Crispy Wheat-Free Waffles

Waffles are back on the low carb menu! These waffles are a miracle: light, crispy, and totally yummy, they “taste like the real thing”, but without all the carbs. These are a delight for breakfast, work great with a savory topping for lunch or supper, and of course are fantastic with a scoop of low carb ice cream or other dessert topping. But be aware: although they have a lightweight consistency, they are very filling…if topped with a scoop of tuna salad, for instance, one waffle will make a very filling meal.

Crispy Protein Waffles 
Yield: 4 servings from a Belgian waffle maker
1 serving = 1 waffle-section: 206.5 calories, 6g net carbs, 15.5g protein

1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon Bob’s Red Mill super-fine almond flour
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon grass-fed organic whey protein powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2-1/2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
1 egg
2 tablespoons Kerrygold grass-fed butter, melted

Preheat waffle iron. Combine dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another. Whisk the dry ingredients a bit, to mix. Then whisk wet ingredients to combine. Pour wet into dry, whisk some more. Let rest 5 minutes.

Spray your iron with an oil spray (I use this coconut oil spray). Bake according to your waffle iron’s directions (for my Belgian waffle iron, it’s a 1/3 cup of batter poured into each of the four sections, cooked for 5 minutes, or until steam stops escaping).

Note: in my photos, I poured the batter into the waffle iron a little on the light side, which resulted in a few holes. 

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Topping Variations

Breakfast
Bacon, slice of grilled tomato
Poached egg, slice of ham, hollandaise sauce (Eggs Benedict)
Poached egg, bacon, slice of avocado, hollandaise sauce (California Benedict)
Maple-Flavored Butter Sauce, breakfast sausages
Whipped cream, berries
Raspberry-Chia Jam, melted butter
Sweet Coconut Sauce, macadamia nuts
Scoop of Greek yogurt with a few berries
Swirl in some low carb Nutella!

Lunch / Supper
Slices of sausage
Cooked ground meat with marinara sauce
Guacamole, cheddar, sour cream
Egg Salad
Tofu Salad
Tuna Salad
All-Meat Chili

Desserts
(Add 1/2 teaspoon sweetener of choice to batter…like liquid stevia)
Whipped cream, berries
Scoop of low carb ice cream
Dollop of cream cheese frosting, berries