Yum! Do these banana waffles, which I found over on Babble, look good, or what? They're on my agenda for making this weekend--and freezing for the week ahead! "With a quiet banana flavor and a hint of spice, these waffles are delicious on their own and even better smothered in maple syrup," the Babble bloggers note. "The cornmeal and quinoa (Pronounced KIN-WAH) make them a little healthier than your average run-of-the-mill waffles and give them a crumbly, delicate texture."
And, don't be afraid of quinoa, gals. I know, it's sort of a healthy-nutty ingredient, but really and truly, it adds a nice nutty flavor, a dose of whole grains, and some extra protein to your breakfast. Try it!
Cook these up and enjoy some quiet time with your loved ones around the breakfast table.
Spiced Banana Quinoa Waffles
1/4 Stick butter
1 cup all-purpose whole grain wheat flour
1/2 cup fine cornmeal
1/2 cup quinoa flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 ripe bananas (plus more for garnish)
3 eggs, separated
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup skim milk
Preheat your waffle iron. In a small saucepan, melt the stick of butter over medium-low heat and set aside.
Place the egg whites in the bowl of your mixer and beat on high, until the egg whites form stiff peaks. Gently scoop the egg whites out into another bowl. In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork, and then whisk in the sugar, eggs yolks, melted butter and milk. Set aside. Next, combine the remaining dry ingredients, flour, cornmeal, quinoa flour, baking powder, salt, and ginger in the bowl of your mixer. When the dry ingredients are combined, fold in the wet, mixing just until combined. Finally, gently fold in the egg whites with a spoon.
Heat the oven to 200 degrees and place a large platter inside. Spoon 1/3 cup per waffle onto your iron, and cook until the waffle is golden brown. Remove the finished waffles to the oven to warm. Continue until all of the waffles are cooked.
Serve banana slices and warm sugar free syrup.