When I was a teenager, I would spend a week in the summer with my aunt, uncle, and three young cousins. We would swim in the pool, watch Spanish soap operas, eat junk food, and take day trips to Long Beach Island. It was definitely one of the best parts of my summer vacation.
Although I have a million fond memories from those days, I always think back to one specific morning. My aunt, cousins, and I were sitting around the kitchen table, getting ready for breakfast. "What does everyone want to eat?" my aunt asked. "I want waffles!" one of my cousin's replied. "I want ice cream!" another one sang. "It's Caroline's birthday! Let's have waffles and ice cream for breakfast!" my aunt cheered. She popped the frozen waffles in the toaster, then promptly topped them with ice cream. We all giggled, digging into our breakfast desserts, all in the name of Caroline's birthday.
With waffles and ice cream ingrained in my memory, I have often thought of making a similar breakfast for Dayv. Of course, I could prepare this for him any day of the year. But, in my mind, ice cream for breakfast needs some sort of justification. And what better excuse to make this luxurious breakfast than Valentine's Day?
This breakfast may seem time consuming, but it's really quite simple. The waffle batter is whipped together in mere minutes, as is the strawberry topping. If you're a good multi-tasker, this recipe can be completed within a half hour. Just make sure when you serve it to the special person in your life, you cheer, "Yay! Waffles and ice cream for breakfast!" like a little kid on their birthday.
Dayv and I enjoy a crispier waffle, so I heat our waffle maker to the highest setting. 1/2 cup of batter makes one Belgian waffle in our machine. Make sure to adjust allotted batter for each waffle depending on your machine. If you enjoy a lighter, crispier waffle, add an additional 2-4 tbsp almond milk.
Chocolate Chip Belgian Waffles with Bananas, Ice Cream, and Strawberry Toppings
makes two waffle sundaes
For the waffles:
1/4 c sorghum flour
1/4 c millet flour
1/4 c potato starch
1 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
3/4 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk, plus more if desired(see note)
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp chocolate chips
1 banana, sliced
vanilla ice cream
strawberry topping(recipe below)
To make the waffles: Preheat waffle maker to desired setting. In a medium bowl, mix together all dry ingredients. Add in almond milk, apple cider vinegar, and whisk until completely combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Grease preheated waffle maker with Earth Balance and pour in allotted batter. Cook until machine signals that the waffle is done, or until lightly golden brown. Remove waffle and repeat with remaining batter.
3/4 c chopped frozen strawberries
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp arrowroot flour
Combine all ingredients into a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat and stir continually until everything is fully combined. Once it begins to thicken, reduce heat to low and continue to stir until desired thickness is reached. Remove from heat.
To assemble: Plate the two waffles. Top each waffle with banana slices, a scoop of ice cream, and finish with strawberry topping. Enjoy!