Whole Wheat Banana Bread Waffles

Whole Wheat Banana Bread Waffles Final 3

Man oh man are you guys going to LOVE me!! These waffles are my new favorite thing….so yummy, super easy, amazingly delicious and uber healthy!! BINGO! It’s win-win…..win…..win?!  I know a lot of you were practically shouting on Facebook that you wanted breakfast ideas, so here is one you’re going to want to print, frame and use over and over again: Whole Wheat Banana Bread Waffles. Perfect for the weekend or even a weekday! They don’t take much longer to make than bacon and eggs and are ideal for the little mouths I know you’ve gotta feed.

Excuse me while I go into mommy mode for a second:

I find a freakish amount of joy in my family eating healthy food that doesn’t taste healthy. This recipe is trickery at it’s best. These waffles certainly do not taste healthy, but they totally are thanks to skim milk, mashed banana, walnuts and white whole wheat flour. No, I’m not being racist. Yes there is such a thing. Basically white whole wheat flour is the albino version of whole wheat flour. All the same health benefits apply, except it’s lighter in color. {*especially helpful when you have older kids that base their eating decisions solely on what the food looks like!} I saw it at the store and thought I’d give it a whirl. #bestideaever. I’m pretty hyped about this new flour….so expect to see healthier recipes coming up next week.

Needless to say, these were a huge success! Oh, and I love waffles. :) 

Moral of the story: MAKE THESE.

Also, I’m weird.

But I think you knew that.

Here’s how you make ’em:

Start by measuring your dry ingredients into a bowl– Banana Bread Waffles Ingredients

Whisk together to combine and then make a well in the middle of this bowl. Waffle making is fun! waffles 1

Next thing to do is to separate an egg into a small bowl. I separate my eggs by dropping one into my hand and let gravity take care of the rest. I don’t mess with the shells. I originally started separating my eggs using the shell nature built around it, but I’ve poked a few too many yolks. Broken shells are sharp little devils. So, now I do it the grody way.  waffles 2

Drop the egg yolk into a cup of milk you already measured and then for the love of pete go wash your hands! waffles 3

Mix the milk and the yolk together and pour into that well in the dry ingredients. waffles 4

Pour in your oil,
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and vanilla.  waffles 7

Now, brace yourselves. Things are gonna get wild. Here comes the banana! Find a really ripe one hanging out on top of your microwave and mash it up. And by ripe I mean mostly black. Or yellow with A LOT of black spots. The darker it is, the sweeter it is. This is common knowledge, yes?  waffles 17

Once your banana is mashed, pour that into the mix too.  waffles 8

Stir this whole bowl of ingredients up and set it aside. {PS- I love my hot pink spatula from OXO!} waffles 10

I like banana bread with nuts, so it’s no surprise I’m adding some into my banana bread waffles too. Chop ’em up and add ’em in.
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My daughter ‘sprinkled’ these into the bowl…..and somehow managed to get most of the walnuts not into the bowl. That was awesome. waffles 11

Remember that lonely egg white? Well it’s time has come to be turned into meringue. Ahh, the circle of life. {Did Elton John just start singing in your head too?} waffles 9

Fold all the whipped egg whites into the batter…. waffles 12

…until most of the lumps are incorporated in. A few small lumps are a.o.k!  waffles 13

Now pour a heaping 1/3 cup full of batter onto your hot and greased waffle iron.
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Shut the lid and let it do it’s thang. This is after about 20 seconds. That baking powder works like a charm! See how the waffle is puffing up and pushing the waffle iron apart? That is a good sign! waffles 15

Once that green light goes off…or on {depending on what your waffle iron is like} your waffle is done! Woo hoo! You just made waffles! Wasn’t that easy? waffles 16

You must eat these warm with a bunch of fresh banana slices and walnuts. I loved the double banana-nut thing.
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Oh, and don’t forget maple syrup! So good I want to make another batch right now.  Whole Wheat Banana Bread Waffles Final 2

Enjoy your weekend, guys! Hope you get a chance to make these. See you on Monday :)

Whole Wheat Banana Bread Waffles

Yield: 5 large; 3 adult servings


1 cup skim milk
1 egg, separated
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons canola oil or melted butter
1 very ripe banana, mashed
1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

walnuts, bananas and maple syrup (optional)


In large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients. Make a well in the center and pour in milk, egg yolk, vanilla, oil and mashed banana. Stir together until just combined. Whip egg white until stiff peaks form. Gently fold whites into batter. Stir in walnuts. Pour a heaping 1/3 cup into hot, greased waffle maker and cook to your preference. Serve with fresh banana slices, more walnuts and maple syrup.

