banana flax freezer waffles {vegan}

Whole grain vegan waffles made with flax, spelt flour, and the brownest bananas you have. Made in bulk and kept in the freezer, they’re perfect for quick and easy breakfasts on busy mornings. vegan banana flax freezer waffles // www.heynutritionlady.com

A while ago I bought a new waffle iron.

I should confess this was actually the third waffle iron that I’ve bought in less than a year.  The first one was a cheapy, but I was nevertheless thrilled to have *finally* found a Belgian style waffle iron in Sweden. So I bought it and excitedly made my first batch of waffles.

Which was also the last batch of waffles I ever made in that waffle iron because it suuuuucked. The picture on the box was deceptive and it churned out these manky thin unevenly cooked waffles with shallow holes. And I’d say 90% of the batter ended up pouring out of the back and sides rather than staying put and turning into waffley goodness.

After several months of collecting dust in my kitchen, I donated it to charity.

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The next waffle iron I was sure was going to be a huge life-changing improvement over the first one. It was a reputable brand! It was expensive! It was fancy looking!

But no.

I’ll admit that it did cook the waffles much more evenly than the cheap flimsy one I bought first had, but still with these deceptively shallow waffle holes! And I tell ya, I stuck my finger into the waffle grid while I was debating the purchase and I was *sure* that those waffle holes were deeper, but I was wrong.

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Then I bought this other waffle iron from a hardware store down the street. It was neither expensive nor cheap. I did the finger-waffle-grid-measure-test again and was pretty sure that the waffle holes would be deeper, but I’d been burned before. When I got it home and took it out of the box I realized the latchy part was broken, but I didn’t care. I just wanted some perfectly shaped waffles. So I fired it up, and lo! Finally, perfect waffles were had.

Yes, I’m aware that I’m like Goldilocks and the three waffle irons.

I gave the expensive waffle iron to a friend who doesn’t seem to be as obsessed with perfect waffle holes as I am, and she seems to like it. I’m confident it went to a good home.

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So these waffles. These waffles are pretty much perfect. They’re vegan. They’re made with whole-grain spelt flour and the brownest bananas you’ve got. They’ve got good dose of heart-healthy flax seeds up in them. Aaaaand, they’re made with the intent of freezing the entire batch so on a busy morning all you need to do is pop a couple of waffles in the toaster and pow! You’ve got waffles.

Of course one could make these waffles and eat them hot off the iron, that’s absolutely fine. But I married a man who doesn’t like waffles or pancakes (such a weirdo) so if I make waffles I’m stuck with the entire batch myself. Solution: freeze ’em. Also, I like my waffles to be nice and crisp on the outside and I find often waffles coming straight off the iron are lacking something in the crip department (are my waffle expectations just too high?) so I actually prefer waffles that have taken a trip in the toaster over waffles hot off the iron. Maybe I’m the weirdo?

So, make them and eat them fresh, or make them and freeze them for busy mornings. Whatever your waffle game is like, I hope you give them a try.

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MM_Know_Icon_FINALFlax seeds are a nutritional powerhouse. They are extraordinarily high in Omega-3 fatty acids, with just two tablespoons of flax seeds containing over 130% of the recommended daily intake. Flax seeds are also high in dietary fiber, including mucilaginous fiber, which slows down the emptying of stomach contents into the small intestine and helps improve nutrition absorption in the intestine. Additionally, flax seeds are rich in the fiber-related polyphenols, lignans, which have been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer. Flax seeds are a source of magnesium, manganese, and phosphorous.

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banana flax freezer waffles {vegan}

Whole grain vegan waffles made with flax, spelt flour, and the brownest bananas you have. Made in bulk and kept in the freezer, they're perfect for quick and easy breakfasts on busy mornings.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 -10 waffles
Author The Muffin Myth

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 4 Tbsp warm water
  • 1 cup whole grain spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp Sucanat or brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup mashed banana approx 2 bananas
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • coconut oil for the waffle iron

Instructions

  1. Combine ground flax and warm water in a small bowl, and let it sit for about 10 minutes to form a gel.
  2. Turn on your waffle iron to heat up.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together spelt flour, all purpose flour, Sucanat, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  4. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the mashed banana, melted coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla extract. Add the flax mixture, and mix well.
  5. Add the wet mixture to the dry, and stir to combine.
  6. Brush your waffle iron with a bit of coconut oil on the top and bottom. Spoon about 1/4 cup of waffle batter into each square - this will vary depending on the size of your waffle iron.
  7. Close, and cook until your waffle iron indicates the waffles are done - just a couple of minutes each.
  8. Remove waffles from the iron and onto a wire wrack to cool.
  9. Repeat with remaining batter.
  10. Once waffles are cool, place them in a plastic freezer bag separated by squares of parchment or freezer paper.
  11. To reheat, simply pop your waffles into the toaster for a couple of minutes.
  12. Serve with sliced banana, maple syrup, and cocoa nibs if you like.

