A stack of fluffy Banana Waffles served with your favorite toppings is the best way to start any morning. This banana waffles recipe has a crispy outside and a soft tender inside with the perfect banana bread flavor. This is a delicious and easy breakfast that everyone in your family will love.
I adore making recipes with bananas. From banana cheesecake to banana bread muffins, there is always at least one bunch on our counter waiting for snack time.
We usually make these banana pancakes for breakfast, but this week I decided to change it up and make a batch of homemade banana waffles. I made a few tweaks to this apple waffle recipe, and now we have a new breakfast favorite.
Why You Will Love Banana Waffles
Sure, you could make waffles from a box mix, but waffles from scratch are just as easy and taste so much better. Trust me. These homemade waffles are quite simple and can be made in minutes.
- Fresh Ingredients - Homemade waffles allow you to use ripe bananas which have a sweet flavor. This gives the waffles a rich, natural banana flavor that you won't get with processed or pre-packaged ingredients.
- Great Texture - These waffles are crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. The use of fresh bananas in the batter adds a natural moistness to the waffles, making them tender and delicious.
- Easy to Make - The batter comes together quickly with a bowl and a fork. And you can have fun experimenting with different ingredient combinations.
- Fun to Top - Maple syrup is the most common topping, but think of all the possibilities. You can add sliced bananas, caramel topping, whipped cream, nuts, chocolate syrup, or even strawberry pie filling.
Get ready to enjoy these easy banana waffles! They're perfect for breakfast or brunch, and the natural sweetness of bananas adds a delightful twist to classic waffles.
This homemade waffle recipe can be made with ingredients you may already have in your pantry and refrigerator. The batter can be ready in just 5 minutes.
- Flour - We usually use all purpose flour, but they are delicious with gluten free flour or wheat flour.
- Cornstarch - Gives a good crispy texture to the outside of the homemade waffles
- Baking Powder & Baking Soda - Gives the waffles the lift they need to be fluffy
- Brown Sugar - Sweetens the waffles just a little bit and adds a touch of molasses. Granulated sugar can be used too.
- Milk - Any variety of milk will work. We usually use 2%, but you could also use almond milk or oat milk.
- Eggs & Oil - Provides the moisture and fat needed for the batter.
- Bananas - Three large sized overripe bananas should give you 1 ½ cups mashed banana. Frozen ripe bananas can also be used, just make sure to thaw and drain the excess liquid before mashing.
BruCrew Tip: If the bananas on your counter are not ready for baking, see how to quickly ripen bananas in the oven.
How to Make Banana Waffles
These fluffy homemade banana bread waffles are one of the easiest things to make. Mix everything in one bowl and spoon onto a heated waffle iron. Everyone will be racing to the breakfast table in a hurry when you make this banana waffle recipe!
- Stir together dry ingredients. Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl. Stir and create a "hole" in the center of the dry ingredients.
- Add the wet ingredients. Add the eggs, oil, milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas to the bowl and gently stir until everything is combined.
- Let it rest. Let the batter sit for about 10 minutes while your waffle iron heats up.
- Cook and serve. Place ¼ cup waffle batter on a greased and heated iron and cook for 3-5 minutes. Gently remove and place on a wire rack.
Storing Leftover Waffles
In the Refrigerator - Keep uneaten waffles in a covered container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
In the Freezer - Place them on a parchment lined tray and freeze for 30 minutes, then place in a freezer safe bag and freeze for one month.
To Reheat - Place the waffles in a toaster on a low-medium setting for two cycles.
Banana Waffle Toppings
These homemade waffles are absolutely delicious all by themselves, but add a few toppings and they are even better! Try one or more of these waffle toppings for a decadent cafe breakfast in the comfort of your home.
- Syrup - Serve waffles with cinnamon syrup, honey, caramel sauce, or chocolate syrup.
- Spreads - Add a decadent drizzle of peanut butter, Nutella, or almond butter.
- Chocolate Chips - Stir ¼ cup mini chocolate chips into the batter before cooking.
- Fresh Fruit - Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or caramelized bananas are all great toppers.
- Nuts - Add chopped walnuts, pecans, almonds to the batter or sprinkle some on top.
- Cool Whip - Or make our homemade whipped cream recipe.
- Spices - Add a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice for a good flavor.
BruCrew Tip: My favorite topping combo is caramelized bananas, whipped cream, and cinnamon!
Tips and Tricks
- Do not over mix. Too much mixing can create a waffle that is chewy and tough. It's ok if there are some lumps in your batter.
- Let the batter rest. This gives the gluten in the flour time to relax, so the waffles bake light and fluffy.
- Use other fruits. You can use pureed pumpkin, mashed sweet potato, shredded apple or zucchini, or mashed pears in place of the banana.
- Learn your waffle iron. All of them are different and will cook differently. I like to use a mini Dash waffle maker, so that they fit in our toaster for reheating later.
- Keep your waffles warm. Place cooked waffles in a single layer on a wire rack inside a baking sheet in a warm oven. Stacking hot waffles WILL result in soggy waffles.
- Use a toaster. Toast fresh, refrigerated, or frozen waffles in a toaster for a nice crispy exterior.
Cornstarch is the secret to crispy waffles. It adds the perfect crisp to the outside while the inside stays soft and tender.
That will depend on what model of waffle maker you are using. Most waffles cook somewhere between 3-5 minutes.
Heat oven to 200 degrees. Place a sheet pan with a cooling rack in it inside the oven.
Place cooked waffles on the rack in a single layer while you are cooking. Serve warm waffles all at once.
More Banana Recipes
- Chocolate Banana Bread
- Dessert Salad
- Banana Cinnamon Rolls
- Dessert Quesadillas
- Reese's Banana Bread
- Banana Zucchini Cake
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*The post for banana waffles was first published February 2020. The post was updated and republished April 2023.
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I just made these with my 3 black bananas in the fridge and it turned out fabulous ! I didn't have milk so i used oatmilk. Will definitely keep this recipe as a staple, adding chocolate chips in need of fancy 😋 thank you very much for this easy, quick, convenient and delicious recipe
Thanks for this recipe it was the best I’ve ever had since going gluten-free. I substituted Bobs Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free all purpose flour and also added 1 T. flax meal for added fiber. Just delicious!