Ok…. I’m sure by now you have noticed my new-found love on the weekends, waffles! Yes, this was primarily due to the fact that I got a waffle maker at my bridal shower about a month ago, but now it seems to be a new weekend tradition for me (and one that I’m pretty darn excited about!). Waffles to me are a little like oatmeal, a blank slate that you can jazz up with fruits, nuts, spices, nut butters… whatever your heart desires!
When I am looking for a waffle mix, I typically look for something with minimal ingredients, preferably whole grain, and without an added flavorings. This gives me the most freedom in flavoring or boosting up my waffle. Why do I use a pre-made base mix? Because it does just that, give me the most basic base without me having to measure out flour, baking soda, or baking powder, and is just a small step that is easier skipped.
How do I use this base? It is very simple. For 1 average-sized waffle (not spilling out over the edges and a little crispy on the side) I use:
- about 1/3 cup Trader Joe’s Multigrain Baking Mix
- 1 egg white
- 1/3 over ripe banana, mashed
- dash of cinnamon
Now, like I said, this is my base. Depending on what kind of waffle I’m feeling that morning, I sometimes will also add: PB2, vanilla extract, chocolate vegan protein powder, blueberries or other berries, etc. Make sure you spray your waffle maker well before adding your batter. I typically don’t use all of the batter, but if you want a little fluffier or thicker waffle, go ahead and scrape that bowl clean! each waffle take about 2-3 minutes to cook; go more towards 3 if you want it fairly golden-brown!
Once my waffle is finished, let the toppings begin! For my PB&J Waffle show below, I use 1/2 banana, about 1/4-1/3 cup frozen raspberries warmed in the microwave, 1-2 Tbsp nut butter, a little light maple syrup, and an extra dash of cinnamon. Play around with taste, textures, and combinations to find your perfect weekend waffle! Enjoy 🙂