Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Waffles – Low Carb and Gluten-Free

Low Carb Chocolate Hazelnut Waffles. A hearty gluten-free breakfast to start your day right.

Low Carb Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Waffles

I don’t normally tell you  much about my vacations because I don’t think you come here for that.  You want recipes and I don’t blame you!  However, I’d love it if you humoured me this time.  I promise there is a recipe at the end and if you really want to, you can skip straight to it.  It’s just that we had such a lovely getaway and I can’t help but want to share a little bit about it.  More to the point, I want to share some of my photos.  For once, I took my big camera, the one usually reserved for food photography, and I am glad I did.  I’ve become quite a good food photographer, but food stays still and doesn’t talk back or walk away or make funny faces at you.  Kids…well, they’re not nearly so easy to work with!  I’ve been working on my non-food photography skills and I came home with some great pictures.  And what are pictures for if not to share?

Celia and Grandad

Celia and Grandad

If you don’t know Muskoka, you’re missing out.  It’s the ultimate cottaging experience.  The part of Ontario near Georgian Bay is so riddled with lakes big and small, the map looks like a piece of Swiss cheese.  The shoreline tends to be rocky, and the lakes are deep and dark.  The mist hangs over the water at sunrise, and the loons cry out at dusk in that lonely, achingly beautiful way.  Sitting on a dock at sunset with a drink in your hand and your family members close by makes you feel that all is well with the world.  It’s one of my favourite places in the world.

Sunrise over Lake Joseph

Sunrise over Lake Joseph

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From the dock

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Wild Blackberries

This year, the weather was cooler than normal, only hitting about 19 or 20 degrees most days (that’s high-60′s for you Americans).  Although that made the water a little less inviting, I found I really enjoyed the coolness.  I went for long runs and it felt so comfortable.  And it didn’t keep my intrepid little swimmers out of the water, after they lay on the dock to soak up some sun.  We really didn’t do much other than swim, boat, play and hang out on the dock.  And pick the wild blackberries we found growing on the property.  In the evenings, we ate, drank and made merry, and played multiple rounds of Scrabble and Bananagrams.

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Playing…

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Boating…

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Making Merry

It was the most relaxing vacation I’ve had in a long time.  I think it helps immensely that my kids are getting older and able to go with the flow and entertain themselves.  They had a ball just splashing around and making up games in the water.  And getting plenty of attention from their grandparents, aunt and uncles.  It was somewhat tougher for my sister and brother in law, since their youngest is only 1.  I vividly remember those times, having to chase around a little one or a toddler, having to be vigilant of an un-baby-proofed house.  But we got to celebrate my sweet nephew’s first birthday on-site, and I’d say a good time was had by all.

the girls

The Girls

The boys

The Boys

Now, to the recipe.  These waffles are a great healthy start to any breakfast, and my kids loved them in slices to dip into their syrup.  I originally made them just as chocolate waffles but thought that they’d be even better with the addition of hazelnut.  To really get that hazelnut flavour, you need the extract and the oil, but skip them if they are too hard to find and just enjoy chocolate waffles.  Either way, they are delicious.

I also have a very good, very deep Calphalon waffle maker, a 40th birthday present from my husband.  It’s so non-stick, I don’t need any oil.  And it’s so deep that this recipe only makes 6 very thick squares.  If you have a standard iron, you may get 8 to 10 waffles out of the batter.  And you may need to grease your iron before adding the batter.

Low Carb Chocolate Hazelnut Waffles

Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Waffles – Low Carb and Gluten-Free

Yield: 6 thick waffles or 8 to 10 thinner waffles

Serving Size: 1 waffle

Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Waffles – Low Carb and Gluten-Free

Low Carb Chocolate Hazelnut Waffles. A hearty gluten-free breakfast to start your day right.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat waffle iron to medium high. Preheat oven to 200F and place a wire rack over a baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together hazelnut meal, protein powder, cocoa powder, coconut flour and sweetener.
  3. Whisk in eggs, yogurt, hazelnut oil, hazelnut extract and stevia until well combined.
  4. Grease waffle iron if necessary and pour 1/4 to 1/3 cup of batter into each section of the iron.
  5. Close the lid and cook until browned and crisp. Gently remove and transfer to prepared baking sheet in oven to keep warn
  6. Repeat with remaining batter.
  7. Top with whipped cream, butter, berries, chopped hazelnuts, sugar-free syrup, whatever you desire.

