Light and fluffy Whole Wheat Banana Waffles with perfectly crisp edges, warm spices and made with zero refined sugar for the perfect healthy morning breakfast!
Note: This post first appeared on May 16, 2012. It has been updated with bright new photos, but is still the same delicious recipe!
Who doesn’t love a warm batch of delicious waffles on a Saturday morning?? These whole wheat banana waffles are just so comforting and boy do they make my kitchen smell GOOD! My daughter absolutely loves these and since these waffles are made with 100% whole grains and naturally sweetened with bananas and a touch of maple syrup, I don’t mind letting her indulge.
I love adding bananas to my waffles, pancakes or even when baking bread because not only do they keep them nice and moist, but they add such a delicious sweetness without needing any sugar. I also added a little cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla along with some maple syrup to keep all those warm flavors together. The result? The perfect weekend breakfast your whole family will enjoy!
Here’s What You’ll Need
- Whole wheat flour – to keep these healthier I wanted to use 100% whole grains, you could also use white whole wheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour or even gluten-free 1:1 baking flour
- Baking powder – this is what helps these waffles get nice and fluffy, make sure to use baking powder and not baking soda
- Almond milk – this just adds additional moisture to these waffles and any type of milk will work
- Eggs – you’ll need two eggs for this recipe and you’ll want to whisk them really good until they are light, fluffy and a bit lighter in color
- Banana – make sure to use a really ripe banana (one with a lot of brown spots) to really get that sweet banana flavor!
- Applesauce – this takes the place of butter and oil in this recipe and helps keep these waffles nice and moist
- Maple syrup – I added just a tablespoon for a little sweetness and I like to drizzle a little over top at the end!
- Vanilla – this just goes so well with all the warm flavors in these waffles!
- Spices – a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and kosher salt
Have fun with the mix-ins too! You could add in things like chocolate chips, berries or even chopped nuts!
How to Make Whole Wheat Banana Waffles
These waffles are super easy to make and all you need is a large mixing bowl and a good waffle iron. You’ll have these delicious waffles ready in just a few simple steps:
- Pre-heat waffle iron. I have this one and I’m really happy with it because the quality is awesome for the low price point and it makes 4 Belgian-style waffles at a time, which is a must when you have a really hungry family! I do want to note that any type or size waffle iron will work with this recipe though!
- Mix together ingredients. First mix together all the dry ingredients in one bowl, then beat your eggs in a separate bowl until they’re frothy and bubbles start to form. Mix in the milk, applesauce, mashed banana and vanilla then pour that into the dry ingredients and mix together until just combined. Lumps are okay!
- Cook waffles! Spoon the batter into your pre-heated waffle maker and cook until nice and golden with crispy edges. Repeat until the batter is finished and enjoy immediately!
Tips for Making the Best Waffles
- Don’t over-mix the batter. Make sure to mix all the ingredients until just combined and a few lumps are ok! Over-mixing will result in a dense waffle and we want them fluffy!
- Try not to over-fill the well of your waffle maker. The batter will spread out as you press the top down and too much batter can taste
- Have patience! You don’t want to lift the lid of your waffle maker too early to avoid the waffle breaking apart and letting out the heat. Your waffle iron should have a light indicator letting you know when the waffles are done, or you can just watch for when the steam stops coming out the sides
- Keep cooked waffles warm (and still crisp!) while you make the entire batch by placing them in a 250 degree pre-heated oven so that the whole family can eat breakfast together!
- While keeping your waffles warm, make sure to avoid stacking them so that they don’t get soggy.
Fun Waffle Toppings
- Good old fashioned 100% pure maple syrup
- Drizzle of honey
- Dollop of Greek yogurt or whipped cream
- Fresh fruit or my chia seed jam
- Spread on a little nut butter
- Chopped nuts or seeds
How to Store and Freeze Waffles
These whole wheat banana waffles will last up to 3 to 5 days in a sealed airtight container in the fridge, but you can also freeze them for up to 3 months! Let the waffles cool completely on a wire rack and then you can either place them individually in plastic baggies or wrap the waffles in plastic wrap and store them in your freezer. When you’re ready to eat them, let them thaw out completely in the fridge overnight, then just pop them in your toaster when ready to serve! The toaster keeps them nice and crispy on the outside so I highly recommend this.
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- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 30 mins
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 medium ripe banana, mashed
- 1 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat your waffle iron and coat with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; set aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk eggs until fluffy and you see bubbles start to form. Then mix together the milk, applesauce, banana, maple syrup and vanilla with the egg mixture. Pour the egg mixture in with the dry mixture and mix until just combined. You’ll have some lumps and that’s okay!
- Carefully spoon your batter onto your pre-heated waffle iron and cook until golden brown. Repeat until batter is finished. Serve immediately with fresh fruit and pure maple syrup (or whatever toppings you’d like) and enjoy!
- Serving Size: 1 large waffle
- Calories: 159
- Sugar: 5.8 g
- Sodium: 92.7 mg
- Fat: 2.4 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
- Carbohydrates: 30.8 g
- Fiber: 4.5 g
- Protein: 6.1 g
* Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for most accurate results.