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Whole Wheat Banana Waffles


Folks, I am on a serious waffle kick.

Before getting a waffle iron for Christmas {thanks, mom and dad!} I was eating those multigrain toaster waffles from Whole Foods every single morning with either a bowl of greek yogurt or a few scrambled eggs. Now I am eating these waffles every day and, naturally, homemade is always better than storebought!

I worked on this recipe last weekend and loved the result so much that I re-made the waffles the very next afternoon just with the intent to freeze them so I’d be set on breakfast all week long. As a result, every morning this week I have been happily eating my homemade waffles with two scrambled eggs and grapefruit juice. Breakfast of champions.

This waffle recipe is highly versatile, which is why I love it! Last weekend, I added a big handful of chocolate chips into the batter for Adam and when I re-made them I added a handful of oats instead. They are filling and healthful, and keep this pregnant lady going strong all morning long!


On another note, I have NO IDEA why it’s taken me so long to get a waffle iron. I’ve wanted one forever but never took the plunge because I figured I could just make pancakes instead and be fine.


A waffle iron is an amazing piece of machinery and deserves a spot in every breakfast lover’s kitchen. Here’s the one I got for Christmas! It’s a beautiful thing, indeed.


These waffles aren’t too over the top with the banana flavor, which I appreciate. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some banana bread but there’s a time and place for it. And that place isn’t in my waffles.

Obviously they freeze great!! I’m planning on making another batch this weekend to freeze for next week. I just wrap them individually in tin foil and stack in my freezer. In the morning, I just unwrap and pop in the toaster while I make my eggs.

In addition to my love affair lately with waffles, I’m also really loving butter. Butter has been a big thing for me this pregnancy. I’ve been craving and loving it since the very beginning. My midwife recommended grass fed butter for it’s high levels of vitamins and balanced omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and man, it’s a total game changer. Especially on waffles! I found Organic Valley Pasture Butter at Whole Foods two weeks ago and have been loving it ever since.


Whole Wheat Banana Waffles

yields about 8 waffles

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heaping 3/4 cup flour {I used bread flour but all purpose would work just fine}

heaping 3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 3/4 cup milk

2 eggs

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

1 small mashed banana

1 tsp vanilla


Whisk together the flours, baking powder and salt. Add the milk, eggs, melted butter, mashed banana and vanilla and stir until just combined. Let batter sit for 5 minutes while you heat up your waffle iron.

Turn waffle iron to medium setting – when hot and ready, scoop 1/4 cup servings of batter into your hot iron.

Serve waffles with butter and maple syrup.


20 minutes


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  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    January 24, 2014 at 3:59 am

    I am loving waffles right now too! I’m so happy I finally got the courage to dust off the old waffle iron!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    January 24, 2014 at 3:59 am

    Jenna I hadnt made waffles in years, like at least 5+? Well, I dusted off my waffle iron a couple weekends ago and it’s been great. I remember why I love them so much more than pancakes…so much easier!

    These look great. Love the banana & even working in w.w. flour!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs
    January 24, 2014 at 4:18 am

    Sounds delicious! I might have to give these a try for breakfast tomorrow morning 🙂

  • brittany
    January 24, 2014 at 4:20 am

    This makes me want to buy a waffle iron!!

  • Maryea {happy healthy mama}
    January 24, 2014 at 4:27 am

    We got a waffle iron for Christmas a few years ago and don’t bring it out enough. This recipe looks incredible! 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    January 24, 2014 at 4:36 am

    These look so beautiful Jenna! I’ve been contemplating getting a waffle maker because one of my old roommates had one and I really miss it. Now I just need to figure out how to make a gluten free version of these!

  • Chicago Jogger
    January 24, 2014 at 5:11 am

    I was dreaming about making pancakes this Saturday… now I have waffles on my mind 🙂 Martha Stewart Living this month has waffles with ricotta and blood oranges as a topping on the cover. I wanted to recreate with pancakes, but I agree that waffles are superior. Sounds like an amazing combo!

