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Spiced Banana Quinoa Waffles: Delicious and Nutritious

banana quinoa wafflesSpiced banana quinoa waffles are a delicious option for family breakfasts. A unique set of flavors–banana, spice, quinoa and cornmeal–will brighten the mornings of your loved ones. And, while they are a wonderful option for weekend breakfasts, these waffles can be made ahead and frozen for quick weekday breakfasts too.

With a quiet banana flavor and a hint of spice, these waffles are delicious on their own and even better smothered in maple syrup. The corn meal and quinoa make them a little healthier than your average run-of-the-mill waffles and give them a crumbly, delicate texture.

Cook these up and enjoy some quiet time with your loved ones around the breakfast table.

Spiced Banana Quinoa Waffles

1 stick butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup fine cornmeal
1/2 cup quinoa flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 ripe bananas (plus more for garnish)
3 eggs, separated
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup milk

Preheat your waffle iron. In a small saucepan, melt the stick of butter over medium-low heat and set aside.

Place the egg whites in the bowl of your mixer and beat on high, until the egg whites form stiff peaks. Gently scoop the egg whites out into another bowl. In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork, and then whisk in the sugar, eggs yolks, melted butter and milk. Set aside. Next, combine the remaining dry ingredients, flour, cornmeal, quinoa flour, baking powder, salt, and ginger in the bowl of your mixer. When the dry ingredients are combined, fold in the wet, mixing just until combined. Finally, gently fold in the egg whites with a spoon.

Heat the oven to 200 degrees and place a large platter inside. Spoon 1/3 cup per waffle onto your iron, and cook until the waffle is golden brown. Remove the finished waffles to  the oven to warm. Continue until all of the waffles are cooked.

Serve with soft butter, banana slices and warm maple syrup.

If you’d like to make this as a complete gluten-free recipe, try substituting the all-purpose flour for a gluten-free variety such as Bob’s Red Mill brand all-purpose gluten-free flour and let us know how it works out!

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