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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.
4.97 from 55 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
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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
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This post was first published June 2017.

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  1. 5 stars
    I had to use the following substitutions because of allergies and available ingredients: vegan butter, soy milk, and flax seed, and spelt flour. My kid thought it was yummy with sunflower butter. I think the banana gives it good texture. I had previously made waffles from a vegan recipe site and they came out disappointingly dry so I’m really happy with how these turned out.

  2. 5 stars
    Amazing. So easy. Recipe is perfect. Will be making these a lot, I can already tell. I added some mini chocolate chips to the batter. I think adding wild blueberries would be really yummy too!

  3. 5 stars
    Family favorite. I make a double batch of these and freeze what we don’t eat. We’ve discovered that “meal prepping” breakfast like this is more convenient for us than even doing dinners. Thank you for sharing all these amazing recipes!

  4. 5 stars
    Sweet and delicious, a little softer than other waffles like another reviewer mentioned (which I love). My toddler has his with unsweetened apple sauce, yogurt, and a natural peanut butter drizzle. Ate every last crumb. Super recipe! Will have to double it next time so I have extras to freeze.

  5. 5 stars
    I love that there is no added sugar! I would love a little more banana flavor but these are really great for my grandson! Thank you so much for this simple recipe. I made 10 mini waffles out of this batter. Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe. 👍

  6. 5 stars
    I added some sugar. It didn’t need a lot. Yum. Softer than typical waffles but delicious and nutritious.
    debate is: make extra, or the right amount? This was perfect for a dinner for 2.

  7. 5 stars
    So easy to make. I whipped up a batch this morning before work for my 8 month old. They are great for baby led weaning too!

  8. 5 stars
    These waffles are so stinkin good. They are easy to make, light and fluffy, and make the house smell amazing. I add some chocolate chips to the batter and serve it with peanut butter and maple syrup. It’s so decadent that you can’t even tell it doesn’t have added sugar and loads of butter. This has become my favorite way to use ripe bananas. Thank you!!