Healthy Banana Waffles Recipe

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Healthy Banana Waffles are light, fluffy, and will get your day started out right! They contain plenty of fiber to fill you up and are naturally sweetened with bananas! My whole family loves banana waffles. 

Heart shaped banana waffles on cooling rack.
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Bananas are such a great addition to waffles. They keep the waffles moist and add to the sweetness without all of the sugar. Throw in some cinnamon and these waffles are a total crowd pleaser. These healthy banana waffles are made with whole wheat flour, packed with fiber, and will keep the troops full longer.

Healthy banana waffles cook up in less than 15 minutes. Totally doable and delicious. Simply combine all of the ingredients, spray your waffle iron with cooking spray to prevent sticking, and breakfast is served. If you are looking to top these with something other than syrup, try my blueberry topping!

Heart shaped banana waffles on a white plate topped with syrup and banana slices.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • No sugar added and naturally sweetened with bananas
  • Can be made in just 15 minutes
  • Can easily be doubled or tripled to feed a large group.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Bananas – The riper they are the sweeter the waffles will be.
  • Applesauce – Can be replaced with additional banana or a light oil like avocado oil or melted coconut oil.
  • Eggs
  • Milk or buttermilk – Or your favorite dairy-free alternative. 
  • Oats
  • Flour – Whole Wheat.
  • Vanilla Extract – Brings out the natural sweetness of the bananas.
  • Cinnamon

See the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and quantities 

Popular Substitutions and Variations

  • You can use milk or buttermilk. New to using buttermilk, I wrote a big post about it. You can use either, depending on what you have on hand. Nut and other alternative milks will work well in this recipe also.
  • You can replace the whole wheat flour with ground oat flour or another gluten free baking blend (sometimes called 1:1 gluten free flour). This is a great recipe gluten free if you need to.
  • You can swab about the cinnamon for another favorite spices like pumpkin pie spice (it’s so good!)
  • No applesauce? No issue! You can replace the applesauce with additional banana or a light oil like avocado oil or melted coconut oil.

How to Make Healthy Banana Waffles

Step 1. In a medium bowl mash the bananas with a fork until they are well mashed and make a smooth paste.

Step 3. Add the oats, wheat flour, baking powder,  salt, vanilla and cinnamon. Stir until well combined.

Step 2. Add the applesauce and eggs and whisk to combine. Then add the buttermilk and combine.

Step 4. Cook the waffles according to the manufacturer instructions for your waffle iron.

Recipe FAQs

What are healthy options for waffle toppings?

If you’re looking for more flavor but don’t want to use something sugary like maple syrup, you can add cinnamon, peanut butter, berries, banana slices, or even Greek yogurt! There are so many options to make the waffles how you want them.

How can I store banana waffles?

Leftover waffles can be kept in an airtight container for 2-3 days in the fridge, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Waffles can also be enjoyed hot or cold, so there are so many ways to eat your leftover waffles.

Can I store banana waffle batter?

Yes! Unused waffle batter can be kept for up to 2 days in the fridge. When you’re ready to use it, stir the batter to mix it again and it is ready.

How long do you cook waffles in the waffle iron?

There is nothing worse than soggy waffles so I like to leave mine in for 4-5 minutes to get the best kind of waffles there are. 

Can I add protein powder to banana waffles?

Yes! I think that is a great way to add a little extra protein to your meal and it hardly affects the taste.

top view of heart shaped waffles and slices of bananas on a plate with utensils, bananas, bowl of butter, and other heart shaped waffles on a cooling rack

Expert Tips

  • While cooking waffles, it is important that you start with a waffle iron that is already heated up so that the batter is not sitting and heating up with the iron! This will ensure even cooking.
  • The more ripe your bananas are the sweeter your pancakes will be. We like to use bananas that are on the browner side to maximize the flavor that comes through.
  • For a fluffier, richer waffle you can replace the milk with buttermilk.
  • We recommend using unsweetened almond milk if you are using a dairy-free alternative, but you are welcome to use whatever you would like. Unsweetened almond milk has the least effect on the flavor of these waffles
a plethora of heart-shaped banana pancakes on a cooling rack.

