Waffles are a beloved breakfast food, and for good reason! They are easy to make, versatile, and can be customized to suit a variety of tastes. But have you ever tried adding bananas and chocolate chips to your waffle batter?
If not, you are in for a real treat! In this blog post, I’ll be sharing my favorite waffle recipe, banana chocolate chip waffles. They are sure to become a favorite in your household.
Why Bananas and Chocolate Chips?
Bananas are a great addition to waffles for several reasons. First, they add natural sweetness and moisture to the batter, making the waffles tender and flavorful. Second, bananas are an excellent source of nutrients, including vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber.
And finally, bananas are a great way to use up ripe fruit that might otherwise go to waste.
Adding chocolate chips to the batter may seem like an indulgence, but they actually have some health benefits too.
You will need the following ingredients for this waffle recipe:
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk (you can also use coconut milk)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup dark mini chocolate chips
Peanut butter banana chocolate chip waffles recipe
Preheat your waffle maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, eggs, milk, and vanilla extract.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Don’t overmix – a few lumps are okay. Gently fold in the mini chocolate chips.
Grease the waffle maker with cooking spray or butter.
Pour the batter onto the waffle maker, using about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of batter per waffle. Cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions, or until the banana chocolate chip waffles are golden brown and crispy.
Serve the cooked waffles immediately with your favorite toppings, such as sliced bananas, whipped cream, or maple syrup.
Tips and Variations
- For an extra burst of banana flavor, try adding 1/2 tsp of banana extract to the batter.
- If you prefer a sweeter waffle, add an extra tablespoon or two of sugar.
- To make these waffles vegan, substitute the eggs with flax eggs (1 tbsp flaxseed meal + 3 tbsp water per egg), use non-dairy milk (almond milk or oat milk), and use coconut oil instead of butter and use vegan chocolate chips.
- To make these waffles gluten free, oat flour can be a great alternative to traditional wheat flour. Oat flour is made from ground oats and has a slightly sweet and nutty flavor. To make oat flour waffles, simply swap out the wheat flour in the recipe for oat flour. Additionally, oat flour is a good source of fiber and other nutrients like protein, making oat flour waffles a healthy breakfast option.
- Leftover waffles can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How to serve banana chocolate chip waffles
Here are some ideas on how to serve and enjoy your chocolate waffles:
Classic Style: Serve your chocolate waffles with a generous drizzle of maple syrup and a dollop of whipped cream. This classic combination of sweet and creamy flavors is sure to satisfy your taste buds.
Fruity Twist: Top your chocolate waffles with fresh fruits like strawberries, bananas, or raspberries, and a dollop of Greek yogurt or honey. This adds a refreshing twist to the rich chocolate flavor and adds a dose of vitamins and antioxidants.
Nutty Crunch: Add some crunch to your chocolate waffles by topping them with chopped nuts like pecans, almonds, or hazelnuts, and a sprinkle of powdered sugar. This provides a nice texture contrast and adds some healthy fats to your breakfast.
Ice Cream Indulgence: Turn your chocolate waffles into a decadent dessert by serving them with a scoop of your favorite ice cream and some hot fudge sauce. This is a perfect way to enjoy chocolate waffles for a special occasion or a weekend treat.
Tips for Great Waffles
Making great waffles is an art form that takes practice, but with the right tips and tricks, you can master the perfect waffle every time. Here are some tips for making great waffles:
Use the Right Batter Consistency: The batter consistency is crucial for making great waffles. The batter should be thick enough to coat the waffle iron, but not so thick that it’s difficult to pour. It should have a slightly lumpy texture and be able to spread out evenly on the waffle iron.
Preheat the Waffle Iron: Preheat your waffle iron before pouring in the batter. This will ensure that the waffles cook evenly and are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
Grease the Waffle Iron: Grease the waffle iron with cooking spray or melted butter to prevent the waffles from sticking to the surface.
Use the Right Amount of Batter: Use the recommended amount of batter for your waffle iron. Too little batter will result in thin and crispy waffles, while too much batter will result in thick and undercooked waffles.
Don’t Overcook: Avoid overcooking the waffles, as this will result in a dry and tough texture. Cook the waffles until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside, but still moist and fluffy on the inside.
Serve Immediately: Serve the waffles immediately after cooking to enjoy their optimal texture and flavor.
Experiment with Flavors: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and toppings, like chocolate chips, berries, whipped cream, or even savory ingredients like cheese or bacon. This will make your waffles even more delicious and exciting.
By following these tips, you can make great waffles that will impress your family and friends and leave them wanting more.
Waffle maker to cook the peanut butter banana chocolate chip waffles