Notes

Serves 6. Each serving has 11g of carbs and 4 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 7 g.

Other nutritional info: 257 Calories; 19g Fat (61.5% calories from fat); 16g Protein; 11g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 159mg Cholesterol; 73mg Sodium.

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Comments

  1. So glad you were able to get away for some R&R. Beautiful photos Carolyn – and I need that waffle iron ;)

    • I need the Canon Rebel as well….NEVER have I seen such precision and clarity….I have been dreaming about camera for months…When the budget allows…I will definitely have to make the leap.

  2. I have a question about the eggs. Waffles are very hard to execute without them. I am very sensitive to the whites but can have the yolks. I assume that using just the yolks would make them very dense and using a replacement would make them very sticky and fragile. What are your thoughts?

    • I’ve honestly never tried to make waffles without eggs. I don’t have a lot of advice here, but you could certainly try flax eggs or chia eggs and see what comes of it.

      • I realize it would add some carbs, but perhaps not too many per serving, what about a gluten-free baking powder to lighten white-free waffles? Also, is there any advantage, when using egg whites, to separating the eggs and adding the whites, whipped, to the recipe?

        Finally, do they freeze well? I live alone and it might be nice to have these precooked in the freezer for quick warming in my now sadly unused toaster.

        • For this recipe, there is no advantage to separating the whites and whipping them. That’s a method I used to use for flour waffles but it’s not really an advantage without the flour. They do freeze well!

  3. Can’t wait to try these…we just got some new chocolate whey protein in our store from New Zealand…better pick some up…and that Waffle Iron has been on my wish list forever…time to get it off :) Thanks for these…and your vaca looked wonderful!!

  4. Maria Isais says:

    Vacations are essential with the daily stresses of life they help keep us going. Glad you had a great time.
    These waffles look so yummy, I never knew there was hazelnut meal. Have to try these.

  5. Stellar photos – you captured the moments! Sounds like one of those super family vacations that you will remember for life.

  6. I love family pics, even of families other than my own. :) Thanks for posting your great shots!

    Can I get a camera recommendation? Definitely want to save up for a really good one.

    • Well, truth be told, I have an 8 year old, hand-me-down Canon Rebel XT. So I am not necessarily the best person to suggest a new camera. I do love my Canons, though. You really cannot go wrong with a Canon DSLR.

  7. Any chance it would work with almond meal rather than hazelnut?

  8. Look at those wild blackberries! So inviting (even if the water wasn’t). Loved the pictures and the recap. This recipe makes me sad I don’t have a waffle maker… just may have to change that soon :)

  9. Lovely children, you really captured their beauty!!

  10. Carolyn – thank you for sharing your vacation photos and experience. Although I follow your blog for the gluten-free recipes, I really enjoy getting to know more about you and enjoy virtually ‘visiting’ places I haven’t been before. I can’t wait to try these chocolate waffles, they sound AND look delicious.

  11. Nancy~momma of 7+2 says:

    Lovely pics! And the waffle recipe *mwhah*! I was literally making waffles for the kids this am and they looked and smelled so good. Was debating about being naughty and having one or what to do when hubby asked me to send an email and I for whatever reason saw your post and actually opened it real quick. Thank you!!!! saved the day…had to sub almond meal and almond extract but oh my yumminess and filling!!!! Thank you!!!!

  12. Can’t wait to try this recipe—-have to find the choc protein powder—-any suggestions on where that might be?—Thanks

  13. That vacation sounds perfect to me. Gorgeous photos!

  14. Love the photos! I put a bunch of mine in your Dropbox, and I’m definitely hoping you’ll share some of these too. The ones of Mags with the S’mores cracked me up!

  15. Oh boy this is the best thing ever. I need to make these the minute I get back from vacation and get my waffle maker out. I am loving the ingredient list, super nutritious. The pictures are super cute specially the ones from your little ones :-)

  16. I, for one, love looking at photos and I’d say your vacation shots are every bit as good as your food photos! The girl in the middle of “The Girls” has to be your daughter! Very cute! Love that shot of the sunset! Very frameable!

