Banana Waffles

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Banana Waffles are a great way to use up those overripe bananas on your counter! They’re sweet, spiced with cinnamon, and have crispy edges with tender, cake-like middles.

Not feeling like waffles today? Check out my delicious Banana Pancakes instead, or try the Gluten-Free Banana Pancakes if you need to avoid gluten.

Banana Waffles on a platter with syrup drizzled over them.

A Really Great Banana Waffle Recipe

Remember these chocolate chip waffles? My kids absolutely love them and ask for them almost every morning. They’re just as obsessed with pumpkin waffles too!

I’ve been making big batches of waffles, cooling them, and then freezing them. It’s super handy on busy mornings—just toss them in the toaster, and they’re ready to eat.

The other day, while making waffles, I saw some overripe bananas on the counter. I mashed one up and added it into the batter, creating a waffle recipe with banana.

And that started my mission to create the ultimate banana waffle recipe. With plenty of bananas and lots of eager taste testers at home, I kept tweaking it until I got it just right!

All the ingredients in this recipe prepped out for easy assembly.


  • White Flour: The main part of your batter. To measure it right, fluff up the flour first, then scoop it into your measuring cup and level off the top with the back of a knife.
  • Salt: Boosts all the flavors.
  • Baking Powder: Makes your waffles light and fluffy. To see if it’s fresh: mix 2 teaspoons in hot water. If it bubbles, you’re good to go!
  • Cinnamon and Nutmeg: Adds a warm, comforting taste. Adjust the amount to what you like. 
  • Brown Sugar: Brings a bit of moisture and a sweet caramel flavor. White sugar works too.
  • Bananas: Overripe bananas are best for a stronger, sweeter flavor.
  • Whole Milk: Makes the batter creamy and flavorful. Use leftover milk for dinner — try this one pot Chicken Orzo!
  • Vanilla Extract: Adds a sweet flavor.
  • Eggs: Keep everything together and helps the waffles to be fluffy.
  • Unsalted Butter: Makes the waffles rich and smooth. Be sure it’s cooled to room temp (not hot!) when you mix it in.

Mashing the bananas and adding them in with all the other ingredients for this banana waffle recipe.

How to Make Banana Waffles Recipe from Scratch

  1. Start with ripe bananas: Use bananas that are pretty brown all over with lots of spots and speckles for the sweetest, most flavorful waffles. Mash them up and measure to get the right amount.
  2. Make the batter: It’s simple! Just mix the dry ingredients, then add the wet ingredients right on top and stir them all together.
  3. Cook the batter: Pour the batter from the bowl into a measuring cup, then onto the grid of a hot waffle iron.
  4. Keep them crisp: Place the waffles on a wire cooling rack as soon as they come out of the iron. This stops them from getting soggy and keeps them nice and crisp.


To quickly ripen bananas, bake them on a parchment-lined tray at 350 degrees F for 7-8 minutes, flipping halfway until black. Cool, discard any liquid, and mash for your waffles.

The butter being whisked into the batter and it being cooked.

Banana Waffle Recipe Tips

  • Easy Banana Mashing: Use an electric hand mixer to mash bananas quickly and smoothly.
  • Know When They’re Done: If your waffle iron has a light or beep, wait for it. If not, wait until the steam stops before you check the waffles.
  • Heat the Iron First: A preheated waffle iron cooks evenly and makes a nice golden crust.
  • Stir Just Enough: Combine ingredients until just mixed to avoid tough waffles.
  • Avoid Cooking Spray on Nonstick Surfaces: If your iron is nonstick, skip the cooking spray. It can build up and damage the surface over time.
  • Consistent Waffle Size: Use a measuring cup to make sure all your waffles are the same size for even cooking.

What Goes With Banana Waffles?

  • Syrup & Fruit: Drizzle this caramel-like syrup over the waffles and top with thinly sliced bananas and a handful of blueberries.
  • Whipped Cream or Ice Cream: Turn it into a dessert by adding a big scoop of ice cream or freshly whipped cream.
  • Bacon or Sausage: The saltiness of bacon or sausage goes with the sweetness of the waffles perfectly.
  • Eggs: Add a high-protein side by serving eggs any style you like.
  • Yogurt Parfait: Pair with a yogurt parfait for extra fiber and protein.

