Sunday, August 7, 2011

Whole Wheat Banana Choc Chip Waffles

I'm a total sucker for breakfast and on weekends in particular I like splurging on a breakfast that takes a little longer to make since I don't usually have the time before work. At the same time, sometimes breakfast can be heavy so I this was my attempt at making a healthier waffle. You might be thinking - chocolate chips, that's not heathy, but, if you use dark chocolate and not a lot, it's okay! Everything in moderation, right?

Whole Wheat Banana Choc Chip Waffles
1 cup wheat flour
1/3 cup ground almonds and oatmeal (3-4 TB each)
1/2 TB ground flaxseed
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp brown sugar
1 egg and 1 egg white
1 tsp lemon juice (plus enough milk to = 1 cup liquid)
1 TB oil
1 TB chocolate chips
1/2 banana, sliced thin

For most waffle or pancake recipes the usual process is to mix all of the dry ingredients and then mix all of the wet ingredients, then combine the two just until mixed. This recipe is no different.

Start by whisking together all of the dry ingredients. In a separate smaller bowl combine the liquid ingredients.
Next you'll add the liquid mixture to the dry and whisk just until combined. Be careful not to over mix or the batter will end up dense and heavy.
Lastly you'll add the sliced banana and chocolate chips. I cut the whole banana lengthwise first so that the slices were half rounds.
Then add the chocolate chips and stir lightly. While you're mixing together the batter you can have the waffle iron plugged in getting hot. Be sure to spray both the top and bottom sides of the waffle iron so that the batter doesn't stick.
My waffle iron is just 2 squares, so this recipe probably made about 6 or 7 squares. Even though I'll only have 2 these waffles are great to put into the freezer for an easy weekday morning breakfast. You can just pop them from the freezer right into the toaster - very easy. Some waffle irons will beep when done, but it depends on how crispy you like yours. Every iron is different too, in terms of the amount of batter you put on, so eyeball it and try not to put too much the first time around or else it will spill out everywhere.
Serve hot and with syrup - enjoy!

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