How to Make Low-Carb Waffles in Under 7 Minutes
By Adam Brown
By Adam Brown
The secret to making waffles with a small impact on blood sugar
When I began eating low-carb about ten years ago, I pretty much stopped eating bread and baked goods, including those made with “whole grains.” These foods tended to increase my blood sugar quite a bit, were difficult to carb count, and usually weren’t very filling.
But about four years ago, my girlfriend discovered the incredible low-carb world of almond flour and coconut flour baking (e.g., blogs, cookbooks). As shared in my book, Bright Spots & Landmines (free PDF, Amazon):
“These flours have a lower impact on blood sugar, since they have 3-4 times fewer carbs and more fiber than traditional flours. For example, 1/4 cup of almond flour has 6 grams of carbs, with 50% of those from fiber. Meanwhile, 1/4 cup of white flour has 25 grams of carbs, but only 4% from fiber. Whole wheat flour does have slightly more fiber than white flour, but it has just as many carbs; that’s why I highly recommend almond or coconut flour.”
Recently, I’ve been loving these low-carb waffles made with almond flour, a recipe posted here (leave out the honey!), and an awesome Dash mini waffle maker ($15). The five-minute homemade video below, recorded on my kitchen table, shows how to make them!
I buy Anthony’s almond flour and coconut flour in bulk on Amazon – both last for many months in my pantry. The shredded, unsweetened coconut flakes are from Bob’s Red Mill, and also work great as a breakfast chia pudding topping. In the waffle recipe, I leave out the honey (high in sugar), skip the arrowroot powder (unnecessary), and alternate between using almond milk or coconut milk (both work).
I find these waffles have a small impact on my blood sugar, and I personally take just a bit of insulin to cover them (1-2 units, depending on how many). I can also dose for these right as I start eating, since the blood sugar rise is slow and steady. Of course, your response and insulin needs may differ!
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