Banana Waffles with Caramelized Bananas




Bananas are a no brainer for breakfast items. There are banana muffins, banana pancakes, sliced bananas on oatmeal, banana bread, bananas on yogurt, and banana french toast. Well, I took it a step further and made bananas waffles with caramelized bananas so you can add another goodie to that breakfast list.


Don’t forget that you can always eat them as is. That’s usually how my DF prefers them.

As for me, I’ll take them caramelized or flambéed any day.


This dish is definitely restaurant worthy. If I ever open my own breakfast spot, these waffles would be on the menu.


Instead of using whipped cream on top, Cool Whip would make it even better since it could stand up to the heat of the waffle without melting. I had to take these pictures quickly before I had a puddle of whipped cream dripping down the sides of the waffles.


The caramelized bananas were sweet enough on their own, so you don’t need to add any maple syrup. A little sprinkling of powdered sugar would be sufficient if you really needed that something extra. I chose to use cinnamon.


Another tip when it comes to making waffles is that when you remove the waffle from the waffle maker, don’t put it on a plate immediately after. Place it on a cooling rack so that the bottom can cool a little and crisp up. If you place the waffle on a plate straight from the grill, the bottom will get soggy from the heat having no where to escape.

You can also place them in the oven to keep them warm while you’re making another batch.



As for the caramelizing part, it’s a beautiful sight.


Yes, just yes. Give me a spoonful of that, please!



Thank you, Dole® Bananas, for making my day so delectable. They actually have a Peel the Love “Banana Cabana” Tour that’s making its way across the US right now. It’s coming through the LA area from July 31-August 3, but you can find specific dates for other cities here.

Banana Waffles with Caramelized Bananas


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 bananas, mashed
  • For the topping:
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • sprinkle of sea salt


  1. Mix together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, milk, yogurt, egg, vanilla, and banana until smooth. Make sure not to over mix.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup of the batter into your waffle maker and cook as instructed.
  3. Meanwhile, to make the topping, place the butter, honey, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat while continually whisking.
  4. Once the mixture bubbles, turn the heat down to low-medium and add the sliced bananas. Cook on each side for 3-4 minutes, until lightly browned. Immediately pour over waffles and serve.

This is a sponsored post, but the opinions expressed are my own.

Goji Berry White Chocolate Chip Cookies




I think the worst part about planning a wedding is waiting for the RSVP’s to come back in. Whenever I receive a wedding invitation, I usually send it back within the first week after receiving it. Well, mine have been out for over three weeks and I only have 50% of them back! The longer it takes, I’m sure the more likely they’ve been forgotten about.


I’m not one to stress about wedding details, but I think I’ve just become more impatient than anything. I still have to put together the seating arrangements! So far, this whole wedding this has actually been quite laid back. We’re more focused on the bar than anything. The countdown to the bar is only two weeks!


While my DF is studying, I’m baking. I’m in the kitchen all day trying to figure out what to make with the new ingredients that come in the mail. This time, I was sent some goji berries from Oh Nuts! This was the first time I’ve ever had goji berries and I was a bit caught off guard with the taste.


You’d think that since they were berries, they’d be sweet like strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Nope! They’re actually quite bitter and have a strong aftertaste. They start out okay, but then have such a strong taste afterward that leaves you feeling tricked.


I threw them into some cookies to see if the the dough and white chocolate chip could help with the goji flavor. No such luck. Baking them in the oven in cookie dough doesn’t change or mute the berry taste at all.


Let’s just say goji berries are an acquired taste, kind of like pickles and mustard. You have to enjoy eating goji berries alone in order to like these cookies. Otherwise, it’s a lost cause.


The cookie itself, however, is wonderful. Sub the goji berries with craisins, raisins, nuts, or just about anything else and you’ve got one solid cookie.

Recipe adapted from Averie Cooks. The only thing I did differently was sub the cranberries for goji berries. Stick with the cranberries. :)

Goji Berry White Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons cream or milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
  • 1 cup dried goji berries
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips


  1. Cream together the butter and sugars
  2. Add the egg, cream, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 4 to 5 minutes. Gradually mix in the flours, baking soda, salt, and mix until just combined.
  3. Stir in the goji berries and white chocolate chips. Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  5. Roll cookie dough into tablespoon sized balls and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

Blueberry Lemon Coffee Cake Muffins




Most people know today, July 11th, as free Slurpee day, but did you know that it’s also National Blueberry Muffin Day? I swear every food has its own day. It’s exhausting trying to keep up, but luckily I have Krusteaz to remind me! They sent over a box of their Wild Blueberry Muffin Mix so that I could celebrate the day with them.


The box came with a can of blueberries, rather than having dehydrated ones in the dry mix. That’s the first time I’ve ever seen anything like that. It was just as easy to work with and made me feel like I was making something a little more “homemade.”


I doctored up the muffin mix with a recipe that I found on Krusteaz’s website. Instead of using lemon flavored yogurt, I used real lemons. My parents have a lemon tree growing in the backyard that is overflowing with ripe lemons right now. The last time I came over, my dad tried to hand me a grocery bag full of lemons to take. Since it’s just me and my DF, I settled with six.


These muffins are bursting with lemon flavor, the blueberries taste fresh, and the greek yogurt that I used made the muffins extremely moist.


I’m always up for a streusel topping.


Blueberry Lemon Coffee Cake Muffins


  • 1 package Krusteaz Wild Blueberry Muffin Mix
  • 1/3 cup milk or water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • zest of 1 large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 can blueberries, drained and rinsed (enclosed)
  • Topping:
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, cold


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. For Coffee Cake: In medium bowl, blend together muffin mix, milk or water, eggs, zest and lemon juice. Fold in blueberries. Spoon batter into 12 lined muffin pan.
  3. For Topping: In small bowl, mix together brown sugar and flour. Cut in butter with fork or pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle topping over batter.
  4. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

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This a sponsored post, but the opinions expressed are my own.

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