With ingredients like banana and coconut oil these double chocolate banana waffles are the closest to healthy chocolate waffles that you are gonna get!
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Chocolate waffles are delicious on their own, but these waffles have an extra ingredient: bananas.
Bananas are naturally sweet, and they add essential nutrients to this waffle batter. Who could say “no” to extra potassium, niacin, and vitamin C?
These double chocolate banana waffles make eating fruit more exciting – after all, chocolate makes everything better!
The chocolate in this waffle batter comes from cocoa powder and chocolate chips. For the best flavor, use a cocoa powder from a high-quality brand, like Ghirardelli. Their 100% unsweetened cocoa works well here, since the batter is already sweetened by the bananas. It’s also made for baking, so the cocoa is bittersweet and made for baking.
Ingredients Needed For Double Chocolate Banana Waffles
- cocoa powder
- baking powder
- coconut oil
- vanilla extract
- chocolate chips, dark chocolate is delicious in this recipe
Additional Tools Needed
- Hand mixer, optional
- Waffle maker
How To Make The Waffles
This recipe is super easy to whip up.
Using mixer, stand or handheld, beat egg whites and sugar until you have stiff peaks form.
Then combine the remaining ingredients with the exception of the chocolate chips, in a separate bowl and stir together, making sure to not over-stir.
Fold in the whipped egg whites until everything is just incorporated together, and then fold in the chocolate chips.
Cook in your waffle iron according to specific instructions of your waffle iron. And then top (or don't) as desired, and enjoy!
These things can hold their own with some good ol' maple syrup. If you use anything else it just casue you are feeling fancy!
Can you use a hot chocolate mix to make these waffles?
You probably don’t want to. While cocoa powder is typically made for baking, hot chocolate is made to drink. You’ll likely find ingredients in your hot chocolate mix that dilute the flavor. Similarly, hot cocoa isn’t much better – while it’s made from cocoa powder, it’s not 100% cocoa.
It tends to have other ingredients, like sugar and vegetable oil. You don’t want more sugar in your waffle batter when you have the bananas and chocolate chips!
With all of the chocolate and natural sugars in this recipe, you may be wondering whether these waffles are healthy. According to a Harvard University journal piece, whole fruits are generally fine to eat. When you buy smoothies and fruit juices, the fruit gets processed.
When you eat a piece of fruit from the grocery store, though, you don’t take in as much sugar.
While whole fruit raises your blood sugar, this happens slowly and in a controlled manner for healthy people.
As for the cocoa powder: if it’s unsweetened, there could be as little as 0 grams of sugar in it. The Ghirardelli cocoa powder has 0 grams of sugar, 3 grams of carbs, and just 1.5 grams of fat per serving.
Are these double chocolate waffles gluten free?
If you’re on a gluten free diet, change a few ingredients to make gluten free chocolate banana waffles. Instead of using regular all-purpose flour, try using almond flour or buckwheat flour (it may have the word “wheat” in it, but it’s gluten free).
When choosing a gluten free baking powder, be careful: any baking powder with cornstarch – regardless of how it’s labeled – isn’t gluten free.
You can make your own baking powder using cream of tartar, baking soda, and tapioca flour. All pure cocoa powders are gluten free (another reason why it’s important to only use 100% cocoa), and Nestle makes gluten free semisweet chocolate chips.
What kind of toppings for these waffles?
When it comes to your toppings, get creative!
To turn these waffles into a dessert dish, try using chocolate syrup instead of pancake syrup. Nuts would make great toppings – try using peanuts or pecans. Of course, you could always top off your waffles with fruit. If you add fruit, use a fruit that pairs well with bananas, like strawberries.
Depending on the size of your waffle iron, each batch makes 6-8 waffles. That’s enough to feed several people, but plan on serving two per person. You may want to buy enough ingredients for a second batch, though – these chocolate banana waffles are delicious!