These whole wheat banana oatmeal waffles will give your family a healthy start into the day! Easy to make and full of fluffy banana pieces.
The easy batter is made from scratch with whole wheat flour, rolled oats, chopped banana, chopped walnuts, honey and eggs. Bake them to crispy and fluffy perfection in your waffle iron, then serve with all your best topping ideas.
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These Banana Oatmeal Waffles are a recipe I make when we crave waffles, but want something on the healthy side. I often make a double batch and freeze some for a busy morning!
How to Make Banana Oatmeal Waffles:
Read on for the detailed step-by-step instructions, or scroll down for tips and the printable recipe card.
- Combine the wet ingredients separately: For waffles, you don’t want to overmix the final batter, so I always combine the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients separately first. Add the WET ingredients to a bowl or a large measuring jug and whisk until smooth. Stir in the oats, then let sit for 5-10 minutes to plump up the oats (this is important so don’t skip).
- Combine the dry ingredients separately: Place all DRY ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.
- Combine batter: Pour the wet into the bowl with the dry ingredients, then take a SPATULA (not a whisk, please!) and fold just until combined – do not overmix or you’ll have dense and gummy waffles. Fold in the chopped banana and walnuts.
- Cook waffles: Use about 1/4 cup of batter in your preheated waffle iron, and bake the waffles according to the manufacturer’s instructions. I love using a large cookie scoop to scoop the batter into the waffle iron – so easy and mess free!
Tips for the Best Oatmeal Waffles:
How to Make Crispy Oatmeal Waffles:
If you want to make very crispy oatmeal waffles, you have two options:
- Place the finished waffles on a rack and bake them at 360°F for 5-10 minutes, or until crispy. They will get more dry like this, though!
- Increase the oil in the waffles – only use 1/2 cup milk, and 1/3 cup oil instead of the 2 tablespoons the recipe calls for. You can also use melted butter for an extra-delicious flavor.
Are Oatmeal Waffles Healthy?
I’m not a dietitian, so everything I say about the healthfulness of a recipe is my opinion and not a fact.
These are made from scratch from wholesome ingredients, so I consider them a healthy breakfast option.
- Use regular flour in place of the whole wheat; reduce the milk by 2 tablespoons.
- Instead of honey, you can use maple syrup. If you don’t mind using sugar, 3-4 tablespoons light brown sugar work, too (increase the milk by 1 tablespoon if using sugar).
- For the milk, any milk-type you like works well.
- You can omit the walnuts if you don’t like them, or replace them with chocolate chips 😉
More Tips for Waffle Making: How to Make Homemade Waffles
What to Serve with Banana Oatmeal Waffles:
We love these with fruit or a fruit salad on the side! But they’re also delicious with some maple syrup stirred into Greek yogurt to make a protein-rich dip.
For more breakfast ideas with waffles: What to Serve with Waffles for Breakfast
Get the printable recipe here:
Banana Oatmeal Waffles Recipe
- ¾ cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 large banana chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- Combine wet ingredients: Add milk, eggs, honey and oil to a measuring jug or bowl and whisk well until smooth. Stir in oats, set aside to soak for 5-19 minutes while you continute with the recipe.
- Combine dry ingredients: Mix the dry ingredients in a large SEPARATE bowl until well combined.
- Prep: Heat a waffle iron on medium to medium-high.
- Make batter: Pour the soaked wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and use a rubber spatula to fold JUST until combined into a thick batter. Fold in banana and walnuts.
- Cook waffles: Bake the waffles according to your waffle iron's instructions, using about 1/4 cup of batter per waffle. Enjoy warm!