Have I mentioned how much I hate to fly? Probably not so much, because I also hate to talk about it – even that makes me stressed! On the recent ten hour flight back from Mexico I decided to distract myself with magazines and bought an armload of every vaguely food-related title I could find at Cancun airport. Good Housekeeping happened to have a special feature on waffles and after staring at the beautiful photos for hours (while avoiding the airplane food) I decided to buy a waffle maker pretty much as soon as I landed. Never mind the fact that I already own a waffle maker – I wanted the deep pocket waffles and I wanted them now!
A few days later, I invested in the very machine Good Housekeeping recommended and at the same time my brand new Vitamix S Series arrived. So these waffles were pretty much meant to be – and, despite the fact the look like they are made with brownie batter, they are super-healthy. But first a little more info on the new Vitamix which is like the little sister of the mega powerful Vitamix Pro . Smaller, lighter, but still with the signature Vitamix functions, the big advantage of the S Series is that it comes with two portable 0.6 litre containers as well as a main 1.2 litre container. The portable containers are a lifesaver, especially since I started the new job – I take a smoothie or soup with me pretty much every day.
Healthy Banana Oat Waffles
170g | 6oz rolled oats
1/4 tsp salt
140ml | 4.7fl oz low-fat buttermilk
1 ripe medium banana, chopped
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Put all the dry ingredients in the Vitamix container and blitz in short bursts until you have a fine powder. Tip this into a large bowl.
- Put all the wet ingredients in the Vitamix container and blitz until well blended.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ones and use a hand whisk to stir everything together until just combined. You will end up with a fairly thick batter. Set aside while the waffle maker heats up.
- Preheat the waffle maker until the ready light indicator comes on and spray with a little cooking spray.
- Pour enough batter to coat the centre of the waffle maker (about 1/2 cup) and then close. The batter should sizzle and will spread out as you close the machine. Cook for 4-6 minutes or until crisp. Repeat until you have used all of the batter.
- Serve the waffles warm with a little maple syrup, sliced strawberries, a handful of chopped almonds or the toppings of your choice.