Wednesday, January 15, 2020

THE BEST KETO PIZZA CHAFFLES EVER!

I've got a super-easy Keto recipe for you today and I'm guessing if you're a fellow Keto-er then you have already heard of it or made it yourself.  But for those of you who are new to the Keto train, I had to share!


If you just want the recipe then scroll to the bottom of this post!  But if you want a little update and more to my Keto story, keep reading!


If you are just starting out and are more than a little confused about this whole Keto thing, start HERE with this post.  It is the Ultimate Guide to starting Keto and will get you on track and dropping those pounds in no time.

The hubs and I are both doing Keto right now.  If you've been following me for a while then you know I lost a little over 20 pounds in 2 months during the summer doing Keto and have kept it off.  (As of now, it's been about 6 months since I hit my goal weight.)  I haven't been strict Keto in months though.  I just have been in that maintenance-mode where I go low carb if my weight starts to creep up but for the most part, it's been fairly easy to maintain "my number" on the scale.

Until the holidays that is.  And you know what?  I didn't deprive myself at all during December.  I ate what I wanted, stopped weighing myself (which keeps me on track) and lived it up.  And it was GLORIOUS!

Honestly, by the end of December though, I was craving the Keto diet.  We'd all stuffed ourselves silly on so much junk that I was just over it.  Once all the Christmas and New Year's Eve party leftovers were gone, I realized I'd gained a good 5-6 pounds in a month and I just felt BLAH.  And fluffy.  And I hate feeling fluffy.  While 5-6 pounds is not a huge deal, I obviously didn't want it compounding and putting me back where I started.  I knew I'd gain a few pounds not caring about what I was eating.  But I didn't mind because now I know how to lose it fast!  Hello, Keto!  It was time to nip it in the bud.

So on January 4th, I decided to go strict Keto again and this time my hubs was on board!!  I've been encouraging him to give it a try but I knew that it had to be HIS decision. So I dropped subtle hints and tried to lead by example during those months when I was shedding the fluff.  And he took notice.  But he had to be ready to commit.  And finally, HE WAS!

We are about a week and a half out now and we are both down several pounds.  He lost 7 pounds in his first 7 days and I was down 5.  Obviously, the weight loss will slow down now that we've dropped the initial bloat and water weight but the best thing about this diet is that we get to see quick progress!  And that is what keeps us motivated. 

I love that he's doing this.  He has a lot more to lose than I did.  His goal is to lose at least 35 pounds to get back to his playing weight.  Or close to it.  When he was in the NFL, he had to stay under 235 but they really wanted him more around 230.  It was just so hard for him and he doesn't have the best willpower when it comes to food. ;)  (He was a QB with the Packers and Bills for the newbies.) 


FUN FACT: Some position players have to keep up their weight and will get fined if they are under.  But most QBs need to stay trim and will get fined per pound, per day for whatever they are over.  Crazy, right?!  I don't know how strict that is though.  They definitely give you a little leeway if you are just a couple of pounds over.  I think it's more of a scare tactic but it works!  Craig and a few of his other buddies would sit in the steam room before weigh-in each week to shed as much water weight as they could. And we'd always have to eat super boring, healthy meals the days leading up to it.  I don't know why I was being punished. ;)

So anyway, he's always had to watch his weight.  And it has definitely crept up on him over the 10+ years he's been retired.  So we are on a mission to drop that belly and get healthy!


It's really fun when your spouse is on board!  We are cooking together, sharing tips, encouraging each other, and holding each other accountable.  It's fun!  Plus, he's pretty happy that he can lose weight while eating Wingstop's wings and ranch.  (Get the original style and most of the seasonings are fine!  I love the garlic parmesan and he's partial to the lemon pepper or Louisiana rub.  Also, their ranch is to DIE for.  We always get a big container of it and eat it on salads and things all week.)

But anyway, let's get back to what you're really here for.  PIZZA!

