These light and fluffy Banana Bread Waffles have big banana bread flavor. A sprinkle of cinnamon mixed with brown sugar compliments the banana flavor making this a family favorite breakfast recipe.
Why You’ll Love These Waffles
- Family Favorite: This is a favorite recipe in our home and made monthly!
- Pantry Staples: All of the ingredients, minus the bananas, are pantry staples.
- Freezer Friendly: This recipe can be frozen up to 3 months.
I love to buy bananas. And that’s about it. I buy them, forget them, and then they end up in the garbage. I always think we will eat them before they go bad, but never manage to make it through the batch.
The good news is these banana waffles are an excellent use for those overripe bananas on my counter. Crisp outside, soft center… Top with fresh slices of banana and warm maple syrup and you have an INSANELY delicious breakfast recipe.
Banana Bread Waffle Ingredients
There are so many reasons to love this recipe. One of the top has to be that it calls for little added sugar. All of the sweetness will come from your bananas. Make sure to use overly ripe ones to ensure a flavor packed winning recipe!
Most of the base ingredients in this recipe are ones you can find right in your pantry! This is the perfect brunch recipe!
- All-Purpose Flour: Here’s the secret, you can definitely substitute half whole wheat in this waffle recipe- and it is delicious!
- Baking powder: Always double check the expiration date of your leavening agents. These go bad quicker than you might thing. Once you open baking powder. it should be replaced after 6 months.
- Salt: Just a pinch of salt goes a long way in helping to enhance flavor.
- Cinnamon and Nutmeg: Classic spices for banana bread. You don’t need much and it really elevates the flavor.
- Brown sugar: We find that the subtle molasses flavor of brown sugar really compliments the bananas.
- Milk: Whole milk is best, but you can use as low as 2% with great results. We also enjoy using buttermilk in these waffles.
- Eggs: Large eggs. Not only do they bind together the ingredients, but it provides a soft and crunchy texture.
- Bananas: Overripe bananas are key! You want them to be brown. Like, so brown you think you shouldn’t use them. The more a banana ripens the sweeter it becomes.
Banana Bread Waffle Recipe
- PREP: Measure all of the ingredients. Doing this first ensures you don’t miss anything and helps the recipe come together quickly. Start heating the waffle iron.
- WHISK: Whisk together the dry ingredients. Using a fork, or whisk, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar.
- MIX: Combine the milk, egg, and bananas to a large measuring cup. Whisk well until everything is fully combined and the bananas are mashed well.
- STIR: Fold in the banana mixture to the dry ingredients until the batter comes together.
- COOK: Measure 1/4 to 1/3 cup batter onto the heated iron. Cook according to the directions, or until brown and crispy.
- Waffle Maker: Truth be told, I am obsessed with this $12 mini waffle maker. It’s so adorably cute and makes the perfect sized waffle for the freezer.
- Batter Dispenser (affiliate): Necessary? No. Helpful? Definitely. I use this for waffles, pancakes, and cupcake batter.
- Tongs: As someone who has burned her fingers on a waffle iron more times than she can count, or cares to admit, these silicone tongs (affiliate) are a lifesaver!
BAKING TIP: We always enjoy our waffles extra crisp. It is especially important for this recipe that you give them an extra minute or two in your waffle maker. The batter is a little on the thick side which means it needs that extra time to reach the perfect texture. Heat and cook on a low setting.
For more great tips and tricks for the perfect waffle, check out this post that breaks everything down for you.
Check the color. In the case of bananas ready for baking, you actually want your bananas to be more brown than yellow. The browner the better. You want them to be almost black or have dark black streaks. They should be slightly soft and easy to mash.
Technically, yes. However, the overall banana flavor will be less noticeable and you will need to add an additional 1 tablespoon of brown sugar to the batter.
Freezing waffles is not only super simple, but convenient! Make a double batch and freeze half for later. It’s a life saver on busy weekdays. Spread on a little peanut butter for protein and some fresh fruit.
We turn our oven onto the warm setting, or the lowest temperature possible, and keep cooked waffles stored inside on a baking tray until ready to serve.
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Banana Bread Waffles
- 1¼ cup flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar (optional)
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 2 overripe bananas
- Heat a waffle iron.
- Whisk together your flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar (if using).
- In a medium measuring cup combine the milk, egg, and bananas. Whisk until the bananas are mashed. Fold into your dry ingredients.
- Pour 1/4 cup batter onto your prepared iron. Cook until golden brown and enjoy.
To make sure your bananas are the perfect ripeness follow this simple advice:
- Check the color. In the case of bananas ready for baking, you actually want your bananas to be more brown than yellow. The browner the better. You want them to be almost black or have dark black streaks. They should be slightly soft and easy to mash.