Some of my fondest memories with my dad were holiday breakfasts. He used to always do it up really fancy for us kids to make us feel really special. And as we guzzled down our meal, he would say “It does my heart good to see you kids eat.” It wasn’t, of course, until I had kids that I could truly understand his sentiment on the subject of watching your kids scarf down a healthy meal and enjoy themselves. One of my favorite things my dad used to make were waffles. I loved helping him make the batter, prep the waffle iron and watch the steam rise. These Fruity Pebble and Banana Belgian Waffles are of course a little over my father’s skill set, but I think he would have enjoyed watching his grand kids scarf them down.
I am not too fond of cold cereals anymore as an adult, but my kids still love them. They eat cereal for breakfast – dry or with milk, and as a snack during all hours of the day. They also love any meal that requires more effort than pouring something into a bowl, so when I suggested these Fruity Pebble and Banana Belgian Waffles they got really excited.
I love the colors in this recipe! Anything with bright colors is always a fun treat – which makes these a perfect breakfast for Easter this weekend! You can also load these up with all sorts of fresh fruit if you don’t like bananas!
The recipe, from Post Foods, lends itself to be really easily adapted for almost any skill set or allergies your family might have.
The recipe is super easy to follow and my kids LOVED their waffles! I don’t know if I’ve ever seen them polish off a plate so fast! They loved the fresh fruit and all the colorful bits of cereal inside the waffles, as well as the fun banana cream and cereal garnish. This was definitely their type of meal!
- 1 cup all-purpose whole wheat flour
- 2 cups Fruity Pebbles Cereal, crushed
- 1-1/2 Tablespoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup sugar or substitute
- 3 ripe bananas
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup reduced fat buttermilk
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- Vegetable oil for waffle maker
- Whipped Banana Topping: 2 ripe bananas, sliced, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, ½ cup thawed whipped topping
- Garnish: ¼ cup Fruity Pebbles Cereal
- For the waffles: Preheat waffle iron. Crush cereal in a plastic bag, leaving large bits for a fun colorful surprise. In a large bowl combine flour, crushed cereal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. In a blender or food processor combine bananas, eggs, vanilla, buttermilk and oil. Process until smooth. Gradually stir banana mixture into flour mixture. Beat until smooth.
- Lightly brush waffle iron grids with coconut oil. Pour enough batter to fill two-thirds of the waffle iron. Cook until crisp and golden-brown, about 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter to make a total of four waffles.
- For the topping: In a blender or food processor, process banana slices and lemon juice until smooth. Fold thawed whipped topping into banana mixture.
- Cut waffle in half and top with a dollop of the whipped banana topping and a sprinkle of Fruity Pebbles cereal.
These waffles were a huge hit! I loved them, the kids loved them and we all had very full bellies!
Special Thanks to Post Foods for sponsoring today’s recipe!