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    January 24, 2014 at 5:33 am

    I totally just got a waffle maker for Christmas too!? Where has it been all my life…totally obsessed.
    There has been a lot of waffleizing all the things in my household lately. Love that they have some whole wheat flour in there and a little sweetness from the ‘nana. Waffle perfection.

  • Justeen
    January 24, 2014 at 5:46 am

    While I LOVE pancakes, I agree that they are just not the same. I don’t think I can hold out on buying a waffle iron any longer!! They waffles look fantastic.

  • Caroline L.
    January 24, 2014 at 5:56 am

    One of my favorite memories of freshman year was the waffle iron that my dining hall had – a huge whole-wheat waffle the size of our faces with berries and a sizable amount of whipped cream would be our Sunday treat. The best.

  • Carrie
    January 24, 2014 at 6:23 am

    These look wonderful! I love the idea of the banana and chocolate chips. A perfect combination. And it’s true that everything is better with butter, I share your love for the stuff.

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun
    January 24, 2014 at 6:56 am

    We have a waffle iron we got when we got married and I have barely used it! I think this may have just encouraged me to get it out and dust it off this weekend 🙂

  • colleen
    January 24, 2014 at 6:57 am

    We got one for our wedding eight years ago. I’ll be whipping these up for the kids this weekend!

  • Aishah @ Coffee, Love, Health
    January 24, 2014 at 6:58 am

    These look delicious!! I love blueberries in my waffles and there’s a hole in the wall place I love that serves them- I must pay them a visit soon 😉

  • Traci
    January 24, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Haha, I think it’s time I bought a waffle iron, too. I always enjoy my mom’s homemade waffles when I visit here. Your urgency on the matter is pushing me toward getting my own, finally!

  • Dishing up the dirt
    January 24, 2014 at 7:31 am

    I need some more waffles in my life! These look fantastic.

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    January 24, 2014 at 7:54 am

    i dont use my waffle maker nearly enough – will be thinking of this freezer version. thanks 🙂

  • erin @hooleywithaz
    January 24, 2014 at 8:14 am

    we make waffles at least twice a month in our house. latest installment: peanut butter-banana waffles. OH MY GOSH. so amazing. never thought i could like an appliance so much (other than my kitchen aid mixer).

  • Angie
    January 24, 2014 at 8:14 am

    We eat waffles for dinner pretty frequently around here, and those look delicious. My go-to recipe is the “Waffles of Insane Greatness” – you can completely sub WW flour for all-purpose and they still taste great.

  • Bryony @ Bryony Cooks
    January 24, 2014 at 8:15 am

    I’m going to have to get a waffle iron now. These sounds great!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    January 24, 2014 at 8:27 am

    These waffles sound fabulous! Yum!

  • Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog
    January 24, 2014 at 10:12 am

    These waffles are just begging to be made on a lazy Sunday morning. Yum!

  • Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    January 24, 2014 at 10:14 am

    I have a waffle iron, but I haven’t made waffles in at least a year or two. I’m going to have to break it out again, cause these look awesome!

  • Lia @ Luscious Living
    January 24, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Oh my GOODNESS! I’ve been away from the blog world for a bit and I see your pregnant!! Well CONGRATS! Wow! I’ve been following you for somewhere around 4 years maybe 3, I just want to give you a big hug! I’m behind on the news, but I’m excited! AND I always crave waffles and butter! They look delicious! Your cravings have good taste 😉

  • Jordan Lynn // Life Between Lattes
    January 24, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I NEED a waffle maker.

  • Emily
    January 24, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I also NEED to buy an waffle iron, just so I can make these! They sound delicious and healthful. Do they really taste just us good after being frozen?

    • jenna
      January 24, 2014 at 11:58 am

      They really do!

  • Joyce @ MustardSeeds+Hope
    January 24, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Looks delicious!

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    January 24, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I have been resisting buying a waffle iron too! Might need to change that asap!

  • Alexandra Aimee
    January 24, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Oh my!! Bananas and waffles are a perfect combination!

    — Alex at Brainy Girls Beauty

  • Alanna
    January 24, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    These look delightful! Can it be morning already so I can have these?!

