Toasted Almond & Banana Waffles

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My son has found a new breakfast favorite….Toasted Almond & Banana Waffles. He does a little dance if I simply mention these waffles. The funny part is that he won’t even eat a banana because he doesn’t like bananas 🙂

I came up with this recipe a few weeks ago when I noticed the overly ripe bananas laying on the counter. The way I see it, when I pay for something, I don’t won’t to see it go to waste, even if it is a little ol’ banana.

Since I had some whole plain almonds in the pantry, I thought it might be nice to toast them up in the oven and throw them into the batter as well. Here’s what I ended up with:

Toasted Almond & Banana Waffles

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (I use white whole wheat)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (or canola oil)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup toasted whole almonds, chopped

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt.
  2. In another bowl, mix milk, honey, coconut oil and eggs.
  3. Pour wet ingredients in with the dry and stir until moistened.
  4. Fold in banana and chopped almonds.
  5. Spoon batter into waffle iron and bake per waffle iron instructions.
  6. Serve with butter and maple syrup.

Yield: 12 – 16 Waffles

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A Couple of Notes

  • The reason the yield varies so much is because the first time I made these on my old waffle iron I got 16 waffles from the batter. Then I got a new waffle iron and I was only able to get 12 waffles because of the deeper grooves that allowed for more batter per waffle.
  • To toast the almonds, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place almonds on an ungreased cookie sheet in a single row. Toast for about 10 minutes. After about five minutes pull out the baking sheet and shake it a little to move the almonds around.

It finally arrived…my new waffle maker.

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I’m so excited about finally getting a new waffle maker. My old one had begun to cook unevenly and I had to flip the waffles during the cooking process to get them cooked on both sides. That was no fun!

Plus with the new one, I can make four waffles at a time instead of just two. You know I’m lovin’ that because that means half the time making waffles.

So what’s your favorite way to use up bananas before they get too ripe to do anything with them?

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Posted on August 17th, 2011 in Food and Entertaining, Recipes | No Comments

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