We all have strengths and weaknesses. One of my many weaknesses is making pancakes. I’ve tried for years to treat my family to the all-American pancake, yet I inevitably burn the first batch. If I don’t burn the first batch, then my pancakes are gooey and gunky on the inside. You would think that practice would make for perfection, wouldn’t you? Not in my case.
Just a few weeks ago, I attempted banana pancakes for my nephew. Blake is a darling, accommodating toddler, who will eat anything. After burning the first two pancakes, I finally came up with something he could eat before he started crying from hunger. I just don’t have the pancake-making knack. I give up.
Then, I decided to give waffle making a try. I have to be more successful making waffles than I am at making pancakes. After all, there is a waffle machine involved. How can I fail?
Success! These banana waffles were nicely browned, and cooked to perfection. Loaded with bananas, my waffles have a sweetness that doesn’t require puddles of syrup to taste great.
Better yet, bananas are loaded with the heart healthy mineral, potassium. Not only does this mineral support a healthy heart, but it supports our nervous systems too. Potassium works with sodium to control the body’s water balance and help prevent high blood pressure.
I have to say my waffle making success has bolstered my decision to give up on pancakes and stick with what I do best – banana waffles. Try them out!
Sweet Banana Waffles
¼ cup almond milk
2 small bananas, 1 whole and one sliced
1 large egg
1 cup low fat plain yogurt
1 tablespoon coconut oil
½ cup whole-wheat flour
½ cup white flour
2 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg
Servings: Makes 8 waffles.
- Combine ingredients (except sliced bananas) in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Preheat the waffle maker, then spray with cooking spray.
- Pour batter into waffle wells per the directions on your waffle maker. My waffle maker takes about 1/2 C. batter per well.
- Cook according to waffle maker directions for your model. The light on my waffle maker turns off when the waffles are done.
- Serve with sliced bananas and syrup if desired.
Amount Per Serving Excluding Syrup, Calories: 146, Total Fat: 2.92g, Cholesterol: 28mg, Sodium: 844mg, Total Carbs: 27.11g, Dietary Fiber: 1.99g, Sugars: 10.21g, Protein: 4.79g, Weight Watchers Points 3
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com. I am not a licensed nutritionist. I am currently a student at ACHS, working on a nutrition certification. Any advice in this column is strictly my opinion. Consult a licensed professional if you have health concerns.
It’s important to me that people have the ability to make good food choices, so Mother Rimmy’s Cooking Light Done Right provides nutrition information and Weight Watchers points for every recipes. I hope you’ll take the time to see what I’m cooking now. -Kristi Rimkus