If you’re on a low-carb diet, you may have thought that enjoying a tasty Belgian waffle is out of the question. Fortunately, with the right ingredients, you can still enjoy a fluffy, indulgent waffle without any additional carbs.
This Belgian waffle recipe is low-carb and grain-free, so it’s a nice breakfast option for anyone with dietary restrictions or those looking to sustain a balanced, healthy diet.
If you’re ready to enjoy some delicious, guilt-free waffles, keep reading!
What Are Belgian Waffles?
Belgian waffles are different from regular waffles as they are bigger and have a thicker consistency.
This is because the Belgian version is normally made with waffle irons with deeper grids. These have larger pouches that are great for holding tasty toppings, like syrup or cream. Belgian waffles often have a nice golden hue and a pleasant, crisp outer shell.
Regular waffles are made from pancake-like batter, but Belgian waffles are more indulgent, as they are made with brioche dough. The waffles are also coated with pearl sugar, which gives them a gentle crunch as you bite into them.
Several Belgian waffle ingredients aren’t suitable for anyone with dietary restrictions, as they contain a lot of carbs. They are also made with flour, so people that need to avoid grains won’t be able to enjoy them either.
Fortunately, there are lots of variations of traditional Belgian waffle recipes that allow more people to enjoy their rich, indulgent flavors. The recipe below is an example that, thanks to a few ingredient swaps, is low-carb, grain-free, and paleo-friendly!
Ingredients For Low-Carb And Grain-Free Belgian Waffles
The main ingredient swap that makes these waffles low-carb and grain-free is the alternative flour. We’re using coconut flour in this recipe, though you may see others use almond flour or a blend of both.
Coconut flour is high in fiber, low in carbohydrates, and contains healthy fats. It’s a nice choice for anyone on a grain-free or low-carb lifestyle.
The eggs are also essential for making the waffles fluffy. Stevia and erythritol give the waffles a nice sweet taste without any sugar. You can leave these sweeteners out if you’d prefer a savory waffle.
You’ll also be blending soaked cashews in this recipe. These nuts help give the waffles a nice, thick texture without the need for grain-containing flours.
Other than improving the dish’s consistency and taste, the cashews are also full of protein, fiber, and healthy fat. They transform Belgian waffles into a much healthier breakfast dish.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to put these healthier Belgian waffles together:
- Raw cashews, soaked for eight hours: ¾ cup (105 grams)
- Water: ½ cup (118 ml)
- Pastured eggs: three
- Coconut flour: three tablespoons (21 grams)
- Coconut oil: three tablespoons (53 grams)
- Erythritol: one cup (160 grams)
- Powdered stevia: ½ teaspoon
- Vanilla extract: one teaspoon
- Baking powder, aluminum-free: ½ teaspoon
- Salt: a pinch
Low-Carb And Grain-Free Belgian Waffle Recipe
Now that we’ve covered the ingredients, here’s the recipe!
This Belgian waffle recipe is fluffy, crisp, and 100% grain free! They only take 25 minutes to put together, which is perfect for busy mornings when you need to focus on other tasks.
You and your family will fall in love with each waffle’s crisp outer shell and soft, fluffy center.
You’ll need a blender and waffle maker to put these together, so make sure you have these on hand before you start.
Belgian waffles are traditionally made with a specific, larger waffle maker, but you can substitute for a regular waffle maker if you don’t have this available.
Follow the steps below to make these Belgian waffles!
- Step One: Drain the soaked cashews, then rinse them in clean, cool water. Transfer them to a high-powered blender.
- Step Two: Add the rest of the ingredients into the blender.
- Step Three: Blend the ingredients on a low speed at first, then increase to a mid-high speed. Turn the speed back to a low once more.
- Step Four: When the mixture is fully smooth, carefully pour it inside your waffle maker. Cook as per the manufacturer’s guidelines.
- Step Five: Remove the cooked waffle from the waffle maker, then you’re done! Serve right away with some low-carb waffle toppings, like sugar-free syrup.
You can store these waffles for later. Once cool, place them in a zip-top bag, then keep them in the refrigerator or freezer.
You can reheat the waffles on a baking sheet in your oven or enjoy them faster by placing them in a toaster.
Ways To Enjoy Low-Carb, Grain-Free, Belgian Waffles
These Belgian waffles are very versatile and can be enjoyed in several different ways. Here are some things you can do to enjoy them:
- Add fresh fruit: Top your Belgian waffles with fresh berries, like raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries. If your diet permits dairy, add a little whipped cream to keep things indulgent.
- Savory toppings: Swap sweet toppings for savory ingredients, like grated cheese, bacon, or fresh herbs.
- Sugar-free syrup: Add a drizzle of sugar-free syrup for a traditional breakfast dish without the carbs or sugar.
- Eggs and bacon: A great keto option, crispy bacon and eggs turn these waffles into a filling, hearty breakfast.
- Sliced bananas and nut butter: This Paleo-friendly option is high in fiber and healthy fats, so it will keep you full until your next meal. Bananas are high in carbs, so keep this in mind before trying this one.
- Breakfast sandwich: Slice the waffles in half and use them as ‘bread’ slices. Fill with cheese, scrambled eggs, or breakfast meat for a low-carb, high-protein breakfast.
These are just some of the things you can do with these grain-free, low-carb Belgian waffles. Feel free to experiment with different toppings and ingredients in your kitchen. You may just find a new favorite flavor combination!
Belgian waffles may not be traditionally healthy, but this recipe allows you to enjoy this breakfast dish while sticking to a low-carb, grain-free lifestyle.
By substituting regular flour for low-carb coconut flour, you can enjoy crisp, fluffy waffles without gluten and extra carbs. You can make these waffles sweet or savory, depending on your flavor preferences.
We hope you enjoy making these low-carb, grain-free Belgian waffles at home!