I love Saturday mornings. You can wake up leisurely rather than to the jolt of an alarm. (Charlie usually makes this happen by whining around 7:30 that he’s done sleeping for the night).
You can enjoy a nice cup of coffee, not in a travel mug, while watching the morning news.
You can get dressed and ready without checking your watch every 30 seconds to make sure you make it out the door on time.
And you can make yourself a nice breakfast that isn’t enjoyed in portable form. And eat it with a fork! <—- That’s the key right there.
This morning I made one of those breakfasts. I was really craving banana bread, but didn’t want to wait an hour for it to bake. So I turned banana bread into waffles. And then I made this amazing sauce to put on them.
The banana flavor in the waffles is strong and spot on. Combined with the cooked banana caramel sauce, this is not for people who are on the fence about bananas. If you are one of those people I would recommend making the waffles and topping with butter and maple syrup. Or maybe just making the sauce and eating it with a spoon.
But if you are a banana lover like I am, then I would make both and send yourself into a Saturday morning banana bliss.
These waffles are super moist, like banana bread. I would recommend cooking them a little longer than normal waffles to create that golden crunch on the outside.
And then pour yourself another cup of coffee, cuddle up with a blanket and your puppy/book, and enjoy your morning.
Banana Bread Waffles with Banana Caramel Sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients (6 waffles)
- For the waffles
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 2 T plain greek yogurt
- 1 c milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 ripe banana, mashed well
- For the sauce
- 1/4 c dark brown sugar
- 1 banana, thinly sliced
- 1/4 c milk
- 1 T butter
- 1/2 t sea salt
- 1/2 t vanilla extract
For the waffles
Preheat waffle iron
Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl
In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, brown sugar, milk, yogurt vanilla, and banana.
Stir wet mixture into dry ingredients until just Incorporated.
Let rest for five minutes while you make the sauce.
For the sauce
Put brown sugar and water into a small saucepan over medium heat
Cook until sugar is dissolved and bubbles (about 3 minutes)
Add sliced banana, cook 5 minutes, stirring a few times
Stir in milk, butter, salt and vanilla
Cook over low heat 5-10 minutes
For the waffles
Spray waffle iron lightly with cooking spray
Spoon 1/3-1/2 c. batter into waffle iron
Close lid and cook according to waffle-maker directions (my light turns green when they are ready)
Top with banana sauce, or butter and syrup