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Healthy Banana Waffles (Toddler-Friendly & Refined Sugar-Free)

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These Healthy Banana Waffles are easily made in the blender and make a hearty breakfast for busy mornings! Refined sugar-free and packed with wholesome ingredients that adults and toddlers will love! Add your favorite toppings and serve with fresh fruit for the perfect breakfast!

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This Healthy Banana Waffle Recipe is perfect for both adults and kids. They have zero added sugar and can be made in advance so you can always have fresh waffles ready and on-the-go.

I serve these to my 1 year old daughter and call these “Gianna’s Waffles” in our house. She can’t get enough of them and I started making them for her since she was 9 months old.  I love the whole and natural ingredients used and they only take a few minutes to make. 

This is a great way to get your kids to eat oatmeal because they’ll never know they’re hidden in these waffles! Oats naturally make kids (and adults) feel fuller and satisfied longer so it’s always a good idea eat them as much as possible.

These waffles are fluffy, nutritious, and can be customized to you or your kids’ liking. To make these waffles sweeter, add a few tablespoons of honey or maple syrup. You can also add fresh blueberries to make Blueberry Waffles, or add a few tablespoons of peanut butter (or any nut butter) to the batter to make Peanut Butter Waffles.

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KEY INGREDIENTS

Banana: the riper the banana, the better. Bananas with a lot of spots tend to be sweeter and softer so it’s perfect for blending together. 

Oatmeal: rolled oats or old-fashioned oats work best. Stay away from quick-cooking oats and steel cut oats for this recipe as it will change the texture. You can also use gluten-free oats.

Whole wheat flour: you can always use all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour. 

Milk: I use whole milk but you can also use reduced-fat or almond milk. Whole milk provides a little more fat that adds flavor.

Egg: used to bind the ingredients together. You can also use 2 egg whites or 1/4 cup egg whites instead. 

Cinnamon: adds a warm spiced flavor. 

Baking powder: allows the waffles to rise a bit.

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HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY BANANA WAFFLES

ADD TO BLENDER/FOOD PROCESSOR. Place all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
 
GREASE WAFFLE IRON. Heat a waffle iron and grease with nonstick cooking spray, melted coconut oil, or melted butter.
 
COOK & ADD TOPPINGS (optional). Add 1/4 cup of waffle batter and cook accordingly to waffle maker instructions. The waffles should be a light golden brown color and shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to cook. Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy! Top with your favorite toppings, peanut butter, mixed berries, or enjoy them just as they are.
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IDEAS FOR WAFFLE TOPPINGS

The waffle topping possibilities are endless! You can truly add any of your favorite toppings, below are a few of my favorites. 

  • Peanut butter (or any nut butter) and sliced bananas
  • Whipped cream
  • Sprinkles (serve these for a birthday breakfast)
  • Butter and maple syrup
  • Fruit compote 
  • Yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit
  • Applesauce
  • Honey

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

  • These waffles are perfect for freezing so you always have waffles ready to go for any day of the week. 
  • They are healthy, wholesome, and made refined sugar-free.
  • Adults and toddlers will love these. 
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LEFTOVERS & STORAGE

To-store: make sure the waffles are completely cooled then place them in an airtight container or large ziplock bag. Store for up to 2-3 days. To warm, place waffles in the toaster to reheat and get crispy.

To freeze and make-ahead: I always recommend making a batch and freezing them so you always have waffles ready to go. After you make a batch of waffles, let them cool completely then wrap each individually with plastic wrap. Place wrapped waffles in an airtight container or large ziplock bag. They will last up to 3 months.

To Reheat: Reheat by placing the frozen waffles in the toaster to defrost and heat until warm and crispy. It’s that easy!

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Healthy Banana Waffles (Toddler-Friendly & Refined Sugar-Free)

These Healthy Banana Waffles are easily made in the blender and make a hearty breakfast for busy mornings! Refined sugar-free and packed with wholesome ingredients that adults and toddlers will love! Add your favorite toppings and serve with fresh fruit for the perfect breakfast!
4.13 from 99 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Banana Waffles, Healthy Waffle Recipe, Healthy Waffles
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 7 mini waffles
Calories: 88kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 banana (the riper, the better)
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Place all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Heat a waffle iron and grease with nonstick cooking spray, melted coconut oil, or melted butter.
  • Add 1/4 cup of waffle batter and cook accordingly to waffle maker instructions. The waffles should be a light golden brown color and shouldn't take more than a few minutes to cook. Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy! Top with your favorite toppings, peanut butter, mixed berries, or enjoy them just as they are.
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Notes

