My parents bought a cottage in Northern Michigan this past spring. I grew up going up there and staying at my uncle's cabin, and needless to say, my parents are are thrilled to have their own cottage just down the road. Now, I used to be an outdoorsy type girl - swimming in lakes, building fires, and running through the woods with my cousins. I'm kind of a city girl now and I haven't been up there in at least 10 years. My mom was persistent that I come up and see the cottage and all of the hard work they had put in.
So I went. I forgot about all the trees and how the dark the sky gets at night, you can actually see the stars!!! When up north you do up north things like drink cheap beer at the local joint, build fires, burn sticks in said fire, shoot the old Red Rider BB gun, make s'mores, and cook waffle. Obviously, you cook waffles!
My parents were given a Belgian waffle maker for the cottage and I couldn't wait to use it! I've always wanted a waffle maker but it always seemed like an extraneous purchase. As soon as I heard about the waffle maker I started to look up recipes. My mom suggested a plain waffle recipe, and I was like, "Do you even know me? Plain waffles? I don't think so!"
I settled on banana nut waffles because they sound moist and delicious and not plain at all! Because of the limitations of cooking in a cottage I mixed all of the dry ingredients together at my parent's house. I also used ingredients I don't normally use like pancake syrup *gasp* and I Can't Believe it's Not Butter *gasp, gasp*. These were still some pretty wonderful waffles!
Because of the bananas, they were nice and moist! The chocolate chips and nuts added texture and flavor. These waffles needed a little bit more cooking time because of the bananas, so if you wanted a drier, but not so brown waffle, place them in a warm oven for a few minutes. Waffles are kind of a lot of work, but a fantastic treat on a lazy, sunny, Sunday!
Banana Nut Waffles Adapted from Shutterbean Yield 5-6 large Belgian waffles
1 cup finely chopped walnuts 2 1/4 cup flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips 2 bananas 2 cups (1 pint) buttermilk 3 tablespoons melted butter 3 tablespoons syrup Cooking spray Bananas, walnuts, chocolate chips, and syrup for garnish
- Chop the walnuts nice and small.
- In a large plastic bag, add the flour, soda, powder, salt, and cinnamon.
- Add the chocolate chips and walnuts. Shake and mix the dry ingredients until well combined. Seal up the bag and save for waffle making!
- Preheat your waffle iron. Mash the bananas well.
- Add in the buttermilk, melted butter, and syrup and mix until well combined.
- Add your dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined.
- Liberally spray your waffle maker with cooking spray. Pour in enough batter to cover most of the bottom of the waffle maker. Cook for 5-6 minutes or whatever is necessary for your waffle maker.
- Remove from the waffle maker and garnish as desired.
- Repeat until you are out of batter. You can keep the cooked waffles in a warm oven until all or made. Or just eat them as they come off the waffle iron!