I'm gonna say something that might blow your mind: I don't like "chaffles." Every time I've made them they were incredibly underwhelming, especially considering how wildly popular they've become. While I was expecting this awesome bread-like replacement, what I got was a crispy cheese omelette that has waffle divots on its surface. Meh.
Recently, I've started a carnivore stint that is quite a bit more strict than I've done previously. That means no dairy. No cream in my coffee, no cheese on my plate. So a classic chaffle, had I wanted one, is out. But that doesn't mean the concept needs to go fully out the window.
More than a few good friends of mine are also following a very strict carnivore protocol and either can't have cheese or want very much to cut it out. They also both really like chaffles, so I decided to see how I could carnivore the chaffle up.
The first thing that has to happen is a name change. Can't call something a chaffle- a portmanteau of cheese waffle- without the cheese element. I've decided to call my cheese-less creation a womelette, because of my observations about omelettes and waffle divots. Shakespeare would be proud!
The next order of business was ramping up the carnivore-friendliness factor. That's where the bacon comes in. As we know, bacon cooks up pretty solid, so when combined with egg in the womelette mixture it "waffles" into a really sturdy bread-ish slice in just a few minutes on the Dash. Adding the bacon also gives us a really nice 1:1 fat to protein ratio for each womelette.
Lastly, bacon is awesome. 'Nuff said.
My picky son and his buddy from down the street were the ultimate taste-testers of my creation and they both loved it! Son's friend was so enamored of them, he ate the whole batch and then asked me how I managed to get bacon inside a waffle. Mandy Magic, little man.
Notes: If you'd like to add spices or extracts (I recommend a splash of maple here), or leave them out entirely, it's all good. Make this work for you.
One caution I do have is that, just like the original chaffles, this doesn't reheat very well. It's great right off the waffle maker, but let's be real: it's cooked egg. Eggs don't reheat into anything you want to eat, so I don't recommend making a huge batch at one time. Make as many as you and your family will eat at a time and serve immediately.Print
Great topped with cinnamon butter and a drizzle of sugar-free pancake syrup. Also holds up really well for sandwiches.
- 1 slice bacon, raw
- 1 egg, large
- splash maple extract, if desired
- hefty pinch of any spices or flavorings you’d like, as desired
- Put the bacon in a blender or food processor and turn it on.
- Once the bacon is mostly ground up, put the egg and any seasonings down the chute and continue to run the machine until liquified and well-incorporated. This is your womelette slurry.
- Heat your mini-waffle maker, as per its instructions.
- Pour half the slurry in the waffle maker and put the lid on.
- Cook until golden or to your desired level of doneness, about 3-5 minutes max.
- Remove from the waffle maker and repeat steps 4 and 5 with the remaining slurry.
- Enjoy warm however you like.
Per womelette: 59 cal, 4.4 g protein, 4.4 g fat, 0.3 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 0 g sugar alcohol, 0.3 g NET carbs
- Serving Size: 1 womelette