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59 Responses to “Whole Wheat Banana Bread Waffles”

  1. #
    Jessica — January 20, 2012 at 7:47 am

    They are do pretty! And syrupy! And whole wheaty!!



  2. #
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — January 20, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I need a waffle iron, stat.

    Awesome looking pancakes.


  3. #
    Kathryn — January 20, 2012 at 9:09 am

    That is a very pretty pile of waffles, I could dive straight in to that plate!


  4. #
    Katrina — January 20, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Mmm I love banana waffles! This version is a lot like mine, so I’m totally willing to try something new!


  5. #
    Blog is the New Black — January 20, 2012 at 1:02 pm



  6. #
    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — January 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Saw this on Instagram yesterday and I knew I needed to check ASAP for the recipe! I’m all about the white whole wheat flour. And I just made some pancakes this week with that separated egg method… they turned out SO GOOD. Have a great weekend Lauren!


  7. #
    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — January 20, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Those pictures made me want to go make these waffles right this very second. Yummy!


  8. #
    brandi — January 20, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    waffles NEED whipped egg whites and buttermilk (in our house, at least). such a great texture with those two!


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    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables — January 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    These look delish! Just made whole wheat banana bread pancakes last weekend with regular whole wheat flour and I seriously loved them. But the “white” whole wheat flour is definitely an excellent thing to use with kids :)


  10. #
    Deborah — January 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I just found my waffle maker amidst all of my moving, and now I’m really excited!!


  11. #
    Erin — January 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Yes you are right I love you for making these waffles. But I don’t love that I cannot have them for myself at the moment.


  12. #
    Megan Pence — January 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Another type of waffle I simply must make with my new waffle machine! Hooray!!


  13. #
    Mary @ Bake Break — January 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Oh these look yummy! I honestly love waffles more than pancakes, so maybe I’ll have to trade my banana pecan pancakes in for these waffles!! http://www.bakebreak.com/2011/12/banana-pecan-pancakes/


  14. #
    Ali Mc — January 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I NEED a waffle iron so bad…I love these :)


  15. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — January 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Seriously, I need a waffle maker!


  16. #
    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — January 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    So um, I need a waffle maker.

    Also, the only little mouth I’m feeding is my own…don’t judge. 😛


  17. #
    Chris @ TheKeenanCookbook — January 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Mmmm… These look great! I have a waffle maker and I intend on making these sometime soon!


  18. #
    natalie (the sweets life) — January 20, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    we love waffles too! and i have some ripe bananas in my freezer–must try these!


  19. #
    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — January 20, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    want.NOW! They look great 😀


  20. #
    honeywhatscooking — January 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    beautiful job. i’m into pancakes lately. i seriously need to get a waffle maker. gorgeous pics.


  21. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — January 20, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I am so making these for breakfast this weekend, these are fabulous!


  22. #
    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — January 20, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I am totally getting the hubby to make me these :-) He is the waffle maker in our house!


  23. #
    Isabella — January 21, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Hello breakfast! Meet me tomorrow morning!
    My brothers would probably be all for the white whole wheat flour but is it acceptable to use plain (but loveable) whole wheat flour? Or should I sub in some all purpose flour to “whiten” it up?


    • Lauren — January 21st, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

      It’s totally up to you! Use what you have. Don’t go out of your way to find white whole wheat flour.


  24. #
    Living The Sweet Life — January 21, 2012 at 3:13 am

    You had me with the title of this post. I adore banana bread and waffles are well, simply amazing. How could I not LOVE this recipe :) perfect for a saturday morning (heey… would you look at that, tomorrow is saturday 😉 lol)


  25. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 21, 2012 at 4:22 am

    I want these for breakfast tomorrow… wanna come over???


    • Lauren — January 21st, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

      Don’t mind if I do! :)


  26. #
    baker in disguise — January 21, 2012 at 11:46 am

    these look amazing and delicious… and the best part healthy!! need a waffle maker!!!