Banana Waffles with syrup and fresh bananas and whipped cream.


How To Freeze Banana Waffles 

Doubling or Tripling: It’s a good idea to make extra waffles for meal prep or when hosting guests. They’re great for a quick meal, be it breakfast or dinner.


  1. Let waffles cool completely at room temperature.
  2. Place them on a parchment-lined tray and freeze until solid, about 1-2 hours.
  3. Move the waffles to a freezer-safe bag or container. They’ll keep for up to 3 months.
  4. To reheat, toast the waffles.

A bite of the breakfast.

My Top Two Tips

  1. Get a Good Waffle Maker: If you often make waffles or want to invest in one, here’s the exact waffle maker I use and can’t recommend enough. Quality waffle irons can be pricey, but they really make a difference in how your waffles turn out!
  2. Rest the Batter: For the tastiest and fluffiest banana waffles, prepare your batter the night before and keep it covered in the fridge. Just stir gently before cooking in a preheated waffle maker the next morning. Or, you can let the batter sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes (and up to 2 hours) before you start cooking.

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Banana Waffles

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Banana Waffles are a great way to use up those overripe bananas on your counter! They’re sweet, spiced with cinnamon, and have crispy edges with tender, cake-like middles.
Banana Waffles with syrup and fresh bananas and whipped cream.
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Banana Waffles

Banana Waffles with syrup and fresh bananas and whipped cream.
5 from 1 vote
Banana Waffles are a great way to use up those overripe bananas on your counter! They’re sweet, spiced with cinnamon, and have crispy edges with tender, cake-like middles.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Keyword banana waffle recipe, banana waffles
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 waffles
Chelsea Lords
Calories 187kcal
Cost $4.21


  • Waffle Iron


Dry Ingredients

  • 2-1/4 cup white flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, optional

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, gently packed (or use white sugar)
  • 2/3 cup well mashed overripe banana (~2 bananas) (Note 1)
  • 1 cup whole milk (at room temp)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs (at room temp)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted & cooled to room temp

For Serving

  • My favorite syrup -- See Note 2 (or use pancake/maple syrup)
  • Optional: sliced bananas & whipped cream


  • PREP: Melt the butter and set aside to cool to room temp. Warm the milk slightly in the microwave or let it reach room temp naturally. Run un-cracked eggs under warm water to bring them to room temp. Make sure all wet ingredients are the same temperature or batter will get clumpy (warm butter will harden when hitting cold ingredients).
  • DRY: Whisk together "dry ingredients" in a large bowl.
  • WET: Right on top, add all "wet ingredients" except the butter. Whisk until combined. While whisking, slowly drizzle in the melted butter. Whisk until smooth. Don't over-mix. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes if possible (fluffier waffles).
  • COOK: Preheat your nonstick waffle maker according to the model's instructions. Once heated, add 1/3 cup of batter per cavity. Cook until each waffle is nicely crisped on both sides and cooked through in the center.
  • ENJOY: Keep cooked waffles warm in the oven while finishing the batch (Note 3), or serve immediately with your choice of toppings.
  • MAKE AHEAD WAFFLES: Waffles turn out best when batter rests for a while. I like to make the batter the night before and then cook it the next morning! To do this: cover the batter tightly and store it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, give it a quick stir and cook it in a preheated waffle maker. It's great having the batter ready to go for breakfast, and the waffles taste even better!


Recipe Notes

Note 1: The riper the banana, the sweeter and bolder the flavor. Wait until the bananas are well-browned. Mash the bananas in a bowl with a fork until they have the consistency of applesauce. Use two 1/3-cup measuring cups filled to the top for an accurate measurement.
Note 2: My Fave Syrup: Combine 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1 cup light brown sugar, 1/2 cup heavy cream, and a pinch of salt in a medium-sized pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until butter melts and syrup slightly thickens (5-8 mins). Remove from heat, stir in 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.
Note 3: To keep waffles crisp, place them on a cooling rack set over a large pan. Put the pan in a 200°F oven to keep waffles warm as you continue cooking.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 24.1g | Protein: 5.4g | Fat: 7.7g | Cholesterol: 77.7mg | Sodium: 132mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 4.2g

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