The title shouldn’t really be banana waffles.
It should be crispy, soft, indulgent, delicious waffles (that just happen to be free from quite a lot of things including gluten, dairy, sugar, nuts, soya and yeast).
But that’s far too long for a blog title according to the blogging police and my own rules about title lengths!
When Sage sent my one of their Smart Waffle Makers I was super excited and keen to try it out.
The first morning I used the recipe that came with the machine and swapped the ‘normal’ flour for my gluten-free wholegrain flour blend. I also swapped the butter for coconut oil, the milk for unsweetened almond milk and left out the sugar (opting for the kids to drizzle them with a little honey instead). The result? Perfect crispy yet fluffy waffles.
Of course, me being me, couldn’t possibly stop there.
For those of you who have read my blog more than once, you will know that the kids have pancakes for breakfast most mornings. I try to sneak as many ‘goodies’ in them as I can so that I know they are set up for the day.
Now we have a waffle maker, it is waffles for breakfast and while they cook I get to make the packed lunch, unload the dishwasher and prepare my own breakfast (normally consisting of scrambled egg, avocado, spinach and cherry tomatoes).
The Smart Waffle maker is definitely just that.
With different settings according to the type of waffle you are making (who knew there were so many different types?) and a colour setting (so you can make them more or less done on the outside), once you fill it and close the lid, it calculates the time it needs to make your prefect waffle and lets you know on the display. Once it is done it gives you three little friendly beeps so that you can stop what you are doing and return your attention to the waffles. Not only that, but it has a little ‘moat’ around the outside to catch any inevitable leaks.
It is certainly smart and I love it and so do the kids.
Anyway, here is the recipe you have been waiting for. This version of waffle contains protein (from the eggs and my flour blend) and whole fruit for sweetness. No sugar, gluten or dairy in sight.
Dust off your waffle maker (or get yourself one) and treat yourself to a healthy waffle…
Serves: Makes 5-6
- 220ml dairy-free milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- 150g plain gluten-free flour (I used my wholegrain blend)
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- 2 medium free-range eggs
- 1 tsp unsweetened vanilla extract (I make my own with vanilla pods and vodka)
- 30g coconut oil, melted
- 1 medium banana, peeled and chopped into 4 pieces
- 1 medium pear, cored and chopped into 4 pieces
- Switch the waffle maker on. I put mine on the chocolate setting at darkness 7
- Add the ingredients to a blender and blend unti completely smooth
- Once the waffle maker is ready, pour enough mixture in to just cover the grooves
- Close the lid and wait until the waffle maker beeps. If you don't have a waffle makers that tells you when it is done, look at around 4 - 5 minutes, or cook until they reach your desired crispiness
- Remove the cooked waffles and repeat with the remaining mixture
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