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Brown Butter Banana Waffles

It is National Waffle Day! You know I love food holidays, so of course we are celebrating. And luckily I didn’t have to wake up early to make waffles. We made Brown Butter Banana Waffles last weekend and put some in the freezer. So all I had to do is pop the waffles in the toaster this morning! Happy National Waffle Day to us!

I make these waffles when our bananas are too ripe to eat on their own. I love making banana bread and banana cookies, but these Brown Butter Banana Waffles are also high on the list. They are such a great breakfast treat. They taste like banana bread, but in waffle form. And the brown butter-holy Hannah! It makes these waffles extra special. If you haven’t tried brown butter, you must change that by making these waffles. Go, right now!

The waffles are light and fluffy. They crisp up a bit, but are still soft thanks to the bananas. I like to serve them with fresh banana slices, a little drizzle of honey, and a dab of peanut butter. Josh prefers them drenched in maple syrup with butter. They are good both ways!

I highly recommend you make these Brown Butter Banana Waffles this morning…and make sure you make a big batch so you can put some in the freezer for later. They are great for lazy weekend mornings or for a quick back to school breakfast!

Brown Butter Banana Waffles

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Got brown bananas? Make Brown Butter Banana Waffles for a special breakfast treat!


1 cup all-purpose Gold Medal flour
1 cup whole wheat Gold Medal flour
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, sliced
3 large eggs, separated
2 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 medium very ripe bananas


1. Preheat a waffle iron. Into a large bowl, sift together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.

2. To brown the butter, heat a thick-bottomed skillet on medium heat. Add the sliced butter, whisking frequently. Continue to cook the butter until melted. The butter will start to foam and browned specks will begin to form at the bottom of the pan. The butter should have a nutty aroma. Watch the butter carefully because it can go from brown to burnt quickly. Remove butter from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, buttermilk, brown butter, honey, and vanilla. Pour into dry ingredients; stir until just combined.

4. In a separate small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork; stir into batter. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Gently fold into the batter.

5. Ladle the recommended amount of waffle batter onto the hot waffle iron according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Close lid; cook waffle is golden brown on both sides, about 5-6 minutes. Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200 degree F oven until ready to serve.

Serving options-fresh banana slices, honey, maple syrup, butter, or peanut butter

Note-these waffles freeze well. To freeze, place completely cooled waffles in a freezer bag and freeze. To reheat, pop the waffles in the toaster.

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73 Responses to “Brown Butter Banana Waffles”

  1. holly — August 24, 2012 @ 4:33 am

    it’s just a shame I don’t own a waffle iron, or I would make this! What brand is yours?

  2. Emily @ Life on Food — August 24, 2012 @ 6:11 am

    Happy Waffle Day! Yes, these look like a wonderful way to start the day.

  3. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} — August 24, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    I wish I had some of these in my freezer! Banana bread in waffle form? Doesn’t get much more perfect than that.

  4. I need to call in sick to work today so I can stay home and make these! Yum!!

  5. Aimee @ ShugarySweets — August 24, 2012 @ 7:35 am

    These look delicious. I totally need a waffle iron.

  6. icakepops — August 24, 2012 @ 7:40 am

    Good morning waffles! What a delicious way to wake up.

  7. Blog is the New Black — August 24, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    I LOVE WAFFLES! My favorite thing to order when I go out to breakfast. I’d kill for one right about now!

  8. Laura — August 24, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    These look delish! Can I make them in a Belgian waffle maker? I don’t have a regular waffle maker.

  9. RavieNomNoms — August 24, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    These look amazing! I can’t get enough of waffles, they are just too good!

  10. RavieNomNoms — August 24, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    I just can’t resist a good waffle, so good!

  11. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — August 24, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    Brown butter is my new favorite smell:-) The whole house just smells so good after baking with it! These waffles look great…I sure wish I had some in my freezer right now!!!

  12. Jen @ Savory Simple — August 24, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    Anything with brown butter wins!

  13. Those waffles look awesome! Need to get myself a waffle maker asap!

  14. Madeleine @ Teenie Baker — August 24, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    Yummy! These look so good. I love bananas in pretty much anything.

  15. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — August 24, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    Ahhhh, Brown BUTTA! Honestly, what is more decedent and honey?

  16. Jen | Family Sponge — August 24, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    If only I had a waffle grill! This recipe might be reason enough to get one. I made your coconut granola a few months back and have been addicted to it ever since— so I am sure this recipe will be the same. Happy Waffle Day!!!!!

  17. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — August 24, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    I’m completely craving waffles now!

  18. kelley — August 24, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    banana pancakes and waffles are a favorite of ours too! such a great way to sweeten them naturally and use up the ones that need to be used asap. have a great weekend!

  19. Stephanie — August 24, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    A new way to use up ripe bananas! Thank you!!

  20. carrian — August 24, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    well, I do love banana pancakes, so I am sure that these are fantastic! Good luck with your search!

  21. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — August 24, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    A great way to start the day!

  22. Deborah — August 24, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    Sounds like the perfect breakfast!

  23. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — August 24, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    That’s my kind of breakfast!

  24. Ashley — August 24, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    It has been entirely too long since my last waffle. Bananas and brown butter? YES.

  25. HeatherChristo — August 24, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    I have an absolute love affair with banana waffles! They are one of my very favorite breakfast treats! these are just gorgeous!!

  26. marla — August 24, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    Love these Maria ~ anything with brown butter is a win!

  27. Steph@stephsbitebybite — August 24, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    I want to stuff a huge stack of these in my mouth!

  28. Laurie {Simply Scratch} — August 24, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    What a perfect idea for the weekend!

  29. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 24, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    Brown butter always catches my it!

  30. Shanna — August 24, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    As soon as I saw these posted on twitter AND found out today is National waffle day I had to make then. Messy – since I used many bowls to make these – but totally worth it. SO GOOD!!!

  31. Erin {Lemon Sugar} — August 24, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

    Happy National Waffle Day! :) These look fabulous!

  32. Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 24, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

    browned butter, light and fluffy waffles, syrup & bananas — hey, can you come make brunch for us? :)

  33. Jennifer — August 24, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    I still haven’t tried browned butter in anything. It looks like I need to get on this wagon!

  34. Erica — August 24, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    There is seriously a holiday for every food! So crazy! Waffles are amazing- I need to get my waffle maker out. And bananas are awesome in breakfast baked/cooked items! These sound amazing- perfect for the weekend

  35. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 24, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    Mmm these sound perfect!

  36. Riley — August 24, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

    I don’t think I need the National Waffle Day excuse to make these! Yum!

  37. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — August 24, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    these look amazing!

  38. Carla @ Carla's Confections — August 24, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    Definitely craving waffles now. Maybe I’ll have to make some in the morning :) these look super delicious!

  39. I really wish I ate these for breakfast this morning. These look so darn yummy!

  40. Chineka — August 25, 2012 @ 12:20 am

    These waffles look delicious. I just made strawberry creeps the other day for breakfast and I would love to try these waffles out over the weekend.

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