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)

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 waffles
Author: Julia


Banana Walnut Waffles:

For the Cinnamon Bourbon Syrup:


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.

Recipe 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.



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  1. Jennie @themessybakerblog

    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. Julia Post author

      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. Crista

    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.

  3. Shirley

    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!

  4. Shannon

    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. Julia Post author

      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


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