Oh, how I tried to make the paleo Banana Bread Waffles just as the recipe instructed and not top them with syrup….or, um, er….Hazelnut Fluff.
But as you can see I ended up with Hazelnut Fluff Mini Banana Waffles instead.
It was going along just wonderfully. I purchased the somewhat ridiculously priced substitutions I’d need to make the waffles paleo friendly: coconut flour, coconut oil, almond butter, etc. I’m pretty sure the employees at Whole Foods nearly fainted when I walked through the door on my newly found mission of transforming our family into healthier eating habits complete with my Paleo Kitchen cookbook in hand and my shopping list filled out all nice and neat.
But then, this fancy little glass container of Nocciolata arrived on my doorstep and all bets were off.
Why fancy? Well, because it came straight from the hills of Italy!
Natural, and certified organic Nocciolata is made from the finest ingredients and contains the highest quality artisan production process. 36 hours to be exact. The longer processing time provides a super creamy and smooth texture. No trans fats. No palm oil. No artificial flavors or aromas, and gluten free to boot!
Where I went wrong was adding it to the marshmallow creme.
But it’s a really great wrong let me tell ya.
And I maintain that technically, since you can eat these things without syrup or butter they’re still decent for you and a better option than traditional waffles.
I mean, I wouldn’t say “healthy” and the marshmallow creme + confectioners sugar ruins them from being “paleo approved” but they’re worth falling off the wagon for just one day.
Just remind yourself that the mini waffles are paleo approved and the hazelnut spread (in its natural form) is organic!
They’re mini size for crying out loud!
Simply take a regular sized waffle out of the waffle maker and cut into 4 smaller squares. It tricks your brain into thinking you’re eating a lot more than you really are.
Here’s the recipe for the Hazelnut Fluff:
- ⅓ c. unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- ½ c. confectioners sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- ¾ c. marshmallow creme
- ½ c. Nocciolata hazelnut spread
- In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Stir in vanilla and pinch of salt. Add the marshmallow creme and hazelnut spread, and whisk lightly until light and fluffy. If the consistency is too runny (especially if using an organic hazelnut spread rather than something like Nutella), add more sugar as needed.
I’m not sure I would’ve liked the Banana Bread waffles in absence of the Hazelnut Fluff so I’m not including the recipe. It’s probably less to do with the recipe and more to do with it being my first time eating waffles with almond butter. They were good, just a little bit of a weird texture. Baby steps for this girl!