Whole Grain Banana Bread Waffles (with cinnamon-sugar)

Whole Grain Banana Bread Waffles (with cinnamon-sugar)

Whole Grain Banana Bread Waffles (with cinnamon-sugar)

Whole Grain Banana Bread Waffles (with cinnamon-sugar)

The only waffles I’ve ever really had at home were those toaster waffles which I’d eat warm with hella powdered sugar. I kind of prefer eating waffles like that, dolloped with yogurt and fresh fruit than how I eat my pancakes (i.e. with maple syrup for daaayyys).

Whole Grain Banana Bread Waffles (with cinnamon-sugar)

These banana bread waffles are probably a tad better for you than the aforementioned toaster ones – I made them using spelt flour and oat flour (of course I did, it’s me.) as well as throwing in a bit of ground flaxseed. The mashed banana in the batter meant that I didn’t have to use a bunch of oil in them and they still turned out crisp on the outside with a fluffy center.

Whole Grain Banana Bread Waffles (with cinnamon-sugar)

Then I doubled the waffley goodness by gliding a buttery knife over the hot waffles – just enough to moisten them a little so that the cinnamon-sugar I then sprinkled on would stick.

I basically ended up with a banana bread doughnut waffle!!

Whole Grain Banana Bread Waffles (with cinnamon-sugar)

Whole Grain Banana Bread Waffles (with cinnamon-sugar)

Whole Grain Banana Bread Waffles (with cinnamon-sugar)

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Servings: 5 or 6 waffles (2 or 3 servings)


  • 1/2 cup (60 g) spelt flour (you can sub whole wheat flour if preferred)
  • 1/3 cup (30 g) oat flour (made by blending oats in a food processor)
  • 2 tsp ground flaxseed , (this is optional)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ripe banana , , peeled and mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) milk
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil

For the cinnamon-sugar

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp superfine , (caster) sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


  • Stir together the first 6 ingredients in a large jug. Add in the vanilla, banana, oil, milk and egg and stir together with a fork until smooth. Leave it to sit whilst you heat up your waffle iron.
  • Scoop the batter into the waffle iron - about 1/3 cup - and cook according to the waffle iron's instructions until golden brown.
  • Stir together the 1 tsp of ground cinnamon into the superfine sugar. Use a knife to lightly swipe the waffles, hot from the waffle maker, with butter then sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar.
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it went! Mention @izyhossack or tag #topwithcinnamon!

83 thoughts on “Whole Grain Banana Bread Waffles (with cinnamon-sugar)”

  1. Yaaaay, for no dairy!!! (The milk is super easy to replace with dairy-free options). I wonder what difference it makes to put oil vs melted butter in the batter?

    • Awesome πŸ™‚ I think that the difference would be negligible with such a small amount going into the batter – if you were putting more oil/butter into it, I guess the butter would give more flavour and the oil would give a crispier waffle.

  2. I cannot tell you enough how crazy delicious those look. The photos as always are so beautiful, but the waffles are begging to be inside my mouth!!!

  3. YUMMO!!! I got my waffle iron this year too (one of those round belgium ones); I have been using to my hearts content. While I never ever get over the frozen waffles; I sure could use this waffle recipe when I am feeling a bit more healthy.
    Simple and stunning and I love the little star bowl!

    • I think I’m going to have to buy a belgian waffle maker too, haha! I love how they have deeper grids so are crispier πŸ™‚

      Thanks Belinda!

  4. Oh my goodness these look delicious! I love all the whole grains you’ve included in the recipe:) I haven’t got a waffle maker, do you think you could cook the batter the same way as pancakes?

    • Deffo, it’s not even a choice. Thanks Ashley πŸ™‚ and omg yes, I think next time I make banana bread, I’ll be sprinkling cinnamon-sugar all over it…

  5. We just bought a waffle iron and I’m obsessed. If I didn’t have to to stupid things like go to work, I would happily eat waffles for every single meal. Love these, my idea of a perfectly balanced plate.

