Monday, February 21, 2011

Banana Nut Waffles

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.


  1. reminds me that i need to work on my gallettes... these look pretty good :)

  2. Yes, you need to get start working on those. The world awaits a vegan galette!

  3. Mmm, looks like one tasty plate. They must have really made your tastebuds tingle with delight. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your waffles up.

  4. These sound amazing.
    I Do a lot of vegan baking as I don't tolerate eggs well- and can NOT drink milk. Makes me crazy sick!
    I LOVE experimenting with vegan waffles/ pancakes. Im impressed with this recipe- its hard to make vegan waffles that actually firm up enough to handle a waffle maker. WIll have to try these (But gluten free- which I think I can figure out :)

    Wanted to invite you to share this recipe at a weekly recipe event I host titled Seasonal Sundays- Its dedicated to Seasonal Inspired Recipes and recipe fiits the theme :)
    HAppy Sunday!!


  5. Your waffles look delicious! I love this vegan version. One of my friends is on a straight vegan and I'm sure she'll appreciate this.

    I'm hosting the Culinary Smackdown Battle for March--the theme is Cookies. Would you like to join in for the fun? It doesn' have to be a new post on your blog. You can pick your favorite cookie from your previous post too. All you have to do is link up your cookie creation. I have some great prizes waiting. Hope to see your entry soon!


  6. These look delicious. I see oil in your instructions but not in your ingredients. How much, please?

  7. Whoops- I added the oil into the ingredient list. It is 3 tablespoons. Thanks for the catch!

  8. Wow! I just made your recipe for our Sunday morning breakfast. A+!!!! I was craving pancakes or waffles and your recipe hit the spot. Thank you so much. I am going to post this on my blog, giving you all of the credit, naturally.

  9. Vampiregran- nothing makes me happier than to provide someone a recipe that makes them happy too! Glad you liked them!!

  10. is it legal to post entire recipes from a cookbook online? i am under the impression it isn't...

  11. The Health Sleuth- I am unsure of the exact original ingredient list or recipe instructions. This was not published word for word from the original. I believe as long as credit is given it is acceptable to publish but I am going to do some further research! Thank you!