  • Chelsea
    January 24, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    These look delish, Jenna! I’m excited about your recipe! I love having some homemade waffles in the freezer- I had one this morning. Thanks for this!

  • Michelle
    January 25, 2014 at 12:18 am

    I also got a waffle maker from my parents at Christmas 🙂 I will definitely be trying out this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    January 25, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Every time I have waffles I think, Why don’t I make these more often? I love pancakes but waffles just have a special feel.

  • Kim @ roaming raspberry
    January 25, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Waffles are delicious. Bananas are delicious. Put them together and you’ve blown my mind. Such an easy and simple way to spruce up a waffle. I think I’ll add walnuts on top. Mmmmmmmm.

  • Kristy @ Kristy's Health Revolution
    January 25, 2014 at 4:34 am

    I love my waffle maker so much. Ours was a wedding gift and I use it all the time.

  • Katie
    January 25, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I used this batter recipe for pancakes this morning and they came out great! Thanks!

  • Erika
    January 25, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Made these this morning! They are perfect, my new go to waffles. My 2 year old gobbled a whole waffle himself!

  • Morgan
    January 25, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Oh my those look good! I might make a batch for my little bro to take over to him, but as for me…Waffles give me morning sickness even though I’m not pregnant! I’m very much so a smoothie breakfast person. Cacao powder + hemp seeds + avocado + banana + almond milk (topped with chia seeds, bee pollen, and pom seeds) = having a chocolate smoothie for breakfast like you always wanted when you were a kid.

  • Becky Smith
    January 25, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    These are wonderful! Just made them with dark chocolate chips and pecans. Amazing!!

  • Coty and Mariah@quirksandtwists
    January 25, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I just got my fist waffle iron this Christmas as well, and love it! These look delicious!!

  • Live Love Yum
    January 25, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Love that you are still sticking to your forte – recipes and beautiful photos thereof – while sprinkling it into parts of your lovely pregnancy without just becoming a full-on Mommy blog 🙂

  • Jen
    January 26, 2014 at 3:11 am

    Fellow waffle lover here. A few ideas… King Arthur flour has a killer yeasted waffle on their website if your a yeast lover, and the batter sits overnight so it’s all ready for an easy and awesome morning. Waffles can just be placed all together in a giant ziplock and frozen once cool, no individual wrapping necessary and they don’t stick. We love varieties with cornmeal added for crunch too, and BA ran a hazelnut blueberry combo a few years ago that rocked. Waffles FTW!

  • Alice
    January 26, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I have to agree. Pancakes don’t stand a chance against waffle! Especially homemade. It looks like a great recipe, easy to make and very versatile. I am going to try work out a way to exclude white flour altogether. Thanks for sharing it 🙂 Most appreciated.

  • colleen
    January 27, 2014 at 9:05 am

    tried them this weekend, giant hit with the hubs and kids, and also a good way to use my stash of whole wheat flour!

  • jan
    January 27, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Funny–the is the second blog post I’ve read today about waffles. They are definitely a big thing right now! I love that there are so many different flavors now. This recipe sounds amazing!

    Does your waffle iron have removable plates? Mine does not, but I cannot seem to find a high-quality brand that DOES.

  • pamela
    January 28, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Another delicious recipe – thanks, Jenna!! My kids and I scarfed these down this morning – they are so yum. And I have to say that my waffle iron is one of my favorite kitchen appliances ever. Got it as a wedding shower gift seven years ago and have used countless times – love it!!

  • Jennifer
    January 28, 2014 at 9:28 am

    I so much prefer waffles to pancakes! There’s just no comparison. My mom doesn’t get it. All of my childhood she insisted on pancakes because making waffles (and cleaning the waffle iron) was “too messy”. I inherited a very plain, basic waffle iron from my great-grandmother when she passed away (it’s not even antique, or unique or anything) and I’ve never had a problem with cleaning it or with waffles sticking. I don’t make pancakes. I make waffles. Yet every time I go home for a visit, Mom makes pancakes… The two are very different.

  • Katie
    March 1, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Just made these and the family loved them! Added a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon and they were just delicious. We will be making these often. Thanks!