Here is a recipe you just may want to make this weekend for breakfast. I found it over at Willow Bird Baking. I figured it was the perfect way to use up the over ripe bananas I had on my counter. I elected to use my small square Belgian waffle make to make them. I was hoping the waffles would be crispy on the outside, but they weren’t. That may because I used my Belgian waffle maker. Either way the waffles still tasted fabulous. I was just anticipating and crispy out side with a tender inside. Instead the waffle was all tender.
The thing that makes these especially yummy is the maple cream cheese spread that you put on top. I put the cream cheese on and then ended up adding a little maple syrup on top of that. So yummy! Now I just sprinkled the nuts in the waffle before cooking them for those who liked nuts. I also left the nuts out of the cream cheese and had it separate for those who like the nuts to just sprinkle on top of their waffles.
Banana Bread Waffles
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 3/4 cups buttermilk or 1 1/2 cups sour cream or plain yogurt thinned with 1/4 cup milk (I did buttermilk)
- 2 eggs, separated
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick butter, melted and cooled)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
- Cooking spray for waffle iron
Maple Nut Cream Cheese Spread Ingredients:
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 3-4 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/8 cup chopped walnuts
- Combine the flour, salt, sugar, baking soda, and cinnamon. Mix together the buttermilk (or buttermilk substitute) and the egg yolks. Stir in the butter, mashed banana, and vanilla.
- Spray the waffle iron lightly with oil and preheat it. Stir the wet into the dry ingredients. Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl with a whisk or electric mixer (make sure bowl and mixer are spotlessly clean) until they hold soft peaks. Stir them gently into the batter. Stir gently to combine.
- Spread a ladleful or so of batter onto the waffle iron and bake until the waffle is done, usually 3 to 5 minutes, depending on your iron. Mix ingredients for Maple Nut Cream Cheese Spread together. Serve waffles immediately with a schmear of Maple Nut Cream Cheese. I also ended up drizzling maple syrup on them after the cream cheese.