Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Banana Oat Waffles

Ahhhh, waffles. How could I ever suspected the power of the humble waffle wielding hold over myself whom is passionate about being in the kitchen always creating something with newer, unique ingredients, upping the ante to be more creative than the last recipe, a fun recipe to top all other recipes ever created! But the power of enjoying a meal with two school age children eating a waffle hypnotizes me into cooking meals my kids will actually enjoy eating.  I'll save the gourmet  ingredients for my next adult-tastes dinner party. For now, let's eat waffles full of nutrition. I can't deny enthusiastically eating two huge waffles smothered in whip cream for lunch. Yes. I did.


Are you wondering about the adorable Correlle plates my waffles are sitting on? I know, they are so retro and cute. Get some here. Its called the 'true blue' pattern. 

The recipe that inspired these waffles was originally a muffin recipe that was lacking any nutrition, and if I know my kids, they prefer to eat waffles more than muffins. So, I thought maybe the muffin recipe would translate into a waffle, and it did — after I amped it up with whole wheat flour, oats, flaxseed and decreased the sugar by about a bazillion.

Do you want to try this batter as pancakes? I bet you could measure out 1/3 cup mounds onto a greased, hot pancake griddle. If you wanted to make this vegan, I bet you could sub a flax/water mixture for eggs and coconut oil for the butter. If you wanted to make this gluten free, I bet you could sub the all-purpose flour for coconut flour or something similar. Well, that's a lot of betting, so you're in unknown territory, but that is how you learn in the kitchen, be adventurous and willing to try new things. 

Printable Recipe Here
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Banana Oat Waffles

Yield: 6 hearty waffles

3 bananas
2 eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Butter, for greasing waffle iron

Mash bananas in a large bowl, whisk in eggs and melted butter. Add remaining ingredients, stirring until just combined, being careful not to over stir.

Meanwhile, heat up waffle iron or pancake griddle. Grease waffle iron with butter. Pour a generous 1/2 cup measure of batter unto hot griddle, close lid and cook for about a minute. Move waffles to a cookie sheet in a preheated 200ºF oven until ready to serve. Top with whipped cream.


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