Banana Quinoa Waffles

Banana Quinoa Waffles {gluten-free} | Queen of Quinoa

Ever since I was a little girl, weekends were meant for decadent and semi-elaborate breakfasts. Throughout the week, our mornings are jam packed and we can’t shake that rushed feeling. We’re busy getting ready for work, packing lunches, getting kids ready for school {well not in my case, but still}, mornings fly by in a blur. And for many of us, breakfast is the last thing on our minds.

Well I can’t say I fall into that particular category because I love, and I mean really LOVE breakfast, but I do feel rushed in the mornings and always resort to my green smoothies or green juices. They’re quick, easy, nutritious and filling. I do adore my morning beverages.

But as soon as the weekend hits, friends, time is on our side – we can actually slow down and unwind a little. No more rushing. Wake up  a little later, stroll into the kitchen, eyes still groggy with sleep, hair wild and unruly, and make breakfast. A special breakfast. A weekend worthy breakfast.

Banana Quinoa Waffles {gluten-free} | Queen of Quinoa

Waffles, pancakes and french toast are my idea of a special breakfast. Having a plate full of golden brown treats in front of me, drizzled with warm maple syrup {Vermont made of course} and topped with fresh fruit, my eyes begin to sparkle and my heart fills with warmth.

These meals will forever remind me of my Dad. In the kitchen every weekend morning, whipping up his fabulous blueberry pancakes {here’s my gluten-free version} and his fluffy, light waffles. Some of my favorite memories are sitting at the island watching him cook, eagerly waiting for the light to turn green on the waffle machine, knowing it was time to dig in.

With that image in your mind, I leave you with my own version of Sunday waffles. With smashed bananas and toasted quinoa flour, these waffles are still light and fluffy, but have a subtle sweetness and hint of nutty flavor, that makes them truly unique.

Now dig in, come on take a big ol’ bite and don’t be afraid to let the syrup dribble down your face. Enjoy life, it’s the weekend!

Do you have any special weekend traditions you share with your family?

Banana Quinoa Waffles {gluten-free} | Queen of Quinoa


Banana Quinoa Waffles
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Queen of Quinoa
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 6
gluten-free | dairy-free | refined sugar-free | soy-free | nut-free | yeast-free
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • ½ cup toasted quinoa flour
  • ½ cup tapioca starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 2 eggs, separated – 1 yolk + 2 whites
  • 1 ½ cups almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Turn on the waffle iron on medium heat.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, spices and salt and set aside.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine the banana, egg yolk, milk and vanilla, and beat until smooth.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, beat the egg whites using a hand mixer until stiff peaks form.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and gently stir together with a wooden spoon – trying not to over-mix.
  6. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter – careful not to over mix.
  7. Lightly grease your waffle iron and pour a scoop of the batter into the bottom and close the top.
  8. If your waffle iron has a sensor, wait until it indicates that the waffle is done – checking it before you remove it from the iron – if it’s golden brown, slightly crispy and comes off easily with a fork, you’re good to go!
  9. Top with fresh fruit, yogurt, maple syrup or whatever toppings your heart desires. Go wild.
  10. Enjoy!

Cooking times may vary slightly. I had to let mine sit in the waffle iron for about 30 seconds longer than the light indicator told me.

We had extras so I cut them up into quarters and froze them – the perfect accompaniment to a smoothie, with almond butter and homemade strawberry-rhubarb jam (recipe coming soon!)