Waffles with Caramelized Banana and PB Choc Sauce

Waffles with Caramelized Banana and PB Choc Sauce

Okay folk. It happened. It’s real. It’s here. Waffles. I think I’ve found the perfect balance between drinking many a jam-packed fruit and veg juice and eating many a stack of divine vegan, gluten free, oil free waffles. Yes, you heard me right. It’s possible: light and fluffy gluten free waffles.  Crunchy and tender oil free waffles. And vegan, duh. They’re delicious. They’re healthy. They’re everything you want for a Sunday morning lie in, or at any time for that matter.  You really can have your cake and eat it too with these decadent beauties - you no longer have to feel sluggish or tired after eating a decadent meal, you no longer have to contribute to the horrifying meat & dairy industry to have delicious food at your fingertips, and you can do good by the planet all in the name of WAAAAFFFLES. Between juicing and eating waffles my life feels pretty balanced right now, I must say.

 

Ok, I won’t hold you in suspense any longer! Let’s get to the recipe - I can sense the suspense. Or maybe that’s just me. It’s the waffles okay, I surrender all responsibility for my sanity with these guys around. Since creating this recipe I think it’s safe to say they’ve become somewhat of a staple in my life, and unashamedly so.  

 

Ingredients for the Waffles (makes about 6):

·     1 1/3 cup gluten free flour blend

·     2 tablespoons oats (I used quick cooking oats)

·     1.5 tablespoons baking powder

·     3 tablespoons sugar of choice

·     3/4 teaspoon good quality salt

·     1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

·     1 banana

·     ½ cup soy milk

·     ¾ cup water

·     1 tablespoon crunchy peanut butter

 

Ingredients for the Peanut Butter Sauce:

·     4 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter

·     5 tablespoons water

·     1 tablespoon plant based milk (or add another tbsp of water)

·     2 teaspoons maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)

·     pinch of sea salt

 

Ingredients for the Cocoa Sauce:

Either you can simply melt vegan dark chocolate and use that, or alternatively mix together the following ingredients in a small saucepan on the stove:

·     2 tablespoons cocoa

·     1 tablespoon coconut oil

·     1 tablespoon water

·     1 tablespoon syrup sweetener of choice

 

For the Caramelized Banana:

·     1 Banana

·     1 teaspoons brown sugar

·     ½ - 1 teaspoon cinnamon

·     ½ - 1 teaspoon coconut oil

 

Method:

1.       Place the gluten free flour, oats, baking powder, sugar, salt, cinnamon in a bowl and mix well.

2.     In a blender or food processor blend the peanut butter, soy milk, water and banana thoroughly.

3.     Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

4.     Bring your waffle iron to temperature. If you don’t have a non-stick waffle iron, lightly grease it with coconut oil. Using a 1/3 cup measure scoop the waffle mixture onto your waffle iron spread out a bit and then close it. Mine took 7 minutes to cook through, but this will vary depending on the temperature of your iron.

5.     While the waffles are cooking in turns, start on your sauces. Take small sauce pans and add the ingredients into them, bring them to heat in order to emulsify all the ingredients until you have two different sauces – chocolate and salted peanut butter. Set aside.

6.    Grill your bananas. Place the coconut oil in the griddle pan, and bring to a high heat. Then add sliced bananas (sliced at about ½ cm thick). On the side facing up add a pinch of cinnamon and a dash of sugar onto each slice. Wait until you have griddle pan marks and the kitchen smells like a carnival and then flip your bananas to grill the other side. Remove from heat.

7.     Stack your waffles, pour your delicious sauces over them add some diced fresh apple, strawberries or banana and then top with your caramelized bananas.

8.    TUCK IN and enjoy! Other divine combinations/ways to eat your waffles are:

·     Lathered with toasted almond butter & strawberry jam with a pinch of sea salt and some toasted pumpkin seeds

·     Lathered with tahini, a dash of maple syrup, a pinch of salt and some fresh banana and toasted sunflower/pumpkin seeds

·     Lathered with macadamia nut butter, a pinch of cinnamon, a pinch of salt, some fresh fruit (blueberries, banana, strawberries etc.)

·     Lathered with crunchy peanut butter, banana, strawberry jam/maple syrup, a pinch of salt

·     Lathered with my orange blossom, vanilla “Notella” spread made from avocados, cacao and orange blossom essence

 

I very often have moments of, “oh my goodness, I just love food.” Like, LOVE LOVE food. My relationship to food wasn't always this loving & easy, but over the last 3 years I have nurtured, fostered and blossomed my relationship to myself and to food and now I simply relish in the beauty of it. A key component to consciously changing this relationship was my decision to go vegan. The sense of abundance, the sense of wholesomeness and the knowing that you’re making ethical, just decisions that not only benefit your health and wellbeing, but also that of the animals and the planet is unequalled.

 

Good food is something to be celebrated in all of its lightness, in all of its’ life-giving, nourishing goodness. It is something to share with those you love, something to cherish, something to invest time, energy & effort into because when you can really appreciate and be mindful of a good meal and its’ physical as well as energetic properties and benefits, your entire life can change. Because, like it or not, food is a big part of our lives. So why not make every meal time a celebration of love, life, care, creativity, art and wholesomeness?  To be honest, I’ve never understood how people can glance over meals, pay no mind or attention to them but use them purely as sustenance to get on with whatever they were doing before. Food has always been such a big part of my life: both my family life and my social parameters, so for me this has always been an integral part of my day to day living. Sometimes I forget that for many people this isn’t the case and that often people have a very un-colorful (literally & metaphorically) interaction with food on a daily basis. Sure, you can go for the more convenient option that will save you time for doing something else, but why miss out on such an incredible opportunity to show yourself, and those around you, some love? Why miss out on the opportunity to break bread with the people you care most about? Food is a bonding cornerstone to our existence, so let’s move towards being more consciously involved with not only what we consume, but the process behind it. Get those green fingers working, plant herbs, vegetables and fruit and watch and engage with the process of creating what you can then eat and enjoy with friends and family. Get creative and adventurous in the kitchen, try new recipes and ingredients you’ve never worked with!

 

I hope to see or hear some stories of your latest culinary adventures, if you have any please feel free to share in the comments or drop me an email, I would love to hear what you have to say. Have a beautiful day!