I am not a baker. I really don't enjoy baking as it requires precision, attention to detail and is more or less an exact science. I am not great at following directions and much prefer the creativity of cooking without a recipe. I am notorious for messing up recipes for baked goods. I am also not much of a sweets eater.
Having said that, I do like to make my family breakfast and they seem to like sweet things for breakfast- especially my kids. A few weeks ago I attempted vegan pancakes which were an epic failure! But, I am pretty determined and decided that I would create a sweet vegan breakfast for the family so I went out and bought a waffle iron. What the heck? Can't do pancakes? Well, then try waffles. Makes perfect sense, right?
After consulting my twitter friends it seems that the vote for best vegan waffles go to Veganomicon's banana nut waffles. Since I don't own this particular cookbook I took to the web and checked out a bunch of blogs. What I came up with, I am sure closely resembles the original, however I do not care for soy milk so I opted for So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk (as I always seem to do). And, in classic "me" form I used two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar instead of two teaspoons. I'm not sure how that may have altered the result from the original but it certainly did not detract from these. I believe this version has less oil than the original, but, like I said, I don't own that cookbook so I cannot be sure.
I must say that I was surprised at how easy using a waffle iron was. I will definitely do this again and experiment with some other ingredients to fold into the batter such as chocolate chips, other fruits or different nuts. Maybe I will even try a savory waffle, too! Who knows, the sky is the limit!
Banana Nut Waffles
1 1/4 cups non dairy milk (like So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut)
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 medium bananas, mashed
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
3 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
Fresh fruit for topping
Preheat your waffle iron.
Pour the non dairy milk, water and apple cider vinegar together into a measuring cup. Set aside to allow milk to curdle.
Mash the bananas in a mixing bowl. Add the milk mixture, vanilla, oil and syrup and stir. Add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Mix to combine but do not over mix. The batter will be very thick and minimal lumps are OK. Fold in the walnuts.
Spray the iron with non stick cooking spray and cook waffles according to the manufactures directions for your particular iron.
Serve topped with your favorite fresh fruit and maple syrup.