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Peanut Butter Granola & Banana Waffles

I’m not even sure if I can consider this a recipe since it is so easy. You can make it is 5 minutes, so it is perfect for a weekday morning breakfast or before kids go off to school. It’s nutritious, sweet, crunchy, and creamy.

What makes this breakfast particularly easy is that it uses frozen waffles. Yes, frozen…if you buy the right kind. You can find healthy and delicious waffles in the freezer section of your grocery store. I always buy Van’s organic waffles. Van’s waffles are USDA organic and non-GMO Project certified. They are also dairy-free, egg free, nut-free, kosher, and have absolutely no artificial¬†flavors or preservatives. You can pronounce all of their ingredients so you know you’re not eating anything scary. I used the Totally Original¬†flavor for this recipe.

The Recipe

Prep 2 frozen waffles of your choice in the toaster.

Slice half of a banana as thick or as thin as you like.

In a small microwavable safe bowl add one tablespoon of natural peanut butter and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup. Microwave for 10 or so seconds so it gets melty and you can mix it together well. I always use natural peanut butter with no added oils, salts, or sugars. And please, always use pure maple syrup, none of the factory made stuff. Remember, always organic ingredients when at all possible ūüėČ

Now, it is just time to assemble. Take your toasty waffles, lay the slices of banana on top of the waffles,¬†drizzle over your sweet maple peanut butter. Garnish with a handful of peanut butter granola (I used homemade…I’ll do a recipe post for that soon) for a delicious crunch and some chia seeds!

 

Anxiety-Fighting Ingredients

  • Bananas: These creamy, sweet, and delicious fruits are full of vitamin B9 (also known as folate), which are proven to help fight depression. Bananas increase serotonin, the happy hormone, that make us feel better and happier of course. Studies show that about 50% people who are suffering from depression have a folate deficiency. Doctors have even recommended for those patients to increase their folate consumption to help boost the effects of depression meds. Bananas ALSO help stress and anxiety. Bananas contain tryptophan, which works along with serotonin production – both some of the most important natural anti-depressant and anti-anxiety remedies. I’m not even done yet…bananas also contain¬†norepinephrine – this helps control our mind and bodies fight or flight response, leading to reduced feelings of stress, anxiety, uneasiness, and fear. For more banana benefits and to read where I got this info, click here.
  • Whole wheat:¬†whole wheat and healthy carbs help increase serotonin, leading to happier thoughts and feelings of ease!
  • Peanut butter:¬†peanut butter is a great source of healthy and natural protein, and protein help with fighting anxiety. Protein contains norepinephrine and dopamine, which are great mood-boosting brain chemicals.

Peanut Butter Granola & Banana Waffles

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Serves: 1 Cooking Time: 5

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen whole wheat/whole grain waffles (I use Van's)
  • 1/2 of a banana
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • Small handful peanut butter granola
  • Sprinkle of chia seeds

Instructions

1

Prep 2 frozen waffles of your choice in the toaster.

2

Slice half of a banana as thick or as thin as you like.

3

In a small microwavable safe bowl add one tablespoon of natural peanut butter and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup. Microwave for 10 or so seconds so it gets melty and you can mix it together well.

4

Assemble - Take your toasty waffles, lay the slices of banana on top of the waffles, drizzle over your sweet maple peanut butter. Garnish with a handful of peanut butter granola some chia seeds! *

Notes

* You can use any type of granola you want, it doesn't have to be peanut butter. You can also omit the chia seeds if you don't have any.