Grain-Free Banana Nut Waffles

Grain-Free Banana Nut Waffles

I'm sharing another recipe from Foraged Breakfast today! Wonder what the heck I'm talking about? Go read about my first eCookbook, and then come back for this grain-free banana nut waffle recipe. 

When you descend the ski hill at Crested Butte in Colorado, the smell of vanilla, butter and maple syrup wafts in your face. It gets stronger the closer you get to the bottom. As the hill tappers off and your skis slow, you find yourself standing in front of a small shack serving Belgian Waffles. They are steaming even as they get plated, causing swirls of butter and maple syrup to take over your mind. Talk about a solid business plan! Serving hot waffles to hungry traveling skiers who just want something warm--now that's a jackpot. 

Grain-Free Banana Nut Waffles

Admitting that I've never made a Belgian Waffle makes me feel like a fraud, but it doesn't mean I can't smell (or taste) a good waffle when I come across it. One whiff of those ski hut waffles has the ability to set me off on a waffle-craving craze for weeks. 

These banana nut waffles have a similar effect, filling the house with the sweet smell of maple syrup, butter, and vanilla. Toasted pecans only add to this experience. The difference is, they are made with 100% wholesome ingredients (because you know that's how I like it!). Read: almond flour, bananas, cinnamon, and pecans.

Grain-Free Banana Nut Waffles

Just between you and I, the batter for these waffles is made in the blender (!!!) which means it's ready in, like, 3 minutes flat. So even though they look fancy, you'll be head-deep in banana nut waffle, maple swirls, and melting butter in no time. Your waffle cravings can't really wait any longer, can they?! 

Grain-Free Banana Nut Waffles

Published September 28, 2017 by
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Serves: 4   |    Total Time: 30 minutes



Ingredients:

    For batter:
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • Optional, to serve:
  • Sliced banana
  • Toasted pecan pieces
  • Butter
  • Maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat a non-stick waffle iron.
  2. Add batter ingredients to a blender, and puree until batter is smooth and no clumps remain.
  3. Pour ¼ of the batter into waffle iron, and close iron. Cook for 4-5 minutes, until waffle is fluffy and golden. Transfer waffle to a plate.
  4. Repeat step 3 until all of the batter is used, cleaning waffle iron as necessary between rounds to prevent and burning or sticking.
  5. Serve with pats of butter, toasted pecans, sliced banana, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

This recipe is a sample from my eCookbook, Foraged Breakfast. Want to see the whole book? Click below! 

Foraged Breakfast - a Collection of Whole Food Breakfast Recipes
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Banana Passion Fruit Lassi

Banana Passion Fruit Lassi

One fine and humid day in Ecuador, we toured a biodynamic farm that rotated its crops (of which there were too many to count). The land owner showed us how he planted specific vines together to avoid weeds, how he tapped rubbed trees for their sticky sap, and how he mulched passion fruit vines. We picked as many passion fruit as we wanted. We cracked them open right then and there, and drank their juice. And then, as if that wasn’t enough, we watched an entire tree of bananas get harvested.

This Banana and Passion Fruit Lassi is a cold, creamy and refreshing reminder of that day in the tropics.

Refreshing Banana Passion Fruit Lassi

Finding passion fruit here can be tough (just like my story about sushi fish from earlier this week) but I was determined to try. So I went on a witch hunt for passion fruit, checking all the local stores until… There they were! 🙌 Magenta and looking fresher than ever. Did my subconscious realize that passion fruits were on sale this week? Or was this just dumb luck? I grabbed several--more than I would need- and triumphantly made my way to the check out line. (Tip: if you have a Sprouts near by, they often carry tropical fruits like passion fruit).

Refreshing Banana Passion Fruit Lassi

NOW, if you can’t find actual passion fruits, you can still have a sip of the tropics. Look for passion fruit juice in the juice aisle!

Finding ripe passion fruit is the crux — once you’ve past that speed bump, you just dump everything in the blender and hit go.

