May 3, 2020

Bananas Foster Whole Wheat Waffles

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Sliced bananas are sautéed in butter, brown sugar and just a bit of cinnamon and flambéed with rum (this method aka lighting it on fire to burn the alcohol off, leaving the flavor behind).

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This recipe combines one of my favorite desserts with one of my favorite breakfasts. Sliced bananas are sautéed in butter, brown sugar and just a bit of cinnamon and flambéed with rum (this method aka lighting it on fire to burn the alcohol off, leaving the flavor behind).

The mixture is then served over crispy whole wheat waffles with whipped cream and pecans and finished with a drizzle of caramel.

Bananas Foster Whole Wheat Waffles

Key Ingredients in This Recipe

  • Bananas – Look for ripe bananas to use in this recipe. As they cook in the brown sugar and butter sauce they soften and are coated in the rum sauce.
  • Whole wheat flour – Using whole wheat flour adds additional fiber to this recipe while creating light, crisp waffles.
  • Rum – While dark rum is typically used in bananas foster, any rum can be used in this recipe. Just be careful when lighting the alcohol on fire.
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How to Make Bananas Foster Waffles

  1. Make the waffle batter. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda then set aside. In another large mixing bowl whisk together the buttermilk, butter and eggs. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined.
  2. Make the waffles. Heat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once hot lightly spray the iron with vegetable spray then pour batter into the iron, leaving a 1½” border around the mix to the edges of the iron (it will spread out). Close iron and cook waffles until golden brown and crisp, about 3 minutes but can vary depending on waffle iron. Remove to a plate. Repeat the process with the remaining waffle batter.
  3. Sauté the bananaHeat a medium pan over medium heat, add the butter and sugar and melt, stirring to combine. Add the slices of banana and sauté over medium heat until the bananas are lightly browned, turning once, about 6 minutes total. Sprinkle with cinnamon and remove the pan from heat.
  4. Flambé the bananas. Add the rum to the pan and carefully light the sauce with a lighter and spoon the sauce over the bananas until the alcohol cooks off and the flames are extinguished, about 1 minute.
  5. Assemble and serve. Divide the waffles among plates and top with banana foster mixture, whipped cream, pecans and caramel. Serve immediately.
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Tips and Tricks for This Recipe

  • While I use whole wheat flour in this recipe, all purpose flour is an easy substitute – I just like adding in a bit of fiber where I can!
  • These waffles are extremely crisp and light. Adding buttermilk to the waffle mix adds a bit of tang to balance out the sweetness of the banana topping.
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Bananas Foster Whole Wheat Waffles

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the whole wheat waffles:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • ½ cup 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs gently whisked
  • vegetable oil cooking spray as needed

For the bananas foster:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 packed tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 medium ripe bananas peeled and sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ounce rum

For serving:

  • Whipped cream as needed
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup caramel warmed

Instructions:

For the waffles:

  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda then set aside. In another large mixing bowl whisk together the buttermilk, butter and eggs. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined.
  • Heat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once hot lightly spray the iron with vegetable spray then pour batter into the iron, leaving a 1½” border around the mix to the edges of the iron (it will spread out). Close iron and cook waffles until golden brown and crisp, about 3 minutes but can vary depending on waffle iron. Remove to a plate. Repeat the process with the remaining waffle batter.

For the bananas foster:

  • Heat a medium pan over medium heat, add the butter and sugar and melt, stirring to combine. Add the slices of banana and sauté over medium heat until the bananas are lightly browned, turning once, about 6 minutes total. Sprinkle with cinnamon and remove the pan from heat.
  • Add the rum to the pan and carefully light the sauce with a lighter and spoon the sauce over the bananas until the alcohol cooks off and the flames are extinguished, about 1 minute.

For serving:

  • Divide the waffles among plates and top with banana foster mixture, whipped cream, pecans and caramel. Serve immediately.

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