Easy weekend mornings or pull-from-the-freezer weekday ready oatmeal waffles are lightly crispy on the outside, and tender on the inside. Banana-Pecan Oat Waffles are whipped up in the blender, and baked in a waffle iron. They come together fast and easy. Oatmeal waffles anyone? Hooray! This recipe is vegetarian, vegan and easily gluten free. [ watch VIDEO on recipe card below ]
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Savory, or sweet… gimme waffles and I’m a happy girl. But Banana Waffles? Over the top… and they’re made with whole grain oats, so it’s win-win-win!
But I’ve tempered my love affair in the past because I didn’t want all the white flour for breakfast. I’d rather save that for Brown Sugar Banana Bread. Then I started playing with oat flour… Shortly after that, I learned how to make oat flour using a high speed blender, then in a food processor. Either can be used or this recipe!
When I discovered I could make waffles with oat flour. Total breakfast game changer!
Quick Guide: How to Make Oatmeal Waffles
Banana-pecan oat waffles are like eating a bowl of oatmeal in waffle form; oatmeal waffles anyone? This gluten free (optional) and vegan waffle recipe is so easy to make, even if you’re still half asleep. Use a blender or food processor to whip these oat waffles up in no time! In summary, here’s how to make em’ (see recipe card below for full details):
- First, to the bowl of a food processor or pitcher of a blender, add the oats, pecans, milk, banana, cinnamon, and salt.
- Next, blend until the ingredients are smooth and completely incorporated. The batter will be thick.
- Last, bake in a waffle iron.
Lightly crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside with all those nooks to fill with warm maple syrup and your favorite toppings. Add extra bananas on top for banana oatmeal waffles or fresh berries when in season!
- Blender or Food Processor – either will work for this oatmeal waffle recipe. The food processor leaves the batter chunkier than the blender, but the results after baking are delicious! I’ve included details on how to process the ingredients using either machine in the recipe.
- Gluten Free? For gluten free oat waffles, use gluten free certified oats. I recommend Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats.
- Freezer Friendly? Yes please! These vegan waffles are freezer friendly. Simply cool the waffles completely, stack one on top of the other, slide into a storage container then freeze for up to two weeks. They can be toasted from freezer to toaster (I use a toaster oven).
- Variations: I’ve used walnuts in place of the pecans, tossed in a handful of mini chocolate chips or frozen blueberries (after blending) all with good results.
- Some waffle irons require oil before baking. The waffle iron I use (and loooove) does not – it has a non stick surface. To reduce the chance of sticking waffles (other than using a nonstick waffle maker), make sure the waffle iron is fully preheated before adding the batter, oil or butter the iron throughly and no peeking before they’re done baking. If anything, give the owners manual a once over to see the particular needs of your iron. Food 52 has a discussion on the topic. And note, there is no oil added to this recipe.
More Healthy Waffle Recipes to Love
- Healthy Almond Orange Oat Waffles
- Gluten Free Sourdough Waffles
- Chocolate Buttermilk Belgian Waffles – from Kitchen Confidant
- Savory Waffles with Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower – from Floating Kitchen
Banana-Pecan Oat Waffles Recipe
- 1 1/2 cup (175g) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats not quick – gluten free if needed, I use Bob's Red Mill*
- 1 1/4 cup (305g) Plant Milk – I use 1/2 diluted homemade cashew milk
- 3 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/2 cup (125g) Banana mashed (about 1 medium)
- 1/2 cup (55g) Pecans whole
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
- 3/4 teaspoon Cinnamon ground
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Serve With (optional):
- Fresh Berries, Butter, Jam, Pure Maple Syrup, Chocolate Drizzle, Chopped Pecans
- Preheat the waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions, including whether to oil/butter the iron or not (see note). Preheat the oven to 150F (66C) and place a sheet pan in the oven.
- A. For the Blender (I use VitaMix): To the blender container add the oats, milk, vinegar, banana, pecans, baking powder and soda, salt, cinnamon and extract. Blend for one minute on medium to medium high. The batter will be thick and completely smooth. ORB. For the Food Processor: To the work bowl add the oats, milk, vinegar, banana, pecans, baking powder and soda, salt, cinnamon and extract. Whirl for 3 minutes scraping the bowl down once during processing. The batter will be thick and not quite completely smooth.
- Scoop out 1/3 C of batter and pour into the waffle iron. Bake until golden (according to manufacturer's directions). Mine take about 6-7 minutes to bake. Gently remove the waffles using a fork and place them on the sheet pan in the preheated oven. Finish baking the remaining batter.
- To Store: Cool completely, then store at room temperature in foil or in an air tight container for up to three days. To Freeze: Allow the waffles to cool completely before storing them in a storage container. They can stack one on top of another – freeze for up to two weeks (beyond that and I start getting freezer burn unless individually wrapped). To Reheat: Bake at 300F (150C) for about 8-10 minutes or until warmed through or toast on the toaster setting in a toaster oven. Keep an eye on them so they don't get too dark.