Start your day off right with these healthy Banana Waffles! They’re soft and fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and packed with the goodness of whole grain oat flour and the flavors of banana and cinnamon. They’re an easy meal prep breakfast recipe that’s dairy and gluten-free!

Banana waffles on a plate with sliced banana on top

When it comes to breakfast, waffles are my favorite. Most people reserve them for a special weekend breakfast because they’re time consuming, and most aren’t the healthiest things to eat on a regular basis.

I kept that in mind when I created these Healthy Banana Waffles. I eat one waffle like toast slathered with nut butter, a bit of fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup, which makes it possible to enjoy every day if I so desire.

I’ve touted the whole grain goodness of oat flour for a long time because it’s 100% whole grain, gluten-free and lends a soft texture to baked goods.

Years ago I created these oat flour waffles and sweet potato waffles because I was trying to eat less gluten and I haven’t looked back. They both delivered big with a soft, fluffy interior and crispy exterior, and a hearty, nutty flavor that I love.

I added banana to the mix in this recipe, which makes them extra special. It’s like banana bread in waffle form, and I love making a big batch to freeze and enjoy any day of the week.

It’s truly winning at breakfast time!

Syrup pouring over a small stack of banana waffles

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • These banana waffles are crisp on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, and packed with banana and warm cinnamon flavor.
  • They’re made with 100% whole grain oat flour and are dairy and gluten-free.
  • The recipe comes together in one bowl with just a few ingredients.
  • Waffles are freezer friendly, so they make a healthy meal prep breakfast.

Recipe ingredients

This banana waffle recipe includes just a few ingredients, some of which can be customized with what you have on hand.

Banana waffle recipe ingredients

Ingredient notes

  • Oat flour. You can purchase oat flour or make your own by following my easy tutorial on how to make oat flour with oats that already have in your pantry. I don’t recommend substituting it with any other type of flour as results will vary.
  • Bananas. Be sure that your bananas are nice and ripe just the way they would be for banana muffins or banana bread.
  • Eggs. There are 4 eggs in this recipe, which may sound like a lot. Since oat flour is gluten-free, additional eggs are needed for structure.
  • Oil. I used coconut oil in this recipe because I love the flavor, but feel free to use what you have on hand.
  • Almond milk. I used unsweetened almond milk, but it may be easily substituted with your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk.

How to make banana oat waffles

This recipe comes together in just a few minutes with very little equipment. Grab a fork, a whisk and a big bowl and get started!

See the recipe card below for full instructions.

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  1. Mash the banana in a large bowl.
  2. Add the oil, eggs and milk and whisk well to combine.
  3. Add the oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, and whisk until incorporated and very few lumps of flour remain.
  4. Prepare the waffles following the waffle iron manufacturer’s instructions. I used the medium setting for crispy waffles.
Banana waffles on a plate with sliced banana and maple syrup

FAQs

Can waffles be healthy?

These banana waffles are a healthier way to enjoy waffles as they’re made with 100% whole grain oat flour, which is a good source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. They’re still high in carbohydrates, however, so you should consult your doctor to make sure that they’re right for you.

I try to limit my carbohydrates, so instead of eating a stack of waffles, I eat one like toast topped with my favorite nut butter and toppings.

What is a healthy topping for waffles?

Instead of eating a stack of waffles smothered in maple syrup, I love slathering one of my healthy banana waffles with almond or peanut butter, cacao nibs, a bit of fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup. This way I control my carbs and consume a lot less sugar.

Recipe notes

  • Waffles may be frozen in an even layer in a zip top bag for up to 3 months.  Simply toast until warmed through and enjoy!
  • These banana waffles are great served like toast!  Slather with your favorite nut butter, fruit, cacao nibs or nuts, and drizzle a bit of maple syrup over the top.
Banana oat waffles on a plate with banana and cacao nibs on top

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Banana waffles on a plate with sliced banana on top

Banana Waffles

Banana Waffles are light, fluffy and packed with whole grain oat flour and the flavors of banana and warm cinnamon. They're dairy and gluten-free for a healthy meal prep breakfast!
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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil sub with your favorite oil
  • 1 cup mashed banana 2 large or 3 medium
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk or sub with your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk
  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Cooking spray

Instructions 

  • Preheat the waffle iron according to manufacturer's instructions with the crispness setting set to medium.
  • If using coconut oil and it's in solid state, measure it into a large bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds or until melted.
    4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Add the mashed banana, eggs and almond milk and whisk well to combine.
    1 cup mashed banana, 4 large eggs, 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • Add the oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, and whisk until well incorporated and only a few lumps remain.
    2 cups oat flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Spray the waffle iron generously with cooking spray and pour the batter into each of the 4 cavities and cook according to manufacturer's instructions. Once cooked, place the waffles on a baking sheet and repeat with the remaining batter.
    Cooking spray
  • Serve warm with maple syrup and desired toppings, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Waffles may be frozen in an even layer in a zip top bag for up to 3 months.  Simply toast until warmed through and enjoy!
  • These banana waffles are great served like toast!  Slather with your favorite nut butter, fruit, cacao nibs or nuts, and drizzle a bit of maple syrup over the top.

Nutrition

Serving: 1waffle, Calories: 247kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 93mg, Sodium: 319mg, Potassium: 248mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 154IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 121mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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