Banana Bread Waffles

Banana Bread Waffles are the perfect breakfast for banana bread lovers. They take just minutes to make and the favorite taste of bananas and cinnamon will make you think you’re eating a warm slice of banana bread. Top with butter and maple syrup for a sweet start to any day.

Photo 1: pouring syrup over browned waffle / Photo 2: taking a bite of waffle along with a banana slice.

You might have noticed that I have a lot of recipes made with bananas on my site. Besides them being so darn delicious, the reason is actually two-fold. I absolutely love bananas and can’t imagine a day that goes by that I don’t have one. In fact, when I was younger, my mom used to call me ChiChi, after those Chiquita bananas, because I ate so many of them.

bunch of bananas cut down from my tree

Secondly, I’m lucky enough to have a bunch of banana trees in my backyard and, when they produce bananas, they come in bunches of 50-75 bananas FROM EACH TREE!  I give as many as I can to neighbors, freeze some and then bake with some, all before they go bad. Whew! Now that’s a whole lot of bananas!

Closeup of full waffle showing crispy brown outside and garnishes of fruit.

I’ve made all kinds of banana breads, from my all-time favorite Banana Bread to Tropical Banana Bread, from Banana Strawberry Muffins to Banana Doughnuts, and lastly, Chocolate Caramel Smoothie Bowls to Chocolate Covered Bananas. In other words, anything and everything with bananas! So I thought, why not take my favorite banana bread recipe and make it into a delicious waffle for breakfast.

A closeup of a bite of banana waffle with slice on banana over the plate of waffles.

Not only are these delicious but much faster to make than banana bread. Banana bread typically takes about 10 minutes to mix and over an hour to bake. These take the same prep time but only take 4 minutes for each waffle. How’s that for getting banana bread goodness to your mouth quick?

Tips for Making the Perfect Waffles Every Time

  • Use a good waffle iron that reaches the high temperature waffles need to crisp up. Follow the instructions on your waffle maker for the best advice on cook time.
  • Do not overmix ingredients! Mix just until incorporated. Overmixing will cause the flour to turn to gluten creating a chewy rather than light, fluffy waffle.
  • For lighter waffles, separate egg. The yolks will be added to batter as stated in the instruction and the white will be beaten until stiff peaks form and folded in at the end of the mixing.
  • Using a preheated oven as the waffles are finished cooking will ensure that they get that crispy exterior. It’s like toasting the waffles for that extra crunch.

How to Make Banana Bread Waffles

Banana Bread Waffles steps

  1. Mash bananas.
  2. Mix bananas with egg, milk, vegetable oil and vanilla extract.
  3. Combine dry ingredients and add to west ingredients.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Heat waffle iron and pour about 1/2 cup onto waffle grid.
  6. Cook 4 minutes. Voila! Perfect Banana Bread Waffles.

Pouring maple syrup over Banana Bread Waffles on white plate.

Try these for breakfast with a little butter and syrup on top. You can even sprinkle with your favorite nuts and add a little fruit to really put this breakfast over the top. Enjoy!

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Pouring syrup over Banana Bread Waffles topped with sliced fruit.

BANANA BREAD WAFFLES

Banana Bread Waffles are the perfect breakfast for banana bread lovers. They take just minutes to make and taste like your favorite banana bread recipe.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 450kcal
Author: Linda Warren

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2-3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bananas mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used cashew milk)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, combine first 6 ingredients.
  • In another bowl, combine remaining ingredients.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and whisk until just incorporated.
  • Heat waffle iron.
  • Pour 1/2 -3/4 cup onto hot iron depending on the size of your waffle iron. Mine takes almost 3/4 cup but I have a large Belgian waffle iron.
  • Cook for 4 minutes.
  • Place cooked waffle into oven directly onto rack. continue cooking the remaining waffles.
  • Serve with butter and syrup and your favorite toppings such as fruit and nuts.

Notes

These waffles reheat well in a toaster or toaster oven for a quick breakfast. 

Tips for Making the Perfect Waffles Every Time

  • Use a good waffle iron that reaches the high temperature waffles need to crisp up. Follow the instructions on your waffle maker for the best advice on cook time.
  • Do not overmix ingredients! Mix just until incorporated. Overmixing will cause the flour to turn to gluten creating a chewy rather than light, fluffy waffle.
  • For lighter waffles, separate egg. The yolks will be added to batter as stated in the instruction and the white will be beaten until stiff peaks form and folded in at the end of the mixing.
  • Using a preheated oven as the waffles are finished cooking will ensure that they get that crispy exterior. It's like toasting the waffles for that extra crunch.

Nutrition

Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 437mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 5.1mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 2.6mg

This post has been updated with new content, photos and a more awesome recipe. The original post was published on May 31, 2013.

Banana Bread Waffles

7 Comments

  • Reply
    Renee Goerger
    08/29/2018 at 9:50 am

    5 stars
    I don’t know of anyone (except you) who can claim they have a banana tree in their backyard. I am seriously jealous!! These banana bread waffles are amazing. I’d eat them every day if I could.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      08/30/2018 at 4:32 pm

      The benefits of living in South Florida. 🙂 Good thing we like everything with bananas!

  • Reply
    Jenn
    08/29/2018 at 9:30 am

    5 stars
    My daughter’s favorite! We could seriously eat these every morning!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      08/30/2018 at 4:33 pm

      Your daughter has good taste! They’re my favorite too! You can’t go wrong with having your banana bread and getting to put syrup on it too. 🙂

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