Brown Butter Banana Waffles

By Maria Lichty

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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!

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Brown Butter Banana Waffles

Got brown bananas? Make Brown Butter Banana Waffles for a special breakfast treat!
3.67 from 3 votes



  • Preheat a waffle iron. Into a large bowl, sift together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  • 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.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, buttermilk, brown butter, honey, and vanilla. Pour into dry ingredients; stir until just combined.
  • 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.
  • 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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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I wish I had some of these in my freezer! Banana bread in waffle form? Doesn’t get much more perfect than that.

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

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

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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!!!!!

  6. 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!

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

  8. 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!!!

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

  10. 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

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

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

  13. 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.

  14. browned butter is my secret little weapon in the kitchen! makes everything taste THAT much better. Love how fluffy these are, Maria!

  15. That is brilliant, Maria! You have a breakfast food gift. I am not even a breakfast person and that sounds fabulous.

  16. These waffles look amazing!! I just made brown butter pancakes and they were awesome…I’m sure your waffles are heavenly!!

  17. I think every day should be National Waffle Day. Just think how many different ways you can make it.

  18. I love banana waffles, but have never done it with brown butter. I have some bananas that are almost perfect for these, now to get everyone to leave the bananas alone….

  19. Do you add the honey with the wet ingredients? It isn’t in the directions part of the recipe. Thanks. Making these right now and already made two without the honey but added it when I looked at the ingredient list.

  20. So when and where do you add the 2 T honey? It looks like most of the comments were made by people who never made the recipe.

  21. I just googled banana waffles and this popped up! I am SO making these!! I’m glad it makes so many so I can freeze them 🙂

  22. 2 stars
    These turned out like soggy, waffle-shaped banana bread.  Any tips for getting them crispy.  (I did cook them on the highest heat my waffle iron has.)

    1. Start on the lowest heat and then when it beeps, cook for additional time on the 2nd to highest heat.

  23. 5 stars
    Who rated this recipe 2 stars? Hands down, my absolute favorite waffle of all time. The combination of the browned butter + banana is the ultimate treat. The waffles are jam-packed with flavor and are super moist. My husband requests them every time we’re craving waffles, highly recommend!