Adding ripe banana to your next batch of waffles is a simple way to add delicious flavor (and nutrients!). These Banana Waffles are easy to make and super yummy to share with the whole family.

banana waffles on kids plates

Banana Waffles

While I don’t often make waffles during the week, they are one of our go-to weekend morning breakfasts This recipe, which is a great way to use up a too-ripe banana, is one we turn to often since we all love the flavor.

The kids eat them with their hands and dip into a topping, or with a fork, depending on their age.

TIP: No banana? No problem! Check out my Mini Vanilla Waffles.

ingredients in banana waffles

Ingredients You Need

Here’s a look at what you’ll need to make this recipe.

  • Ripe banana: This will ensure that the waffles are sweet and flavorful.
  • Milk: You can use any dairy or nondairy milk you prefer.
  • Egg: Lightly beat this before adding to the mixture.
  • Coconut oil¬†or butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • Vanilla extract
  • Whole wheat flour: This flour absorbs liquids readily and works well with the moisture from the banana.
  • Baking powder, cinnamon, salt

Step by Step Instructions

Scroll down to the bottom of the post for more specifics on this recipe. This will give you an idea of what to expect.

how to make banana waffles step by step
  1. Mash the banana. Stir it together with the rest of the wet ingredients.
  2. Stir in the dry ingredients.
  3. Heat the waffle maker and cook each waffle.
  4. Serve warm with desired topping.

TIP: Serve with nut butter, maple syrup, jam, yogurt, or applesauce.

banana waffles on wire rack

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best waffle maker?

I have a very basic Cuisinart waffle maker that’s less than $30. It’s held up for years and delivers very consistently cooked waffles.

Can I make these into Chocolate Banana Waffles

Yes! Just swap in 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder for 1 tablespoon of the flour and proceed with the recipe. Or add a handful of chocolate chips to the batter.

What’s the best way to serve these to a toddler? A baby?

You can cut them into sticks or dice them up. My kids like to dip them into maple syrup, yogurt, or even apple sauce. They’re very soft and easy to chew.

banana-cocoa-waffles-on-divided-plate

How to Store

Let leftovers cool completely and store in a container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Pop into the toaster to warm. Or, freeze in a freezer bag and warm on a future morning.

Best Tips for Success

  • Egg-free: Omit the egg, increase the milk to ¾ cup, and soak 2 tablespoons chia seeds in the milk for 5 minutes before adding to the batter.
  • Gluten-free: Use cup-for-cup gluten-free flour.
  • Dairy-free: Use coconut oil and nondairy milk.
  • Serve with maple syrup, fruit puree, applesauce, or yogurt for dipping.
  • Chocolate Banana Waffles: Swap in 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder for 1 tablespoon of the flour. Or add a handful of chocolate chips to the batter.

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I’d love to hear what your family thinks of this recipe if you try it, so please comment below to share!

banana waffles on kids plates

Banana Waffles (Easy and Healthy)

These Banana Waffles have true banana flavor and leftovers store really well. Double the batch to make more for your family as needed.
4.86 from 14 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Calories 227kcal
Servings 4 (Makes about 4 waffles)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mashed banana (from about 1 very ripe medium banana)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg (lightly beaten)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or butter; melted and cooled slightly)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Add the banana, milk, egg, coconut oil, and vanilla to a medium bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Stir in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. (The batter will be thick.)
  • Warm the waffle iron and use about 1/3-cup batter for each waffle. Place the batter into the center of the waffle iron, spread it a little with a spoon, and close the lid. Let cook according to the waffle iron's settings. (My waffle iron has a 1-5 heat setting and I use the heating setting 4.)
  • Serve immediately or place onto a baking sheet and keep in a 200 degree oven while you finish cooking the rest of the batch.
  • Serve warm with syrup, fruit, jam, applesauce or nut butter.

Notes

  • Let leftovers cool completely and store in a container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Pop into the toaster to warm. Or, freeze in a freezer bag and warm on a future morning.
  • Egg-free: Omit the egg, increase the milk to ¾ cup, and soak 2 tablespoons chia seeds in the milk for 5 minutes before adding to the batter.
  • Gluten-free: Use cup-for-cup style gluten-free flour.
  • Dairy-free: Use coconut oil and nondairy milk.
  • Serve with maple syrup, fruit puree, applesauce, or yogurt for dipping.
  • Chocolate Banana Waffles: Swap in 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder for 1 tablespoon of the flour. Or add a handful of chocolate chips to the batter.

Nutrition

Serving: 1waffle, Calories: 227kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 44mg, Sodium: 387mg, Potassium: 269mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 131IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 175mg, Iron: 2mg
Tried this recipe?Rate in the comments and tag @yummytoddlerfood on IG!

This post was first published June 2017.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made these waffles over the weekend and my two year old has requested them every morning since! They are delicious! Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    Another simple toddler and everyone friendly recipe! Thanks for all you do in both teaching and reframing body image and providing great recipes!

  3. 5 stars
    Love your recipes! We had a special Sunday breakfast with these. Definitely will freeze the leftovers. Kids loved them!

  4. 5 stars
    I think these waffles had plenty of banana flavor, and my toddlers gobbled them up with a little sunbutter and blueberries. Great recipe!

  5. 3 stars
    I liked these but they didnt taste like banana or chocolate after being cooked. The maple syrup helped sweeten it up, i drizzled it on top for my toddler. I really couldnt taste the banana at all and i used a very ripe one.

  6. I don’t use coconut oil much at all and would rather not buy a whole tub of it for one recipe. What can I substitute in its place in this recipe?

    Thank you!