Oaty Banana and Walnut Waffles


This waffle is just begging to be drenched in syrup… can you hear it?

I created these waffles to use up the ripe bananas that were stashed away in my freezer. It was also an excuse to come up with a new waffle/pancake recipe. I have included vegan options below.

It amazes me how many different types of pre-made packet mixes are available these days. They are essentially a mix of flours, where you still need to beat in the wet ingredients. I guess many people think the packet mixes save time, but I really don’t see that.  The good thing when you make your own batter is that you can control what you put into it, and adjust everything to taste.

These nutritious waffles are quick and easy to make, packed full of fiber, flavor and deliciousness. The ingredients include wholemeal (whole wheat) flour, oats, walnuts, olive oil and bananas. They are crisp on the outside, yet fluffy and soft on the inside, making them perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert. You can top them with ice cream, fresh fruit or the syrup of your choice… it’s funny, J. reached for the Dutch pancake syrup, and I reached for the British golden syrup.

To save mess in the kitchen, simply weigh everything in the jug (pitcher) of your liquidizer, then blitz. The recipe is enough to make exactly two 17.75 cm (7 inch) waffles. The batter also makes awesome fluffy pancakes, simply cook them in a frying pan (skillet) as you would with any other pancake.


OATY BANANA AND WALNUT WAFFLES

Makes two 17.75 cm (7 inch) waffles


Ingredients

  • 160 ml (⅔ c) milk or milk alternative
  • 1 large egg*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) chopped ripe banana (1 medium)
  • 50 g (½ c) porridge oats
  • 50 g (⅓ c) wholemeal (whole wheat) flour
  • 50 g (⅓ c) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 35 g (⅓ c) chopped walnuts

* to veganize this recipe, use milk alternative and substitute the egg with 1 tablespoon ground linseed (flaxseed meal), whisked with 3 tablespoons water until thick and creamy


Method

1. Place into the jug (pitcher) of the liquidizer in the following order: milk, egg, olive oil, banana, oats, flours, baking powder and salt.

2. Liquidize until smooth and well mixed.

3. Stir in chopped walnuts.

4. Pour half of the batter into a preheated waffle iron/maker and cook as in manufacturer’s guidelines.

5. Serve with fruit, syrups or ice cream. Enjoy!

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