When we were engaged, there were only a couple things that Derek was excited to register for. One was a deep-fryer and the other was a waffle maker. Well, we got the deep-fryer, but we didn’t get a waffle maker until this past Christmas.
We are breakfast people. We especially love brinner (breakfast for dinner) around here. Sometimes we keep it simple: eggs and toast. Sometimes I go all out: French toast, fruit salad, bacon. But in all the years we’ve been eating brinner, we’ve never been able to have waffles. Until now.
Derek and I have been eating paleo since the New Year. We can eat: meat, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. No grains, legumes, dairy, sugar, and processed food. With that in mind, I went searching for a paleo waffle recipe and was surprised to actually find one. This recipe not exactly reminiscent of crispy Belgian or buttermilk waffles, but they are good in their own right. Sweet from the banana and nutty from the almond butter, they are a little bit soft but still delicious in their own way.
1 medium banana
1 medium apple, peeled and cored
1 cup smooth almond butter
2 medium eggs
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Coconut oil spray or melted coconut oil for greasing waffle iron
Puree the apple and banana in a food processor. Use the whisk attachment on your electric mixer and whip almond butter on high for 2-3 minutes until smooth and fluffed. Add puree and remaining ingredients to the whipped almond butter and continue to whip until combined. Grease pre-heated waffle maker. Add batter to fill up a little more than half of the waffle maker, so that the batter can spread. Repeat with remaining batter, greasing the waffle maker for each waffle. Eat immediately or store flat in freezer and reheat in a toaster.
We set our waffle maker to the “medium” setting and the waffles were a little soft, but cooked through and delicious. Our waffle maker is also quite large, so we used approximately 1 1/4 cup of batter per waffle. You know your waffle maker best, so use your judgement and only fill about 60% full of batter.