Valentine’s Day Breakfast Recipe: Chocolate-Banana Hazelnut Waffles {Gluten-Free }

Chocolate-Banana Hazelnut Waffles {Gluten-Free }What made living next door to Tanja so special when were were kids?

So many things.  Let’s see, her friendship (of course), the midnight knocks on my window to occasionally sneak out, to do who knows what (mom and dad if you’re reading this, it was nothing bad, I promise!), walking to school together everyday, hanging out with her super sweet mom, and . . . .  when she’d bring Nutella home from her summer trips to Germany!  And not to date myself, but this was before anyone here had really even heard of it — and years before it appeared in stores in America.  It was so very special.

Valentine's Day Chocolate-Banana Hazelnut Waffles

Since those summers in Tanja’s kitchen, with a spoon and a jar of Nutella, I’ve been in love with all things chocolate-hazelnut.  And while these waffles don’t actually contain Nutella, they are no exception!  (Though I see nothing wrong with spreading some on top!)  So when Bob’s Red Mill sent me a bag of their Hazelnut Meal for recipe testing, I didn’t think past chocolate.  And what a glorious Valentines’ Day breakfast this would be!

P.S.  Tanja and I have been friends since were were two-years old.  We met when my mom brought me to a toddler Kinetics class her mom taught at our local YMCA. xo

Chocolate-Banana Hazelnut Waffles {Gluten-Free Recipe}
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Serves: Makes 6 waffles
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Hazelnut Meal
  • ¼ cup all-purpose gluten-free flour, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2½ tablespoons butter, melted and divided
  • ¼ cup chopped, blanched, toasted hazelnuts
  • About 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 (approximately 1-ounce) piece of semisweet chocolate
  1. Preheat your waffle iron, and in a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the banana with the sugar, salt and vanilla.
  2. Use a fork to blend the eggs into the banana mixture, and then fold in the hazelnut meal. Mix until it's as smooth as possible. (There will still be some small banana chunks, and that's okay.)
  3. Add the sifted flour, cocoa powder and baking soda, and mix just to combine.
  4. Fold in 2 tablespoons of the melted butter, and then add the batter to your waffle iron, using it according to the manufacturers instructions. (If necessary, use the remaining ½ tablespoon of melted butter to prevent sticking.)
  5. Use a fine grater to grate the semisweet chocolate over the waffles, and then mix the hazelnuts with the syrup and serve with the waffles.

Valentine's Day Chocolate-Banana Hazelnut WafflesThis is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are my own.  Bob’s Red Mill sent me samples of the Hazelnut Meal for recipe testing — and I truly love it.

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  1. says

    I remember first tasting Nutella when I was a college student living in France – never take it for granted, even though it is so readily available now in the US… Lovely recipe!

  2. says

    Bob’s got some good stuff. I think I had some shaved coconut that was so nice. Gotta find more soon.

    Valentina this is such a yummy breakfast idea. My waffle iron needs some exercise. Going to put it to some good use this w/end. xo

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