Grandson Hunter stayed overnight recently to celebrate his and my birthday with a Wii marathon. The next morning I insisted we eat a healthy breakfast before continuing. We’d eaten some atrociously unhealthy snacks and sugary smoothies the previous night. We were going to make healthy whole wheat banana waffles.!
I simply had to mash the banana, beat the liquid ingredients, whisk the dry ingredients, and fold them all together. I’d found a recipe that used applesauce instead of oil or butter and I’d never tried that substitution before. I know it’s almost the new black for healthy cooking, but I’m always a week and a day behind in trying new things.
We had a 5# bag of whole wheat flour that wasn’t getting used fast enouth. I don’t bake desserts often so I have to sniff my flour containers before I use them. Yes, I recognize that stale smell of flour that is beyond its expiration date. The oils in the grain are what go bad if the flour isn’t used within a few months.
Looking over the recipe, I was disappointed that there was only 1 banana in the waffles. That didn’t seem much to me. I make banana bread often and even my recipe for one loaf of banana bread calls for 3 mashed bananas. I added a second one to the recipe but I think there could have been more.
Waffle griddle heated and oil sprayed on both sides, I poured batter into the iron and closed the lid. I let the waffle cook until it wasn’t steaming anymore and removed it to a plate. I told Hunter I needed to taste test it because I hadn’t made them before. It was okay. Not super, but passable. They really needed more banana.
Hunter was fine with them and ate his without syrup. He’s an ‘eat it out of his hand’ kind of kid and that’s fine. I poured maple syrup on mine and wished they were more exciting. I continued to cook the waffles and the batter made about 6 or 7 waffles. Round about the third waffle I didn’t pay attention and overfilled the iron. Man, what a mess, it oozed out all over the waffle iron and stuck. I spent an hour cleaning it off later. Lesson learned.
I put the leftovers between pieces of waxed paper then into a zippered storage bag. I put them in the fridge and my P.S. reheated them in the toaster and ate them for breakfasts. He wasn’t fussy.
I want to try this recipe again and make some tweaks. It’s healthy and all, but I can think of healthier things to eat for breakfast if I’m going to use carb calories.
Whole Wheat Banana Waffles
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 3/4 cup skim milk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
4 teaspoons baking powder
2-3 ripe bananas; mashed
1 1/2 packets Stevia (or 1 tablespoon sugar- I used sugar)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Maple syrup for serving or other syrup and fruits if desired
Preheat your waffle iron and coat with non-stick cooking spray.
Whisk eggs in a until fluffy. Add milk, applesauce and vanilla and whisk until mixed. Whisk in mashed bananas.
In a separate bowl stir together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and spices.
Whisk flour mixture in with the egg mixture just until blended.
Pour batter onto your pre-heated waffle iron and cook until each waffle is golden brown. Repeat until batter is finished.
Makes 6-7 waffles
Store between waxed paper in a zippered bag in the fridge. Reheat in the toaster or microwave.
Adapted from Eat Yourself Skinny