Banana Waffles with Toasted Pecans*

I learned long ago that you can’t take a man to the grocery store. I don’t have children, but I honestly think it is worse then bringing a child to the store. With a kid you can tell them no. With your husband? You can, but then you are the bitch. So while I learned this lesson a long time ago, to do the grocery shopping on my own, I recently forgot and had Jorge come with me. Which is how we ended up with this:

Yes that is a lifetime’s supply of tuna! You see Jorge has this thing where if something is a “good deal” he buys a ton of it. Which is good in theory…but bad when you have an ADD husband. He originally bought 10 cans…we still have 8 cans left…and that was 3 months ago. A while back I asked him to stop and pick up a gallon of milk, and he showed up with two 12 packs of full size Hershey’s Cookies and Cream chocolate bars because they were buy one get one free. While this may sound endearing, I have the willpower of Oprah (meaning zero to none) and chocolate is not Weight Watchers friendly.

So recently when he bought two batches of bananas I knew we were in trouble. There are only so many days you can eat a banana…and they turn brown so quickly! So this weekend to help use them up, I searched around for a good banana pancake recipe. And I ended up on a waffle recipe instead! These waffles were a delicious Sunday morning breakfast. They are a breeze to put together and really high up on my favorite breakfast list!



Banana Waffles with Toasted Pecans

Yield: 4 servings


1/2 cup pecans
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups fat free milk
10 tablespoons (1 stick plus 2 tbls) unsalted butter, melted
3 large eggs, separated
2 large ripe bananas, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup sugar
Maple syrup, for serving (we used sugar free)


Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the pecans in a pie plate and bake for 10 minutes, or until golden. Let cool, then coarsely chop. Lower the oven temperature to 225°.

Preheat a waffle iron. In a large bowl, whisk both flours with the cornmeal, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, combine the milk, melted butter and egg yolks. Stir the liquid into the dry ingredients just until moistened; lumps are okay. Fold the bananas into the batter.

In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites at medium speed until frothy. Increase the speed to high and beat until firm peaks form. Add the sugar and beat until the whites are stiff and glossy. Fold the whites into the batter until no streaks remain.

Oil or butter the waffle iron. Pour 1 cup of batter into the iron and bake until the waffle is golden, about 6 minutes, depending on the iron. Transfer the waffle to an oven rack to keep warm. Continue to cook the remaining batter, until all used. (There should be no need to regrease the iron between waffles.) Separate the waffles and serve with the toasted pecans and maple syrup.

Adapted from: Food And Wine

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22 Responses to “Banana Waffles with Toasted Pecans”

  1. 1

    Eliana — February 15, 2011 @ 12:26 am

    Great way to not let a good banana go to waste. These waffles look incredible.

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    Three-Cookies — February 15, 2011 @ 3:17 am

    Have you finished those hersheys?:)

    • Jessica replied: — February 16th, 2011 @ 1:47 am

      You know it! :-)

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    Blog is the New Black — February 15, 2011 @ 5:38 am

    Banana waffles, so delicious! :)

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    jenna laughs — February 15, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    I have seen a few good recipes for waffles lately, so now I can think of nothing else but buying myself a waffle iron.

    These look great!

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    Eat Good 4 Life — February 15, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    I could totally have this for breakfast right now as I think what to eat besides my glass of orange juice :-(, I think granola will do….

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    Joanne — February 15, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    Ugh men. Can’t live with em, can’t live without em. But at least you get these waffles out of the deal. Score.

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    Cara — February 15, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    I am intrigued by the cornmeal in these– what did it to the texture of them?

    • Jessica replied: — February 16th, 2011 @ 1:48 am

      You know Cara I really don’t know. I know they were delicious, but I honestly have no idea why the addition of cornmeal!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — February 15, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    #1 Those waffles look scrumptious!

    #2 When I take N to the store, I do it because I want input on what he wants to eat. What does he do? STARE AT HIS DAMN IPHONE AS HE SLOWLY PUSHES THE CART. No input. Nothing.

    #3 I let my bananas get completely brown, and then stick them in the freezer, peel on. Later when I want to bake something banana-y, I just pull them out. Within 5 minutes they are usually pretty thawed. OR, I slice the frozen banana, peel it, and throw it in protein smoothies. And just the other morning I added some sliced ripe frozen banana to my oatmeal. I did it right as it was done cooking, and let it sit for 3-4 min, then mashed it all together.

    And now… some link sharing:
    If you’re looking for ways to use up the tuna may I recommend:
    Tuna & White Bean Salad
    Mini Tuna Salad Wraps
    And a fellow blogger’s Tuna Cabbage Salad, which I made but never blogged.

    Also, if you ever get in the mood for banana waffles again, but want something different, try these Banana Cinnamon Waffles

    • Jessica replied: — February 16th, 2011 @ 1:50 am

      So Jorge has totally done that to me before! I really hate when he totally zones into his phone!! It is sooo annoying! I will ask him a question repeatedly and it’s like he doesn’t even hear me….or doesn’t want to hear me! LOL

      And thanks for all the links! I definitely need to figure out something to do with all that tuna. There are only so many days I can eat tuna salad!

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    Sharlene — February 15, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    We went out to eat breakfast this morning and I got a Bananas Foster waffle which looks a lot like the waffle here. So yummy!

    • Jessica replied: — February 16th, 2011 @ 1:50 am

      Mmm Bananas Foster Waffle? I bet it was like heaven!

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    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean — February 15, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

    uhhh yum! these look very similar to the banana pecan pancakes i made last weekend. except yours look better because they’re waffles :)

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    The Teacher Cooks — February 15, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

    There is nothing like sending the husband to the grocery! My class is making waffles tomorrow. Using the recipe with corn starch.

    • Jessica replied: — February 16th, 2011 @ 1:51 am

      Hmm Corn Starch? What does adding corn starch do to the waffles?

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    Katrina — February 16, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    These waffles sound heavenly! Mmmmm.

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    Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul — February 16, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    Hey Jessica!
    These sound delicious! I’ve been meaning to make pecan waffles for a while now. Maybe tomorrow morning I’ll get around to it!

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    Leah (So, How's It Taste?) — February 16, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    These waffles look delish! Your pics are making my mouth water!

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    briarrose — February 16, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

    Shopping with the husband does add a certain entertainment value to things. 😉

    This stack of waffles looks so good. I want! The cornmeal is an interesting touch.

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    CaSaundra — February 17, 2011 @ 8:09 am

    Sadly, my waffle maker is collecting dust, but this recipe inspired me to dig it out! :-)

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