  27. #
    Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living — January 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Well, I definitely wish I didn’t just eat breakfast, because these waffles are calling my name! I think I just found tomorrow’s morning meal ;).


  28. #
    Kim B. — January 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I have been LOOKING for a yummy healthier recipe for waffles & am so THRILLED you posted this! Can’t wait to make them :)


  29. #
    CouponClippingCook — January 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Wow, these sound sooooo good. Love that they are made with whole wheat flour…..goes perfect with the bananas and nuts. Healthy too. And LOVE your hot pink spatula!


  30. #
    JG — January 22, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Made these for dinner last night and was surprised that they sort of stuck to my waffle iron a bit and never got crisp. I have never had that happen with any waffle I have made before but thought it might have to do with the banana. They tasted really good…I loved the walnuts, but just never got crisp.


    • Lauren — January 23rd, 2012 @ 1:21 am

      I used non stick cooking spray on my iron and cooked them longer to get a little crispier. Next time, omit the oil–that should help with the crispiness.


  31. #
    Kami — January 28, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I just made these and they were so delicious! I had one banana and was trying to figure out what to do with it since most banana bread recipes call for 2 or 3. This was perfect and so yummy! Thanks!


  32. #
    Kyre — February 17, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    these are super delicious!

    could someone calculate + post the nutrition info?


  33. #
    Andrea — March 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I made these for breakfast this morning and they were delicious! I froze what was left and am going to have them for breakfast the rest of the week! Mmm :) Thanks for the awesome recipe!


  34. #
    Tracy — March 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I made these this morning AAAAAMAZING! I added an extra egg and banana, and got lazy and didn’t separate the eggs, and it still turned out wonderfully :) Thanks for sharing!


  35. #
    Heidi Maloney — April 15, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    You are a comfort food person ~ and so am I, your recipes are exactly what I look for! I also love your step-by-step instructions with pics ~ I print them, cut them and paste onto index cards and put on a key ring to help with the steps and visuals when making recipes with my students, or my own kids at home :)


  36. #
    ashley — July 15, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    yay we have the same waffle maker!! cant wait to make these for my husband!!


  37. #
    WaffleMaven — September 23, 2012 at 6:36 am

    I have the same waffle maker…and i make waffles every sunday…but my waffles came out undercooked and chewy… any tips? They tasted amazing though =)


    • Lauren — September 23rd, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

      Try putting less into the waffle maker and cooking it longer so it becomes more crispy and brown. If those things don’t work, try reducing the amount of oil.


  38. #
    Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward — December 15, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I made a version these for my daughter’s birthday breakfast this morning. They are delicious. We used whole wheat pastry flour, almond milk and light brown sugar substitutes. Also, an extra egg yolk. Thanks for the great recipe inspiration! :-) Best, Shanna


  39. #
    Jennifer — December 30, 2013 at 12:29 am

    These waffles look heavenly! Has anyone tried making them with a combination of spelt and whole wheat flour?


  40. #
    Meghann — January 19, 2014 at 6:13 am

    These were delicious! Thankfully I had none of the problems with undercooking or sticking that others mentioned. I was looking for *something* new to do with the couple of dangerously ripe bananas hanging on my counter and was thrilled when my google search brought up this recipe and one of my favorite blogs! My husband works in construction so he NEEDS to eat a hearty breakfast just to get through until the lunch break. So, I make waffles frequently. I doubled the cinnamon and nutmeg, because I usually end up doing that anyway the second time I make something – never too much spice for us. I also realized after assembling my dry ingredients that this was never going to make 5 waffles in my waffle maker. Upon re-reading your instructions it dawned on me that we have vastly different sized machines. My waffle maker needs a scant cup of batter for a single waffle… so I doubled the whole recipe and ended up with five beautiful and delicious waffles! Thanks!


  41. #
    Erica L — May 11, 2014 at 10:40 am

    These are now my favorite way to make waffles…… They were so good. My son who doesnt like bananas or nuts loved them!!! That tells you a lot about these babies.


  42. #
    Megan — October 28, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    These are SO good! I’ve made them about three times now. They’re heartier than the average waffle but so tasty with a little bit of almond butter and banana on top.



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