My favorite fruit of all time has to be the banana.
Sure, dates have tried to steal the show. Apples too. Even black mission figs on occasion.
They've all tried...and they've all failed.
No one has been able to eclipse the feelings I have for a banana. Even during the time I gave them up.
Bananas have always had a spot at my table. When I was a young kid, bananas were the only fruit I ate (unless fruit roll ups counted). I enjoyed them sliced over cereal.
As a teenager, when my eating disorder began, a banana and a cup of yogurt held me through the entire afternoon of school, swim, and dance (hmmm maybe that's being too generous...I think it held me until mid afternoon if I'm totally honest).
In college, when my disorder was in full gear, a banana was my pre workout snack (and often the only thing I ate during the day). It was, quite frankly, my safe food.
As I started my healing process, I'd add more foods into my diet but the one thing which has remained constant--my pal, the yummy, yellow banana.
And you know what? During this past year, when "fruit fear" totally had its grips on me, I gave up my beloved. I deemed it too much sugar for me. I decided it fed yeast, Candida, and fungus in my system. I thought giving them up would mean I'd have to say goodbye forever. I felt myself being so sad, but I set them aside anyway. "All in the name of my health", I said.
Then, I got constipated. Like really unable to go. For almost 9 weeks. I cut out all carbs and fruits, eating only meat and veggies. I was miserable physically and emotionally. It's a wonder I didn't get sicker than I was. (Yep, I'm talking about food and poop in the same post. I'm all about sharing TMI haha)
When I finally went to my doctor to see what the heck was actually going on with my unfortunate irregularity, I said to her, "I don't just want, I NEED my bananas." I missed their fluffy goodness. How easy they are to take anywhere. How they fuel me. And, how regular they made me. She knew I was serious, and I wasn't taking no for an answer.
And just like that, my banana ban was over.
Welcome back my old friend, I've missed you.
They've been back in my life ever since. In fact, every single day. So, what better way to celebrate than to create a waffle which is worthy enough to bear your name??
Omg...fluffy and flavorful doesn't even begin to cover the mouth happiness I felt upon eating this creation. Words just can't adequately describe these pillows of banana-y goodness.
I topped mine with what else? Bananas! Add a couple spoonfuls of my blackberry & cherry chia jam with some sunflower seed butter and I was a very happy gal. Like really happy. So happy I forgot I'd even walked away from these jewels for a brief period.
Here's to you banana.....you deserve it!
adapted from Savory Lotus