Healthy waffles have never been easier! Try our our recipe for Banana Waffles today!
Pancakes and waffles are so easy to “hide” nutrient rich fruits and nuts! Hiding nutritious foods really is just adding them to foods that your kids already like. On Saturday we set out to make our typical waffle recipe, but this time, we puréed some banana, ground up some walnuts for a little extra nutrient hiding, and the kids loved them!
This recipe can make 10 waffles, which is great news if you want to make them all and freeze some (a full list of foods we like to make for the freezer can be found here). You can also cut the recipe in half and have just enough for your breakfast today. I love that the banana is inside the waffles, and doesn’t need to be a “topping”. Sometimes, it’s just easier to get kids to eat a fruit or veggie when it’s incorporated completely into the mix. It also makes a great finger food if you can have the healthy nutrients inside the batter rather than on top.
What is the best waffle iron?
There are so many waffle irons to choose from, that it really comes down to a personal preference. You can select:
- Belgian waffle iron– With deeper grooves, Belgian waffles are thicker and tend to be crispier on the outside, and tender inside.
- Classic waffle maker– With a classic waffle iron, you get flatter and thinner waffles
- Non-stick -Many non-stick surfaces for pans and appliances are coated with Teflon. This coating may peel at high heats and create toxic fumes. With so many other non-stick surfaces available today, it’s easy to stay away from Teflon.
- Ceramic – Ceramic is a safe, non-stick alternative to Teflon and many waffle makers are coated or dipped with ceramic clay. Because ceramic is good for cooking at low to medium temperatures, it makes a great surface for waffles that don’t need to get too hot.
- Stainless steel – Stainless steel is easy to clean and can reach high temperatures well.
- Copper titanium– This newcomer to the market can withstand heats up to 850 degrees and is very durable.
- Shapes– Waffle makers have become a collectible! You can now make waffles in the shape of Texas, Mickey Mouse, circus animals and so much more!
- Rotating- I actually do own a rotating waffle iron. You pour the batter on your waffle plate, close the lid, and flip it over. I think it helps the waffle to spread and cook more evenly.
- Double decker – Making a lot of waffles, these double deckers are brilliant! My sister in law has one, and cooking waffles in half the time is AMAZING!
So, I’d love to know!! WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAFFLE IRON?
For more waffle recipes that kids love, check out these:
- Healthy Strawberry Waffles
- Best ever whole wheat waffles
- Chocolate banana waffles
- Pumpkin Waffles
- Flax Freezer Waffles
Banana Nut Waffles
- 2 tablespoon butter, unsalted
- 4 tablespoon maple syrup, pure
- Heat waffle iron.
- Puree one banana (leave the second one for topping the waffles). Add to a large bowl along with all other ingredients. Stir just until combined (it will be lumpy). Fold in walnuts and chocolate chips.
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