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.
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
- 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
- Preheat your waffle iron, and in a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the banana with the sugar, salt and vanilla.
- 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.)
- Add the sifted flour, cocoa powder and baking soda, and mix just to combine.
- 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.)
- 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.