One of the most difficult things to do when adopting a low-carbohydrate lifestyle is figuring out what to eat for breakfast, because this meal is traditionally dominated by grains. Convincing children to give up sweet breakfast treats can be even harder to do. These waffles should keep your whole family happy and on a healthy track.
- 1 cup almond flour
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- ¼ cup flax seed meal
- ½ cup whey protein powder (low carbohydrate)
- 1 tsp baking powder (gluten free)
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp LC Sweet White or other non-caloric sweetener
- ½ cup melted butter or coconut oil
- 6 eggs
- 1 ½ cups buttermilk
- butter, ghee or coconut oil to grease waffle iron
Preheat waffle iron and brush with butter/ghee or coconut oil.
In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients (almond flour, protein powder, coconut flour, flax meal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sweetener).
In another bowl, beat eggs until fluffy. Add melted butter and buttermilk and beat thoroughly.
Add egg mixture to dry ingredients and beat until well mixed.
Pour batter onto heated, greased waffle iron. Make sure to brush waffle iron with butter/oil between batches.
Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until golden brown.
Eat immediately, with butter and preferred topping (see below).
Yield: 18 waffles
Nutrition Information: 2.3 g carbohydrate per waffle (net carbs are digestible sugars and starches that raise blood sugar; fiber and sugar alcohols are not included in this amount).
Almond flour is available from sources like Bob’s Red Mill TM or you can make your own by grinding almonds in a food processor until the texture is fine. Hazelnut or other nut flours may be substituted for almond flour. Coconut flour and flax seed meal also are available from Bob’s Red Mill ™.
If you use traditional baking powder, these waffles aren’t completely grain free – most baking powders contain about one third to one half corn starch.
People with dairy sensitivities can substitute coconut milk or cream for buttermilk, and use coconut oil instead of butter.
Toppings for Grain Free Waffles
Some of the following toppings will increase the carbohydrate count for each waffle. Judge portions accordingly.
- low-carb maple- or fruit-flavored syrup (such as Da Vinci syrup)
- pureed low-carb fruit (such as blueberries or raspberries)
- low-carb fruits with unsweetened high-fat yogurt
- low-carb sweetener, cinnamon and lemon juice