Sometimes life just calls for a waffle. Just like life sometimes calls for a naked Saturday or an evening of doing nothing but eating ice cream and watching touching documentaries on Netflix that make you cry over people’s personal triumphs. Because sometimes, all that will scratch that itch in life is a little self-indulgence.
Now I don’t say the term “indulge” lightly. In fact, my college roommate and I used to designate one day each month for nothing but splurging on whatever food we wanted, as long as we ate clean the other 30-some days of the month. Think entire boxes of Fruity Pebbles, half of a cake, and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream…for breakfast. Needless to say, we knew how to “splurge.”
But lucky for me (and you) those days are long gone. Now, if I want some ice cream I have it. Only I don’t eat an entire pint and allow myself little treats on an almost daily basis. This is a much more reasonable approach, at least in my experience. And trust me, if anyone’s experienced in the eating department, it’s me.
While I would put these waffles in the “indulge” category, they’re definitely a healthy indulgence. With no added sugar besides the chocolate chips, plenty of fiber from old fashioned oats, and tons of banana flavor from two whole bananas, I don’t feel one ounce of guilt for having these as a weekday treat or a slow weekend breakfast; and you shouldn’t either.
I named these banana bread waffles for a reason: Instead of taking on the crispy texture of traditional waffles, these have a slightly softer, more fluffy texture that mimics banana bread to a ‘T.’ Plus, anytime there’s chocolate chips in the mix, I say it’s a party. So consider this a (healthy) breakfast party, in the mouth.
- 1 cup flour (any kind)
- ¼ cup oats
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
- 1 flax egg (1 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 2.5 Tbsp water)
- 2 large ripe bananas
- 2.5 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ cup dark or semisweet chocolate chips (non-dairy for vegan)
- To prepare flax egg, combine flaxseed and water in a small bowl, stir and set aside. Peel and mash banana and baking powder together with a fork.
- Add in milk, flax egg and stir.
- Next add salt, oats and stir. And then add flour and stir until just combined. Add in chocolate chips.
- Preheat waffle iron and let batter rest.
- Once iron is ready, spray generously with cooking spray (this is key for the batter not to stick) and cook according to instructions.
- Remove and set aside and continue to cook rest of the batter.
- To serve, I suggest topping with just a few more chocolate chips. But top as you wish – almond butter or maple syrup would also be lovely additions.