I am the first to admit that breakfast is my favorite food. Muffins? Yes, please! Eggs Benedict? Sure! Scones? I’ll take two to start! Bacon? >drool< It will come as no surprise that waffles are frequent menu items for our weekend breakfasts!
I recently had a over-ripe banana languishing on the counter – not enough to make bread or muffins, but just right for Banana Waffles!
The original recipe (from AllRecipes.com) called for bananas sliced onto batter in the waffle iron and did not include any oil. That is a recipe for disaster, waffle-wise! If your waffle sticks to the iron, it is no longer a waffle; it is a scramble. We made the recipe the first time as written, except that I mashed the banana and added it to the batter. When we opened the iron to remove the first one, both the top and bottom plates had waffle attached – not good! Lesson learned, we added canola oil for the next one. This made a very light, fluffy waffle! It had to be removed carefully – it clung to the bottom plate, but I was reluctant to add more oil. I’m guessing that this is due to the banana. (Note to self: write a paper on: The Transitive Properties of the Mashed Banana When Added to Waffle Recipe) By using a fork and teasing onto a large spatula, I avoided creating a scramble. The photo is from the second time we made the Banana Waffles – a sunny and warm Sunday morning! Breakfast on the veranda, anyone?
- 1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
- 3 tsps. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- pinch of nutmeg
- 1 banana, mashed
- 1/3 c. canola oil
- 1 egg
- 1 c. milk
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mash banana in small bowl, add milk, oil and egg; stir to combine and break-up the egg. Use a wire whisk to stir the wet ingredients into the large mixing bowl; stirring until well blended. Heat/prepare waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions. Add recommended amount of batter to the iron and cook until done. Remove carefully (as described above) and serve with butter & warm maple syrup.
Important Note: Your waffle will only be as good as the waffle iron you use! Please see my review of the Caphalon No-Peek Waffle Iron. Best. Waffle. Iron. Ever. I highly recommend this product!