These days of shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders have caused many to consider carefully their dietary choices. With limits to groceries, outdoor activities, and exercise facilities, foods with lots of carbs and lots of sugar may not be the best choice on the menu.
This pepperoni pizza stuffed waffle is not one to put out of consideration. With only 7 grams of carbohydrates and 2 ½ grams of sugar per serving, this is one that won't wreck your keto or other low-carb diet. Still, this isn't particularly diet food either because the amount of fat and cholesterol are on the high side. Thankfully, you can make a number of substitutions such as turkey pepperoni or flaxseed eggs to accommodate your dietary needs.
Honestly, my overall impression with this one is mixed. Taste-wise, it's a winner. The arrabbiata sauce and the Italian seasoning blend give it an expected pizza flavor. However, the waffle never crisped to my liking.
The fact that this waffle fell short on texture should be no surprise with the batter being mostly almond flour. Typically in order to get an almond flour waffle to be crispy on the outside some other flour or starch is required. I use a combination of almond flour, coconut flour, and tapioca starch with good results. But my goal here was to limit carbs. The result was a good-tasting stuffed waffle that kind of easily falls apart.
Perhaps you will have more success making a crispy low-carb stuffed waffle. If so, please share your technique in the comments.
Waffle Batter (makes 2 stuffed waffles)
- 1 cup almond flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- ¼ tsp xanthan gum
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 3 eggs
- 2 tbsp canola oil
Filling (per stuffed waffle)
- 9 slices pepperoni
- 2 tbsp arrabbiata sauce (any pasta or pizza sauce with no sugar added will do)
- ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- ¼ roasted bell pepper
- ½ tbsp fresh basil
To prepare the batter, whisk all the ingredients together in a medium-sized mixing bowl until smooth.
To cook the stuffed waffle, follow the directions in the product instruction manual.