I was perusing Pinterest again (it's been a few weeks and I've missed a lot!!) and came across this post for cake mix waffles that were made into ice cream sandwiches. I thought it was BRILLIANT but I didn't re-pin right away and, of course, I couldn't find it again later when I searched for it.
So a quick Google search brought me to the Betty Crocker website and it turns out there's nothing special to these cake batter waffles. Simply mix the cake batter as directed on the box and prepare in your waffle iron following your waffle iron directions. It's not rocket science.
I ran to the store and picked up a devil's food cake mix. The nutrition information shows 160 calories for the mix per serving and there are 10 servings in the box. So, I started out with the 1600 calorie mix. Following the directions, I used 1 1/2 cups of water (0 calories) and 3 eggs (210 calories) and instead of 3 tablespoons of oil, I used 3 tablespoons of unsweetened apple sauce (80 calories, instead of the 300 from the oil). All in all, the cake batter came out to 1900 calories.
After making all the batter into waffles, I came out with 11 waffles. That ends up being about 173 calories per waffle. I took half the waffle (85 calories) and halved it again, so I had two quarters in my hand.
Meanwhile...before I got the
batch of waffles going I remembered this great idea for banana "ice cream". Due to the high fat content (considering it's a fruit) of bananas, they make a super
creamy ice cream-like
dessert when frozen and blended. A banana is only about 70 calories for an average sized one. I used about four frozen ones and only about 1/2 cup skim milk to help it blend more smoothly. The consistency comes out like perfect soft serve.
I took my two quarters of
chocolate cake waffles and put about a quarter of a cup of the banana "ice cream" in the center, stuck them back together and popped them back in the freezer so they wouldn't be too terribly gooey for the kids.
All told, the calories for these fantastic ice cream sandwiches is about 110, which happens to be what Cainan can have for snack. The boys thought it was "the best dessert ever" and thoroughly enjoyed the treat. I enjoyed how easy it was to make and how decedent it is considering the calorie count. You can always add a little peanut butter to the blender when your blending or chocolate or anything else you think goes well with bananas.