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

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

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 20 minutes


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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