Monday, February 20, 2012

recipe: whole wheat banana waffles for two...

Hello friends!

How are you all doing this fine day? How was your weekend?

Ours was a little jammed full (which seems about right since Bill has been feeling pretty good these past few days). I would have liked it to be less packed, but what can you do? I guess I really can't complain- each thing we had to do was a lot of fun. But boy at the end of the day, was I wiped out!

Sunday morning Bill wanted waffles. Actually, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning Bill wanted waffles. Unfortunately for him, I had not been to the store in days, so we were out of almost everything eggs. A little trip later, and we were well stocked in waffle-making ingredients.

I LOVE waffles. Like, LOVE, friends. I am starting to think there are two types of people in the world- pancake people and waffle people. Bill is a pancake man (although like mentioned earlier, he was really craving some waffle action) while a waffler. Waffler? Sure. Don't ask me why...they're essentially the same thing with just the slightest change in ingredients. Biggest difference is the way they're cooked- which might be all it takes to lure me in.

Ah waffles. I love your shape...I love your pockets...your easy to cut grid...just everything about you. Add add some diced banana to the batter? Swoon!

This is not your typical waffle batter. This is a healthier, lighter, and more banana-ie recipe. If you want what you're used to, here is a great recipe. I've changed up the fat to include "good fat", added some fiber, and switched the flour to make everything more "healthy". Smothered in maple syrup, and out the window goes everything I just said. But that's ok. You can't have a waffle (or pancake) without maple syrup. 'Nough said.

Whole Wheat Banana Waffles
Makes 4 Waffles

  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground flax seed
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1 room temperature egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 banana, medium dice
  • cooking spray (for waffle maker)

1. Preheat oven as low as oven will go. Our oven was at 200*F. Preheat waffle maker, according to your waffle maker's instructions.

2. In a large bowl, mix together whole wheat flour, flax, baking powder and soda, and salt. Set aside.

3. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together buttermilk, melted coconut oil, egg, and honey. Gently add in diced banana.

4. Mix together wet ingredients into dry and incorporate until just combined. Do not over mix. Once waffle maker is preheated, gently grease top and bottom with cooking spray. 

5. Pour batter into waffle maker until bottom is almost filled to edges, close and cook according to maker's instructions. For ours, each waffle took about 3-4 minutes. When done, place on a plate and add to oven to keep warm. Continue this process until all waffle batter is used up.

6. Carefully remove plate from oven, serve and top with warm maple syrup. MmmMm!

Lighter and a tad thinner in texture, these do not lack in flavor. And if you're a fan of caramelized bananas, then you'll love that added warmth they add to the dish.  

I wanted to really quickly show you guys what else we did this weekend ;) 

We went to a friend's little boy's first birthday. Happy 1st birthday Caiden! The party theme was monsters ..nice, friendly, non-scary monsters of course and the mom did an EXCELLENT job of bringing each party aspect together. Like these marshmallow-pops. CUTE RIGHT!? Everything was like this. Cookies, JELLO, the cake, ahhhh it was too cute for words!

We also joined my husband's grandmother to (my first) Norwegian Fish Dinner. A friend asked, "Lutefisk?!!?!?!?", not Lutefisk *Shudder* Thank goodness. I would have been so sad. Instead it was Torsk- cod fillets cooked in butter, white wine, and onions. Oh my word was it good. So good. There was also dill (lots of dill), more butter (you know, to pour over your whole plate), potatoes, haricot verts, pickled beets, and pickled cucumber slices. 

We sat at a table of some of the most interesting Norwegian men and women (mormor included), dressed in their thick wool sweaters, and listened to some pretty neat (and funny) stories. All in all a great "first" time. 

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