Gluten-Free Banana Walnut Waffles with amazing cinnamon bourbon maple syrup makes for an incredible breakfast! Because sometimes you need straight carbs and a stiff drink for breakfast.

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

These might just be the best dang waffles I’ve ever made.

Jam packed with banana bread flavor, complimented by chopped walnuts and cinnamon, these gluten-free waffles are amazingly soft and moist yet crispy around the edges.

They’re everything a perfect waffle should be!

These gluten-free banana walnut waffles are serendipitous on their own so they don’t actually need a fabulous topping. But we went ahead and made a fabulous boozy syrup anyway. 

The bourbon cinnamon 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, I recommend it!

Gluten-Free Banana Waffles with cinnamon bourbon syrup. A delicious, gluten-free breakfast recipe

Ingredients for Gluten-Free Banana Waffles:

Ripe bananas, almond milk, coconut milk (or skip the coconut milk and use more almond milk), coconut oil (or avocado oil), gluten-free all-purpose flour, vanilla extract, eggs, cinnamon, sea salt, and baking powder.

For the optional syrup, we just need pure maple syrup, bourbon, and cinnamon.

You can top the waffles however you would like! In addition to the boozy syrup, I love serving the waffles with a smear of nut butter and some freshly chopped banana.

Mash the bananas and measure them out.

How to Make Gluten-Free Banana Walnut Waffles:

All you do to prepare these waffles is whisk up the wet ingredients in a mixing bowl, then stir in the dry ingredients. Mix well until all the lumps are out and a creamy batter forms.

When you’re ready to cook, heat up your waffle iron and spray it with cooking oil. Give it 5 minutes or so to heat up completely.

Once hot, pour about 1/2 cup of batter on the center of the hot waffle iron and close the lid. Cook until the iron indicates that the waffles are cooked through. You can always cook them longer for crispier waffles.

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

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

Gluten-Free Banana Walnut Waffles

5 from 1 vote
Take brunch to a whole new level with these Banana Walnut Waffles with Cinnamon Bourbon Syrup. They're crispy, fluffy, loaded with banana flavor.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6 large waffles

Ingredients

Banana Walnut Waffles:

For the Cinnamon Bourbon Syrup:

Instructions

Make the Cinnamon Bourbon Maple Syrup:

  • 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:

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, eggs, coconut milk, almond milk, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract (wet mixture).
  • In a seperate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and walnuts (dry mixture).
  • 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.
  • Turn on your waffle iron and set it to a medium-low setting (I put my Cuisinart waffle iron on 3).
  • 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).
  • Serve waffles with butter, sliced banana, and cinnamon bourbon syrup.

Notes

*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

Serving: 1Waffle · Calories: 384kcal · Carbohydrates: 48g · Protein: 5g · Fat: 19g · Fiber: 5g · Sugar: 10g
Author: Julia
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bourbon syrup, breakfast, gluten free waffles, gluten-free banana walnut waffles, waffle recipe
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Julia Mueller

Julia Mueller is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and founder of The Roasted Root. She has authored three bestselling cookbooks, – Paleo Power Powers, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. Her recipes have been featured in several national publications such as BuzzFeed, Self, Tasty, Country Living, Brit.co, etc.

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Questions and Reviews

  1. I feel like you’re being pushy in all the right ways. Girl, these are, how does Guy Fieri put it… Out of bounds! Straight up ridonkulous. You had me at bourbon and carbs. Taylor Swift has such a pretty voice. She should sing like that more often. Pinning fo’ sho!

    1. Any woman who quotes Guy Fieri is a woman after my own heart, ha! He would also say these waffles are “off the chain” while shoving the whole stack in his mouth. #guyfieriquotesfordayz.

      T Swift really is amazing when she’s not shaking it out. My hope is that she gets the pop out of her system and branches out one day. Have a great weekend, sister!

    2. I was going to comment and then realized that you said EXACTLY what I wanted to say.

      OUT OF BOUNDS!

      Bourbon and carbs- yup yup!!

  2. UHMM Cinnamon BOURBON SYRUP?! WHAT THE WHAT. How has that never happened to my FACE! I am so glad you did NOT hold out on us, because tomorrow is Saturday. Everyone needs a good waffling on Saturdays, and this is THAT. Pinning!

  3. You’re exactly right, I do want breakfast! I always want breakfast. I love banana nut too everything too and the thought of pairing it with that syrup is blowing my mind. Whiskey for breakfast is a genius idea!!

  4. 1) That TS cover is brilliant 2) These waffles are brilliant–the cinnamon bourbon syrup ughhhh drool.

  5. OKAY Julia GEEZ I’ll drink the damn bourbon syrup….oh, wait…that’s not what you were pushing me to do? Peer pressure is a funny thing you know. I’ll have it with a side of those waffles please and thank you!

  6. i am obsessed with this recipe, and I’m obsessed with that Taylor Swift cover as well.. we saw it about a week ago when we were still thinking of paying hundreds of dollars to see T Swift & Vance in concert together. We eventually decided that it’s not worth the almost 1000$ we may have spent. sigh. Still, that cover, so good.

  7. We made these Banana Walnut Waffles for our guests this weekend. They were light and full of flavor. Everyone loved them. But, next time, I will go a little lighter on the bourbon. I got a bit carried away as I was making the syrup. This was absolutely a recipe to make them again and again!

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

  9. 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!

    1. 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