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Hummingbird Waffle

Hummingbird Waffle

I first tried hummingbird cake a random party I went to a few years back.  I’m not sure how anyone can complain about cake though honestly.  What I didn’t know when having hummingbird cake a while back was one of the main components is banana and bananas are not a fruit I quite enjoy…at all.  I guess I didn’t really even know what hummingbird cake was, I just knew I liked it when I had it at a party once.

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Ingredients:

2/3 cup flour

1/2 mushy banana (or one small mushy banana)

1/2 cup crushed pineapple

1 egg

1 tablespoon brown sugar (not packed)

¼ cup sweetener (I used stevia)

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. vanilla extract

½ cup milk

Mix dry ingredients together.

Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl (except pineapple and banana…add last). 

Then add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and cook on your griddle.

Here is something I’ll be completely honest about.  When researching Hummingbird cakes, I actually had no idea they had banana in them until doing my research.  I don’t care for banana at all.  It’s a fruit that I just don’t find appetizing.  I was a bit put off by it at first but upon realizing that I enjoyed the cake and didn’t know that it had banana in it…I’d at least try it in pancake form.  Which I did.

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The banana is not a strong component of the pancake which is something I personally enjoy about it.  It wouldn’t be “true hummingbird style” without the banana and I don’t really hone in the banana taste.  Am I going to go eat a bunch of bananas and turn into a monkey now?  No, but I thought the pancakes were good despite having one of the few foods I don’t care for.

So that’s that.  I enjoy these pancakes a lot too but seeing as I don’t buy bananas for myself personally, I don’t know how often I’ll make them.

I actually just topped it with vanilla yogurt because the expiration date of the yogurt was the next day and thought…why not?

Questions for you:

Least favorite fruit?

Have you ever had Hummingbird cake? 

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Oatmeal Waffle

I thought I had shared this before, but looking through my archives apparently not.  Although I’m not an overnight oats, oatmeal all the time kind of girl, oatmeal pancakes I like.  I had always wondered if I put oats into a waffle maker…will I set it on fire?  Will it hold all the way through?  The answer is (clearly from the below photo) it did.  However, I did add two eggs to this recipe (and yes for just me).

Oatmeal waffle:

 1 package cooked oatmeal or ½ cup cooked oatmeal (I used Quaker’s Apple cinnamon because that’s what I like)

¼ cup flour

½ cup milk

2 tsp baking powder

¼ cup sweetener to taste

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

Seasonings I choose to add:  1 chopped up apple (to go along with the apple oatmeal), cinnamon and apple pie spice (I forgot that stuff existed).

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Directions:

Mix all wet ingredients together (including the eggs).

Add the sweetner followed by flour and finally the oatmeal. 

And then prey to the high heavens your waffle makes it through the cook process.  (just kidding).  I then went and topped it with yogurt because I’ve been really feeling that lately.

This is waffle that sits really well with me before I run.  I normally eat this roughly 2-3 hours before running and I feel like a million bucks when I do.  It’s a bit higher in carbohydrates from the apples, milk, flour and oatmeal but it works for me. (maybe for you too!).

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Questions for you:

Favorite flavor of oatmeal? 

I like apple cinnamon but do enjoy the maple cinnamon too.  Basically all the cinnamon ones…

Patriotic Waffle

Happy Fourth of July to you…some people might be grilling, some lifeguards might be working…there is probably some sort of fourth of July road race in your area (or maybe Patriotic aerobics…) As for me, I’m actually doing a road race and traveling.  Living the dream.

I always thought it would be cool to make a fourth of July Waffle.  I’ve made other interesting waffles…I didn’t really have any criteria for it, just that it should be red, white and blue.   I even brainstormed of various red, white and blue foods I could use.  White ended up being hardest but then using ultimate blogger technique I topped the waffle with yogurt and therefore the white is there.

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Blueberry Pomegranate Waffle

2/3 cup flour

¾ cup pomegranate juice (other red ideas included: cranberry, strawberry and cherry)

1 tablespoon oil

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup blueberries

Add wet ingredients and dry ingredients and finally add the blueberries. 

Pour into waffle maker, let cook and then top with Greek yogurt.

So yes, if you wanted to impress your friends with a patriotic waffle (or pancakes) then you should go this route.  It’s how all my friends are made personally.

Thinking back, you can add whip cream too and still get the patriotic effect.

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Question for you: 

What are you (did you) do on the Fourth?

What are your favorite and staple 4th of July foods?

I really enjoy grilled hot dogs.

