Banana Nut Waffles

I make a lot of vegan recipes, yet I'm not vegan. Why? I think it's because I liked to be surprised by food. I love when a few ingredients can come together and taste almost identical to what it's like in its original form- kinda like this coleslaw that used cashews in place of mayo. It's pretty cool when things taste like other things like this Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Salad that tasted like pizza! I also get pretty excited when I find a recipe that pleases the guys in my life like this Kale Coconut Salad with Sesame Oil. I've made that recipe at least 5 times since then.

What I hoped to get out of this recipe was a batch of healthier waffles using what I had in my pantry; I almost always jump at a recipe if I've got all the ingredients. What I didn't realize is that I'd get a batch of waffles that tasted like banana bread. Being a lover of banana bread, I was thrilled.

While I could only eat one for breakfast, Cooper ate two. Future professional food eating champ? We'll see...

And we're off!

Ingredient gathering time.

Apple cider vinegar goes into soymilk to get curdled. Just go with it!

Bananas get their mash on.

Dry ingredients get mixed.

Nuts get chopped on the world's tiniest cutting board. Don't do this. It's not smart. Not smart at all.

Vanilla & curdled soymilk (don't give me that look) go into the bananas.

It's time for Dry to meet Wet.

After mixing, you take those chopped walnuts and you fold them in.

Did you lube up the waffle iron? (That sounds totes dirty) Now it's waffle time!

HELLO WAFFLE! You're looking good.

Let's top you with bananas and some syrup.

And let's have you with some coffee.

Later on I'll tell my husband that you were vegan. He won't believe me.

Banana Nut Waffles

Makes 8-10 waffles (depending on your waffle maker)

Recipe adapted slightly from Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook)

  • 1 3/4 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 bananas
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup. walnuts, finely chopped
  • non-stick cooking spray

Pre-heat the waffle iron.  Pour the soy milk, water, and vinegar into a measuring cup and set aside to curdle.

Mash the bananas very well in a large mixing bowl.  Add the soy milk mixture, oil, syrup, vanilla, and stir.

Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.  Use a fork to combine, but do not overmix.  Fold in the chopped nuts.

Spray the cooking spray on the waffle iron and scoop about 1/3 cup batter into the waffle iron to cook. Cook according to waffle iron's instructions and serve with sliced bananas and plenty of maple syrup.

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  • January 18, 2012

    Holy moly! This looks incredible! I may have to make these this weekend!

  • January 18, 2012

    These look amazing!

  • January 18, 2012

    I'm not a huge fan of banana bread but these look tasty! May have to get over my prejudice and into waffle mode :D

  • January 18, 2012

    Mmm heaven.

  • January 18, 2012

    waffley goodness - i NEED!

  • January 18, 2012

    WOW, these are making my belly growl. I've never made anything but a "regular" waffle, I've got to make these this weekend!

    • January 18, 2012

      Prepare to have your mind blown!

  • January 18, 2012

    I totes always lube the waffle iron first, you just have to!
    I've been making waffles on the weekends lately, and I have a banana-bread fanatic of a husband...this weekend these are totally happening. It's just fate.

  • fusilliamy
    January 18, 2012

    While I should be excited to try these because they taste like banana bread, I'm mostly excited to see the look on people's faces when I tell them I mixed soy milk and apple cider vinegar together and THEY LIKED IT. These waffles are happening this weekend.

    • January 18, 2012

      I secretly love that trickery. Don't tell my husband.

  • January 18, 2012

    That looks amazing!! I love cooking vegan too! It's a nice little ego boost, especially when it comes out tasting so fantastic.

  • January 18, 2012

    These look perfect! What a great breakfast treat!

  • January 18, 2012

    We might have to leave out the nuts (since we're not a nut family), but otherwise these look absolutely perfect!

    • January 18, 2012

      Do you like sunflower seed butter? I bet it would be good on top...

  • January 18, 2012

    These look so beautiful!
    I've never made waffles (should I be whispering that?) ha ha

    • January 18, 2012

      you totally should (now I'm whispering)

  • Christine
    January 18, 2012

    I can't wait for Saturday to try these out!!

  • January 18, 2012

    Is the curdled soymilk similar to the lemon juice + milk trick to substitute for buttermilk? If that's the case, I'll totally go with it...I can't drink milk. I tried soymilk and lemon juice once, but it didn't curdle. I'm intrigued! I hope to try these soon.

  • January 18, 2012

    I need a waffle maker.

  • Christina
    January 18, 2012

    Oh holy wonderful breakfast! These are right up my alley. I will eat banana nut anything. I have two different banana nut cereals in my cabinet, regularly make banana nut baked oatmeal, put banana nut Bare Naked granola in my yogurt....need I go on? My only question is, can I substitute something for the Soymilk/vinegar combo? Can I just use regular milk? (I know it won't be vegan anymore.)


