Next time you’re craving waffles, just throw bananas, oats and eggs into your blender, pour into your waffle maker (or frying pan!), and you’ll have delicious and HEALTHY fluffy waffles on the table in just 10 minutes. Yes, really.
If you don’t own a waffle maker, you should buy one just so that you can make THESE waffles.
I know this is a bold statement, but I mean it. Just like I have a bread maker just to make pizza dough. But unlike a bread maker, a waffle maker only takes up a tiny space in your kitchen cupboard!
I would even go as far as to say this is a life-changing waffle recipe. Said with my tongue slightly in my cheek, but I do (kind of) mean it!
So, explain yourself, Helen…
Why is this a life-changing recipe?
- You need just THREE HEALTHY INGREDIENTS – bananas, oats, and eggs – to make these waffles. No more measuring out flour and milk!
- The batter takes just a few minutes to blend in a high speed blender or food processor. Pour it into a waffle maker and you have delicious waffles in just 4 to 5 minutes.
- So… they’re healthy waffles, naturally sweetened with bananas. They’re also refined sugar free and gluten free (if you use gluten free oats).
- But… they don’t really taste healthy. To me they taste like cake. In fact they remind me of banana bread. Cake for breakfast, anyone?
- They freeze really well. Simply pop into the toaster on a low setting to reheat.
Pro-tip: Don’t have a waffle maker? Don’t want to buy one? Make pancakes instead! Just drop spoonfuls of the batter into a hot oiled pan for delicious banana bread style fluffy pancakes!
To make enough of these breakfast waffles for 2 generous portions, you will need:
- 1.5 cups of sliced bananas (2 to 3 bananas, depending on the size)
- 1.5 cups of oats
- 3 eggs
- 1 good teaspoon of baking powder
An easy way to remember this recipe is: 1 egg for every 1/2 cup of sliced bananas and 1/2 cup of oats. This way you can easily adapt the recipe for the number of people.”
If you like you can skip the baking powder, which is how I get away with calling these 3 ingredient waffles! You will end up with waffles that are slightly fluffier if you add baking powder, although the taste is the same.
How to make them
Change your waffle making life for ever with these 3 easy steps:
Step 1 (photo 1): Throw all of the ingredients into a high speed blender or food processor. It’s better to add the oats last so they grind up first (but as you can see from the photo above, I forget this sometimes!)
Step 2 (Photo 2) Blend for just long enough until the oats are ground into a flour and the ingredients are blended into a batter (about 20 to 30 seconds).
Step 3 (Photos 3-4) Pour into the waffle maker and cook for 4 to 6 minutes. Check after 4 minutes. If the waffles come away from the waffle grills easily and…. well, they look like you expect waffles to look, they’re done!
This recipe serves 2 (generously – you get a whole waffle with 4 little triangles each, if you have my type of waffle maker). Of course you can easily scale up or down for more people or if you’re just making waffles for yourself.
If you’re scaling up, you’ll find the ingredients won’t fit in your high speed blender. Either blend twice, or use a food processor instead.
What can I put on my waffles?
Very important question! I usually keep my waffle toppings pretty simple. Here are some of my favourite kinds of toppings:
More topping ideas:
- A scoop of nice cream and a drizzle of melted dark chocolate
- Almond butter, apples and honey
- yogurt, granola and any kind of fruit you like
In fact my go-tos are really just different combinations of fruit, yogurt, nuts, and a sweetener like maple syrup or honey. So why not set up a kind of ‘waffle buffet’ on your breakfast table? Set out little bowls of goodies and let everyone choose their own toppings.
These are just ideas. Everyone has their own idea of what the best toppings for waffles are, so use your imagination and have fun!
Can I make them ahead of time?
If you’d like to make these banana waffles for a crowd (either a mini crowd or a big one!), you can make them up to a couple of days ahead. Simply let them cool, then wrap them and store in the fridge.
When you want to reheat them, just toast them on a low setting. You can always toast them again if they aren’t warmed through enough.
If you’d prefer to reheat them in the oven, heat for 5 to 10 minutes at 180C/350F.
And can I freeze them?
Yep! Wrap tightly (I like to wrap 2 or 3 of the little triangles together in mini portions) then freeze. You can toast from frozen to reheat. As mentioned above, I’d suggest toasting them on the lowest setting, then toasting them again until they are probably heated through. This way you won’t burn them.
Equipment you’ll need to make them (affiliate links)
- A waffle maker, of course (this is the kind I have, with the 4 little triangles, but any basic waffle maker is fine!). If you don’t have one and don’t want to buy one, you can always make pancakes with the batter instead.
- A high speed blender. I use a Nutri Ninja and have been happy with it – so great for morning smoothies!
- Or a food processor (I use and love this one – in Australia it’s a Breville!)
More ripe banana recipes
- 5-minute chocolate banana ‘nice cream’ (healthy ice cream!)
- really easy mini banana bread (oven or air fryer!)
- banana sheet cake with peanut butter fudge frosting (that frosting… mmmm!)
- peanut butter, banana and chocolate chip cake (one of my favourite cakes ever!)
- caramelised banana pancakes (the just-as-delicious big brother of these banana bread waffles!)
More ‘life-changing’ recipes from Scrummy Lane 😉
- Make these addictive halloumi fries at your next dinner party, and you’ll be making them again and again. Everyone loves them!
- These are the best Greek potatoes ever! Seriously, they go with almost everything, and you just have to try them.
- Need a go-to muffin recipe? These Greek yogurt blueberry muffins work time and time again. They’re super light and fluffy, and low in sugar. I make them all the time, and so should you!
- Want to eat chocolate cake without any guilt? This 30 minute healthy chocolate cake will definitely change your life for the better!
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Life-changing banana bread breakfast waffles
Ingredients (UK/Australia? Click below for grams/ml)
- 3 large eggs
- 1½ cups sliced bananas 2 to 3 bananas (depending on size)
- 1½ cups rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder heaped
- Heat up your waffle maker.
- Meanwhile, put all the waffle ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor (if using high speed blender put the oats in last).
- Blend/Pulse until all the oats have blended in and you have a smooth pourable batter.
- Spray the waffle plates lightly with oil, then pour half of the mixture evenly onto them.
- Close the waffle maker and cook for 4 to 6 minutes until the waffles come away from the plates without sticking (I usually cook for 5 minutes). Keep warm in the oven on a low heat while you make the second waffle.
- Serve immediately with toppings of your choice.