Recipe Notes

-The browner your bananas are the sweeter they will be. As you can see from the pictures above, I let mine turn nearly black.
-This recipe will yield about 8-10 waffles depending on the size of your waffle iron. You can easily double the recipe if you want a bigger stash of waffles in your freezer.

 

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Comments

  1. I’m a big fan of the freezer waffle and I totally agree about the crispiness that you get from reheating frozen waffles – I much prefer it too. Hurrah for waffles.

  2. Excellent recipe for the waffle hole perfectionist and waffle hole slacker (me) alike. I remember when I posted my chilli, corn and coriander waffles that you were bemoaning your lack of luck with waffle irons. I’m glad you have now sorted this intolerable situation and are back making perfect waffles. I keep a stash of parchment paper interleaved waffles in my freezer too. Silly not to really. 🙂 And another great use for the brown banana!

    • Intolerable indeed! But thankfully sorted now and thanks for the reminder that I must try those amazing waffles of yours. Perhaps for dinner this weekend topped with a poached egg. Yum!

  3. Who doesn’t like waffles?! I think your husband is the first person I’ve ever heard of who doesn’t-haha! I completely understand your frustration with finding the perfect waffle iron. It matters! If you can order one from Williams-Sonoma I recommend their Belgian waffle iron that flips so you can make two at once. I’ve had mine for years and it’s awesome. LOVE your vegan recipe! it’s filled with nutritional ingredients, so you don’t need to feel guilty eating it in place of something like a bowl of oatmeal.

    • He’s a weird man. He doesn’t like waffles, pancakes, or scones because he finds them too bready. He will, however, have waffles or pancakes if they’re topped with a scoop of ice cream. My dad bought a professional waffle iron that flips and I LOVE it! Whenever I’m back in Canada visiting my family we crank out waffle breakfast for sometimes 20 people. I definitely covet one of those, but there isn’t space for it in my little Stockholm apartment. One day when we’re in a bigger place we’ll get one of those!

  4. I’m convinced cost has nothing to do with the quality of a waffle iron. My waffle iron is a hand me down from my culinarily challenged little brother, with a big $9.99 stamped on the box. It looks like junk, but it makes waffles like nobody’s business. Deep holes, super crispy, no sticking…it’s awesome! I’m a big fan of freezer waffles too and I’ve got some browning bananas sitting around, so I might make a big batch of these to get me through the next few days of breakfast.

    • I had a super cheap one that made amazing waffles too, but sadly had to give it away when we moved overseas. Glad to have my waffle sitch finally sorted here so I can up my waffle game!

  5. I’m in a situation like you I love waffles and pancakes but my fella is not a fan, strange people!!! I’m glad you have found a waffle pan you like I have always been put off from buying one as I know I will be disappointed but I really should just go for it and no doubt end up like you getting 3!!!! Lovely recipe I love banana anything.

    • I think it was mostly because I was after a really specific kind of waffle iron that isn’t the norm where I live. Swedish waffles are really thin and flat and often heart shaped, which drives me crazy. If you live somewhere where Belgian style waffles are the norm you’ll probably have better luck!

  6. I tried this recipe and my boyfriend has his old-school iron that his mother gave him…we have been snacking on them since they cooled off!!! Have you tried to us this with berries?

  7. Thanks, I whipped these up for a friend with dietary restrictions and the waffles were actually tastier and lighter than the standard white flour / egg recipe I tried recently. And yes, they were delicious with blueberries, especially as we left out the sugar.

  8. Very nice recipe. Did not have flax seeds and just used 2 eggs instead, worked very well.
    My kids loved them and we ended up making a second batch to freeze as there were none left over from the first batch …
    Thanks for your recipes, they are great!

  9. Spelt, almond milk and banana are plentiful here. And I have a decent waffle iron. (I know you can’t name ‘names’ but I was curious to know what worked well for you.) I’m surprised Paul doesn’t eat pancakes. I happen to know Paul grew up eating them. He should eat these!

    • It’s some random Swedish brand I found at a hardware store. Nothing at all special. One day I’ll get one of those double waffle irons that flips around – those are really something!

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