    • January 18, 2012

      buttermilk! or maybe a milk/yogurt combo!

    • January 24, 2012

      you can combine dairy milk and vinegar for the same diy buttermilk, too.

      • Christina
        January 24, 2012

        So, I can either combine dairy milk and vinegar or buttermilk and vinegar? Or, just buttermilk?

      • corrina
        January 24, 2012

        Reg milk plus vinegar OR buttermilk with no vinegar added. The milk/vinegar combo replicates Buttermilk.

        • January 24, 2012

          Thanks for answering, Corrina! You beat me to it! xo

  • January 18, 2012

    Banana bread waffles? I'M IN.

    I also jump at a recipe when I have all of the ingredients in my pantry. That's the good life. :)

  • Ashley
    January 18, 2012

    I just made these for breakfast! (I have a work snow day because Seattle can't handle snow.)

    They were delicious, but they didn't crisp up. If I left them on longer than usual and they crisped but in a burnt kind of way (not the crunch I was hoping for). I ended up having to toast them.

    Was your batter really wet? It's possible that I am a horrible waffle maker, I don't make them often enough to know if it's me.

  • mini-cake
    January 18, 2012

    I just made these for breakfast but I used regular milk with the vinegar since I didn't have soy. They were quite soggy though and rather chewy. Did you texture turn out well? It's hard to tell from the picture.

    • January 18, 2012

      Oh no! Was your batter really thick? My texture was crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside.

  • January 18, 2012

    I really want a waffle iron!!! These sound amaaazing! How can I justify the purchase when I don't even have the cupboard or counter space for my new food processor... that's still in the box!! Uggg! I need a bigger kitchen.. Yep I'll move, just so I can buy a waffle iron! :)

  • January 18, 2012

    AHHHH both you and Joy have recently put up delicious waffle recipes and I am without a waffle maker!!! AHHHHH @whitewhines

    looks uh-mazing as usual.


  • January 18, 2012

    Do you think almond milk would work for this? Or the drinkable coconut milk like So Delicious?

    • January 18, 2012

      Hmm. I've never tried it, but I think it could work out! Almond milk has a good thickness, coconut milk might be too thin.

      • April 24, 2012

        Just wanted to let you ladies know I made these tonight with Vanilla Almond milk and we loved them! : )

  • Banana nut anything is my favorite! It sounds from above like subbing homemade buttermilk wasn't a great idea. Any other input on that? I don't do soymilk.

  • January 18, 2012

    Oh boy! Bananas are the perfect vehicle for a myriad of goodies. I am fantasizing topping these with peanut butter and chocolate chips. Yum!

  • Maija
    January 21, 2012

    It says cinnamon on the ingredient list & nutmeg in the recipe. I added
    both. One of the early ones was a little soggy from taking it out too soon, but the rest were great. I used plain, unsweetened soy milk & plain vinegar as that is what I had. Also I used 3 bananas as mine were really small & I did 1/2 cup of batter as I have a Belgian waffle maker.

  • January 24, 2012

    i made these this morning! delicious. i have all of isa's books (cuz they flawless), but this was a recipe i had not tried before. thanks for bringing it to my attention. i'm going to hit up that pizza salad next!

  • Lucia
    July 22, 2012

    I don't have a waffle maker...So I will try to make banana nut pancakes..Thanks! You rock!!

  • August 13, 2012

    I made these waffles using 2 cups of buttermilk instead of the soymilk/vinegar/water mix and they turned out fantastically! I also used non-maple syrup and left out the vanilla, but added in 1/2 a cup mini chocolate chips. These waffles were still delicious and perfect treat up north at the cabin! Great recipe Tracy!

  • September 5, 2012

    Hi Tracy!

    I am looking to add a waffle iron to my birthday wish list but have no experience working with one. Can you suggest a good make/model?



    • Tracy
      September 5, 2012

      I have my eye on an Al-Clad square one. They look pretty awesome. I got mine as a wedding gift from Williams Sonoma over 6 years ago and still love it. It's a round waffle iron (I dont have it in front of me so I don't know the model!)

  • Sandra
    April 22, 2013

    Tried them. Loved them !
    Thank you ! :-D

  • Kortney Stites
    May 29, 2013

    Can I sub the soy milk for unsweetened vanila almond milk?

    • Tracy
      May 29, 2013


  • January 21, 2014

    These waffles are so good! I made them this past weekend for breakfast, and my husband and I both agree that you would never even know that they're vegan. They taste just like banana bread! Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Tracy
      January 21, 2014

      HOORAY!! I'm glad you liked them.

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