Sunday, May 29, 2016

Banana Spelt Waffles (vegan)

reading time: 2 min




Preparation time: 1 hour 
Main ingredients: spelt flour, banana, milk
difficulty level: easy-moderate
makes: about 10 waffles
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, wheat-free, nut-free, soy-free, low-sodium, low-fat

Usually I associate waffles with Christmas and Christmas markets, but they can actually taste very light and summery. These were made for Father's & Mother's Day with my parents, and they are the perfect summer afternoon treat: crispy, fluffy, and slightly sweet.

Thanks to the inherent sweetness of the banana and the plant milk there is no need for any additional sugar. This makes these waffles absolutely suitable for children or as breakfast.
 

Ingredients

400g whole grain spelt flour
2 large, ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla
4 tsp baking powder
250ml water
250ml plant-based milk (we used soy rice milk)
2 tbsp sunflower oil
2 pinches of salt

a little more sunflower oil for greasing



Instructions

Mash your bananas using a fork, and combine with the remaining ingredients using a whisk or a hand mixer (or a regular blender or a food processor). Heat up the waffle iron and grease lightly. When it's hot enough, add around 1/2 cup of batter to the iron.

Be patient and don't open the waffle maker too soon, or else the waffle will be torn apart. Cook each waffle for about 5 minutes. You may have to regrease the iron after each waffle or every other waffle.

The waffles taste great by themselves or with sweet toppings to your liking, such as fresh fruit or whipped cream. We ate them with rhubarb strawberry compote, cherries, strawberries and soy whipped cream. My mom actually made some lemon whipped cream, very refreshing! (just add lemon juice to your whipped cream)

TIPS:
- With this recipe it does not work to substitute the spelt flour (or even half of the spelt flour) with buckwheat flour! We made this mistake with our first  batch of waffles, and the dough did not hold together and each waffle fell apart. Only spelt flour works. (i do have a recipe for buckwheat waffles on my blog though, so check that out if you're interested!)
- Add even more flavour to the waffles by adding a handful of chopped nuts to the batter!
- If you don't have any ripe bananas at hand, you can achieve the sweetness by adding maple syrup, agave syrup, coconut sugar or raw cane sugar instead!
- If your waffle maker fails or your patience ends, you can just scoop the batter into a pan and cook it into pancakes :)





Maisy



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