Soft, chewy + gooey :: Chocolate chip banana waffles hot off the iron


Like all great things this came from a whim. And of course I realize that the chocolate chip-banana combo is neither new or unique. And of course I realise that people have tossed these two ingredients into muffins, breads, pancakes, and yes, even waffles before. But these were born from two teenagers with no prior knowledge.

I sent my daughter into the kitchen to whip up a batch of waffles that I could toss into the freezer for the following week. My son asked for and received a Cuisinart waffle maker for Christmas. He is 13. That's the kind of kid he is. My daughter could have used the Aunt Jemima box in the pantry but she made her waffles from scratch. That's the kind of kid she is. She will be 16 on Wednesday. 

While she's whipping up the batter my 6 foot tall not-quite-14 year old meandered into the kitchen. He smelled food. He has an uncanny ability to smell food miles away. It's the only thing that can get him up from the couch, away from his iPad, or Xbox. If you have a teenage boy you get it. He spies his sister and tells her she needs to add chocolate. He thinks everything needs chocolate. And he wants to mash the two bananas sitting in the fruit bowl. So I told him to do so. Also, unbeknownst to the kids, I have chocolate chips. Into the batter go the bananas and chips. And into the griddle goes the mixture. And the waffles are set aside on a plate to cool before heading into the freezer.

But I interfered.

And ask for a corner of a waffle.

And I bite. And maybe it's my lack of sugar, carbohydrates and fat, but the flavors start dancing in my mouth. I do not mean to be corny or over-dramatic but damn that was one good soft, warm, chocolaty, banana-vanilla goodness. I need another triangle. Just to be sure. The same thing happens. Next thing I know 4 triangles have somehow disappeared. I lost control and it was so worth it.

These waffles should be eaten as dessert. Not in the morning. They should be savored as something sweet. And hot. Right off the griddle. 


Makes 8 waffles

2 cups unbleached flour (King Arthur)
2 tbs sugar
2 eggs
6 tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tbs Tahitian vanilla 
1 1/2 c milk (1%)
1 tbs baking powder
2 bananas, mashed
3/4 bag of semi sweet or chocolate chips 


In a large bowl add flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and mix well.  Then add the olive oil, eggs, vanilla, milk and mix thoroughly. Mix in the mashed banana and fold in the chocolate chips. 
Preheat your waffle iron and when ready pour in desired amount of batter. Cook until golden brown or per instructions on your waffle iron. (About 3-4 minutes.)

When ready, place on a plate and serve immediately!


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