Vegan Banana Oat Waffles
The scent of golden brown waffles coming out of the kitchen is enough to make anybody get out of bed for breakfast. If you’re already in the kitchen, pour yourself a cup of nice Earl Grey tea and get cracking to make these vegan waffles. As part of my decision to include more vegan recipes into my life, I used bananas and oats for these waffles to enjoy the compounded nutritional benefits of foods that are essential for gut health, contribute to lower stress levels and boost energy levels. I’m already a fan of bananas and oats, as shown in my recipe for vegan banana oat pancakes. As if oat milk was not enough, I opted to enjoy the humble oat two ways, as rolled jumbo oats and oat milk, in the waffle batter so as to reap the maximum benefits of this wonder grain.
Nutritional Benefits of Oats and Bananas
Completely underrated, oats are a grain rich in fiber, iron and essential minerals such as magnesium or zinc, and help lower cholesterol levels, keeping our hearts healthy. Bananas are also quite the wonder fruit, packed with healthy levels of fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and various antioxidants and phytonutrients. They can also help us relax when under pressure.
Foods that help reduce stress
Did you know that what we choose to eat can help to reduce stress, ultimately allowing us to take charge of our mental health? As a source of vitamin B6, bananas help in the conversion of tryptophan into serotonin, a neurotransmitter that positively affects how we feel.
As you will see, this recipe is very simple as you simply stuff all your ingredients in a stand mixer or blender, pulse until smooth, and your batter is ready. With my waffle iron, these proportions yielded six waffles that I ate over two breakfasts (two servings of three waffles) with yummy maple syrup. The three leftover waffles were easy to reheat in the toaster the next morning, ending up almost as warm and crispy as fresh out of the waffle iron.
Note that if you prefer another plant milk such as almond, rice or coconut, you can substitute it like for like with the oat milk. Last but not least, if you struggle to find jumbo oats, you can use regular oats just as easily. The texture will just be less crunchy and you won’t lose anything in flavor.
Vegan Banana Oat Waffles
- 1 1/3 cup oat milk
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup jumbo oats
- 2 bananas Ripe
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp baking powder
- Add all ingredients to a stand mixer
- Blend until smooth (the batter might still be a bit grainy from the oats but the bananas should be pureed)
- Pour batter in waffle iron
- Bake until golden (a minute or two longer than regular waffles so the bananas are cooked through)
- Serve warm with maple syrup or your favorite waffle topping