Treat your family with these beautiful mini-waffles that taste just like banana bread and are packed with protein!
Next to pancakes, waffles are my second favorite breakfast food.
Though, you can't really tell because of the lack of waffle posts here on the blog.
I'll have to start changing that.
The only thing I don't like about making waffles is the dang waffle iron. Cleaning that thing is terrible and probably the reason that I used to avoid making waffles as frequently as I make pancakes.
I realized my problem when making these, however.
When I used to make waffles, I would fill the waffle iron up as full as I could and make the biggest waffles that the iron would allow. This would then turn into a huge mess as the batter would begin running out of the sides, slightly cooking from the heat before hitting the drip pan below. If you've ever made a waffle at home or at a hotel with their “continental breakfast” you know how this looks. And it's just slightly impossible to clean properly.
So I've avoided making waffles up to this point because of that reason. Stupid, I know… but whatevs.
When I decided to made these, I knew something needed to change. My daughter kept asking me to make more waffles instead of pancakes and I can't say no forever… despite my disdain for cleaning the waffle iron. So this time I wanted to try out my hand a “mini-waffles,” only scooping 1/2 cup of batter into the direct center of the waffle iron and seeing what happened.
Well, it worked. Obviously.
The waffles turned out to be the perfect size, and not a giant monstrosity that you usually get. They also took less time to cook because they were smaller. But the best part? There was very minimal cleanup and none of the runny, messy batter to clean up and pick off the sides of the waffle iron before putting it back into the cabinet.
From now on, I do believe that I will be making more waffles and they will all be mini-waffles. Not just because of the cleanup… but because they are the perfect size and they are cute. Who doesn't like pretty, cute food?
Banana Bread Protein Waffles
- Preheat waffle iron to medium. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Add banana, milk, and vanilla. Mix until just combined and batter comes together.
- Scoop by 1/2 cup-fulls onto hot waffle iron and cooked until heated through, about 5-6 minutes. Waffle iron usually begins to steam when the waffles are ready.
- Continue with rest of batter, re-spraying with non-stick spray in between (these waffles will stick to the waffle iron).
- Serve immediately topped with your favorite fruits and toppings.
*If you cannot find oat or coconut flour in your grocery store, you can make your own by using flaked coconut and regular uncooked oats and grinding in spice grinder or blender until powder (or flour) forms. Seperately, of course.
This recipe makes about 15 mini-waffles (1/2 cup full waffles) or 5-6 full-size waffles.