Make the Runner’s Power Waffle
There’s nothing quite as tasty as a hearty waffle after a long run. Regardless of the season, there’s something immensely satisfying about devouring a fluffy Belgian waffle, sweetened with pure maple syrup, and layered with all kinds of fruits and nuts. It tastes absolutely amazing, and delivers some much needed nutrition back to your body.
Summer is especially fun for waffles because there are so many different fresh fruits you can top it with. My personal favorites are blueberries and strawberries. In reality, the waffle just acts as a delivery system for these antioxidant filled, delicious berries of goodness.
Hearty Runner’s Power Waffle
This waffle recipe combines a whole bunch of really good stuff. There’s tons of protein in a variety of forms to rebuild your muscles after that long run. The fruit and nuts give back a variety of other nutrients that are essential to fighting off sickness and fatigue.
I’m not entirely sure where this recipe originally came from. It’s been tweaked so many times, I might be able to take some credit for it. Each time I make it, it’s a little different. Depending on what fruit is in season (or in the fridge) the toppings vary drastically.
It just happens to be vegan, and if you switch out the flour for a gluten free variety, it would meet that criteria as well. Enjoy!l
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup almond (or soy, or cow) milk
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 t cinnamon
- Pinch nutmeg
- 1 t vanilla
- 1-1.5 t baking powder
- 3 T Chia seeds
- 3 T Ground Flax seeds
- 1 serving protein powder
Anything you like, but pure maple syrup, fruit and nuts (walnuts are my favorite) will make it amazing.
- Heat up your waffle iron.
- Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Smash the banana and mix it with the wet ingredients in another bowl.
- Add wet to dry and stir until just incorporated.
Cooking times will vary, but it takes about 5-6 minutes in our cheap waffle iron. Makes four big waffles.
The healthy ingredients in this waffle are truly amazing. There’s a lot going on.
- Bananas have potassium, which we all know is critical to running health.
- Whole Wheat Flour and Oats are very good sources of dietary fiber and manganese, and magnesium.
- Chia Seeds – read why you need to be eating more chia in your diet.
- Protein powder in whatever form (raw, soy, whey, hemp) is crucial to help your muscles recover from every run.
- Flax seeds contain Omega-3 essential fatty acids. These “good” fats have been shown to improve heart health.
- Cinnamon is known to reduce inflammation… but you won’t really get enough here. It just tastes good!
Make a batch of these power waffles before your next long run and have them ready to go when you get back. It’s the perfect power recovery treat.