Pop the champagne, blow the balloons, and pass out the cake, it’s time to celebrate! After years of waiting, I have acquired… (drum roll, please) a waffle maker!
Yes, this is a big deal. Don’t judge me.
During a casual conversation with my sister-in-law, I mentioned that I like waffles, to which she replied, “You know I have a waffle iron that I never use. It’s so hard to clean after.”
“Wait,” I said. “You have a waffle iron? And you never told me?”
“I guess. You can have it if you want,” she offered.
Thank you, Shaindel. Come for waffles anytime. The rest of you, make your own with this yummy recipe.
Surprisingly, this is my first time eating homemade waffles. Prior to this life-changing moment, waffles were something you took out of the freezer and popped into the toaster. It’s so easy, a child can do it, which is why I was toasting Eggos before I can read.
As a side note, my mother has a Canadian accent. No, she does not say “aboot.” Note to all Americans: No Canadian says “aboot.” We say “about,” okay? Now stop teasing us about it.
Fact: True Canadians do speak with pronounced ‘A’s. Legs are pronounced as “laigs,” eggs are “aiggs,” and even wagon sounds like “waigon.” Therefore, the round waffles from the freezer were called “Aiggos” in my house.
When I learned how to read, I loved showing off my new skill by reading aloud everything I see from cereal boxes and shampoo bottles, to the package of Eggos. Wait. Eggos? What are Eggos? I’ve been eating “Aiggos” all of my life.
It was a shocking revelation.
Waffles are the steaks of breakfast. It’s the ultimate special-occasion dish. No one eats a steak dinner for nothing, either it’s for an anniversary, birthday, or you are trying to bribe someone. It’s the same with waffles in the morning.
One does not simply eat authentic waffles. There’s no eating it on-the-go or rushed like a bowl of cereal. If you are making them for yourself, you are the kind of person who knows how to treat yourself. Good job! If you make them for someone else, you are an awesome human being.
If you serve waffles as a breakfast in bed, you are either the best spouse or child that ever lived, or you are trying to break terrible news. (“Happy Mother’s Day! You’re the greatest mother in the world. Oh, ignore that smoke. It’s under control. But don’t come into the kitchen for a while, please?”)
Therefore, it’s helpful to have an easy waffle recipe on hand for any emergency. Bad report card? Make waffles. Pet fish died? Make waffles. Burned the house down? Make waffles. You will become the most popular person around.
Vegan Banana Waffles
- 1 cup gluten-free oat flour
- 2/3 cup tapioca flour
- 1 banana
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Mash the banana and add the almond milk, peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
- Whisk the flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and slowly incorporate into the banana mixture.
- Spoon the banana batter into the waffle maker and bake until golden.
- Gently flip the waffle onto a plate and proceed to bake the rest of the batter.
- Serve with natural maple syrup, berries, and yogurt.