brunch. Whatever you choose, I can happily promise you a crispy, light waffle that will trump pancakes any day. Eat one and the debate will be over.
Other Keto Low Carb Breakfast Recipes You’ll Love
Crispy and light, these gluten-free low carb Belgian waffles will easily become a Sunday morning breakfast favorite at your house.
- 3 eggs, separated
- 5 tbsp salted butter, melted
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
- 3 tbsp tapioca flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp granular erythritol, Swerve
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
Heat waffle iron according to manufacturer's direction.
In a large mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredients. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, add egg whites and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form. Scoop out into a smaller bowl and set aside.
In the same mixing bowl, whisk together egg yolks, heavy cream, butter, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix well until combined. Fold in reserved egg whites by hand. Do not over mix.
If mixture is too thick add a bit more heavy cream. Batter will thicken as it sits. Maintain a thick but pourable consistency.
Pour batter into hot waffle iron and cook waffles according to manufacturer directions.
Serve hot with berries, homemade whipped cream, or sugar-free maple syrup.
Leftover cooked waffles can be frozen and reheated in a toaster.
Recipe adapted from Ree Drummond's Waffles!
Serving Size:4 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 562Total Fat: 51gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 228mgSodium: 512mgCarbohydrates: 10gNet Carbohydrates: 6gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 13g
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