This recipe combines the sweetness of bananas and the texture of oats to create a delicious and wholesome breakfast option. Because bananas provide natural sweetness, the recipe only uses three (UNpacked!) tablespoons of sugar. You may not think it’s necessary to add anything more than a handful of berries as a topping. My favorite way to serve waffles is to cook a package of frozen blueberries over low heat, which makes an amazing, naturally sweet and very flavorful “syrup”!
These waffles have become a Sunday tradition in our house! I cook mine on a VillaWare waffle iron that I’ve had for several years. Sadly, the same model is no longer available, but you can buy a waffle iron from just about anywhere (Target, Williams-Sonoma, Walmart, Sur la Table, Macy’s) for a reasonable price ($29-$149).
Preheat your waffle iron. (I set mine on 6 on a scale of 1 to 7.) Melt the butter and set aside. In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla and buttermilk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined. Stir in the banana slices and melted butter.
Lightly butter or spray your waffle iron. Spoon approximately 1/2 to 2/3 cup of batter. Close the lid of the iron and press down firmly to allow the batter to spread through the grid. Bake until golden brown and crisp on the edges.
Serve immediately topped with berries, maple syrup or honey.
Makes 6-7 waffles on my waffle iron which has a two, square waffle pattern.