Firstly, combine 1 tbsp of whole chia seeds (or milled flaxseed) with 3 tbsp in a small dish, mix and place to one side for approximately 5 minutes.
Start pre-heating your waffle iron, having coated it with an oil. In my opinion, it's always better to be safe even with non-stick equipment as nobody wants a waffle gone wrong!
Next, have your blender open and ready and add your maple syrup, vanilla extract, and water to the blender. Then, simply break in the one banana, adding all other dry ingredients. Once the chia egg has sat for 5 minutes, check the consistency as you want it to have coagulated into a gel-like substance, then finally place it into your blender.
Now, seal the blender and blitz for approximately 30 seconds until you have a smooth consistency. You should not find a need to add more water to the mixture.
Now, open both your blender and waffle iron and begin to scrape out with a rubber spatula half of the waffle mixture onto the center of the iron. This should be roughly 1/2 a cup per portion and carefully, close the lid of the iron.
This will now be cooking for 2 - 3 minutes, as once most of the waffle moisture has evaporated you should be able to look and see a lovely, golden waffle!
Gingerly, without burning your fingers, remove the waffle with a spatula or fish slice. You can now place this on a plate or in the oven on a low heat whilst you repeat this with the second waffle.
You can now plate up your perfect waffles! I highly do recommend you garnish these bad boys with fresh blueberries, a slather of almond butter and sliced banana! :)Enjoy!