These Banana Walnut Waffles are grain-free, gluten-free, dairy free, and have a delicious texture that's crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. This recipe is made with cassava flour, an indigenous African root vegetable, by Iya Foods. The recipe is versatile though, so you can swap it with wheat flour, or any gluten-free flour that has a 1-1 replacement ratio with wheat flour.
Ready in 30 minutes | Makes 3-4 waffles
1 cup cassava flour, or flour of choice
1 cup plant milk of choice
1 large ripe banana
1 tsp milled chia or flax seeds
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
⅛ tsp sea salt
¼ cup chopped walnuts
Cooking oil spray
1 ripe banana, sliced
Add the peeled banana to a mixing bowl and mash with the back of a fork until a wet, slightly chunky consistency forms. Add plant milk, vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar, milled chia or flax seeds, cinnamon, and sea salt and whisk together until well combined.
Add flour and baking powder to the wet mix and continue to whisk until a mostly smooth batter forms. There will still be some lumps from the banana. Add chopped walnuts to the batter and mix until evenly distributed, then allow to set for about 10 minutes to allow the liquid in the batter to hydrate the flour.
While the batter is setting, turn on your waffle iron to allow it to preheat. For adjustable waffle irons, set to med/med-high cook settings.
To cook the waffles, spray each side of the waffle iron with an even coating of cooking oil spray. Customize the size or your waffles by using a ½ cup or ⅔ cup measuring cup to portion the batter into the center of the waffle iron. (In many cases the max amount that you can fit into a waffle iron with it spilling over is ¾ cup.) Close the waffle iron and cook until the waffle iron indicates the waffle is done cooking. Optionally, you can turn off or unplug and rest in the waffle iron for an additional 3-5 minutes to allow the waffles to set. Use a fork to remove the waffle from the iron, and repeat the process until all of the batter is cooked.
To serve, top with sliced banana, chopped walnuts, and a drizzle of agave nectar or maple syrup. Nut butters, shredded coconut, and fresh berries also make delicious pairings for these waffles.