I get into strange breakfast routines sometimes. For a week, all I want to eat is omelettes. Then I get a bit sick of omelettes and only want green smoothies. Then the week after that, I’m all about homemade granola.
Or in this case, my new favourite thing – a week strong and not letting up – is ancient grains porridge, topped with sliced banana, blueberries and a teaspoon of peanut butter. I reckon I’ve got a few more days before I don’t want to eat another banana for 3 months. But for now, it’s my thing, and I like it.
The ancient grains porridge is particularly delicious – and they’re not paying me to say that! It’s a blend of oats, rye, puffed millet and quinoa, which are all totally-good-for-you whole grains. I find that a warm breakfast really sets me up for the day, gives me energy and keeps me very happy until lunchtime.
These Banana Rye Waffles are a slightly more fancy Sunday morning version of my current favourite breakfast. It has the same flavours – the oats, rye, banana and blueberry are all there, but in waffle form this time.
Every time I dust off my seldom used waffle maker, I tell myself I’ll make them more often. I forget how easy it can be to make the waffle batter – just throw everything into your blender or food processor and you’re good to go. But even if you don’t have a waffle maker, you could also try this mixture cooked as pancakes.
I recently purchased some rye flour and decided to use it for the first time in this recipe. Rye has a whole lot of great health benefits and I loved the taste and texture that it brought to these waffles. I am looking forward to trying it out to make healthier cakes, cookies and bread.
The waffles themselves have no added sugar, just natural sweetness from ripe bananas. If you prefer to keep this even lower in sugar, you can skip the caramelised bananas and slice up some fresh ones to serve on top. Feel free to serve these waffles with strawberries, mangoes, peaches or your favourite fruits on top. With the leftovers stored in the freezer, it’s looking like my next breakfast craze may be waffles!
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Banana Rye Waffles with Caramelised Banana and Blueberries
Makes 6-8 waffles
- 2 ripe bananas
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup Ancient Grains Porridge or rolled oats
- 1/2 cup rye flour
- 1/4 cup plain flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup almond milk (or whatever milk you prefer)
- Coconut oil for frying
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3-4 bananas, sliced in half lengthways
- Maple syrup
To make the waffle batter, place ingredients into a blender or food processor and pulse until combined. Heat your waffle iron and brush with coconut oil. Pour some batter onto the iron and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining batter.
To make caramelised bananas, place brown sugar and butter into a frypan and stir with a spatula until combined and bubbling. Add sliced bananas and cook for 3-4 minutes, before turning and cooking until well coated in the caramel.
To serve, place waffles onto plates and top with caramelised bananas, blueberries and maple syrup.