From scratch: chocolate chip banana waffles

Wow, I have not been doing right by you. I feel like I’ve been letting you guys down, not updating my blog more often (and soon enough), so I’m glad to buckle down and do this now. I’d like to start with a bit of honesty: I made these waffles a while back, so it really should have been up months ago. So now that that’s out of the way…

At this point, it would be dumb to repeat how much I love pancakes and waffles, but in case you’re new to the party, I do. And I’ve been having a pretty good time making them from scratch, so that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. So when we ended up with overripe bananas one day, I thought this would be the perfect time for a new recipe: chocolate chip banana waffles (or, why you should never throw out blackened bananas).

What you need (makes about 16):
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (8 tbsp) unsalted butter
3 large eggs, separated
2 cups buttermilk*
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 medium very ripe bananas
1 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

Maple syrup
Peanut butter

*Liquid buttermilk isn’t that common in the Philippines and I don’t really trust those powdered ones, so I use a substitute. To make two cups of buttermilk, squeeze two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice into a measuring cup, and pour in milk up to the two-cup mark. Give it a quick stir and let it sit for 15 minutes.

eatplalog chocolate chip banana waffles buttermilk
Milk + lemon juice = makeshift buttermilk

What you do:
1. Melt the butter and set aside to cool.
2. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon into one bowl and set aside.
3. Mash the bananas in one bowl and set aside.

eatplalog chocolate chip banana waffles ripe bananas
We’re giving you new life, don’t worry
eatplalog chocolate chip banana waffles
One of the best combos in the world: banana and chocolate

4. Whisk together the yolks, buttermilk, honey, vanilla extract, and cooled butter, and mix together with mashed bananas.

eatplalog chocolate chip banana waffles egg yolks and vanilla
Starting up the wet mixture: egg yolks and vanilla

5. Turn on the waffle iron to heat up.
6. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients along with the chocolate chips. Do. Not. Overmix.

eatplalog chocolate chip banana waffles waffle batter
Mix, but not too much

7. Whisk the whites and fold them into the batter.  If you can power through it manually with just a whisk like a motherfucker,  go for it. Kudos, you animal. I don’t have the muscle power for it, so screw that idea. I didn’t have a hand mixer, and all I had to work with at the time was an immersion blender, so didn’t work too well. But once you do get those peaks, it’s time to fold the whites into the batter.

eatplalog chocolate chip banana waffles
Immersion blender didn’t work well, but you make do with what you have

8. Grease up the waffle iron. Ladle the batter into the waffle iron and cook them until they’re golden brown. Transfer the waffles to a cooling rack as you take them out of the iron.

When everyone’s good and ready, serve the waffles with maple syrup and/or peanut butter (I like to do a mixture of both), or whatever topping you prefer.

eatplalog chocolate chip banana waffles
I used Reese’s chocolate peanut butter spread and maple syrup for this

Give it a shot and let me know what you think.

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