Strawberry-Banana Cake Waffles

Strawberry-Banana Cake Waffles - a recipe for soft, delicious, + healthy waffles - FitCakery.com

Who says you can’t have cake for breakfast? 

Actually, probably 9 out of 10 dieticians wouldn’t recommend it… something about having a sugar crash midway through the morning?  I dunno.  Well, I guess I’ll just chalk that up to another “life’s not fair” instance and move on…

Wait, no.  That’s depressing.  And when it comes to cake, I like to think of myself as an optimist.

Besides, earlier today I was having one of those cake-or-waffles dilemmas.  You know, where you have to make the ultimate decision.  Between cake… or waffles.  Yes, the struggle is real.

Anyway, such a decision was crucial.  It was crucial because we’re dealing with the convergence of many celebratory occasions right around this time that could call for either cake or waffles.  AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT. 

Strawberry-Banana Cake Waffles - a recipe for soft, delicious, + healthy waffles - FitCakery.com

Besides, earlier today I was having one of those cake-or-waffles dilemmas.  You know, where you have to make the ultimate decision.  Between cake… or waffles.  Yes, the struggle is real.

Anyway, such a decision was crucial.  It was crucial because we’re dealing with the convergence of many celebratory occasions right around this time that could call for either cake or waffles.  AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT. 

Strawberry-Banana Cake Waffles - a recipe for soft, delicious, + healthy waffles - FitCakery.com

Easter brunch?  Mother’s Day dinner?  Mother’s Day brunch, for that matter?  And don’t even get me started about all the April birthdays coming up.  I mean, what are we, chickens?  We have all these spring babies…

Um.  You know the saying… spring chickens?  Alright, that’s my tangent quota for the day.  I’m done now.

So anyway, I chose both.  Of course!  Why not?  It’s what I do when I’m at a difficult crossroads like that.

Gingerbread or pumpkin pie?  Both.  Peanut butter and jelly or cinnamon rolls?  Both.  Doughnuts or muffins?  Both.  Corn on the cob or ice cream? B- er, wait – that never happened.  That was probably just on Iron Chef.  Thank goodness. 

Now to the waffles.  Or the cake.  Whichever.  I honestly had a hard time deciding if it was cake-waffles or waffle-cakes. 

Strawberry-Banana Cake Waffles - a recipe for soft, delicious, + healthy waffles - FitCakery.com

This recipe is the taste and texture of a lemony pound cake, captured in the whipped-cream-catching likeness of a waffle.  I personally think it’s ideal for the fact that it can be made in just minutes, in one bowl, with one waffle-iron, the serving size can be as small as two or multiplied as needed (vs. having a giant cake leftover in your fridge when maybe you only wanted a bit that day), and it can honest-to-goodness satisfy a craving for either cake. or. waffles.

Besides (need I even mention it?) they’re a healthier kind of cake/ waffle.  I made sure these guys work without any extra fat, and use whole grains and fresh fruit to keep them lower on the caloric (and glycemic) levels.  And oh, do they work!  They came out moist and soft and sweet, and I made a meal out of, well, dessert basically, without the worry that I’d be crashing and starving within an hour or two.  Which is definitely what cake or waffles would usually do to me.

Now, what more is there to say?  We’ve got what we came here for… time to eat!

Strawberry-Banana Cake Waffles - a recipe for soft, delicious, + healthy waffles - FitCakery.com

Strawberry-Banana Cake Waffles

dairy-free {makes 2 servings}

Ingredients:

  • 1 large (4.5 oz peeled) overripe banana
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • One small lemon’s zest
  • 3 T. liquid egg whites (2 large egg’s whites)
  • 1/3 c. unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 c. whole wheat pastry or regular flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 3 T. finely chopped strawberries
  • ¼ c. or more strawberry halves, to top
  • Light whipped cream, to top (optional)

Directions:

Preheat a waffle iron.

Mash the banana and whisk together with the sugar, lemon juice, zest, egg whites, and almond milk until there are no more lumps of banana.

Mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt until combined with the wet ingredients.

Fold in the finely chopped strawberries.

Coat the hot waffle iron with cooking spray and put about half the batter in the center.  Close and cook the waffle for a few minutes, until golden brown.  (Lift the lid just a little after about 2 minutes - to make sure it is not still sticking to the lid - before opening all the way.)  Repeat with the remaining batter.

Layer two halves of one waffle with strawberries and whipped cream.  Dust with powdered sugar or Stevia, if you like!

Serve with coffee… as brunch or dessert!

Makes two servings

Nutrition per serving: 352 calories; 2 g fat (0 g saturated); 72 g carbs; 8 g fiber; 11 g protein (Bonus: 30% DV vitamin C; 15% DV iron)

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This recipe participated in The Weekend Potluck!