Whole Wheat Banana Pecan Waffles

My husband and I have been trying to find alternative healthy breakfasts other than the regular oatmeal, eggs, and fruit. And we stumbled upon this recipe in a Zen Buddhist Monestary recipe book (no we are not Buddhist followers, it was just a cheap vegetarian recipe book on Amazon). And we love it!

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup pecans or walnuts
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups low-fat buttermilk
3/4 cup mashed ripe banana
3 large eggs
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted or unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps:
1. Turn on and coat waffle iron with butter spray
2. Combine the flour, pecans or walnuts, baking powder, baking soda, and salt thoroughly in large bowl. Whisk together the buttermilk, bananas, eggs, honey, butter or applesauce, and vanilla in medium bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just evenly blended.
3. Cook waffles accordingly to your iron, and serve warm!

Very simple, and very delicious. Of course you can skip on the nuts altogether or use white flour if you prefer. When making these myself, I was very skeptical about using applesauce in place of the butter. I thought it would give it a weird texture and a funky taste. But I went ahead and used the applesauce, and I am so glad that I did! There was literally no taste difference or texture difference in the waffles what-so-ever. And by substituting the butter, it made this morning meal even healthier. I hope you try it and love it just as much as I did!

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