This easy banana waffles recipe transforms ripe bananas into a golden, fluffy breakfast! Packed with warm cinnamon and a burst of fruit, these waffles are begging to be devoured smothered in maple syrup.

Got a ripe banana on hand? Let’s make banana waffles! This recipe is here for when you’ve got only one banana on the counter and are wondering how to turn it into a meal. Whisk it up into a fruity batter spiced with cinnamon, then cook in a waffle maker until golden and crisp. These waffles are absolutely delicious, perfect topped with a drizzle of maple syrup, a few banana slices and a dollop of peanut butter.

Ingredients for this banana waffles recipe

Banana waffles are a great way to transform a ripe banana into a meal, which isn’t always possible with a lonely banana! Our best banana bread requires 4 to 5 bananas, which isn’t always what we have on hand. For single bananas, waffles to the rescue! Combine the fruit with a few standard baking ingredients and you’ve got waffles. Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. All purpose flour: All-purpose flour is our go-to for waffles. If you’re looking for gluten-free, go to gluten-free waffles made with almond flour.
  2. Baking powder: This leavener makes the waffles light and fluffy.
  3. Sugar: You can use granulated or brown sugar, or even maple syrup or honey. We prefer brown sugar here.
  4. Cinnamon: This spice is key to the warm flavor.
  5. Neutral oil: Options include grapeseed oil, organic canola or vegetable oil. Using oil omits the need to melt butter.
  6. Milk of choice: You can use either dairy or non-dairy like oat milk or almond milk to make this recipe dairy-free.
  7. Eggs: Two eggs make this waffle recipe come together. For vegan, substitute flax eggs.
  8. Banana: Use a very ripe banana. The riper the banana, the more the fruity flavor comes through.

Belgian waffles vs standard

This banana waffles recipe works for either Belgian or standard waffles: you’ll get 4 standard or 4 Belgian. Our personal preference is Belgian waffles, since they’re thicker and look more impressive. Here’s the Belgian waffle iron we use, which is what we used for these photographs.

  • Belgian waffles are twice as large as regular waffles. They’re 1 ½ inches thick with a deep grid pattern. One serving size is half of a Belgian waffle, since it’s double the size of a standard waffle — unless you make a half size with ruffled edges.
  • Regular waffles, aka American waffles are about 1/2-inch thick. They’re half the size of the Belgian waffles, and the serving size is 1 waffle.
  • Ruffled edge Belgian waffles: You can make a smaller serving size with a Belgian waffle maker. Simply use about ½ cup of the batter in a Belgian waffle maker and don’t spread it to the edges. You can also do this in a standard waffle maker by using about ¼ cup batter.

How to make banana waffles: a few tips!

This banana waffles recipe is as simple as mixing up a quick batter, then frying it in a waffle maker until golden brown. There are a few helpful tips for using a waffle maker if you’re a novice:

  • Grease or butter the waffle iron. You can use oil with a brush, butter, or coconut oil. While most waffle irons are non-stick, they can use their surface over time. Our Belgian waffle maker is a few years old and requires a good greasing: or else the waffle gets stuck in the deep grooves.
  • Cook until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Some waffle makers have a light or sound that tells you when the waffle is cooked. Others don’t (like ours)! Set a timer and start checking around the 3 minute mark: pull it when it’s nice and golden.
  • Place cooked waffles in a 250°F degree oven to keep warm. Once you’re done cooking the waffle, serve it right away. Or, place it on a parchment lined baking sheet and place it in a low oven to cool.

Topping ideas

Banana waffles can be topped with just about anything! Because these waffles are nicely seasoned with fruit and cinnamon, we like not getting too complex on the toppings so you can taste the banana flavor. Here’s what we’d recommend:

  • Pure maple syrup is a must; we like the containers labeled “Grade A: Dark Color and Robust Taste”
  • Banana slices are a nice way to bring out the banana flavor even more
  • Nut butter like peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower butter is a good pairing
  • Whipped cream or lightly sweetened Greek yogurt
  • Powdered sugar

Let us know what you plan to use for toppings in the comments below. Any questions? Let us know there, too!

This banana waffles recipe is…

Vegetarian and dairy-free.


Banana Waffles Recipe

This easy banana waffles recipe transforms ripe bananas into a golden, fluffy breakfast! Packed with warm cinnamon and a burst of fruit, these waffles are begging to be devoured smothered in maple syrup.
Servings 4 Yield: (4 standard or 2 large Belgian waffles) 1x
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated or brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup mashed ripe banana about 1 banana
  • ¾ cup milk of choice dairy or non-dairy
  • ¼ cup neutral oil like organic vegetable oil, organic canola, or grapeseed


  • Preheat the waffle iron to the high heat setting.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the all purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, and kosher salt until thoroughly combined.
  • In another bowl, whisk the eggs, mashed banana, milk, and neutral oil. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk vigorously until the batter is mostly smooth.
  • Lightly brush oil onto the waffle maker. Immediately, add the batter into the center of the waffle iron (a little over 1 cup for a Belgian waffle maker and a little over ½ cup for a standard waffle maker, or ½ cup in a Belgian waffle maker for ruffled edges), then cook according to the waffle iron’s instructions. Remove the cooked waffles and place them on a baking sheet without stacking. Make the waffles to order, or place cooked waffles in a 250°F oven to keep warm. Serve topped with maple syrup. 
  • Cooked waffles can be frozen; place them in a plastic bag and remove the remaining air with a straw before sealing. To reheat, remove from the freezer and lightly toast in a toaster.
Author: Kit Food
Course: Breakfast & Brunch Recipes, Recipes

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