Sweet Plantain Waffles (Flourless, Vegan)

What about waffles? Ruth had pretty much given up on making these on the AIP because she can’t tolerate eggs! We had made Paleo recipes using plantains in the past that turned out okay, so we decided to give this one a try.  Here’s how we rated it:

Look: (3.0 / 5)
Smell: (4.0 / 5)
Taste: (4.0 / 5)
Ease of Prep: (4.0 / 5)
Friends & Family: (3.0 / 5)
Average: (3.6 / 5)

Sweet Plantain Waffles by Easy GF Recipes

Ingredients:

2 Cups (2-3 large) pureed medium ripe-ripe plantains (See Notes)
2½ Tablespoons coconut oil, melted + more for oiling the waffle maker
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
1 Teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 Teaspoon apple cider vinegar
½ Teaspoon sea salt
½ Teaspoon baking soda

Directions;

  1. Heat your waffle iron. (I set the heat to 5 out of a possible 6)
  2. Peel the plantains and chop them each into 4 pieces.
  3. Place the plantain pieces in a high speed blender and blend until smooth (or as smooth as possible until it becomes too difficult to blend more).
  4. Add the oil to the plantains and blend again, now until completely pureed.
  5. Add the cinnamon, vanilla and apple cider vinegar to the blender. Blend again on high for a few seconds to mix well.
  6. Add the salt and baking soda to the blender. You can blend again to mix or use a spatula to stir the ingredients into the batter by hand.
  7. Oil your waffle iron and place ⅓ cup of batter into the centre of your waffle iron. The amount of batter you use may vary depending on your waffle maker and it’s instructions. I have used a Belgian and classic waffle maker. Both work, but I prefer the classic.
  8. Cook until the waffle is browned to your liking, and repeat until the batter is gone. Be sure to keep the waffle maker oiled before each waffle.
  9. Transfer the cooked waffles to a wire cooling rack rather than stacking them on a plate as you cook.
  10. Serve with maple syrup, fresh fruit and whipped coconut cream!

Notes (from the recipe author): These waffles work best when your plantains are varied in ripeness. If one of your plantains are more ripe (yellow with black spots) and one is medium ripe (mostly green) they always turn out best. The ripe plantain will contribute the sweet flavour, while the less ripe will add more starch to help them hold.

Summary:  It’s important to pay attention to the notes from the recipe author on this one.  Also, sometimes the colour can be a little weird after baking, even though the taste isn’t affected, and they have a stronger banana flavour if you use riper plantains. We like them well enough that we have made them several times, but for these reasons we’re not sure how well our non-AIP/Paleo friends and family would like them.  We find that when we use our Cuisinart CGR-4NC 5-in-1 Griddler with the Cuisinart Griddler Waffle Plates they turn out just right when we bake them for 6-7 minutes! Worth a try if you like other plantain recipes.

 

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