This savory chaffle recipe with zucchini is a great way to sneak in some vegetables while enjoying a delicious keto sandwich bread. Eat this as a sandwich or just enjoy as a warm bite of comfort.
These awesome zucchini chaffles, or zaffles were originally a contribution to a recipe thread in my Keto support and recipes group (if you're doing Keto you should join!) by Marian R. I made some modifications to her recipe, and this is what I came up with!
Wait, what is a chaffle?
Good question! A chaffle is an incredible way to eat waffles while you're eating low-carb. The word chaffle comes from a combination of the words cheese and waffle. The most basic version of the recipes can be made with only cheese and eggs in a waffle iron.
How do you make Zucchini Chaffles?
1. Sprinkle about 1/4 teaspoon of salt on the zucchini and let it sit while you gather your ingredients. Just before using, wrap the zucchini in a paper towel, and press to squeeze out all the excess water,
2. In a small bowl, beat the egg. Add in grated zucchini, mozzarella, basil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper.
3. Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of shredded parmesan to cover the bottom of the waffle iron.
4. Spread 1/4 of the zucchini mixture. Top with another 1-2 tablespoons of shredded parmesan and close the lid. Use enough to cover the surface. Watch the video to see how.
5. Allow the zucchini chaffle to cook for 4-8 minutes depending on the size of your waffle maker. Typically, when the chaffle has stopped emitting clouds of steam, it is almost done. For best results, allow it to cook until well browned.
6. Remove and repeat for the next waffle(s).
Makes 2 full-size chaffles or 4 small chaffles in the Dash Mini Waffle Maker.
Watch a Video on How to Make Savory Zucchini Chaffles
How can waffles be savory?
Chaffles are actually one of the ways people who choose to eat Keto or low-carb are eating sandwiches and burgers. The Dash Mini Waffle Maker makes these chaffles the perfect size for sandwiches or burgers. These zucchini chaffles make excellent sandwich bread, with incredible flavor!
Can I freeze chaffles for later?
Yes, you can! Many people, like myself, are making big batches of our favorites and sticking them in the freezer for later. If you freeze them, heat them up in the toaster or your air fryer to make them crispy again.
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR HOW TO MAKE THE BEST ZUCCHINI CHAFFLES EVER
- Patience. That’s the best tip. They don’t take very long but if you want a crisp keto waffle, you are just going to have to be a little patient and let it take the 5-7 minutes that it takes to crisp up. Just when you think it’s done? Give it another minute or two. Don’t rush.
- Layering. Don't skimp on the cheese on the top and bottom. Use more than the recipe calls for if you think you need it. It’s the crispy cheese on the bottom and top that will make them crispy.
- Shallow waffles. If you want crispy waffles, the shallower the waffle iron, the easier/faster it is to crisp up the chaffle.
- No overfilling. Overfilled chaffle makers…well, they overflow of course. Which makes a huge mess! So if in doubt, underfill rather than overfill. No more than 1/4 cup of TOTAL ingredients at a time.
- No peeking. I can tell you from LOTS of personal experience, that opening the waffle iron every 30 seconds “just to check” doesn’t help the chaffle cook any faster. Your best bet is to not even open it for 4-5 minutes.
- No steaming. if you’re using the Dash mini, the little blue light goes out when it’s mostly cooked, but most importantly, the chaffle stops steaming quite so much. That’s a good sign that it’s done.
- Get hot. Wait until the waffle iron is hot before you add ingredients, and they’re a lot less likely to stick, and a lot easier to clean up.
- Mat it. Okay so about that overflow. I do find that it happens to me more often than I would like! One thing that has made cleanup easier for me has been to put a silicone trivet underneath.
- Crispy Cooling. Allow the chaffles to cool before eating. They get crisper as they cool, so try not to stuff the hot chaffle into your mouth right away.
- Make lots. Make enough to share, everyone will want them, no matter whether they’re keto or not.
Why should I make these zucchini chaffles?
There's so many reasons! I make them because they're delicious. It's like a savory zucchini bread, and the flavors are warm and inviting. It's also a great way to utilize zucchini and add some greens into your diet.
These zucchini chaffles also make excellent buns for burgers, or bread for sandwiches. There's nothing like a gooey, hot ham and cheese with a zucchini chaffle as the bread!
Want some more awesome Keto recipes?
- Keto Silver Dollar Pancakes - These are SO good and easy to make!
- Keto Bread - Makes awesome slicing bread, toast, croutons and more!
- Keto Chocolate Waffles. So yummy!
- Cauliflower chaffles can also be used for a keto pizza crust.
- Oreo Chaffles! Make a double batch of the chocolate chaffles and make oreo chaffles as well.
- Zucchini Chaffles are another great savory chaffle option.
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- Sprinkle about 1/4 teaspoon of salt on the zucchini and let it sit while you gather your ingredients. Just before using, wrap the zucchini in a paper towel, and press to squeeze out all the excess water.
- In a small bowl, beat the egg. Add in grated zucchini, mozzarella, basil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper.
- Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of shredded parmesan to cover the bottom of the waffle iron.
- Spread 1/4 of the zucchini mixture. Top with another 1-2 tablespoons of shredded parmesan and close the lid. Use enough to cover the surface. Watch the video to see how.
- Allow the zucchini chaffle to cook for 4-8 minutes depending on the size of your waffle maker. Typically, when the chaffle has stopped emitting clouds of steam, it is almost done. For best results, allow it to cook until well browned.
- Remove and repeat for the next waffle(s).
- Makes 2 full-size chaffles or 4 small chaffles in the Dash Mini.
Watch The Video
- Don't overfill! Use a max of 1/4 cup of the chaffle mixture in the Dash Mini at one time.
- These freeze well. Freeze them, and then re-heat them in the toaster or your air fryer to re-gain crispiness.
- Use these to eat alone with some butter, or as a sandwich bread alternative.