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Banana Walnut Waffles with Cinnamon Bourbon Syrup (gluten free)

Banana walnut waffles with cinnamon bourbon maple syrup. Because sometimes you need straight carbs and a stiff drink for breakfast.

Banana Walnut Waffles with Cinnamon Bourbon Syrup (gluten-free and naturally sweetened)

Two crazy things happened yesterday:

1.) This cover made me uncover a newfound respect for Taylor Swift, what, whaaaaat?

2.) These waffles. They were born out of a maelstrom of hunger and oh-my-Gaaaah-I-don’t-have-a-post-for-Friday-I’m-such-a-slacker-I-had-better-make-something-REE-DIC-ULOSO-I-bet-everyone-wants-breakfast. <- I have your best interest in my mind forever and always.

Banana Walnut Waffles with Cinnamon Bourbon Syrup (gluten-free and naturally sweetened)

Let’s cut to the chase. These might just be the best dang waffles I’ve ever made. Like if I were you, I’d brunch on these so hard this weekend until my head spins.

I contemplated saving the recipe for the gluten-free pancakes [ahem… + waffles + Dutch babies (??)] e-book I’m working on, but I couldn’t stand the suspense. You have to have these. No need to resist. To resist is to piss in the wind. We know this.

 Banana Walnut Waffles with Cinnamon Bourbon Syrup (gluten-free and naturally sweetened)

That liquid in the little cup to the left? That’s cinnamon bourbon maple syrup. That’s what you do to skyrocket your waffles to the outer reaches of the bruncherverse. That liquid in that glass to the right? That’s apple juice. Just kidding, it’s totally whiskey.

Banana Walnut Waffles with Cinnamon Bourbon Syrup (gluten-free and naturally sweetened)

You wanna know what’s real? These waffles are serendipitous on their own. But the syrup…the syrup comes from that dimension where the tooth fairy, pegasus, centaurs, that cyclops from The Odyssey, and that dog from The Never Ending Story exist. It’s just that extra special. If you’ve never combined bourbon and maple in all your live long day, you had better do it now, son!

Do I sound too pushy? I feel like I sound pushy…

But seriously. Make these because waffs are in, and bourbon’s delicious.

Banana Walnut Waffles with Cinnamon Bourbon Syrup (gluten-free and naturally sweetened)

Shorty get down.

Banana Walnut Waffles with Cinnamon Bourbon Syrup (gluten-free and naturally sweetened)

Banana Walnut Waffles with Cinnamon Bourbon Syrup (gluten free)

Yield: 6 waffles
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Take brunch to a whole new level with these Banana Walnut Waffles with Cinnamon Bourbon Syrup. They're crispy, fluffy, loaded with banana flavor.


Banana Walnut Waffles:

  • 2 cup large ripe bananas, mashed (2/3 )
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk*
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup raw walnuts, chopped

For the Cinnamon Bourbon Syrup:

  • 2/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup bourbon whiskey
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt, to taste


Make the Cinnamon Bourbon Maple Syrup:

  1. Heat all ingredients in a small skillet and bring to a full boil. Cook at a boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a jar or small pitcher and set aside until ready to use.

Make the Banana Walnut Waffles:

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, eggs, coconut milk, almond milk, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract (wet mixture).
  2. In a seperate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and walnuts (dry mixture).
  3. Add the dry mixture to the bowl with the wet mixture and stir until well-combined. The batter will be very thick, so if necessary, add a small amount of additional almond milk.
  4. Turn on your waffle iron and set it to a medium-low setting (I put my Cuisinart waffle iron on 3).
  5. Measure out 1/2 cup of pancake batter and pour it on the center of the waffle iron. Close the lid and wait until your waffle iron indicates the waffle is done (I have a light that turns green. If you don't have a light, cook the waffle for about 1.5 to 2 minutes before checking to see if it's done).
  6. Serve waffles with butter, sliced banana, and cinnamon bourbon syrup.


*You may need a small amount of additional almond milk in order to thin out your waffle batter if you think it's too thick.

Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1 grams
Amount Per Serving Unsaturated Fat 0g



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Wednesday 28th of October 2020

My 4mo has a milk protein allergy and because I breastfeed, this means I’ve had to change my whole diet. I’d pretty much just accepted the fact that I’d be eating to live, not living to eat, this next year. Tried these for dinner last night. These are the best waffles I’ve ever had in my life! I actually enjoyed a meal! Couldn’t even tell they were dairy free AND I didn’t even miss the fact I couldn’t slather butter on the top. So so good! Thank you!


Wednesday 28th of October 2020

I'm so happy you love them, Shannon! This is great news and such a sweet note! I hear ya on eating to live - that's where I'm at too! Best of luck, and much love! xoxo

Brandy B

Friday 17th of August 2018

Can these be adapted as grain free pancakes?


Monday 20th of August 2018

Hi Brandy,

Funny enough, I haven't made grain-free banana pancakes yet, lol. However, I think this recipe will work: Try replacing the rice flour with more almond flour. Again, I've never tested it, but if you try it let me know. If not, I'm sure there are other grain-free banana pancake recipes on the interwebs that are spot on :) Hope you enjoy!! xo

Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes

Thursday 26th of February 2015

WHY, WHY did I have to see this at 11pm? Now I just want waffles. These look so good!!


Wednesday 25th of February 2015

Can I just have a straw and a bathtub full of that syrup? K, thanks.

Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies

Monday 23rd of February 2015

This is how this post should've read: CINNAMON BOURBON SYRUP *drops mic* Nothing else needs to be said. Lemme just drink that.

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