    • ahhh HIGH FIVE. I couldn’t find waffle irons in the shops anywhere in London, apart from the cuisinart one in John Lewis, but got this beauty at Lidl!! I can’t wait to see the waffle recipes you make (you are going to blog them, right??). haha I know, I made them today for lunch because it’s my last day of holiday and I know I won’t get a chance to make waffles again for a while now. Thanks Kathryn πŸ™‚

  6. I do not own a waffle iron (yet!) but I’m totes going to borrow my mom’s waffle iron so that I can make these. I’m kind of having a flash back to when I was little and ate cinnamon-sugar toast for breakfast every morning. Delicious. Cinnamon-sugar everything for life!

  7. Huge waffle fan myself and I see people making them so often on blogs, must try these myself. Thanks Izy πŸ˜‰

  8. Spelt and oat flour are perfect together in waffles and a healthier doughnut-breakfast waffle is an awesome idea πŸ™‚ Cinnamon sugar is like the greatest thing everrrr so I’m so glad Izy’s back back again!!

  9. Izy these waffles look and sound delicious. Love love love waffles (so much better at catching puddles of melted butter, maple syrup, honey, jam, etc. than pancakes) and dearly miss having them (currently living in a waffle iron free kitchen – although Jamie Oliver introduced me to a shortcut for those without waffle irons – using non-stick griddle pans instead, not the same, but maybe close enough for now). Also, your photos! Dang, so stunning!

    • I am having to equally distribute my love between pancakes and waffles :/ I’ve heard of Jamie’s method before, but I don’t have a grill pan so have never had the opportunity to try it out!
      Thanks Sophia!

  10. How much was that said waffle iron from Lidl? I need one, I really really really really do.

  11. Glad you’re feeling better, or at least well enough to make banana bread-y/doughnut-y waffles. So many good things going on in one breakfast. Your waffle iron makes the prettiest shaped waffles I’ve ever seen! xo

  12. Oh my these sound as healthy as they are delish! I need them in my life. Gorgeous photos as always, though I missed your gifs, they are so cute!

    • totally!! Thanks Sophia πŸ™‚ haha I know, I keep forgetting to make more .gifs. I’ll try to get some into my next post though

  13. These look really delicious- you’ve combined all my favourite desserts into one amazing recipe! I have to try this soon..:)

  14. Loved the waffles. I used toasted walnut oil cause I’m addicted to the flavor. Might I ask about your lovely waffle iron? It looks like it might be an old family heirloom, but I’m hoping it isn’t and you’ll tell I can find it somewhere.

  15. Ok so I read through the comments carefully and see the iron is from Lidl. But sadly the don’t sell in the usa. But thanks for the recipe and hoping you are feeling better.

  16. Oh man… waffles… I don’t really know what to do with myself… because they’re WAFFLES! They’re like the more interesting and worldly cousins of pancakes that capture my heart every time

  17. Hi Izzy, how am I ever going to persuade you to try fresh cinnamon? The waffles would be something else and you would be totally in tune!

  18. Izy, you’re a genius. I just made these on this cold, snowy Pennsylvania morning, so easy and I had all ingredients on hand! These waffles were MAGNIFICENT! A huge hit in this household that just made its way into the breakfast rotation! Thank you for the great recipe!

  19. I got a waffle maker for Christmas and have been making waffles every weekend since. We made these last weekend with stone ground WW flour in place of the oat, almond milk for the milk, and grapeseed oil in place of the vegetable oil, and they are so so good! By far my faaaaavorite waffle recipe yet! Thanks so much!

  20. Hey Lizzy,

    made those waffles today to break in my new Belgian waffle iron and they were pretty awesome!
    Added some oats and chopped walnuts to the batter and served them with yoghurt, mixed with halved grapes and some more chopped walnuts. Yumm! Thanks for the recipe.

    • I think if you made the batter the day before, all the raising agent would react so the waffles wouldn’t rise the next day! Instead why don’t you try mixing the dry ingredients (flour, raising agents…) the night before so in the morning you just have mix in the wet ingredients!

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