These thick and fluffy banana bread waffles are scented with warm cinnamon and naturally sweetened with ripe bananas. Your family will love this easy breakfast recipe!
In our house, there is nothing better than having pancakes or waffles for breakfast! Whether it’s my blueberry buckwheat pancakes, fluffy pumpkin pancakes or even a savory cheddar and chive waffle, my family is all in for leisurely breakfast meals!
Since my husband loves baking banana bread and my kids love eating banana bread, I decided to turn their favorite snack into a healthier waffle recipe. The end result was thick, fluffy and full flavor thanks to banana, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Whenever I make waffles, I like to add flaxseed meal to the mix for added health benefits including omega 3’s, fiber and protein. If you don’t have it, just add more flour.
The secret to making this waffle batter taste like banana bread is adding ripe, mashed bananas, cinnamon, and nutmeg. By using ripe bananas, there is no need to use any added sugar in this recipe. Additionally, adding fragrant, warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg add a ton of flavor without adding calories.
These waffles are delicious on their own but I love to serve them with additional banana slices, butter, and maple syrup.
Frequently asked questions:
What’s the best type of flour for waffles?
I love using white whole wheat or whole wheat pastry flour for making waffles (or any baked goods for that matter!) because it contains whole grains, fiber, vitamins and other nutrients. Of course, you can also use good old fashioned all-purpose flour as well. I don’t recommend traditional whole wheat flour as it tends to end up much denser and not as fluffy and light as I prefer in waffles and baked goods.
What’s the best waffle maker to use to make waffles at home?
This is a great Cuisinart waffle maker that most people love using! The reason being is that it can make two waffles at a time and has a timer.
Can waffles be frozen for later?
Yes absolutely! Here is my guide on How to Freeze and Reheat Pancakes and Waffles. We love keeping them stashed in the freezer for busy weekday mornings!
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Banana Bread Waffles with Cinnamon
- 1 ¾ cups whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose flour)
- ¼ cup flaxseed meal ((or additional flour))
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 large banana (mashed)
- 2 cups milk (any kind)
- ½ cup plain, whole milk yogurt (or oil)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- banana slices, maple syrup and butter (optional, to serve)
- Pre-heat waffle maker.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: flour through salt; set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together liquid ingredients: mashed banana through vanilla. Gently fold in the dry ingredients and mix to combine. If the mixture seems a little dry, add a little more milk or water.
- Pour batter into waffle iron and cook on medium-high heat for around 5-10 minutes. Serve warm or follow my instructions on How to Freeze and Reheat Pancakes and Waffles.