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Banana Bread Waffles With Cinnamon- Brown Sugar Syrup

Banana Bread Waffles with Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Syrup

We have had a very low-key, lazy few days here in Nebraska.  The weather has been rainy which gives us a good excuse to just be indoors and CHILL!  I have loved it.  It is a holiday weekend, and also the weekend where my kids are on a high from getting out of school for the summer, so I decided to make something a bit sweet and celebratory for breakfast yesterday.

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I went straight to my Breakfast Pinterest Boards and happened upon this Banana Bread Waffle recipe from A Kitchen Addiction, and it sounded just perfect.  A treat, yet hearty enough to fill up tummies, especially when adding fruit and an egg to round out the breakfast.  It smelled absolutely divine while I was cooking it, warming up this house on a rainy day.

Banana bread waffles
Cinnamon brown sugar syrup

 My girls were delighted, especially with the oowy, goowy syrup.  I tweaked the original recipe a bit.  When I read through the ingredients I thought…”oh this is gonna be good…how can I make it even better?”  Since I was already making something sugary and out of the ordinary around here, why not make it extra scrumptious?  The ingredients in the syrup reminded me of cinnamon rolls, so I decided to add butter which would make it very much like the filling of a cinnamon roll.  It was to die for!  We ended up dipping our apples in it, too!

Enjoy…just not too often!

Banana Bread Waffles
Yield: 5 waffles

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 large ripe bananas, mashed
3 tbsp butter, melted & cooled ( I use Earth Balance)
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk ( I use almond milk)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Banana bread waffles

Cinnamon- Brown Sugar Syrup
Yield: about 1 cup

3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter ( I use Earth Balance)
2/3 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon

Additional bananas for garnish, optional

1. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  In a small bowl, whisk together bananas, melted butter, eggs, milk and vanilla extract until well-combined.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

2. In a small saucepan, whisk together brown sugar & butter until butter melts.  Add water, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching.  When mixture reaches a boil, turn heat to low, add vanilla, and stir occasionally until ready to serve.

3. Pour 1/3-1/2 cup of batter (depending on the size of your waffle maker) onto hot, greased waffle maker.  Cook to your desired crispness.

4. Serve with warm cinnamon-brown sugar syrup and additional banana slices, if desired.


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Whole Wheat Waffles

I have a childhood friend to thank for this awesome Whole Wheat Waffle recipe. (Thanks, Joy!) They are super yummy and very filling due to the high amount of fiber and protein.  They are also high in calcium and make an easy, nutritious breakfast.

This morning, my girls were busy downstairs playing a new Wii game their dad surprised them with when they woke up.   Can you believe the smell of these waffles were able to tear them away from the Wii game and make them come stomping up the stairs, to see what that amazing smell was?  They loved the waffles, ate 11/2 each, and their tummies stayed full past lunchtime.

I served them with 100% Real Maple syrup.  Nothing compares! Just walk past and give a polite nod to  Mrs. Butterworth and Aunt Jemimah.  I know their price looks nice, but they are not as nice as they look!  I pay extra for the real stuff for a few reasons. 1. Because it tastes good, 2. I like eating real, whole foods that are as close to the way nature created them as possible, 3. because almost all imitation syrups have high fructose corn syrup in them which I am trying hard to avoid in our home. (Here is a post about why with some of the links if you are interested)

My friend, Joy, mixes the dry ingredients together and stores them in a jar for a quick Waffle Mix, which I think is brilliant and I plan on doing the same.  This recipe makes about 12 waffles.  Whenever we have extra pancakes or waffles, I just freeze them in a gallon ziplock bag and the girls help themselves in the morning.  They reheat the pancakes in the microwave for a few seconds and the waffles in the toaster.

Whisk dry ingredients, add wet ingredients.  Pretty simple so far, huh?  I took a picture and poured at the same time, impressed?

I love this silicone basting brush.  You can buy one Hereon Amazon.  I pour a little oil into the oil lid (yes, the small lid of my oil) so I can dip the brush without dirtying another dish.  I do this anytime I need to grease a pan.  It is so much better than using a cooking spray that contains propellants, that can be flammable, cause sticky build-up on pans, and cost money!  It is less waste because there isn’t a can to throw away.

I will leave you with a tip from Joy-“to get the best waffle texture, cool COMPLETELY on a rack before you freeze them.  If you set them hot on a solid surface, they sweat and get quite soggy.”  I agree with her!  If fact, I do the same before serving to keep them crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.