Breakfast has never been better thanks to these Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Banana Waffles. Made with just 10 ingredients, they’re kid-friendly, irresistible, and perfect for keeping in the freezer when you want a quick and healthy breakfast. Top them with fresh fruit and an extra drizzle of peanut butter for an extra-special breakfast treat.
This post was created in partnership with Kalona Supernatural.
Move over box mixes…
There’s a healthy new waffle in town. And this one is made from pantry staples you likely already have on hand. It also features a nutritious secret ingredient that makes them extra tender and fluffy, much like buttermilk waffles (more on that below).
This recipe makes a big batch so, while you can halve the ingredients, we strongly suggest making a full batch and freezing the leftovers to enjoy another day. We’ve included directions for freezing and reheating below.
Kefir is the key to great waffles.
This recipe calls for Kalona SuperNatural™ Plain Kefir. And while any milk will work, plain kefir gives these waffles a nutritional boost and makes them tender and flavorful much like buttermilk. Kefir is a fermented food that contains 15-30 strains of bacteria more than any other dairy product. Probiotics are great for immunity, gut health, bone health, and the list goes on. You can learn all about Kefir, what it is, and its benefits in our blog post, What Is Kefir? #worththeread
Why Kalona SuperNatural Kefir:
Kalona works with small family farms to bring you delicious, certified organic cream-topped kefir from pasture-grazed cows. They deliver their dairy products in the most natural state possible. All Kalona SuperNatural™ Kefir meets these standards:
- Grade A
- USDA Certified Organic
- Kosher Certified
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- Gluten-Free Flour: We love this gluten-free flour blend because we’ve found that it produces the most consistent baked goods.
- Coconut Sugar: Coconut sugar is considered to be an unrefined sugar with a lower glycemic index which is great but we really love it for its caramel-like flavor. Regular cane sugar can be used in place of coconut sugar if that’s what you have on hand.
- Cinnamon: Warm, fragrant and perfectly suited for waffles. Need we say more?
- Natural peanut butter: Smooth is the way to go for these Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Banana Waffles. Look for peanut butter without added sugar or oils.
- Oil: Avocado oil is our first choice for these waffles because of its neutral flavor but olive oil will also work in a pinch and add a richer flavor.
- Bananas: It wouldn’t be a gluten-free peanut butter banana waffle without bananas though we suppose you could use unsweetened applesauce in a pinch. Tip: Frozen bananas can be thawed and used in place of fresh bananas with great results.
- Eggs: We have not tested this recipe using an egg substitute. Our guess is that while it’s not impossible, the end result may be somewhat lackluster. If you’re looking for an egg-free waffle, try these Crispy Grain-Free Waffles or these Gluten-Free Blender Waffles using kefir in place of the milk and top them liberally with peanut butter and sliced bananas.
- Vanilla: Use the best quality vanilla you can source and afford because it’s worth it.
How to Freeze Waffles
Allow waffles to cool completely on a wire rack before transferring them to a baking sheet. Arrange waffles in a single layer adding a sheet of parchment paper between layers if you have too many to fit in a single layer. Freeze waffles on the baking sheet until frozen then transfer them to a freezer-safe container or large zip-top bag for storage. Frozen waffles will keep for up to 1 month in the freezer.
How to Reheat Waffles
For best results, we recommend reheat waffles in the waffle iron. This helps them crisp up better than if you use a microwave. You can use a toaster or toaster oven though we’ve had the best luck by popping them back into the waffle iron for a few minutes but do what works best for you.
How to Enjoy Waffles
Preferably with someone you love! And don’t forget to top those babies with some fresh fruit and a generous drizzle of peanut butter and/or some pure maple syrup. They’re delicious with a side of bacon or our Turkey Apple Sausage Patties.
- 1 ¾ cup gluten-free all-purpose flour (such as Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1) (~260 g)
- 3 Tbsp. coconut sugar (or sugar of choice)
- 1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¾ cup natural peanut butter (or nut butter of choice) (~190 g)
- ¼ cup avocado oil or olive oil
- 2 ripe banana, mashed (~⅔ heaping cup or 230 g)
- 2 whole eggs (100g)
- 2 ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 ¾ cup Kalona Plain Kefir (420 ml)*
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Mix and set aside.
- In another large mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, oil, mashed banana, eggs, vanilla. Whisk together to combine well.
- Add the wet ingredients, including the kefir, to the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix well to combine.
- Preheat waffle iron to medium-low heat. Grease with non-stick cooking spray. Scoop batter on to the waffle iron and spread out evenly. The amount of batter will depend on the size of iron. Cook waffles according to the instructions of the specific waffle iron used. Repeat until all batter is gone.
- Waffles taste best when you let them sit for 5 minutes before serving on a wire rack. Serve warm with sliced bananas. If desired, top with butter, peanut butter and/or maple syrup.
* May substitute plain yogurt mixed with enough milk to create a ‘drinkable’ yogurt texture for the kefir
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Photo Credit: The photos in this blog post were taken by Jess of Plays Well with Butter.