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Gluten-Free Banana Walnut Waffles

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)
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Gluten-Free Banana Walnut Waffles

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 Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 large waffles
Calories: 384kcal
Author: Julia


Banana Walnut Waffles:

For the Cinnamon Bourbon Syrup:


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.


*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.


Serving: 1Waffle | Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g
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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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