Vegan Banana Buckwheat Waffles are full of whole grain nutrients, fruit, and even contain plant-based protein for a well-rounded gluten free breakfast that can be prepped ahead of time and made in minutes. Add your favorite toppings such as fresh fruit, chopped nuts, maple syrup, and more for the perfect way to start the day! Refined Sugar Free.
Part 4 of our Gluten Free Grains Month, this blog is part of our Buckwheat series in which we teach you what it is, how to use it, and more to spread knowledge about gluten free grains and help make it easier to follow a gluten free diet without missing out on delicious meals the whole family can enjoy!
Everyone’s Favorite Breakfast Made Better
Are you team waffle or pancake? Honestly, we like them both! However, there’s just something about the crispy edges and soft squares of waffles, isn’t there? After all, they’re basically designed to hold syrup! Yet, as tasty as they are, traditional waffles are made with refined flour and sugar and are not the most nourishing food in the world.
Of course, there’s a time and place for everything, but when it comes to breakfast we do our best to fuel up with nutrient-rich foods that leave us feeling full and will help prevent sugar crashes halfway through the morning.
That said, we’re strong believers that there’s a way to create better-for-you versions of all of our favorite foods. Yes, even waffles! To prove our point (and definitely not because we wanted a reason to eat loads of waffles for days), the Cotter Crunch Team took everyone’s favorite banana waffles and made them even better! With just a few simple swaps, we created a banana waffle recipe that’s dairy free, refined sugar free, and, of course, gluten free, too!
Soft, sweet, and delicious, trust us when we say you’re gonna want these in your life!
Gluten Free Ingredients You’ll Need for Banana Waffles
Unlike standard waffle recipes which are made with refined flours and loaded with sugar, these buckwheat waffles come together with good-for-you ingredients that are full of fiber and nutrients. Don’t worry, though! They’re still light, fluffy, and sweet. Along with a few pantry staples, you’ll also need:
- Buckwheat Flour – If you’re unsure about buckwheat flour or how to use it, be sure to keep reading here, but don’t worry! It’s super easy and extra tasty.
- Plant-Based Protein Powder or Gluten Free Oat Flour – We prefer a sprouted pea or rice protein, but feel free to use whatever you like best or substitute oat flour instead. Just be sure to adjust the liquids as needed.
- Non-Dairy Milk
- Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice
Plant-Based Protein Swaps – As mentioned above, if you don’t have protein powder, you can swap it out with equal parts (grams) of oat flour or even chickpea flour. Both contain 4-5 grams of protein per ¼ cup!
Are Buckwheat Waffles Healthy?
This is a question we’re asked over and over…and over again. The simple answer is yes. These waffles are full of fiber, vitamins, and nutrients and provide a decent amount of protein, too! However, here’s the thing. Healthy is relative. What is healthy for one person might not be the best option for another. So, feel free to make any swaps and substitutions you need to make this recipe fit your needs, and leave us a comment below if you need any help!
Optional Add-Ins & Toppings
Of course, the best thing about all waffles, not just banana waffle recipes is how versatile they can be! This recipe is complete all on its own. However, if you want to have a little fun in the kitchen, try incorporating some of your favorite add-ins and toppings like the ones listed below. You can even get the kids involved!
- Chocolate Chips – We prefer dark chocolate!
- Chopped Nuts
- Fresh Fruit (strawberries, blueberries, more bananas)
- Nut or Seed Butter
- Whipped Cream or Whipped Coconut Cream
Tips for Making this Banana Waffle Recipe
Use Ripe Bananas. The riper your bananas, the sweeter your waffles will taste! Plus, they’ll be soft and easier to mash.
Pro-Tip: If your bananas aren’t quite ripe enough, speed up the process by placing them on a baking sheet, and warming them in the oven at 400° Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes.
Let the Batter Sit. For the best results, we recommend letting your waffle batter sit for 30 minutes. This helps create the light fluffy texture you know and love!
Test Your Waffle Iron. Every waffle iron works a little differently. So, make sure you know yours well, and adjust the cooking times as needed. Also, don’t forget to make sure it’s hot before adding your batter! This is crucial to creating crispy waffles.
Let them Cool on a Wire Rack. If you stack hot waffles on top of each other immediately after being cooked, they’re almost guaranteed to become soggy.
Meal Prep Tip: For an easy make-ahead option, combine all of the dry ingredients in a glass jar. Then, when you’re ready to cook, add the liquids, and combine.
Yes! Our team tested it, and it turns out banana waffles make just as tasty banana pancakes!
Not only can you, but we actually recommend it! Waffles are one of our favorite meal prep options, because they’re quick, tasty, and last a long time. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To prevent your waffles from getting too soft or chewy, reheat them in the oven! Just preheat it to 350° Fahrenheit, add your waffles to a baking sheet, and place them in the oven for 10 minutes or until the desired temperature is reached. Or, pop them in the toaster for a few minutes.
If you give these buckwheat banana waffles a try or have any questions, we would love it if you let us know in the comments below!