Do you see that steam? That steam is a product of two very important things.
1) My own creation of banana, oat, and walnut waffles.
2) My creation cooking and crisping and forming this wonderful bread-waffle like consistency that will make you wonder “Why didn’t they make banana bread into waffles before!”
Well, I am here to share this recipe that started off by me craving muffins!
I rarely remember that I can make banana bread or muffins with brown bananas. Infact, I usually pretend like I don’t see them when they start browning and hope Husband will just take care of them. (Sorry, Husband. I know you are reading this and will address it very soon!). As I was reading blogs this past week, I saw many muffin recipes and thats when my wheels started turning.
Muffins? I have flour!
Chocolate? Not in the mood. I’d rather eat chocolate chips straight out of the bag.
Fruit? I don’t have berries besides blackberries in the freezer for yogurt and the strawberries I just got I’d rather eat on salads with this new oil and balsamic vinegar I just got from Smashing Olive. BUT! I have BANANAS AND WALNUTS!
So on a mission to make banana bread instead of muffins for breakfast this morning, I woke up and looked up a recipe, grabbed things from my pantry and started to organize my ingredients when I realized, I don’t want to wait an hour for banana bread to bake. Husband would be up in about 30 minutes and I wanted something I could have ready to go. It wasn’t long until I remembered the waffle iron and thought I should try to create my own recipe for waffles from scratch. This led to incorporating bananas which is how my wonderful waffles were born!
I promise you this is very quick and easy. To make this breakfast a little more balanced I chopped up some strawberries and almonds and mixed it in some non fat plain greek yogurt and some non fat french vanilla yogurt from Trader Joes. Mixing the smooth and sweet french vanilla with the creamy and tangy greek yogurt gives you the best of both worlds and with added texture and crunch from the fruit and nuts. Infact, I make some rendition of this every day for Husband’s lunch.
Banana, Oat, and Walnut Waffles
Makes 4 waffles
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 pinch all spice
1 pinch ground nutmeg
2 pinches cinnamon
1 cup oats
1 & 2/3 cup milk
1/2 stick butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
2 ripe bananas, smashed
1/2 chopped walnuts (optional)
- Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, all spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a bowl.
- In a microwavable bowl, mix oats and 2/3 cup of milk and microwave for a minute. This will take some of the bite out of the oats since they won’t cook for long in the waffle iron. Mix after microwaving and add to the flour mixture.
- Add butter, beaten eggs, ripe bananas, walnuts, and 1/2 – 1 cup of milk and mix until the batter comes together. It should be a thick, chunky consistency but not too runny. Add more milk if needed
- Since the batter is thick, you will have to pour enough batter in to the iron and add more than normal since it won’t spread out. I added about 1 – 1 1/2 cup of batter per waffle and spread it on the iron using a spoon. Cook in waffle iron on a medium-high heat. The finished waffle should be crispy and not soft. If it is too soft, the inside of the waffle may have not cooked completely through.
I can only speak for my waffle iron since its the only one I’ve used, but I let mine cook for about 10 minutes each. It has a nice caramelized crust because of the added sugar and the sugars in the bananas
You could top with peanut butter, nutella, syrup, butter, pretty much whatever you like on banana bread. You could even eat it plain, but the biggest reason I didn’t add a lot of sugar was because I wanted to add syrup to my waffle. If you want a sweeter waffle just add about 1/4 cup more of sugar. For me, the best part is the toppings! I think next time we will step up our topping game, but for now I am happy that I came up with my own recipe for waffles.