Pamper your sweetheart with breakfast in bed this Valentine’s Day! On the menu: Banana Waffles with fresh blueberries, sliced bananas, and real maple syrup.
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If the way to a man’s (or woman’s) heart is through their stomach, then these banana waffles will earn you extra bonus points with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. Especially if you go the extra mile and serve them up as breakfast in bed. I mean, who would turn down a plate of banana waffles in bed?!?
Not too dense but not too light, these waffles balance the sweetness of banana with the spice of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to make a waffle that is just right.
Once they are ready, serve them piled with fresh blueberries, sliced bananas, and real maple syrup, to create a breakfast to remember. Just don’t forget to clean the kitchen when you are done!
These banana waffles are one of my favorite breakfast treats to make. The batter mixes up quickly and needs no time to rest. You can only cook one of them at a time, but if you can multitask (aka: not burn the waffles), it’s easy to get the kitchen cleaned up while these waffles cook.
In addition to your standard mixing bowls, whisk, spatula, and measuring utensils, you will also need a waffle iron and a ladle. Your waffle iron doesn’t need to be fancy. If you don’t already have one you should be able to find a decent version for under $30. My favorite feature on mine is the light that turns green to let you know the waffle is done – it helps to take the guess work out of the cooking process.
Gather all of your ingredients together along with a bowl for the dry ingredients and a bowl for the wet ingredients. In the first bowl measure out the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt. In the second bowl combine the brown sugar, mashed bananas, oil, eggs, milk, and vanilla.
When it comes to baking with bananas you’ll get the best results from fully ripened bananas that have been frozen and thawed out. Once mine are past their peak eating stage I let them turn almost black then place them whole in my freezer. You can let them thaw on the counter for 30 minutes or so, or just move them from freezer to fridge the night before.
Now that everything has been measured, whisk together the dry ingredients removing any lumps of flour or spices as your go, then whisk together the wet ingredients. Next add the wet ingredients to the dry (or vice versa depending on which bowl is bigger) and whisk to combine thoroughly.
Once mixed, plug in your waffle iron and give it a couple of minutes to heat. Learning the proper amount of batter to add can be a bit hit and miss at first. Aim to fill the griddle about 3/4 of the way and use the back of the ladle to spread the batter around. Practice makes perfect, but the following video helps too.
This recipe makes between 6 – 8 waffles, which cook for about 2 – 3 minutes each depending on how crispy you like them. To keep my banana waffles from getting cold I turn my convection oven to warm and place the waffles inside as they are done.
Before you serve up these waffles we must talk toppings! The possibilities are endless! You can sprinkle them with powdered sugar, pile them with whipped cream, or over load them with butter and syrup. You could also eat them plain while waiting for them to cook and then wonder where your appetite has gone. (Guilty!)
If you ask me however, the best way to enjoy these banana waffles is with fresh blueberries, sliced bananas, and just a drizzle of real maple syrup. Pair them with a glass of champagne and I’m a happy girl. What’s your favorite way to enjoy banana waffles? Let me know in the comments below!
For more great breakfast in bread ideas don’t forget to check out my Veggie Omelet, Quick and Easy Vanilla French Toast, or Overnight Oatmeal: Pear Maple Cinnamon. You’re sure to find something to suit your tastebuds!
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Banana Waffles Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 large bananas - mashed (just under 1 cup)
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup milk low fat
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Gather all of your ingredients together along with a bowl for the dry ingredients and a bowl for the wet ingredients.
- In the first bowl measure out the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt.
- In the second bowl combine the brown sugar, mashed bananas, oil, eggs, milk, and vanilla.
- Whisk together the dry ingredients removing any lumps of flour or spices as your go, then whisk together the wet ingredients. Next add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk to combine thoroughly.
- Plug in your waffle iron and give it a couple of minutes to heat.
- Spray the griddle with cooking spray then ladle on the batter. Aim to fill the griddle about 3/4 of the way and use the back of the ladle to spread the batter around.
- Close the waffle maker and let it cook until done. (Check manufacturer instructions.)
- Carefully remove the waffle from the griddle and place in a warm spot.
- Spray the griddle again and make the next waffle, repeating until all batter has been used up.