I have tried and tested many recipes in my search for yummy and crispy dairy-free waffles for my, milk-protein allergic daughter, but this healthy dairy and gluten-free banana and spinach recipe is by far the best!
I used to make two batches, one my standard waffles with buttermilk and a second batch only for my daughter, almost a consolation price so that she could enjoy waffles along with the family. Given it’s a Norwegian national meal in its own right it was a big deal to be included.
But ever since I started making these Banana and Spinach waffles, the whole family has converted and we now eat only these super yummy waffles, we even make double batches, so the kids take some healthy waffles as part of their lunch bag without feeling guilty for sending desserts to school and pre-school.
As a parent, I always feel the need to teach my children to enjoy healthy and nutritious food, however when I manage to make food healthy AND super yummy AND their go-to dessert of choice, I feel like I have won at parenting 🙂
These green super nutritious waffles can win over even the most skeptical of palates, and by calling them monster waffles or alien waffles or whatever funny thing your kids are into at the moment, you can turn the meal into a real delight.
You get all of the vitamins and minerals of the superfood Spinach, reduce sugar intake by only using the ripe banana as a sweetener if you prefer and you can even make this as a gluten-free recipe by ensuring you use gluten-free oats, and lastly, they are dairy-free by design WIN-WIN-WIN.
- 1 spotty brown overripe banana
- 2 cups baby spinach about 2 big handfuls
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tbsp neutral vegetable oil or liquid butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 cup rolled oats gluten-free if desired
- 1 tbsp maple syrup plus 1 tbsp for serving. if not serving with syrup, you may want to add 2 Tbsps of maple syrup or honey to the batter
Preheat your waffle iron.
Add all the ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender to make sure nothing is stuck. Blend again if necessary.
Grease your waffle iron by either brushing or spraying with oil. Spoon waffle batter onto your iron and make according to your waffle iron instructions. Place cooked waffles onto a plate and continue making waffles until all the batter is used up.
Serve with maple syrup or your toppings of choice
You can store waffles in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 days or freeze, wrapped tightly, for a month.
The best way to reheat waffles is to bake them in the oven or toaster oven until warmed through.