Recipe Notes: 
  • I made these waffles in my mini waffle iron but you can use a regular waffle iron instead.
  • To-store: make sure the waffles are completely cooled then place them in an airtight container or large ziplock bag. Store for up to 2-3 days. To warm, place waffles in the toaster to reheat and get crispy.
  • To freeze and make-ahead: I always recommend making a batch and freezing them so you always have waffles ready to go. After you make a batch of waffles, let them cool completely then wrap each individually with plastic wrap. Place wrapped waffles in an airtight container or large ziplock bag. They will last up to 3 months.
  • To Reheat: Reheat by placing the frozen waffles in the toaster to defrost and heat until warm and crispy. It’s that easy!
  • Add 2-4 tablespoons of honey or pure maple syrup if you want to add more sweetness since theres zero refined sugar. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1waffle | Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.8g | Protein: 3.2g | Fat: 1.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg

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37 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    You can never go wrong with waffles. Our go-to for weekend brunches. I always have bananas on hand. I know my grandkids will love these.

  2. 5 stars
    I had some overripe bananas staring at me from the freezer, so I made these banana waffles with them. You were so right! The riper the banana, the better they work in the waffles. I topped them with a blueberry compote and the family devoured them.

  3. 5 stars
    Yes, I love how delicious these are and yet they are healthy, sugar free, and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

  4. 5 stars
    So happy to have found your recipe, I don’t like it when the waffles batter has sugar in it. For sure your waffles will go on rotation in my house. Thanks!

  5. 5 stars
    I made these waffles for my kid and he inhaled them! I love the no added sugar thing and am so glad I have another recipe for him! Thanks so much.

  6. 5 stars
    Kids love waffles! It has always been one of my son’s favorite breakfasts. I love when I can sneak in some extra proteins so your idea of incorporating banana sounded pretty genius to me. It also kept the waffles super tender! My family ate these incredibly fast, I have a ton of ripe bananas in the freezer so I’ll be making waffles again soon.

  7. 5 stars
    I love the addition of whole wheat flour and oats in these waffles! It tastes amazing and I love serving it with fresh berries for breakfast. My family loves it too for our weekend brunch. Thank you!

  8. 5 stars
    Perfect for breakfast! Super easy and quick to make! My fam really loves it and can’t get enough of it! Thank you for sharing! Highly recommended!

  9. Can we use oat flour ? my blender doesn’t blend the oats very well when I incorporate them with the rest of the ingredients.

    1. 5 stars
      Hi! Yes you can definitely use oat flour instead of the oats since it’s essentially the same thing. I hope you love these waffles and please let me know if you have any other questions. 🙂

    1. hey! Found the actual ingreadiants list, it just hadden’t of loaded on the page yet! Can’t wait to try this recipe!!

  10. 5 stars
    I like it when it has zero added sugar in the waffle. My 4 year old daughter loves them. I used two bananas to add more sweetness and they came out great. Served with No Added Sugar peanut butter and Homemade strawberries jam. Great recipe!

    1. 5 stars
      Thanks for trying my recipe, Kay! So happy your daughter loved these healthy waffles. It’s so nice they don’t have any added sugar! The peanut butter and strawberry jam sounds delicious too!

  11. Hello! Thank you for the recipe! It looks delicious. I have just tried it for the first time using a normal size waffle maker. My settings said suggested temperature medium and time 3min. I ended up adding another 2min and even so the waffle is still quite soft. Is that the intended final result ?

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Jennifer, thanks so much for trying my recipe! The waffles shouldn’t be too soft but they definitely are softer than traditional waffles since they are made with banana. I would try to put your waffle maker setting a bit higher and see if that makes them a bit crispy on the outside. I hope that helps!

  12. 5 stars
    Loved the recipe.. thank you so so so so much… Just wanted to ask what can I substitute with baking powder

  13. not sure if i made them wrong but this came out by far the worst, it said combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth but it came out this thick sticky paste & they won’t cook properly

    1. 5 stars
      Hey Natalie, I’m so sorry the waffles didn’t turn out for you. I’ve never had this issue but it sounds like your batter needed more liquid. I hope you can give this recipe another try!