First off, if you are new to the Keto World and have never heard of a "chaffle" let me explain.  From what I can tell, this is a relatively new term that has skyrocketed in popularity over the past year.  Chaffles are meant to be a super low carb waffle dupe.  The original chaffles were made from an egg and some cheese and poured into a waffle maker.  I've eaten them plenty of times like this and let me tell you, with some (real) butter and sugar-free syrup they are divine.  

However, the Keto World has taken this recipe and gone nuts with it.  There are now recipes for all sorts of sweet and savory chaffles.  But this is the BEST KETO PIZZA CHAFFLE RECIPE EVER!  I honestly can't imagine it getting any better.  My hubs is a huge fan.  My 9yo adores them.  You don't have to be a Keto-er to like these!

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PIZZA CHAFFLES

This recipe makes 2 mini waffles.  You will need this awesome little $10 mini waffle maker that I can't recommend enough.  I love this thing.  You can also get one that makes 4 minis at one time which I may be switching to soon now that it's not just me eating these.  

INGREDIENTS:

1 EGG
1/2 CUP SHREDDED MOZZARELLA
1 tsp COCONUT FLOUR
1/4 tsp BAKING POWDER
1/8 tsp GARLIC POWDER
1/8 tsp ITALIAN SEASONING
PINCH OF SALT

TOPPINGS: (per waffle)
Toppings are obviously a personal preference but here's how I do mine.  I love pepperoni and jalapenos on my pizza!

1 TBS RAO'S PIZZA SAUCE (I find this at Walmart.  Rao's Marinara works great too.)
1/3 CUP MOZZARELLA (1/4 works too if you don't want it super cheesy)
4 PEPPERONIS
A SPRINKLING OF DICED JALAPENOS


INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Preheat waffle maker.
2. In a small bowl, whisk your egg (1) and then add cheese, coconut flour, baking powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and salt.  Stir until well combined.
3. Pour half of the mixture onto the waffle maker, spread it evenly and close the lid.  Let cook for 3-5 minutes.
4. Remove the first one and repeat with the second.
5. Place both chaffles on a baking sheet and add pizza sauce, cheese and toppings.
6. Place in the over at 400 for 5 minutes and then switch to broil for another minute or two or until the cheese just starts to brown.
7. Carefully remove from the oven, add a little parmesan to the top and ENJOY!!

 




I know you're probably wondering what the macros are for these so here is what I tallied up.  Remember that these are the macros for how I made mine using all the ingredients above.

Macros for 2 pizza chaffles:
604 calories, 7.7 net carbs, 41.7g protein, 40.2g fat

Final Notes:  You can sub almond flour for coconut flour.  Rao's Pizza Sauce is so good and very low in carbs but you can use Rao's Marinara as well.  They are pretty equal in carb count.  I just prefer the actual pizza sauce.  This brand is the lowest in carbs that I can find and is the go-to brand in Keto Land.  I find it at Walmart but I bet you can find it in other places as well. For a crispier crust, sprinkle a little cheese on your waffle maker before adding your batter and then once again on top of your batter before closing the lid.  Recipe from HERE.  She has tons of great recipes so go check that out!

I know you're going to love these as much as we do!!  I'd love to hear from you when you make them and as always, please ask any questions you have and I'll do my best to answer them!

And please feel free to PIN the picture above so you can find it later!

Also, if you want to see more Keto stuff including a big Q&A from reader questions on all things Keto, you can find me on Instagram HERE.  Check my Highlights in my profile to see it all under Keto Life.  There's a lot of good info in there!!


Happy Wednesday, friends!



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3 comments

  1. Those looks DELICIOUS!!!!!

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  2. I am definitely trying this! I love pizza and miss it so much!

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  3. Anonymous8:39 AM

    I also jumped back on the "Keto train" after the holidays, I have been loving the sweet chaffle options, but now need to try the savory ones!! Thanks for the recipe.

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