Bailey’s Creamer Waffle

I don’t know if I have ever mentioned how much I enjoy baileys creamer. Who was it that gave me this idea, I believe Irina? Well thank you. I took a few weeks off of boozy pancakes and waffles because I realized some people are not into adding lots of different booze to breakfast like myself…Because it isn’t like I go through coffee creamer fast enough without adding them to my waffles, so why not speed up the process of using up my creamers. (then I can go to the store every day!).
Baileys (Irish Cream) Waffle
2/3 cup flour
¼ cup dark cocoa powder
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
1 tablespoon oil
1/4 cup Bailey’s irish cream (or whichever flavor you like)
¼ cup sweetener (I used truvia)
½ cup milk
Mix the wet ingredients then add dry ingredients. Pour into waffle maker.

With more syrup...

With more syrup…

For the topping glaze: (which is always the best part).  My “glaze” came out a bit more more creamy than a normal glaze I think.
2 tablespoons maple, sugar free or whatever syrup you like
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons Baileys cream
¼ cup sweetener (I used truvia actually)

I know I often say I have a new favorite pancake or waffle recipe (because in reality it seems like all my recipes I like)…well duh that is why I share them with you. These are really good and you can go so many different directions with them (with all the fancy creamers on the market).
Question for you: Favorite coffee creamer?

Savory Crab Waffles

I’ve been really digging savory waffles as of late.  Although I like my chocolate, alcoholic and whatever else…savory has been what I’ve been feeling lately.   Also what I’ve been feeling is cleaning out my hoarding collection whether it’s foodie items or clothes or random junk.  Which is where I found 5 cans of crab meat. 

So I bring you a very simple and awkwardly named savory crab waffle.  That sounds awkward typing out though but I sat here for quite some time and couldn’t think of a better name.

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Besides my smoked salmon waffle, this has honestly become my favorite savory waffle to date (and in top 5 favorite waffle recipes).  I like it so much I’ve gone through all five containers of crab meat and will probably end up buying more…then complaining when I grow tired of it and once again have five containers of crab meat.

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2/3 cup flour
1 cup water (I tried milk once and it tasted a bit odd to me, water actually tastes better in this case)
¼ feta or crumbly blue cheese
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
Spices I used: Old bay and garlic

Mix water and egg.
Add flour, spices and baking powder.  Add extra water if needed.  Add cheese and about ½ of the craned crab.  (Save the rest of the canned crab for topping).

Mix and pour on waffle maker.

Once done…top with more crab.

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Questions for you:

Favorite seafood?

How do you get rid of things when moving?

Broccali Slaw Salad

I don’t often post recipes that aren’t breakfast related…mostly because I stink at them.  But when I want to a fantastic party recently and people actually asked for the recipe to the side dish I brought…well I knew it might even be blog foodie material. 

Broccoli Slaw (makes about 8 servings)

*I doubled this recipe

Slaw:

1 package broccoli slaw

Small bunch of green onions cut up fine

2 cups sunflower seeds

1 cup sliced almonds

2 packages crushed Raman Noodles (I chose the oriental flavoring package)

 

Dressing:

1/3 cup rice vinegar

¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup truvia (you could use ½ cup sugar or ½ cup truvia if you wanted)

2/3 cup olive oil

1 packages of the reserved ramen noodle seasoning

Directions:

  1. Put slaw ingredients in a bowl and mix.
  2. Mix dressing ingredients in a separate bowl and stir well.
  3. Pour dressing mixture into slaw mixture.  You can add some or all (I used about ¾ of it)

And that is that.  Super easy and super deliscous.

Question for you: What do you bring to pot lucks?  Do you have a signature dish? 

Well I suppose this counts as mine since people enjoyed it and it will probably be the only thing I’ll bring from now on…unless it’s a breakfast pot luck I guess.

The Light Beer Waffle

Light beer is not my thing but finally I have one more beercake recipe for you light beer lovers.  It’s just as easy as dark beer and Guinness pancakes…maybe easier then winocakes but no matter if you like light beer I suppose it deserves it’s own little recipe.  I make things and say…it’s all for the blog.  I only blog for my readers and only make weird combinations of pancakes…for the readers…

Light beer and dark beer is like asking people if they like vanilla or chocolate ice cream then when giving a recipe just saying oh sub either or…they should both be equal…I guess.

So that is that.  These are rather simple (duh), I’m just bringing your attention to the fact that well…they do exist.  (As most of my recipes are…)

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Light Beer Waffle

2/3 cup flour

1 egg

1tsp baking powder

6 ounces light beer (for some reason all I had at the time was bud light lime…so that’s that).  I guess they can be nicknamed the budlight waffles.

So there for you light beer fans who want a nice flavor boost.   I’m thinking next time you could add more mix ins.  The beer makes the pancakes more moist (as opposed to just adding water) and the taste isn’t strong or overpowering.  They are nice light and airy daytime boozy brunch cake.  I’m thinking next time I might add actual lime and see where that takes it.

Question for you: Favorite light beer?

I guess mine would be bud light lime but I blame that on one of my housemates from college really liking bud light.

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