That first sip? 😍🤤💓 Oh what a treat! It is both hydrating and satisfying, and boasts a tang from the passion fruit that couldn't otherwise be recreated. Sit back, close your eyes and imagine you’re in the rainforest (hammock is a bonus!). 🌴

Refreshing Banana Passion Fruit Lassi

Banana Passion Fruit Lassi

Published September 7, 2017 by
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Serves: 2   |    Total Time: 5 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt (non-dairy yogurt would work at well)
  • 1 cup chopped banana (frozen makes for a nice cool drink but is not required)
  • Juice of 3-4 passion fruits, or 1/4 cup passion fruit juice
  • A dash of cardamom 
  • 4-5 ice cubes 
  • Optional: 1 scoop whey isolate for protein

Directions:

  1. If using whole passion fruits: slice fruit in half, and scoop seedy flesh into a strainer. Use the back of a spoon to push the juices through the strainer and into a blender jar. Once you’ve gotten all of the juice, discard the seeds and peel.
  2. Add banana, yogurt, a dash of cardamom, ice cubes, and whey protein if using, to the blender. Turn blender to “Smoothie” setting or puree on high until the drink is smooth and no chunks remain.
  3. Pour into two serving glasses and drink while it’s still cold.

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Simple Paleo Pancakes

Simple Paleo Pancakes

There are three secrets to making perfect Paleo pancakes: 1) blend like you mean it, 2) grease like there's no tomorrow and 3) believe in yourself. 

The first is essential to getting all of the chunks out of your batter. This recipe uses banana for natural sweetness. The starches from the banana help make the batter lush and creamy. But, in order to transform that banana into luxurious pancake batter, you're going to want to blend it until it's basically a banana smoothie. This recipe also uses coconut flour, which tends to clump up, but those clumps can't stand up for a minute against the blades of your blender. While traditional pancake batter can handle a few clumps, you'll want this batter to be silky smooth, so blend like you mean it! 

Simple Paleo Pancakes

The second secret is tactical but essential. Use a non-stick pan, or a cast iron with a ceramic enamel like a Le Creuset skillet (what I use) and then grease that puppy up. Coconut oil will work better than butter, because the solids in butter may burn, and cause your pancakes to stick. I haven't tried ghee, but I would imagine a very well clarified ghee would work great too, just make sure you use enough! I will re-grease my pan with a 1/2 teaspoon of oil between every pancake when I really want every single one to come out of the pan with zero flaws. There's another trick here that will make your pancakes shine: think small. Paleo pancakes are going to be a bit more fragile than regular pancakes, so make Silver Dollar sized pancakes. They're easier to flip!

Simple Paleo Pancakes

The third secret is confidence. Trust your pancake flippin' skills and go at it. Reality: everyone in the house is just happy you are making pancakes, so when you put them on the table, be excited. Cook those pancakes fearlessly: letting them cook almost entirely through on the first side before you go in the for the flip will help a lot. I look for little bubbles around the edges and a almost-set center before I flip. This will make the pancake easier to get with a spatula, and easier to turn over. Once your pancake is done, go forth and fearlessly top that thing with all of your favorite things. Drizzle syrup. Add berries with reckless abandon. Make that pancake a towering breakfast feast. Just don't forget to turn off the stove! 😉 

Happy Tuesday everyone! 

Simple Paleo Pancakes

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Simple Paleo Pancakes

Published May 9, 2017 by
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Just remember: blend, grease, confidence.

Yields: 6 silver dollar pancakes   |    Total Time: 20 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • Coconut oil for cooking

Directions:

  1. Place the eggs, banana, milk, and coconut flour in a blender and purée until smooth.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in a non-stick of ceramic enamel skillet over medium heat until the oil glistens. Pour 2 tablespoons of batter into the pan, and cook until bubbles appear around the edges and the center looks like it is beginning to set. Use a spatula to flip the pancake, and cook 2-3 minutes more or until the pancake is golden. Place pancake on plate.
  3. Repeat step 2 until all of the batter is used.

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