These healthy Banana Waffles are such an easy, healthy breakfast to make! These waffles are soft in the center, crispy on the edges, and made with wholesome ingredients from whole wheat flour, ripe bananas, and oat flour.
They taste between banana oatmeal pancakes and banana bread, but they are way faster to bake, gently cooked in a warm waffle maker. They crisp on the edges, but deliver a moist, fluffy texture like banana bread.
Why You Will Love These Banana Waffles
- Quick and healthy waffles
- Use lots of ripe bananas
- Moist, crispy on the edges
- Ready in less than 30 minutes
Ingredients And Substitutions
To make healthy waffles with bananas, you need to remove eggs, and dairy, and focus on high-fiber, nourishing ingredients.
- Whole Wheat Flour – It is my recommended swap to regular all-purpose flour, mostly used in classic waffle recipes. It has more fiber and proteins and keeps you full for longer. I haven’t tried gluten-free whole-grain flour blends, so I am unsure how it would impact the waffle’s texture. If you don’t have wholewheat flour, try all-purpose flour instead.
- Oat Flour – It is the second wholesome flour I like using to boost the fiber of waffles. Check my tutorial on how to make oat flour from rolled oats if you need it. You can also replace it with more wholewheat flour, or use gluten-free oats if desired.
- Ripe Bananas – The riper, the less sugar you need to add, making the waffles even healthier.
- Maple Syrup or any refined sugar-free sweetener like coconut nectar or agave syrup.
- Vanilla Extract for flavour
- Apple Cider Vinegar or lemon juice. To turn the non-dairy milk into a creamy buttermilk.
- Cinnamon to flavor the waffles. You can also swap for pumpkin pie spices or leave it out.
- Salt to enhance the overall flavor of the waffles.
- Non-Dairy Milk of Choice, like unsweetened almond milk, oat milk, or soy milk to boost proteins.
- Melted Coconut Oil or light olive oil to decrease the saturated fat. If you are after an oil-free waffle recipe, you can use the same amount of nut butter instead, like peanut butter or unsweetened applesauce. Note that both options make the waffles softer.
Making Healthy Banana Waffles
- First, peel and mash the ripe bananas and measure the amount in measuring cups. Set aside in a mixing bowl.
- In the same bowl, add the wet ingredients: almond milk, melted coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, and whisk to combine evenly. You can also place the wet ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth to remove any banana bites.
- Whisk in dry ingredients: whole wheat flour, oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
- Whisk until the batter looks like banana bread, thick, and dense but no lumps of flour can be seen.
Generously oil the waffle iron plates with cooking oil spray. Scoop out about ½ cup of waffle batter per waffle and pour onto the warm waffle iron.
Close the waffle maker. Bake the banana oat waffles for 6-7 minutes or until golden brown and crispy on the edges.
Expert Baking Tips For Healthy Waffles
- Re-oil the waffle iron between each waffle you bake. Healthy waffles, especially with fruit or veggie puree tend to stick more to the iron. Therefore, extra oil is needed.
- Use a spray or a pastry brush to oil the waffle iron plates to make sure the oil goes everywhere.
- Measure the mashed bananas precisely to avoid dry batter.
- Adjust the batter if too thick adding a few tablespoons of extra plant-based milk at once.
Healthy Waffle Toppings
Serve the warm waffles with some:
- Fresh fruits – banana slices, strawberries, blueberries
- Maple syrup or sugar-free syrup
- Whipped coconut cream
- Plant-based yogurt
- Chocolate chips
- Peanut butter or almond butter
Damien’s Take On These Waffles
I love waffles! They are the best breakfast because you can put so much chocolate spread in each of these squares.
These waffles are great, but watch out, they soften quickly after they’re cooked.
My tip: put them in a bread toaster for 30 seconds to make them crisp again!
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Healthy Banana Waffles
- Preheat a waffle maker and generously grease the iron plate with oil using a cooking oil spray or pastry brush.
- Peel, mash bananas, and pack them in a measuring cup to measure the exact amount required by the recipe. Place in a large mixing bowl.
- In the same large mixing bowl, whisk in the apple cider vinegar, almond milk, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
- Whisk in white whole wheat flour, oat flour, baking powder, and cinnamon until the batter is thick and consistent.
- Scoop out 1/2 cup of batter in the waffle iron, close the iron, and bake the waffles for 6-7 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
- Regrease the iron, and wait until it reaches the green light before baking another waffle.