How to Serve and Store Healthy Banana Waffles

If you’re looking for more flavor but don’t want to use something sugary like maple syrup, you can add cinnamon, peanut butter, berries, banana slices, or even Greek yogurt! Other, more sweet options are buttermilk syrup, nutella, and whipped cream! I like to have all of the toppings on the side so individuals can customize their waffles.

If you have leftover waffles, you can store them in an airtight container for 2-3 days in the fridge, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Waffles can also be enjoyed hot or cold, so there are so many ways to eat your leftover waffles. You can also store unused waffle batter for up to 2 days in the fridge. When you’re ready to use it, stir the batter to mix it again and it is ready.

More Healthy Breakfast Recipes to Consider

heart shaped waffles on a cooling rack
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Healthy Banana Waffles

This Healthy Banana Waffles Recipe makes light and fluffy waffles. It has plenty of fiber to fill you up and is naturally sweetened with bananas!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 medium waffles

Ingredients 

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups milk or buttermilk
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
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Instructions 

  • Turn on your waffle iron and allow it to preheat.
  • In a medium bowl mash the bananas with a fork until they are well mashed and make a smooth paste.
  • Add the applesauce and eggs and whisk to combine.
  • Add the buttermilk and combine.
  • Add the oats, wheat flour, baking powder,  salt, vanilla and cinnamon. Stir until well combined.
  • Cook the waffles according to the manufacturer instructions for your waffle iron.
  • Serve with fresh banana slices, pure maple syrup, or honey.

Notes

  • Be sure to use cooking spray on your waffle iron if needed. There is no oil in the recipe and they tend to stick badly in my waffle maker if I don’t spray it with cooking oil first.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 of 6 medium waffles, Calories: 224kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 62mg, Sodium: 452mg, Potassium: 392mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 212IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 221mg, Iron: 2mg
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36 Comments

  1. Farah says:

    A quick Q. in ur instructions u have mentioned baking soda but in your ingredients it’s missing…please clarify. Thanks

    1. Melissa says:

      It’s just the baking powder called for in the ingredients, no baking soda needed, I got that fixed! Thank you for pointing it out.

  2. Kelsey says:

    Everytime I make these there is always raw dough in the middle. I’ve tried overcooking them and that still doesn’t matter. I am following the recipe. Any suggestions?

    1. Melissa says:

      It’ll depend a lot on your waffle iron. I would try adding less batter to the waffle iron or letting it cook for longer than it is indicating.

  3. Nicole says:

    Hey there,
    What kind of oats do you use in this?

    1. Melissa says:

      Whatever you like or have on hand, old fashioned or instant.

  4. Jamie says:

    5 stars
    Delicious and easy and my little girls gobbled them up! I was too lazy to go to the basement for applesauce so just used extra bananas. We ate them with strawberries, cream and buttermilk syrup. Yum!

  5. Amnysti says:

    These looks so yummy. Do you think GF all purpose flour would work?

    1. Melissa says:

      I don’t have any experience with it but in theory it sure should. Let me know if you try it!

  6. Julie says:

    What kind of oats do you use? Thanks!

    1. Melissa says:

      Old Fashioned (not instant!) I’ll make a note of that in the recipe! Thanks lady 🙂

  7. Becky says:

    I have a pancake recipe VERY similar to this but will try this for easy reheat in the toaster! 🙂 the main difference is there is 1Tbs of honey if the batter coups probably add it to this batter then no need for syrup 🙂

    1. Melissa says:

      That sounds delicious!

  8. Jody Bucci says:

    You don’t give the number of servings for each recipe. I would need to know that so I won’t overeat. Thank you.

  9. Hanna says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I made them into pancakes and topped them off with some blueberries and they were amazing! I also substituted the milk for almond milk because it was all I had in my fridge and it turned out great.

    Thanks!

    1. Melissa says:

      Great to know! I’ve just gotten into almond milk this year and now always have it. I’m glad to know it works well with it!

  10. Coral says:

    My waffle maker just isn’t very effective! This recipe works for pancakes too, for those of you who might not have a waffle maker!