Pumpkin Spice Keto Waffle

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It’s pumpkin everything season so let’s add pumpkin to our chaffles to make keto pumpkin waffles!

The beginning of September usually marks the start of pumpkin spice season. Pumpkin Spice Latte emerge on the Starbuck’s menu and other popular coffeehouses. Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bagels, pumpkin yogurt are littered throughout the grocery stores.

Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of low carb options for pumpkin flavor available at the grocery store, so we usually have to make our own. If you are a pumpkin fanatic and are on the prowl for keto pumpkin recipes, this low carb pumpkin waffle is for you.

This isn’t just a pumpkin waffle recipe, it’s technically a keto pumpkin chaffle. Chaffles are keto waffles made from cheese (usually mozzarella cheese) and egg.

These pumpkin chaffles are made with cream cheese (instead of mozzarella). Since it’s a sweet waffle, cream cheese pairs better compared to mozzarella which can add an underlying tang flavor to the chaffle recipe. Pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice are added to give that classic Fall favorite flavor.

How to make keto pumpkin waffles

These keto pumpkin waffles are easy to make and portion controlled, so you don’t have to make a bunch of waffles that will go to waste. But if you want to feed a crowd, just double or triple the recipe! 

  1. Preheat your waffle iron. Can use a dash mini waffle maker or a Belgian waffle maker.
  2. Mix keto pumpkin waffle ingredients in a small bowl – Add egg, softened cream cheese, pumpkin puree, coconut flour, sweetener, vanilla extract, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt.
  3. Make pumpkin chaffles! Pour batter to the waffle iron, close and let cook.
  4. Remove and top with sugar free maple syrup, butter and/or whipped cream.

a stack of waffles topped with whipped cream and syrup

Key ingredients & Substitutions

  • Egg – A key ingredient when making a chaffle recipe, the egg provides volume and structure for our waffle based. It is a necessary ingredient but if you are egg-free, you can always try to adapt my vegan chaffle recipe to make a vegan pumpkin chaffle.
  • Cream cheese – The other necessary ingredient when making a keto chaffle recipe. The cheese is the glue that holds the waffle together. Most chaffle recipes use mozzarella cheese, but I prefer to use cream cheese in my sweet waffle recipes as it has a neutral flavor.
  • Pumpkin puree – To get that pumpkin flavor and classic orange coloring, add pure puree (not the pumpkin pie filling) to your pumpkin chaffle.
  • Pumpkin pie spice – Add’s the Fall flavor and iconic pumpkin flavoring. If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, just add 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon ginger, pinch of nutmeg and a pinch of all-spice.
  • Coconut flour – The keto flour for the base for the waffles. Almond flour can be used as well, just use 2 tablespoons of almond flour.

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Pumpkin Spice Keto Waffle Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons monkfruit
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch of salt

Pumpkin Spice Keto Waffle Directions

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Chaffle Storage

You can meal prep chaffles because they can be frozen. Let the waffles cool completely after they are done cooking. Next, flash freeze each chaffle on a plate or pan in the freezer for 30 minutes. After they have hardened, you can store the waffles together in a freezer safe storage bag in the freezer. To heat from frozen, use a toaster, oven or toaster oven to heat through and crisp up.  
stack of five pumpkin waffles on aplate

What is a chaffle?

A keto chaffle is a low carb waffle that is mostly made of egg and cheese. In this recipe, instead of using cheese, we use cream cheese. The cream cheese will provide texture and stability to hold the keto waffle together.

Besides pumpkin, we also add coconut flour and baking powder to help the waffle rise and fluff up. If you want to use almond flour instead, you can substitute. You will need to add more almond flour (2 tablespoons) since almond flour doesn’t absorb liquid has well as coconut flour.

Best waffle maker for pumpkin chaffles

I have two favorite waffle makers for making chaffles. The waffle maker by Dash is very popular as it is small and makes the perfect portion of chaffle. It will make two waffles for one serving of batter.

If you own a larger waffle maker, you can still make this recipe. I love using my waffle maker by Oster. It has adjustable heat so you can get your waffle maker really hot in order to crisp up the chaffle.

One tip for pouring the batter to make chaffles is to pour the chaffle batter in the center of the waffle iron and close it. Don’t try to spread out the waffle batter on your own. The batter will spread out by itself.

pumpkin waffles covered with syrup in front of a pumpkin

Pumpkin benefits & types

Pumpkin has many nutritional benefits. It is high in Vitamin A and antioxidants. It is also may protect your eyesight due to all the nutrients inside.

The pumpkin used in this recipe is canned pumpkin puree. Most often it is sold in a can down the baking aisle. Make sure you buy 100% pumpkin puree. Do not get the pumpkin pie filling as this will contain sugars.

For a more whole foods based approach, try making your own pumpkin puree by roasting a pumpkin in the oven at 375 degrees. Scoop out soft filling and puree in a food processor.

Pumpkin spice chaffle toppings and variations

This keto pumpkin chaffle is delicious by itself but even better with the following.  following:

  • Butter
  • Sugar free maple syrup
  • Whipped cream
  • Pecans
  • Coconut chips
  • Sugar free chocolate chips
  • Almond butter or other nut butters

Storage information & meal prep instructions

You can meal prep chaffles because they can be frozen. Let the waffles cool completely after they are done cooking. Next, flash freeze each keto pumpkin chaffle on a plate or pan in the freezer for 30 minutes. After they have hardened, you can store the waffles together in a freezer safe storage bag in the freezer.

To reheat from frozen, use a toaster, oven or toaster oven to heat through and crisp up.

Pumpkin Spice Keto Waffle: FAQS

What if I don't own a waffle iron?

Don't have a waffle iron? You can still make the batter for these pumpkin chaffles but pour them on a griddle or non-stick skillet to make keto pumpkin pancakes instead.

Is pumpkin keto?

Pumpkin does contain a higher carbohydrate level compared to many other vegetables; however, if you use it in small amounts, pumpkin is approved on the keto diet.

Is it necessary to grease the waffle maker when making chaffles?

It’s not required to grease the waffle iron before cooking chaffles. The cheese in the chaffle has a lot of fat and it gets released when cooking which helps to keep the waffle from sticking to the waffle iron. However, if you are worried about it, you could always add some coconut oil spray to the waffle plates.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Pumpkin Spice Keto Waffle

Servings: 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 214
Fat 15.5g
Protein 9.5g
Total Carbs 8.8g
Net Carbs 5.5g

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3 Comments

  1. These are heavenly, thanks! On keto I never thought I would have that wonderful pumpkin spice taste again! I omitted the baking powder, they were still wonderful. Soft and fluffy but still moist. Delish!

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