Monday, August 19, 2013

The Great and Terrible Weekend -- Gluten Free Banana Waffles

Yet another jam-packed summer weekend, and only two more to go! Next weekend I'll be at another reenactment, and the following week I'll be visiting a friend in Austin, Texas. And then it will be September, and it'll be a straight shot to fall. I'm excited for the county fairs and the gorgeous foliage, I am NOT excited for that being a hop skip and a jump into winter. Endless New England winters are not my favorite.

The downside to my weekend was an accident while tubing for the first time. I was thrown from my tube, and since I am an utter IDIOT, I didn't wear a life vest because I was hoping to catch some late-summer sun by wearing a bikini top. If you remember, I am not a strong swimmer. Like, at all. I never really learned and while I've tried to teach myself a bit, I can't go for long by myself in the water. So after being thrown from the tube and grabbing it back before it floated away, I was pulled down the rapids and my roommate had to come rescue me because I couldn't get myself up onto the tube. It was probably the scariest thing that's happened to me in a long time, even if in retrospect my life wasn't actually in danger... it was hard to think that when I kept getting banged on rocks and inhaling water. I'm pretty bruised up today, too, and my back is in a lot of pain.

Definitely grateful we decided not to drink while on the river (though we saw LOTS of people breaking that rule), and that my roommate had tied her tube to mine so that I didn't get too far away from everyone.

I'll go tubing again, but I'll check my vanity at the door and wear a freaking life vest next time.

Aside from the bruises, I'm almost more distraught that my phone, which had a "water proof case" on it in my backpack (which apparently wasn't so waterproof) is on the fritz and now I am dreading that I'll have to get a new phone which I cannot afford. Add that to the fact that my laptop needs a new battery, AND I already spent my "extra money" this month on my trip to Austin... oof. When it rains, it pours, right? And it certainly doesn't rain money. Oh well, c'est la vie, your 20's are all about being broke anyway, right?

Anyways, this was what I made for breakfast that day. I've been trying to stick to the diet of "just meat, veggies, fruits, and nuts" in an attempt to shed some poundage, but I really REALLY wanted waffles for breakfast. So, I found this recipe for gluten free, almond flour based waffles that were just incredible. You won't miss the gluten, promise.

Paleo (Plus Chocolate) Banana Waffles
Adapted from Joyful Abode

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed or pureed until mostly smooth but a little bit chunky
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

-Preheat your waffle iron to its desired setting. I set mine to the highest.

-In one bowl, sift together all dry ingredients. In a stand mixer, mix together all wet ingredients. Slowly add the dry to the wet, until well combined. If mixture seems a bit too runny, add a little more almond flour. It should be the consistency of pancake batter.

-Grease the waffle iron with oil of choice--if going Paleo, coconut oil works best. Since I'm only sort of doing that, I used spray oil.

-Drop the batter by the ladleful (~1/2 cup) into waffle iron wells. If your waffle iron has a timer, check after timer goes off. These take longer than traditional waffles and will not develop as crisp of a crust, but an extra few minutes in a heated oven (~350 degrees F) should crisp them up a bit. Gently remove from waffle iron, top with pure maple syrup, fruit, or honey.


  1. sorry about your weekend! sounds rough. these waffles sound amazing though! love the spice + chocolate combo.

  2. What a rough weekend-hope you feel better quickly and your phone pulls through! On the upside- the waffles look delicious!

    1. They were a great start to the day. The bruises were the sad end to the day, lol

  3. Glad you're OK!! I'd be freaking out, too! These waffles look fabulous :)


  4. OMG you pooor thing! I'm a great swimmer, I grew up swimming, but even I wear life vests. That must've been so scary, I can only imagine. I'm glad you're ok (though bruised is no fun).

    These waffles are super pretty though and I hope they tasted as good as they look!

    1. Yeah, next time I'm totally wearing the vest. Swimming in a rocky river is HARD. I either was over my head or crushing my legs on rocks. Oy.

  5. Eek!! I can swim but even I would have been having a panic attack. I do NOT like bodies of water. At all. So glad you're okay! Hopefully the phone will be okay also!

    Mmm waffles. I kind of want them for breakfast now too!

    1. Ugh I know, I never swim in the Ocean because it freaks me out. I WILL go tubing again, just to conquer my fear. I'll just wear a dang life vest.

  6. How scary! I've been tubing and I know how hard it can be to get back on your tube, let alone if the water is fast and swimming isn't your strong point. Glad everything turned out okay!

    Love almond meal in waffles and pancakes. It gives them such a subtle, nutty flavor.

    1. I think even if I drop the gluten free diet I'm going to be all about almond flour. It's just so much more flavorful than wheat-based flours!

  7. Such a beautiful, simple and summery dish! I love it.

  8. My Mum never learnt to swim too, well she was thrown in and told to kick her arms and legs which has left her scared of deep water for years, I really hope your feeling better now. I loved putting mashed banana in stuff, it has to be my all time favourite fruit! I was wondering is there a perfect stage of ripeness to use the banana (that sounded a lot better in my head) like should the banana be just and so yellow or beginning to get speckled or just black?
    From Em x

    ps I can't believe you don't enjoy our British Winters, what not to love about constant cold rain?! (;

    1. I like to use REALLY ripe bananas, because they're sweeter. If you like a less sweet version, use less ripe bananas :) If I have leftover bananas that have gotten TOO ripe for eating, I just pop them in the freezer for projects like this!

      Hehe, I would love to have a British winter, I visited once and have always wanted to go back! But unfortunately I live in the US, in New England, which is notorious for cold, snowy, never-ending winters :( I'd kill for it just to be rainy!

  9. Yikes, I'm glad you're okay! Sounds scary : (

    On the plus side - these waffles sound delicious. And dark chocolate chips are always a very good thing!

  10. Glad you are ok, it can get scary...I remember falling off while white water rafting, will never forget it..
    Well, your waffles are great and very delicious..

  11. Gluten free waffles - You are blowing my mind!

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