Easy gluten free banana waffles are a breeze to make in the blender! Just throw together simple ingredients such as, oatmeal, bananas, and honey, and you’ll be diving into healthy, flourless gluten free waffles in no time!
Easy gluten-free waffles with banana and oatmeal
When looking for easy, yet impressive gluten-free breakfast recipes, it doesn’t get any better than a waffle morning! Whether you taking advantage of slower weekend mornings and celebrating a special holiday, gluten-free banana oat waffles make breakfasts more special.
Even though GF banana waffles look impressive, they are quite simple and effortless to make. All the ingredients are placed in a blender, processed, and then poured onto a waffle maker.
You don’t need to make your own oat flour or purchase special ingredients. If you have gluten-free oats on hand, along with a couple ripe bananas, you are ready to make this easy, delicious, yet healthy recipe!
Ingredients Notes and substitutions
Just like all the recipes on my site, and in my gluten-free cookbook, I prefer to use simple, affordable, and readily available ingredients. Listed below are ingredient recommendations, along with any workable substitutions.
- Oats – Use either GF old fashioned oats or quick cooking oatmeal. Gluten-free certified oats are best to make sure they haven’t been cross-contaminated during processing.
- Ripe bananas – Riper bananas pulverize better and add a sweeter flavor. If you would like a gluten-free waffle recipe without bananas, try these oat flour waffles!
- Honey – An equal amount of brown sugar or pure maple syrup may be substituted. However, for a healthier recipe omit the sweetener and rely on the banana flavor.
- Coconut oil or vegetable oil – Adding additional fat to the batter transforms this flourless pancakes recipe into waffles!
- Eggs – For a vegan or egg-free recipe, omit the eggs. The texture will be more delicate, but the taste will remain.
- Milk – For dairy free waffles, use your favorite non-dairy milk
How To Make Gluten-Free banana Waffles
Make a batch of gluten-free waffle batter in no time! Simply add all the ingredients to a blender, food processor, or bowl, if using an immersion blender.
Blend until the oats are finally ground and bananas are smooth. Let the batter rest while the iron heats up, pour, and cook!
making gluten-free waffles extra fluffy
There are a couple tricks to making flourless gluten free waffles extra fluffy. First, let the batter sit for 20-30 minutes before cooking. This gives time for the oats to soften and hydrate. Otherwise, the waffles will be dense with a more rustic, hearty texture.
Secondly, if you want to go the extra mile, separate the egg whites from the yolks. Blend the yolks with all the other ingredients, but beat the egg whites separately until they are stiff.
Transfer the blended banana oatmeal batter to a bowl and gently fold in the egg whites. Yes, it’s a couple extra steps and bowls, but you’ll have mind-blowing fluffy gluten free waffles to devour!
why let batter rest
Just like the flourless pancakes recipe, the batter needs a little resting time for the oats to soften and hydrate, making the waffles light and fluffy. If the resting time is skipped the waffles will be denser, with a rustic texture.
dairy-free, egg-free, or vegan modifications
To make gluten free banana waffles dairy-free simply swap out the milk with any non-dairy version. To make them vegan as well, omit the eggs from the recipe. The waffles will still taste just as good, but they may be more delicate.
Is this recipe healthy?
Yes! These gluten free banana waffles are flourless, contain whole grain oats, and no refined sugar. They are naturally sweetened with honey and have easy adaptations to make them dairy-free or vegan as well.
For an even healthier, sugar-free recipe omit the honey and rely on the banana’s natural sweetness.
REcommended gluten-free oats
This recipe can be made with either gluten-free old fashioned oats or quick cooking oatmeal. To make sure the waffles are truly gluten free and not cross-contaminated, use certified gluten free oats, such as one of the linked brands.
This recipe requires a blender, food processor, or immersion blender to process the oats, essentially turning them into oat flour, as the ingredients are blended together. I use a powerful Vitamix blender, but any blender will work and I’ve made them many times with an immersion blender as well.
Of course, you will also need a waffle iron. Any size or model will do. The batter makes enough for 7-8 large waffles or more smaller-sized waffles.
freezing and storing tips
To keep the waffles warm while cooking, transfer the cooked waffles to a baking sheet in 200ºF oven. Store cooled leftover waffles in the refrigerator for one week, or freeze up to 3 months.
Rewarm waffles by laying them on a baking sheet and heating for 10 minutes in an 350ºF oven. They may also be reheated from frozen or quickly defrosted and re-warmed in the microwave as well.
Just like gluten-free crepes or almond flour pancakes, these gluten-free oatmeal waffles get even better with toppings! Try chopped pecans, and any preferred nuts, sliced bananas, toasted coconut, chocolate chips, gluten-free granola, whipped cream, or fresh berries.
Don’t forget to pour on some pure maple syrup, gluten-free syrup, or, better yet, make this quick and easy blueberry syrup.
For a grab-and-go breakfast, slather with peanut butter, banana slices, Nutella, nuts, coconut, or dried fruits.
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Fluffy Gluten Free Banana Waffles with Oatmeal
- 4 cups old fashioned or quick cooking oats use certified gluten free for GF
- 2 cups milk or non-dairy milk
- 2 large ripe bananas
- 2 large eggs
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil or vegetable oil
- 4 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Place all ingredients in a blender, food processor, or large bowl if using an immersion blender. Blend until oats are finely ground and there are no chunks of bananas, about 1 minute.
- Cover and let the batter rest at room temperature for 20-30 minutes to allow the oats time to hydrate and soften. Towards the end of resting time, heat the waffle iron.
- Spray the hot waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray and pour in enough batter to almost fill the tray. Cook until golden brown and then transfer to a cooling rack or 200°F oven. Serve with maple syrup or homemade blueberry syrup.
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Making waffles extra fluffyIf you want to go the extra mile, separate the egg whites from the yolks. Blend the yolks with all the other ingredients, but beat the egg whites separately until they are stiff. Transfer the blended banana oatmeal batter to a bowl and gently fold in the egg whites. Yes, it’s a couple extra steps and bowls, but you’ll have mind-blowing fluffy gluten free waffles to devour!
How to store and freezeTo keep the waffles warm while cooking, place cooked waffles on a baking sheet in 200ºF oven. Store cooled leftover waffles in the refrigerator for one week, or freeze up to 3 months. Rewarm waffles by laying them on a baking sheet and heating for 10 minutes in an 350ºF oven. Gluten free waffles may be reheated from frozen or quickly defrosted and re-warmed in the microwave as well.
Egg-free, Dairy-free, or Vegan ModificationsTo make gluten free waffles dairy free simply swap out the milk with any non-dairy version. To make them vegan as well, omit the eggs from the recipe. The waffles will still taste just as good, but they may be more delicate.
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Becci (Rebecca N.) Smith says
I’m sure these are very good. The friend of mine who needs gluten-free food, which is why I sometimes bake/cook this way, cannot eat oats. Not even “gluten-free” ones. There’s something similar to gluten in the oats them selves which his system doesn’t like. 😐🤷🏼♀️🙃🙂
Yes, I have heard some gluten free people cannot tolerate oats as well. I would really struggle with that because I eat something oat based every morning!