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Favorite Belgian Waffles

What you need: 

1 cup unbleached white flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1/4-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
dash salt
1/2 ultra ripe banana
1/2 cup nondairy milk (I use soy)
1/4 cup vegan margarine (I use Earth Balance), softened
generous splash vanilla extract
tiny drop almond extract
2-3 spoonfuls applesauce, optional

What you do: 

1. Turn on your Belgian/regular waffle maker. Usually, it is best to apply some nonstick oil or spray, because the first waffle always sticks on mine. For batter, Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl.
2. Mash banana in bowl, and add the milk, then mash more. Add the margarine, and mash and mix so it starts getting chunky, but mixes together. Add the extracts, and keep mash/mixing. Add the applesauce. (If you like your waffles to be really light on the inside, forget the applesauce.)
3. Add the wet to the dry. The batter should be kind of chunky, like thick pancake batter or muffin batter. If you feel it seems too dry, add more milk. I usually add a splash at this stage.
4. Ladle batter onto waffle iron, starting in the middle, about 3 big spoonfuls. Don't try to spread it out, just slop it on and the waffle maker will take care of the rest. My waffle maker has a light that tells me when they are done; if yours does not, I would guess it takes about 5 minutes.
Enjoy! They should come out nice and crispy on the outside and have the consistency of a popover on the inside, not at all like pancakes, not thick, not doughy.

Preparation Time: 
10 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
2
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I make these almost daily for the family! Love them. I found that using only brown rice flour gives me a crispier lighter waffle than using flour. Brought in my waffle iron to work and we added pecans, coconut flakes and chocolate chips to the mix. My fave was the nuts and flakes. Thanks for a great recipe!

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these are great!  i make the batter and DH cooks them.  i am the only vegan in the house, but DH and DS like these just fine (sometimes DH just wants to be a pain and make box waffles... but i think it's just him being defiant), our omni friend really likes these too.

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These are great! Using all whole wheat pastry flour definitely makes them more hearty. These are crisp on the outside and fluffy inside. I loved the little squares filled with melted earth balance and maple syrup. Instead of eating them with a fork and disrupting the salty sweet pools, I picked them up by quadrants and ate them a square at a time. Didn't oil the waffle iron at all and had no problems with sticking. Omitted the applesauce but did up the amount of almond milk to about 1/2-3/4 C. I'd like to play around with this a little but I also love it just the way it is. This recipe made me 2 small and one med-large Belgian waffle.

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I think I'm in love... these are the best waffles I've ever made, vegan or otherwise. Paired REALLY well with some homemade strawberry syrup. :)

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These are great. I changed a few things based on what I had on hand. I added a whole ripe banana and omitted the applesauce. I also added chocolate chips as a New Years Day treat for my son. I encorporated the ingredients a bit differently too. I used the stand mixer to sift dry ingredients then added banana and earth balance to that and mixed thoroughly. I then slowly added the soy and finished with the extracts and combined the chips by hand. They were a big hit.

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love love love these!!!! I had to add in extra rice milk/water though, and didn't have vanilla extract but they were still amazing! Thanks for the recipe!

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Now that I've made this recipe for the third time, I've made the following adjustments:  1) Increase soy milk to 1 1/4 cups 2) Increase sugar to 1/4 cup if no banana available or banana not very ripe 3) Also if no banana available, double the applesauce 4) Increase to 3-4  drops the almond extract (more than that and it overpowers the recipe) 5) Increase vanilla extract to taste  My teenage daughter is a very picky eater and loves these wafflles.  Personally, I can taste the wheat flour so increasing the flavoring helps a bit.  The only thing we add on top is powdered sugar and sometimes sliced strawberries/bananas and we're good to go.  Waffle maker tips:  I bought the Waring Pro Professional Thick Belgian Waffles maker at Costco Dec 2008.  I find that the number 4 setting until it beeps gives me the color I want but is slightly mushy inside in areas.  Number 4 for three minutes gives a nice fluffy soft wafflle that is properly cooked, and increasing to Number 4 for four minutes gives a crispier but not burnt wafflle that also travels or freezes well.

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I found this recipe to be pretty good. It needs WAY more soy milk than called for, and on my iron I felt i could cut the margarine in half (it was swimming in margarine every time I opened it up to get my waffle out). I also like my waffles a bit lighter, so I cut the apple sauce in half too. Although I like the banana flavor, I'm still looking for a recipe that will give me a traditional Belgian waffle flavor. Still, this one is worth trying If you can make some adjustments.

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Good recipe!  For me, I found cutting the margarine into the dry ingredients and adding the sugar to the banana improved the recipe.  Cutting in the butter kept it from sticking (for some reason? I have a particularly uncooperative iron) and sugaring the banana made it mash easier.  Could just be me, though.  Also, this goes really well with about a half teaspoon of nutmeg or mace if you don't have almond extract!

Thanks for the recipe!!  This is the first recipe that actually worked with my Belgian waffle iron.  My mom's regular waffle iron will take any recipe.  You just un-wasted about $20.  ;)b

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These are fantastic!  They're super crispy and they NEVER stick to the waffle iron.  ;)b

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