The amazing flavor of banana is baked right into every bite of these easy banana waffles. These waffles are tender, hearty and naturally sweet. They’re sure to become a family favorite!
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Anytime I have ripe bananas, I always reach for this banana waffle recipe. It’s the best way to capture the sweet, tropical taste of a perfect banana and a great way to make sure no bananas are ever wasted. The browner the banana, the better!
Making banana waffles is also a whole lot faster than turning your over-ripe bananas into banana bread, the classic way to use extra bananas. With this banana waffle recipe, you can transform your ripe bananas into a beautiful breakfast in less than ten minutes. And we all know, there is nothing I love more than an easy, delicious breakfast recipe!
Fluffy Banana Waffle Recipe
Making banana waffles is as easy as one, two, three. First, you mash the ripe bananas in a bowl, then you add in the wet ingredients, followed by the dries. Mix it all up and, poof! A perfect banana waffle batter that is ready to go into your hot waffle iron. I think you are going to be really surprised by how easy it is to make these homemade banana waffles!
The best part is that this banana waffle recipe bakes into a picture-perfect, golden brown plate of waffles that looks like it came out of a magazine. The waffles are not just beautiful, but they smell incredible. Your whole family will come running to the breakfast table when they smell banana waffles baking!
And then, just one bite of banana waffles, and everyone will be hooked. Homemade banana waffles topped with some maple syrup, whipped cream, or maybe some fresh fruit is a breakfast from a dream. Now, it’s time to make that dream come true and whip up a batch of fresh banana waffles. This recipe really is the perfect way to start the day!
See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
- Ripe bananas – Make sure you use bananas that are covered in brown spots. Browning bananas have a higher natural sugar content and will make your waffles sweeter. They’re also a lot easier to mash! (Here’s how to ripen bananas!)
- Egg yolks – I use all egg yolks for this recipe to make the waffles super rich and decadent.
- Whole milk – Whole milk is best for giving the waffles a nice texture.
- Butter – Unsalted butter always works best when it comes to baking.
- Baking powder
- Brown sugar – I like to use dark brown sugar to get a strong molasses taste. It goes really well with the flavor of the bananas.
- Replace the two egg yolks with one whole egg.
- Use a gluten-free baking flour mix to replace the all-purpose flour. This will make perfect gluten-free banana waffles.
- Substitute the whole milk for any of your favorite milk. Unsweetened almond milk, oat milk or almond milk are all perfect dairy-free options.
How to Make Banana Waffles
- Heat your waffle iron: Start by plugging in your waffle iron and turning it on to preheat. By the time your waffle batter is ready, the waffle iron will be hot and ready to bake.
- Mash the bananas: Mash the ripe bananas in a medium-sized bowl. You want them to be as smooth as possible, although a few small lumps are fine.
- Add the wet ingredients: Add the milk, egg yolks, vanilla, and melted butter to the bowl with the mashed banana. Whisk everything together well.
- Add the dry ingredients: Whisk in the remaining dry ingredients to make a nice, thick batter.
- Bake the waffles: Pour about ¾ cup of waffle batter into the hot waffle iron and cook the waffle until it’s golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. When the waffle is baked, it will easily lift out of the waffle iron and be ready to eat!
How to Store Banana Waffles
This recipe makes about four large Belgian waffles. If you happen to have leftover waffles, wrap them up in plastic wrap and then store them in the fridge. When you are ready to eat a leftover banana waffle, reheat it in the toaster oven for about 2 minutes. This will warm the center of the waffle and re-crisp the outside.
You can also reheat banana waffles in the microwave, heating them for about 30 seconds. The waffles will be soft and warm.
Baked banana waffles freeze really well. Let them cool and then place them in a gallon sized freezer bag. Freeze the waffles for up to three months. Anytime you want a homemade banana waffle, you can take it out of the freezer and reheat it for about 3-4 minutes in the toaster oven or one minute in the microwave.
Pancake batter and waffle batter are made with a lot of the same ingredients, but waffle batter has more sugar and more fats. Waffle batter is much richer than pancake batter.
Using a hot waffle iron is important to make sure your waffles are crispy. Be sure to preheat your waffle iron for several minutes before adding batter. The waffle batter will instantly start cooking the moment it hits the hot metal and make the waffles nice and crispy.
It’s a good idea to let waffle batter rest, but it is not necessary with this banana waffle recipe. When waffle batter rests, it will start to rise as the baking powder is activated by the wet ingredients. The airy batter will make the waffles a little bit lighter and fluffier in the center as they bake. If you have time, let the mixed waffle batter sit for about 20 minutes to fluff it up.
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat your waffle iron according to your waffle iron directions.
- In a medium sized bowl, mash the bananas well. You want them to be thick and liquidy with few chunks. I like to use a fork to mash the bananas but a potato masher also works well.
- Whisk the milk, egg yolks and vanilla into the mashed bananas.
- Add the melted butter to the bowl and whisk again.
- Stir in the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, brown sugar and salt. Stir until the batter is smooth.
- Pour about ¾ of a cup of waffle batter into your waffle iron. Each waffle iron will be different so check your waffle iron instructions to see how much batter to add. ¾ cup batter is perfect for a regular sized Belgian waffle.
- Close the waffle iron and cook for about 4-5 minutes. The waffle will be golden brown and pull away easily from the waffle iron. Remove the cooked waffle from the waffle iron using tongs.
- Serve the waffle while hot and repeat the cooking process with the remaining batter.