Fast Banana Bread

January 24, 2024   21 Comments

This fast banana bread gets its speed from a waffle iron.

To say that I am a bit obsessed with my waffle iron is an understatement. I have made both an banana peanut butter waffle and a waffle potato bite.

After a serious but brief deliberation, I have decided to give away my stove and microwave and keep my waffle iron. What am I doing with all of these appliances?

What I like about my waffle iron is that I make small amounts of lovely food and it takes me only a few minutes. This way, I don’t end up with too much yummy food hanging around – for example an entire banana bread loaf.

Also, I don’t have to wait an entire hour for something to bake so I cut my time in the kitchen. Win-win!

I have gone through many waffle irons over the years and I find that the best ones are about $40. The $15 ones break way too easily and the $100 ones are unnecessarily expensive. There are a ton of reviews of waffle irons on Amazon so go pick your poison.

This recipe features a lower calorie banana bread. Instead of butter, I use buttermilk – which is flavorful but has much less saturated fat. I also use a mix of whole wheat flour and white flour to give it a whole grain boost.

This dough is really just banana bread!! But, it is much less batter than the average loaf.

You make think this is simply a banana waffle – but it isn’t. It is much more dense than a waffle. I toasted this for breakfast, ate it like a cookie with coffee, and tossed it in my kid’s lunch box because it has no nuts (their school has a no-nut policy).

These have an instant portion size which makes it easier to stay in control if your consumption. Freeze some of these for a snack or quick breakfast on the run.

Have you tried to make fast banana bread in your waffle maker?

Waffle Iron Banana Bread

4.0 from
18 reviews

Makes 8 small waffle breads

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1 egg
¼ cup sugar
2 mashed bananas
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup white whole wheat flour or ½ cup white flour and ½ cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt


Spray a waffle iron with nonstick spray. Using a whisk or a fork beat eggs and sugar in a medium bowl. Add mashed bananas, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla and blend. Mix in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until just blended.

Drop about ¼ cup of batter onto 4 sections of the waffle iron and cook for 4 minutes. Remove when firm. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate for later.

Nutrition Facts

For one banana bread waffle = 125 calories, 2.1 g fat, 0.0 g saturated fat, 24.5 g carbohydrates, 11 g sugar, 3.4 g protein, 2.3 g fiber, 131 mg sodium, 4 SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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