I am a huge fan of waffles, especially waffles that have an extra added ingredient or two in them. Take for example my bacon waffles – those are awesome! But these definitely come in a close second.
Butter Pecan Banana Waffles
- 1 batch waffle batter (enough to make 12 waffles. Here is the homemade recipe I use for waffles, but you could just as easily use your favorite recipe or even a boxed mix)
- 1/4 c. butter
- 3/4 c. brown sugar
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 1/4 t. nutmeg, optional
- 2 bananas, quartered lengthwise and sliced
- 1 c. chopped pecans
- 1 1/2 t. vanilla or maple extract
1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon and optional nutmeg. Cook about 2-3 minutes, until bubbles form and it begins to take on a melted caramel consistency. Stir in bananas and pecans. Cook an additional 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla or maple extract. Cool to room temperature.
2. While the pecan banana mixture cools, prepare waffle batter and warm waffle iron.
3. Once cooled, reserve 1/2 c. pecan banana mixture in the skillet and stir the remaining sauce into the waffle batter just until combined.
4. Cook per waffle maker instructions. However, these tend to be a bit stickier than other waffles, so you will probably need to grease the waffle iron between each batch.
5. To serve, warm the remaining sauce in the skillet until heated through. Pour over waffles. The waffles are equally good with maple syrup or even plain. They freeze and reheat in the toaster beautifully.
If you really want to take them to another level and make these waffles a finer thing, serve them for dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and hot pecan banana mixture on top.
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