With its super-moist texture and sugary flavors, this easy homemade banana waffle recipe is a family favorite. It is best served warm, topped with your favorite fruit, butter, syrup, or all of the above.
Thinking of what to do with your leftover bananas? This homemade banana waffle recipe my absolute favorite! It is a recipe that our entire family has enjoyed for many years. In our home, waffles are the breakfast food my kids ask for on birthdays and special occasions. It’s the first thing that comes to mind when planning a big family breakfast, or brunch, or dinner… Let’s face it- you can enjoy waffles at any time of the day and with any meal. (Let’s agree on this and keep it moving).
We recently enjoyed this recipe for our special Valentine’s day breakfast. I used a heart-shaped waffle iron to create the beautiful heart-shaped version of these waffles.
I’ve tried so many different waffle recipes, but this one is truly the best. Not only is it absolutely delicious, but it’s also easy to make from scratch. It’s so easy in fact, I’m sure your kids (like mine) will want to get in on the action too.
Even though we’ve enjoyed this recipe for many years, it feels like a treat every single time.
4 secrets for The perfect Homemade Waffle recipe
Get To Know Your Waffle Maker
The secret to getting the perfect waffle is to know the specs and cooking instructions of your waffle maker. Waffle makers vary and the results that you’ll get will vary depending on which waffle iron is being used.
Read the instruction manual that comes in the box and follow those instructions closely to get the perfect waffle.
For best results, choose a cast iron or nonstick model. It doesn’t matter as much if it is a flip vs non-flip model. Even though some people swear that flip waffle irons give better results because gravity forces the batter into the other side when you flip, a quality non-flip model will be able to get you the same results.
Don’t Overmix The Batter
Just like when you’re making pancakes, it’s important that you don’t overmix. A simple folding will do until all the ingredients are sufficiently mixed.
Grease it up
It’s important to apply plenty of grease to your iron (even when you’re using a nonstick iron). I like to brush vegetable oil all over the iron, but cooking spray works just as well. The extra grease will allow the waffles to slide out easily once it is ready. You’ll need to do this between waffles as needed.
Don’t lift the lid too early
I know, I know… it can be tempting to want to check to see if your waffle is ready. But DO NOT… I repeat… DO NOT lift your lid early to peek. When you lift the lid up, you might end up causing the waffle to rip while the other half sinks to the bottom.
The Best Waffle Toppings for Banana waffles
Pretty much anything goes as a waffle topping. You can have sweet or savory depending on your preference.
I don’t like bananas but love the flavor in the waffles and pancakes we make. This recipe uses banana in the batter, hence it is a banana waffle recipe.
Outside of the fruits, you can have anything from chicken (yay chicken and waffles) to sugar-based substances such as maple syrup.
- 2 cups of flour (start with 1.5 cups and add in the rest based on the consistency you like)
- 2.5 tsp of baking powder
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1/2 tsp of allspice (substitute nutmeg)
- 2.5 tablespoons honey ( substitute sugar 1:1 ratio)
- 1 1/4 cup of almond milk (substitute milk 1:1 ratio)
- 3 eggs yolks
- 1/2 tsp of almond extract
- 1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)
- 4 tsp of softened butter
- 2 bananas mashed
- Your favorite topping, butter, syrup (or all of the above).
How To Make the Perfect Homemade Waffles
Mix all dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, salt, allspice (also mix in sugar if you are using sugar instead of honey)
Beat eggs and whisk in milk almond and vanilla extract. Add in mashed bananas and butter
Fold dry ingredients mix to a bowl
Heat your waffle iron up and slowly pour in your batter
Follow the instructions on your waffle iron for how long to leave it in
Plate and serve with your favorite topping, butter, syrup (or all of the above).
Keeping Your Waffles Warm
Waffles are best served warm. Once you take the waffle off the iron, you may find that they start to cool down as you get the rest of the waffles ready.
I’ve found that the best way to store the cooked waffles is to keep them warm in a 200-degree oven.
As much as I love making these waffles, there are days when I wish I could just snap my fingers and have the fresh homemade waffles appear. I plan for these days by making batches of waffles that I can freeze.
Once the waffles comes off the iron, I let them cool on a wire rack for a few minutes before storing them in a Ziploc freezer bag. I double bag and make sure that I squeeze as much air out as possible to prevent freezer burn.
When it comes to reheating the waffles, it’s really easy. You can either pop them in a toaster under the waffle setting or reheat in the microwave for about 30 seconds or until warm.
I promise it tastes just as good when reheated as it does fresh.
I hope you love this waffle recipe as much as our family does!
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