Delicious Vegan African Cuisine

The Vegan Nigerian: Beans and Plantain Waffles

Gluten-free, vegan waffles have never tasted better!

I was recently asked to develop a recipe using one of my favorite legumes. This black-eyed bean and plantain waffle recipe may seem an unusual turn, considering we often associate legumes with good food, but believe me when I say it works. Paired with deliciously sweet plantains, it makes a great breakfast or brunch dish.

No fancy materials or techniques required. Just put all the ingredients in the blender, heat up the waffle iron and you’re good to go. I served it with fried plantains and brown rice syrup, but you can customize it however you like with fresh fruit, whipped coconut cream, peanut butter, strawberry jam, and more.

You can watch the recipe video on my page instagram pageIf you try it, I’d love to know. Please tag me in your post 🙂

Legumes are a healthy superfood packed with iron, B vitamins, minerals, fiber and gut-friendly probiotics. It’s not enough, it’s more sustainable and has a lower carbon and water footprint. Let’s get into the recipe!

8 waffles


  • 2 cups dried black beans, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ripe plantain, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons sunflower oil

Garnish with:

  • fried sweet plantain
  • maple or brown rice syrup


  1. Mix all ingredients until smooth dough
  2. Bake the batter in a preheated waffle maker (3 minutes for soft waffles, 6 minutes for crispy waffles).
  3. Served with fried sweet plantain slices and syrup of your choice

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