Are you team waffles or pancakes? Personally, I’ll take any excuse to eat dessert for breakfast! But when it comes to flavor, I absolutely love banana in both. I’m marrying the two together with these delicious banana waffles.
Of course, I had to make these SUPER indulgent and go chunky monkey style. You have banana waffles with chocolate chips, a heavy drizzle of chocolate ganache, toasted walnuts and sliced banana on top. Talk about the perfect birthday breakfast!
How to make banana waffles from scratch
First, make sure you have a decent waffle maker because you can’t have waffles without one! I like this one from Amazon because it’s inexpensive but heats up evenly. Just scoop some batter in the center, close the lid, and set a timer. After a couple minutes, you have perfectly golden banana waffles.
In order to get that bold banana flavor, make sure to use very brown and ripe bananas. Have a couple yellow bananas on the side so you can top them off with some fresh slices.
Since the bananas tend to weight the batter down, the secret to these fluffy banana waffles is in the eggs. You separate your eggs and whip the egg whites to stiff peaks. Folding this into the batter gives it some lift so you don’t end up with dense and floppy waffles.
What is Chunky Monkey
If you’ve ever scanned the ice cream aisle deciding which pint you want to shove a big spoon into, then you’ve probably seen Ben & Jerry’s chunky monkey. It’s one of their original flavors, along with cherry garcia, and was created in the 80s. It’s been a fan favorite ever since!
The classic ice cream consists of banana ice cream, fudge chunks, and walnuts. The name comes from the ingredients – chunky because of the chocolate and nuts and monkey because of the banana ice cream.
Not a fan of walnuts? No biggie! That’s why I added them on top and not into the batter. You can either leave them out or replace them with your favorite nut.
You can definitely eat your banana waffles as is because they’re delicious on their own. But if you’re extra like me, you can try chunky monkey style. Just add chocolate chips, chocolate syrup or ganache, and chopped walnuts. It takes these over the top, making them the perfect homemade birthday breakfast. I know I’d love to wake up to these!
The great thing about banana waffles is that they work with so many flavors. Smear on some peanut butter for a delicious peanut butter banana combo. Drizzle some caramel sauce on top for an easy bananas foster stack. Add some Nutella or cookie butter for a little extra indulgence. The list goes on!
Looking for more delicious breakfast recipes? Here’s some to add to your Sunday morning baking:
- Brown butter cinnamon rolls
- Caramel apple muffins
- Crunchy chocolate babka
- Pumpkin bread with maple glaze
If you make these banana waffles, make sure to tag me on Instagram @butternutbakery – especially if you make them chunky monkey style! To save this recipe for later, you can pin it using the button on the recipe card, the buttons above or below this post, or on any of the photos. Happy baking!Print
These are not your average banana waffles. Make them chunky monkey style by adding chocolate chips, chocolate ganache, and toasted walnuts. They’re the perfect birthday breakfast!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 eggs, separated
- ¾ cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
- 1 yellow banana
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
- Next, separate your eggs and add the whites to a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on high for 3-5 minutes until you reach stiff peaks.
- In a separate bowl, mash your bananas and add the vanilla, vegetable oil, and egg yolks.
- Add the banana mixture to the dry ingredients and begin to combine with a rubber spatula. It will be a bit thick so start to add in the milk while you’re mixing.
- Once all the milk is incorporated, add your whipped egg whites to your batter and fold them in. Be careful not to knock out too much air.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Spray your waffle maker with nonstick spray and set it on medium heat. Once ready, add a heaping 1/3 cup of batter to the center and close. Let it cook for about 3 minutes but keep an eye on it. The top should turn a nice golden brown. Spray the iron between each waffle.
- For the toppings, set your oven to 350F. Roughly chop your walnuts and add them to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 5-10 minutes and keep an eye on them as they will burn easily. You’ll know they’re ready when you can start to smell them from the oven.
- To make the ganache, add the chocolate to a bowl and measure out the cream in a microwave safe container. Microwave it for 1 minute then pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Let it sit for a couple minutes then stir them together.
- Drizzle your waffles with the chocolate and top with banana slices and walnuts. You can also add some maple syrup which makes them even more delicious. Enjoy!
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