These vegan gluten-free waffles are the quickest snack or breakfast I make for my family. Throwing everything in the blender in two stages, the longest part is cooking them. I make several versions of my basic vegan waffle blender mix, using different kinds of nut butters or none at all. I’ve even put apple puree in with the banana. You really can experiment with flavours. Just keep the ratio of wet to dry ingredients the same and you can create all kinds of delicious and original waffle flavours.
I use a combo of gluten-free oats and some whole grain gluten-free flour for my dry ingredients, I like sprouted buckwheat or brown rice flour but any whole grain flour you like to bake with is fine.
The only sweetener here is fruit! You really do not need to add syrups or sugars okay! The bananas and dates give it plenty of sweetness, and lots of fibre. I opt for blackstrap molasses or date syrup/paste ( fibre intact ) to pour on top of my waffles too, I really don’t miss the maple syrup ( see this video on the healthiest sweetener ).
Of all the nut butters we tried in these waffles, our favourite is walnut. It just brings more flavour and is so delicious with dates and banana. I got my raw walnut butter in this month’s Suma Bloggers’ Network box and I am definitely adding it to my regular grocery orders. Walnuts are one of the healthiest nuts as well as being utterly delicious, even just simply smeared inside a medjool date.
I have a non-stick Von Chef Waffle Maker, which if hot enough will cook the waffles without oil. You just need to be careful and leave it long enough so it is properly cooked before trying to take it out.
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: approximately 10 minutes
Makes 8 waffles
- 3 medium ripe bananas
- 1 1/4 cups plant milk, I like oat
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 2 tablespoons walnut butter
- 5 medjool dates
- 1 cup gluten-free oats
- 1/2 cup whole grain gluten-free flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Heat your waffle iron/maker.
- Place the bananas, plant milk, cinnamon, vanilla and walnut butter in your blender. Blend until well combined.
- Add remaining ingredients and blend again. You may need to stop after a while to scrap down the sides before re-starting and blending until smooth. The mix should be fairly thick but pourable.
- When your waffle maker is ready, pour your mix in and cook waffles ( I don’t use oil, see above ).
Serve with fresh fruit, chopped nuts, black strap molasses or 100% date syrup.