  17. I’m mesmerized by the beautiful photos!! Gorgeous clicks, Carolyn :)

  18. Dear Carolyn,

    I read you daily and make your biscottis constantly (I leave out the oil and add an extra egg). Without you, I never could have stayed on my low carb diet and would not be so healthy and happy. Thank you a thousand times.

    Waffles and pizzelles are what I love. Can you please explore low carb pizzelles? My life would be complete!

    The pictures of the the children, the love, the nature, the life! These are why we want to be healthy and strong—to have life and love!

    Maria

  19. I am really looking forward to trying this recipe! I do have one question about the carb count. In the “Notes” section, the carb count is first given as “11g of carbs and 4 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 7 g.” But then under “Other nutritional info:” it says, “10g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber;” Can you tell me which it is? I know 1 g of carbs is not a deal-breaker but when trying to keep the total for the day under a certain number, I’d like to be sure of the carb count in EVERYTHING…LOL!! And, THANK YOU for sharing all these wonderful, delicious recipes!!

    • I should have adjusted the carb count in the other nutritional info. It was because the brand of chocolate whey I was using had more carbs than my nutritional counter did, so I added that in to get it more accurate.

  20. I loved your post!

    I also have a stupid question. Is there any easy way to convert a waffle recipe to a pancake recipe? Is any conversion necessary?

    Thanks!

    • The batter in this recipe is kind of thick. I would add another 1/4 to 1/2 cup of liquid to thin it out a bit for pancakes. Not a stupid question at all!

      • Thanks, Carolyn! I have a waffle-making phobia, which dates back to the sticky messes I made with a very old waffle maker. I suppose I should get over that, but in the meantime, this looks too good to put off until that day.

  21. STUNNING photography…your portraiture is absolutely “top”….

    Celia is equally stunning …simply love that choice of name for and wish I would have thought of it at the time of naming the babes!…My husband thought of Cecelia…but I actually like “Celia” more!…I hope to find that very deep cavity waffler in Europe…do you think it might be available in France? Here, the waffle irons are generally much shallower.

    Thank you for this winner on all fronts…nutritious, delicious with major eye/texture appeal! This is a must attempt brunch item…coming soon to our very table!

    • Thanks, Donna. No idea whether you can get the deep waffle iron in France. Here, they typically call it a Belgian Waffle maker.

  22. Susan Hayes says:

    Carolyn,
    Made these for supper last night – delicious, filling and my glucose reading this AM was beautiful to behold. Being new to this low carb ingredient baking I do have a question. The batter was quite thick. I use extra large eggs and even added about a Tbl of almond milk but still the batter seemed very thick and I barely got 4 waffles from the recipe. I double checked myself and didn’t leave anything out (’cause that happens!), I’m thinking it might be the type go chocolate whey I used (MRM brand -we live in a small town, not a lot of choice), Would you recommend thinning the batter with more almond milk, a little more oil, another egg or doing something else to get those waffles a bit lighter and fluffier?

    I can and do experiment but if your greater experience offers a sure fire fix I will gratefully accept it. Thanks!

    • I think you might be right, the brand of protein could make a big difference. They may have some sort of thickener in theirs. Not sure…but yes, I think you could thin it out with more almond milk and maybe a bit more oil. My guess is that it will still hold together well, even without an egg. The protein makes it rise well anyway.

  23. Susan Hayes says:

    Carolyn,
    Made these for supper last night – delicious, filling and my glucose reading this AM was beautiful to behold. Being new to this low carb ingredient baking I do have a question. The batter was quite thick. I use extra large eggs and even added about a Tbl of almond milk but still the batter seemed very thick and I barely got 4 waffles from the recipe. I double checked myself and didn’t leave anything out (’cause that happens!), I’m thinking it might be the type go chocolate whey I used (MRM brand -we live in a small town, not a lot of choice), Would you recommend thinning the batter with more almond milk, a little more oil, another egg or doing something else to get those waffles a bit lighter and fluffier?

    I can and do experiment but if your greater experience offers a sure fire fix I will gratefully accept it. Thanks!

  24. Hi there
    I realize it would add some calories and such but is there a way to get away with not buying those 2 special sweeteners? I have access to the grocery store sweeteners, but a tight budget.
    Thanks!

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