Healthy Ingredients Make for an Excellent Waffle Base
As delicious as traditional waffles are, they’re full of ingredients that just aren’t compatible with a paleo diet. Even when made from scratch, they’re full of things like flour, sugar, and milk — all of which are obviously off the table for paleo enthusiasts. If you’re still hoping to enjoy waffles for breakfast, there’s no reason to worry. Just like with another personal favorite of mine (ice cream). you can swap in bananas to make a completely healthy paleo version in its place.
Bananas are naturally sweet and loaded with vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, manganese, and fiber. And despite being high in carbs, they’re very easy to digest and don’t drastically affect blood sugar levels like some other carb sources. (1) A banana on its own won’t give you the texture you’re looking for with waffles though, so it’s blended with an egg and almond butter as well.
I love using almond butter in my recipes since I know how good it is for my health. In fact, frequent nut and nut butter consumption can seriously lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. (2) And of course, you can’t forget the cinnamon. With just a dash of cinnamon added to these waffles, you end up with a delicious blend of sweet and slightly spicy flavoring. To make this recipe even sweeter, drizzle some honey on top before serving.
As you can see, going paleo doesn’t have to mean giving up all of your favorite comfort foods. Thanks to staples in my diet like bananas, plus a little bit of recipe tweaking, I can still enjoy all of the foods that I love while being assured that I’m not putting my health at risk or derailing my progress in the gym. Once you try these, you’ll know instantly that you’ve found another paleo breakfast staple.
P.S. – Using bananas isn’t the only way that you can make paleo-friendly waffles, as you can also make this excellent spiralized paleo noodle and chive waffle recipe that uses sweet potatoes.
P.P.S. – If you love Belgian waffles as well, you don’t have to feel left out in the dark. We’ve also get a great recipe that makes the best paleo Belgian waffles ever that you have to check out.
P.P.P.S. – I told you at the start of this recipe how much I loved waffles and I wasn’t kidding — so here are 19 more yummy gluten-free paleo waffle recipes for you to try out. You’re sure to find a few that you love.
- 1 ripe banana, cut into thick slices
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup almond butter
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp coconut oil (for greasing)
- Preheat your waffle maker.
- Place the egg and banana in a high power blender and blend until smooth.
- Add the almond butter, baking powder and cinnamon and blend until smooth and well combined.
- Grease both sides of waffle maker with coconut oil and pour just enough batter to fill the bottom part (do not overfill).
- Cook for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve with your favorite fresh fruits.
- Add a drizzle of honey if you desire some extra sweetness.
I was a little skeptical of flourless waffles but figured I would give them a try. They did not look great when I got them out of the waffle maker – rather floppy! BUT they tasted great! Very light but satisfying at the same time. I will make again next time I have an old banana that needs using up.
I love how simple this recipe is! I cooked down some strawberries and blueberries as topping… perfection!