Delicious low carb, grain-free waffles with a hint of apple and cinnamon. Pair them with my sugar-free low carb caramel sauce for a special fall breakfast!
It’s strange to think that this is our last fall in New England before we move to the Pacific NorthWest. Although I will always identify myself as a Canadian, New England has become very much home to me; as much “home” as Toronto or Vancouver ever were. And far more “home” than Phoenix ever felt in those long hot 5 years in the desert. There is a lot I will be sad about leaving behind. This is where my husband and I bought our first home. This is where my kids were born, where they spent the first years of their young lives. How could I not be leaving behind millions of little treasured memories? And although the winters can be long and harsh, there is much to love about New England. The ocean, the beaches, the rolling farmlands and the flaming foliage in fall. And the apple picking. I don’t care that apples are fairly high in carbs, apple picking must happen every fall. I MUST take my kids apple picking, sometimes twice. And I must come home with ridiculous amounts of apples I can’t even eat. Because it’s enjoyable and it feels right. I love it.
Yes, I know that there are apples aplenty on the West Coast. But I can assure you that apple picking there will not be the same. Because nothing beats New England in her fall glory…nothing. Well, Ontario does quite nicely in the fall foliage department, but there is nothing like being in a quaint New England town, with houses dating as far back as the 1700’s and some of the old stone markers in the graveyards dating back to the 1600’s. Nothing beats the pretty white New England church set against the deep reds and golds of the old sugar maples. It’s breathtaking, really, and you sometimes feel you are on the set of some movie where wise old professors will be expanding the mind of some bright but troubled young person in old stone college buildings. It always makes me feel nostalgic and gives me an ache in my heart because the perfect beauty of it is so fleeting.
So of course we took our kids apple picking this fall and came home with ridiculous amounts of apples I can’t even eat. Although I do eat them in small quantities. I find ways to work them in and still manage to stay low carb. And I do eat a small one here and there, straight up, usually before heading off on a run or to an intense workout because I know I will burn off the sugars quickly enough. I can’t help it, I love that crisp tart crunch of a freshly picked apple. I need to experience that a few times each fall, if only for a moment or two. We like picking the small ones. They are especially tart and crisp, and perfect for kids’ lunches.
But I always have to come up with some sort of low carb apple recipe and these waffles were just the thing to use up a small (very small!) amount of the apples. A sizeable dash of cinnamon and a touch of apple extract to enhance the flavour, all topped off with some of my sugar-free caramel sauce. Low carb apple heaven! And don’t you think I deserve this last little taste of New England?
Also try this Paleo Apple Gluten Free Coffee Cake from Food Faith Fitness.
- 1 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup flax seed meal I used Organic Golden Flax from Bob's Red Mill
- 1/3 cup Swerve Sweetener
- 1/4 cup unflavoured whey protein powder
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 4 large eggs room temperature
- 1 cup finely chopped or grated apple
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp apple extract optional, helps intensify flavour
- Preheat a waffle iron to medium and grease if necessary.
- In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, flax seed meal, sweetener, whey protein powder, baking powder and cinnamon.
- Stir in eggs, apple, almond milk, butter, vanilla extract and apple extract and stir until well combined.
- Spoon a few tablespoons of batter into each section of the waffle iron and close lid. Cook 4 to 6 minutes, or until golden brown on both sides (the amount of batter and time of cooking will depend on your waffle iron).
- Remove waffles and repeat with remaining batter.
- Serve with sugar-free syrup or my sugar-free caramel sauce.
Serves 8*. Each serving has 12.54 g of carbs and 7.01 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 5.53 g
*How many waffles you get will depend on the size and depth of your waffle iron. I have a very deep belgian waffle maker that has four 4-inch square waffle sections.
Food energy: 309kcal
Saturated fatty acids: 5.83g
Total fat: 24.14g
Calories from fat: 217
Total dietary fiber: 7.01g
Total lipid (fat): 14.22g