These high-protein keto waffles are low-carb, healthy, and made with simple ingredients like almond flour, eggs, and peanut butter. They are so light and fluffy!
The best low-carb keto waffles
I love baking with almond flour! It’s such a great low-carb flour alternative. My favorites are these peanut butter almond four cookies, this brownie skillet, these almond flour pumpkin muffins, and these easy protein waffles.
Honestly, nothing beats these low-carb waffles! They are so fluffy, high in protein, and made with healthy ingredients like almond flour, eggs, almond milk, peanut butter, and a few other ingredients. But, best of all, they are gluten-free and can easily be made dairy-free by substituting butter with coconut oil.
Keto waffles are very customizable – you can add chocolate chips, blueberries, raspberries, extra peanut butter, or whatever flavor or mix-in you want. I like to top mine with Greek yogurt and fresh berries.
These almond flour waffles are my go-to breakfast as of late. I love them so much that I make a double batch on Sundays and store extras for meal prep breakfast. They keep well in the refrigerator and in the freezer.
Why you’ll love this low-carb recipe:
- Fluffy and light almond flour waffles.
- Crispy edges with a soft middle.
- They are low-carb and keto.
- Made with healthy ingredients.
- High in protein with 16 grams per serving.
- They’re gluten-free.
- Can be made dairy-free.
- Easy to make.
- Store well for meal prep in the fridge or freezer.
- Keto waffles are customizable.
- Try these keto egg bites or keto shakshuka next!
Taste & texture of keto almond flour waffles
These almond flour keto waffles are fluffy, soft, and taste like classic buttermilk waffles. The primary flavor comes from vanilla extract and peanut butter. They do not taste like almonds from the almond flour.
Once cooked, these waffles are soft, fluffy, and light. They are not dry or dense. They have buttery crisp edges and soft middles.
Ingredients needed & substitutions
This high-protein, low-carb almond flour keto waffles recipe call for eight simple ingredients. You’ll need almond flour, eggs, almond milk, peanut butter or almond butter, and a few other ingredients. Here is a list of all the ingredients so you are prepared:
- Almond Flour: Instead of refined flour, we use superfine blanched almond flour, which makes these waffles gluten-free, low-carb, keto, and healthier. Almond flour is delicate, so the waffles are light and fluffy. Do not substitute almond flour with coconut flour or oat flour.
- Baking Powder: Make sure to use baking powder, not baking soda! This makes these gluten-free almond flour waffles extra fluffy.
- Eggs: You need two eggs to help bind the batter together and get the protein waffles to rise.
- Milk: I love unsweetened vanilla or plain almond milk, but regular cow’s milk works too. Don’t use oat milk since it is not keto.
- Peanut Butter or Almond Butter: This is for flavor but also helps bind the waffles together as they cook. You can also use no-sugar-added sun butter.
- Butter: I used unsalted butter, but you can also use salted butter. If you use salted butter, leave off the additional salt called for in the recipe.
- Sweetener: Use your favorite keto sweetener. I love Swerve or monk fruit sweeteners.
- Vanilla Extract: A dash of vanilla goes a long way flavor-wise.
How to make keto waffles
These fluffy keto waffles are so easy to make! You will be in and out of the kitchen in less than 10 minutes, plus clean up will be easy. Here are detailed step-by-step instructions with pictures for visual reference so any level cook can make them. The full recipe and ingredient measurements are at the bottom of this page in the recipe card.
First, whisk together the almond flour, baking powder, and salt. Make sure there are no lumps of almond flour in a large mixing bowl. Make sure there are no lumps or clumps in the almond flour.
Whisk the eggs, almond milk, peanut butter, melted butter, sweetener, and vanilla extract in another bowl.
Then, add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture, and whisk gently until a batter is formed.
Next, heat a waffle iron (or a mini waffle maker) and lightly grease it with non-stick spray or butter—once hot, spoon batter into the iron. Close the waffle iron a cook until golden brown, and the center is cooked through.
Tip: The amount of batter and cook time depends on the size and strength of your waffle iron. For best results, follow the time recommended by your waffle maker.
Repeat until you’ve used all your batter. Then, let waffles sit for 1 – 2 minutes before serving warm with toppings of your choice – I love butter, fresh blueberries or strawberries, your favorite keto syrup, or whipped cream!
Expert recipe tips for almond flour waffles
- Use superfine, blanched almond flour. This is super important! Make sure to make these waffles with superfine almond flour so they have the right texture. Whatever you do, don’t use almond meal because it will make the waffles gritty and mealy and fall apart.
- Whisk the almond flour between adding the wet ingredients. It seems silly, but this is so important! Almond flour naturally tends to have clumps, so make sure to whisk them all out so your waffles are smooth. No one wants a random flour clump in their waffle.
- Check the freshness of your baking powder. If your baking powder is expired or old, the almond flour waffles will not rise!
