Gluten Free Banana Waffles

I have always loved pancakes and waffles, going all the way back to my childhood when Dad made us pancakes for breakfast on Sunday.  Back then I would devour a whole stack!

As an adult I have continued this Sunday tradition, even after my Celiac diagnosis.  At first, I went with a popular gluten free pancake mix.  Ugh!  I continued trying different brands and some were better than others, but all were expensive.

Finally, I decided to make my own gluten free blend from scratch.  Still pricey for sure, but in the end, it cost much less per serving than a packaged mix.

The main ingredients, almond flour, coconut flour and tapioca starch are staples in my gluten free pantry.  I think the taste and texture of my waffles are better than any prepared mix, and the banana provides moisture, flavor and sweetness!  This is a great recipe to use up bananas that are past their prime.

8 servings (serving size = 1 waffle)

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  • 1 cup tapioca starch 105g
  • 2/3 cup coconut flour 85g
  • 1-1/3 cup almond flour 135g
  • 1 tsp. baking powder 6g
  • 1 tsp. baking soda 6g
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt 3g
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  • 2 large eggs 100g
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed 150g
  • 2 tbsp. Canola oil 22g
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla 7g
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk 350g
  • Cooking spray


I often eat half of a banana and throw the rest in the freezer.  After a couple of weeks those bananas pile up and it’s time to make more waffles!

Before you begin, preheat your waffle iron to 350°.  Whisk together the dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl, mash the banana with a fork and add the egg, oil, vanilla and milk.  Whisk well to combine.

Fold the dry ingredients into the wet with a spatula, just until moistened.

Coat both sides of the waffle iron with cooking spray.  Spoon the batter into the center and use a spatula to spread it into the corners.

Close the lid and cook for 5 minutes, remove and transfer to a cooling rack.  Repeat with the remaining batter.

You can serve them immediately or cool to room temperature and freeze for later.  I like to make a big batch and store in freezer safe bags.

The waffles are filling, one is more than enough for our small appetites.  I serve them with fresh fruit and candied walnuts.  You can reheat them in the microwave, oven or toaster.

Always use real maple syrup!

Notes ♪♫ Gluten free pancakes and waffles take longer to cook than the wheat version.  I struggled at first with pancakes that were cooked on the outside and gummy in the middle, until I realized that I needed to adjust the time.  Then I decided to use my waffle iron, and that was the magic.  Since both sides cook at once, 5 minutes at 350° is usually perfect.

Substitutions: You can substitute 2/3 cup part skim ricotta for the banana, it makes a light fluffy waffle.  In the fall I like to use pumpkin puree.

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