Vegan Banana Waffles! This vegan waffle recipe is easy to make and super healthy. Made with whole wheat flour, brown bananas, and flax seeds, these are perfect to keep frozen and pop into the toaster on a busy morning.
I’ve mentioned before that I have a bit of a thing about rescuing brown bananas.
When I worked in an office that had a generous fruit bowl, I used to take all of the bananas home on Fridays so they wouldn’t get thrown out by the weekend cleaning crew. I’d peel them and throw them into a freezer bag so they were ready for making smoothies or my favourite Coconut Banana Granola Recipe.
I also regularly make a double (or triple!) batch of this vegan waffle recipe and throw them into the freezer, which makes weekday mornings a breeze (<– ha! is that even a thing with a toddler in the house?).
Seriously though, these Vegan Banana Waffles are made with whole-grain flour, flax seeds, and the brownest bananas you have on hand, so even if it’s one of those mornings where I pop my kid in front of the iPad with a frozen waffle (he likes to eat them frozen, total weirdo) and lock myself in the bathroom for 5 minutes of g-dang peace and quiet (<– real talk! I know you feel me, toddler moms!) I know I’ve at least done one thing right.
What goes into this vegan waffle recipe?
The ingredient list is short and simple. Nothing weird, I promise!
- Bananas! –> The browner the better.
- Flax seeds –> We’re using these as an egg replacer.
- Whole grain flour –> We’ll discuss your options below.
- Coconut oil –> Makes these nice and tropical!
- Brown sugar –> Just a little bit, so keep your cool, mmkay?
- Plant-based milk –> Use your favourite. I’m using oat milk here.
- Cinnamon –> Yes please!
- Baking powder –> Leaveners are in the hooooouse!
How do you make vegan banana waffles?
If you’ve hung around here for any amount of time you already know that I’m lazy AF, so of course I’ve made this vegan waffle recipe using only one bowl. Here’s what you’re going to do:
Mix your flax seeds with a bit of water to get ’em hydrated and form that funky flax-seed gel. Set this aside for 10-ish minutes. (<– Ok, I lied, this is totally another bowl. But a very tiny one, so we’re not going to count it. Details matter, folks!)
Grab your brown bananas, and mash them with a fork right in the bowl. Add the brown sugar, melted coconut oil (<– Shit, is that another bowl?! Do measuring cups count?) and plant milk, and stir it up good. I use a fork for this job, because I have already dirtied one up mashing the bananas.
Add the flax “egg” and mix into the other wet ingredients.
Now add your whole-grain flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt to the top of the bowl. Use your fork to kind of mix the dry stuff together a bit to distribute the cinnamon and baking powder, and then get in there and mix it up with the wet stuff.
Time to fire up your waffle iron!
One super important thing to note about this vegan waffle recipe is that the flax gel causes the waffles to be prone to sticking to the side of the waffle iron. My recommendation is that you lube up your iron quite well even if it has non-stick plates. I use a silicon basting brush (similar to this one) to brush the plates with coconut oil, and that does a good job.
Use a measuring cup to pour some of the vegan banana waffle batter into your prepared waffle iron (how much you should use totally depends on the size of your waffle iron, but it’s better to start with too little and avoid having to clean up a big mess), and close the lid.
Your waffle iron will hopefully have a way to tell you when it’s done: mine has a little green light that comes on. If you’re going to serve the waffles right away, go for it!
If you’re going to freeze the waffles, transfer them to a wire rack until completely cool.
Pro tips / recipe notes:
- What is the best waffle iron to use? My parents have this bad-ass double waffle iron that flips over and does two big round waffles at a time. I have total iron waffle iron envy. Mine is a fairly run of the mill waffle iron that produces two square waffles at the time. Not as cool, but it gets the job done.
- Can I freeze this vegan waffle recipe? You can and you should. Ensure the waffles are completely cool, and then transfer them into a freezer bag. Sometimes I separate them with little squares of parchment, but usually I don’t bother with that.
- How do I re-heat the frozen waffles? The toaster and the microwave are my two go-to methods.
- How long do frozen waffles last for? They’re good to go for up to three months in the freezer.
- I’m not vegan, can I replace the flax with eggs? Yup! Use two large eggs in place of the flax and water.
- What kind of wholegrain flour is best for making waffles? I’ve made these waffles with a blend of either spelt or rye flour with all purpose (2:1 ratio), or with whole wheat pastry flour (100%).
Hey Nutrition Lady, what’s the deal with flax seeds?
Flax seeds are a nutritional powerhouse. They are extraordinarily high in Omega-3 fatty acids, with just two tablespoons of flax seeds containing over 130% of the recommended daily intake.
Flax seeds are also high in dietary fiber, including mucilaginous fiber, which slows down the emptying of stomach contents into the small intestine and helps improve nutrition absorption in the intestine.
Additionally, flax seeds are rich in the fiber-related polyphenols, lignans, which have been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer. Flax seeds are a source of magnesium, manganese, and phosphorous.
Other recipes you might enjoy:
Vegan Banana Waffles
- 2 Tbsp flax seeds whole flax seeds or ground both work fine here
- 4 Tbsp warm water
- 1 cup whole grain flour whole wheat, spelt, and rye flour are great
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup mashed banana approx 2 brown bananas
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 cup oat milk or plant-based milk of choice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- coconut oil for the waffle iron
- Combine ground flax and warm water in a small bowl, and let it sit for about 10 minutes to form a gel.
- Turn on your waffle iron to heat up.
- In a large bowl, whisk together mashed banana, melted coconut oil, sugar, almond milk, vanilla extract. Add the flax mixture, and mix well.
- Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Mix well.
- Brush your waffle iron with a bit of coconut oil on the top and bottom. Spoon about 1/4 cup of waffle batter into each square - this will vary depending on the size of your waffle iron.
- Close, and cook until your waffle iron indicates the waffles are done - just a couple of minutes each.
- Remove waffles from the iron and onto a wire wrack to cool.
- Repeat with remaining batter.
- Once waffles are cool, place them in a plastic freezer bag separated by squares of parchment or freezer paper.
- To reheat, simply pop your waffles into the toaster for a couple of minutes.
- Serve with sliced banana, maple syrup, and cocoa nibs if you like.
- Nutrition values are an estimate only, and will vary depending on the size of your waffles.
This recipe was originally published November 13, 2014. It was retested, rephotographed, and updated February 1, 2019.
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