- Make sure the iron is hot when you add the batter. If not, the waffles will be soggy and will not get crispy edges.
- Wipe the waffle iron between batches. I always wipe down the iron with a paper towel between batches; then I add fresh butter or cooking oil, let it heat up, and continue making waffles. This ensures the fluffiest waffles without the taste of burned butter.
- Make them dairy-free. Substitute the melted butter with melted vegan butter or coconut oil.
Variations & topping ideas:
- Swap cinnamon for pumpkin pie spice
- Add chocolate chips, blueberries, or m&ms to the waffle batter
- Fresh berries
- Powdered sugar
- Greek yogurt
- Whipped cream
- Chocolate chips
- Peanut butter or almond butter drizzle
- Sugar-free syrup
Why these keto waffles are healthy:
These keto waffles are healthy for many reasons – here are five:
- Simple Ingredients. Almond flour waffles are made with minimal ingredients that will leave you feeling nourished and good.
- No Refined Flour. We use almond flour instead of refined flour, which makes these waffles naturally gluten-free and higher in protein, healthy fats, and lower carbs.
- High Protein. There are 16 grams of protein per serving in these keto waffles.
- Low Carb. There are only 8 net carbs in these keto waffles.
- Refined sugar-free. There is NO refined sugar in this recipe. They are sweetened with 1 tablespoon of sugar-free sweetener.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many grams of protein are there per serving?
This keto waffles recipe has 16 grams of protein per serving. They are high in natural protein from eggs and almond flour. There is no protein powder needed.
Can I use almond meal instead of almond flour?
Don’t use almond meal in this recipe; it is grainy and will change the texture of these waffles. Make sure to use superfine almond flour!
What is blanched almond flour?
Blanched almond flour is made from almonds that have had their skin removed. Blanched, superfine almond flour has a smoother texture.
Can you substitute regular flour for almond flour?
No, do not substitute regular all-purpose flour for almond flour. The waffles will no longer be keto, and the texture will change.
Is oat milk keto?
Oat milk is not keto since it is made from rolled oats which are naturally high in carbs. Therefore, don’t substitute the almond milk with oat milk in this keto recipe.
What are the best substitutes for almond milk?
You can use regular cow’s milk (skim, 2%, or whole milk) to keep these waffles low-carb. Don’t use oat milk; it is not keto.
Are these waffles gluten-free?
These keto waffles are gluten-free since almond flour is naturally gluten-free.
Are they dairy free?
You can make these waffles dairy-free by substituting the butter with coconut oil.
Why waffles are better than pancakes?
This is a personal opinion. Waffles are better than pancakes because of their texture. Waffles are thinner, have crisper edges, and have a soft and fluffy middle. On the other hand, pancakes are thicker, and their texture is generally cakey and soft.
Blanched vs. unblanched almond flour
Unblanched almond flour is made while whole almonds (with skin) and blanched almond flour is made with skinless almonds. Since unblanched almond flour uses whole almonds, it is speckled brown. Blanched almond flour is better for baking because it has a super fine and smooth texture.
How to store, freeze, and reheat:
Storing: If you have leftovers, store the almond flour waffles in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Freezing: You can freeze leftover keto waffles. Let them cool to room temperature, then wrap them in plastic wrap and place them into a freezer-safe bag. You can freeze waffles for up to 3 months. When you are ready to enjoy one, place a frozen waffle on a microwave-safe plate and microwave for 30 – 60 seconds until warm. You can also reheat in the oven at 300°F for 5 – 10 minutes until warm.
Reheating: For best results, reheat them in the microwave for 30 – 90 seconds until warm or in the toaster oven at 275°F for 5 – 10 minutes.
If you loved this recipe, try these next!
- Keto Egg Bites (5 ways!)
- Healthy Peanut Butter Bread
- Air Fryer Chicken Sausages
- Air Fryer Frittata
- Almond Flour Banana Muffins
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- 1 ½ cups super-fine blanched almond flour, spooned & leveled
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon, optional for taste
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk, vanilla or plain
- 2 tbsp peanut butter or almond butter
- 1 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 tbsp keto sweetener, Swerve granulated sugar replacement or monk fruit
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the almond flour, baking powder, and salt. Make sure there are no lumps of almond flour
- In another bowl, whisk the eggs, almond milk, peanut butter, melted butter, sweetener, and vanilla extract.
- Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture, and whisk gently until a batter is formed.
- Heat a waffle iron (or a mini waffle maker) and lightly grease it with non-stick spray or butter. Once hot, spoon batter into the iron. Close the waffle iron a cook until golden brown, and the center is cooked through. Tip: The amount of batter and cook time depends on the size and strength of your waffle iron. For best results, follow the time recommended by your waffle maker.
- Repeat until you’ve used all your batter.
- Let waffles sit for 1 – 2 minutes before serving warm with toppings of your choice – I love butter, fresh blueberries or strawberries, your favorite keto syrup, or whipped cream!
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