Cinnamon Banana Waffles

I love and respect waffles. More than pancakes. #factoftheday

I did it. I took my first spin class. Well, not my first one ever, but the first one in my new attempt for more cardio and more exercise. I love my CrossFit, I like to lie and act like I love my running, and now I’m trying to love spinning.  I’ve lost some inches by lifting less during my workouts and running more, and feel much more comfortable in my skin, so I’m keeping it going with a little more movement in my day. Spinning makes you real sweaty.

It was funny to walk into a globo gym for the first time in probably over 3 years. I haven’t been in one since I worked at the Rec Center in college. And if you went to a big college, you know what those gyms look like. Lots of cut off t’s, lots of short shorts, and lots of make up. And girls that haven’t eaten in weeks because they are trying to lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks before spring break. Obviously, college students are extremely intelligent about their eating and drinking habits. Maybe if they cut the beer out, they wouldn’t have to starve themselves. And pass out while ellipticalling. That’s not a word. Whatever. Anywho, after being in a CrossFit gym for over 3 years and knowing every person in the gym, it was weird to walk into a gym where no one talks much. Everyone looks so serious. And it was weird to have mirrors everywhere. Not really into that. I like not knowing my pain face.

Anywho, do I need to watch Game of Thrones? I feel like I’m the only person in the world of Facebook that isn’t watching it then Facebooking about it. I don’t even know what it’s about. But now I’m interested. And curious. I want to be part of the in crowd.

Do you ever wonder how many fake people exist on Facebook? No? I do. I totally do. Facebook is kind of really creepy.

OMG. A new season of The Kardashians is on. I don’t care what you think of me, I LOVE that show. L.O.V.E. It’s so addicting. I don’t really know why. Probably because their makeup is so awesome, or because they have lots of money. People with lots of money are interesting to watch. Not really, but kind of.

I’m really boring myself today. I can’t imagine how you’re feeling.


Cinnamon Banana Waffles

  • Yield: 5 1x




  1. Preheat waffle iron.
  2. Place bananas, egg, maple syrup, coconut oil, and milk in a food processor and puree until smooth.
  3. Add ingredients from the food processor into a large bowl and add almond meal, shredded coconut, arrowroot flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt and mix well to combine.
  4. Pour mixture into waffle iron (mine was non stick and they didn’t stick at all, but before careful and maybe grease yours before).
  5. My batter made 5 waffles total.
  6. Top with bananas, syrup, and even some grass fed butter. That would be real good.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


116 thoughts on “Cinnamon Banana Waffles”

  1. I’ve never seen Game of Thrones, either. I’m also feeling a little out of the loop.

    I also am obsessed with the Kardashians. OBSESSED.

    I can’t wait to eat these. Drooled just looking at them. No lie.

  2. I’m curious; if I omitted the sea salt and baking soda would that ruin the recipe?

    I’m on a very very heavily salt restricted diet due to my kidney/heart problems with edema. I have a hard time getting rid of the salt in my kidneys and moving water throughout my body.

    1. I omitted the sea salt without any problem. However, the baking soda would be useful for rising. They would probably come out very flat without it, but sometimes we have to sacrifice fluffy for the right thing for our body.

  3. Why are you SO funny?! I am not paleo what so ever, but I just come to this blog all the time to see what you come up with. Keep it up, girl.

  4. Are the inches you have lost from doing more cadio and less lifting just because you were doing less cardio when you were lifting more or because your muscles were bigger from lifting more?

  5. Did my first wod at a crossfit center after working in a fitness center for one and a half year! Feel like I live the opposite life from you right now – but I get the feeling of weirdness to walk into a whole new world….. 😉

    1. not lose weight, just get back to being a little smaller since i got pretty big for my own taste with competing in crossfit

  6. Totally see what you’re talking about when I go into my gym. I just joined one a few weeks ago to give my at-home program a boost, and every time I go in I feel like I’ve entered the wild kingdom. Everyone is sizing each other up. And there are so many cardio bunnies and meat heads! I’m one of those people who plugs in my headphones and gets to work with the serious face because I’m there to sweat, kick my ass and go home. I have to purposely ignore other people because I feel like I’m being stared at when I pick up heavy weights. I admit, though, that the feeling of being stared at is probably in my head. I’d love to join a CrossFit gym for the workout and community, but it’s just not in my budget right now, so the $10/month gym membership will have to do.

    I LOVE Game of Thrones. I read the books, which are fantastic, so I really enjoy watching the screen adaptation. I’m not one of those book snobs who gets upset when the show deviates from the novel. To me it’s just a new twist on a story I already know. Keeps it fresh. But I don’t have facebook, so I’m not constantly bombarded with other people’s updates about it. That would probably annoy me. Regardless, it’s epic. It’s got a mix of everything: drama, comedy, action. It’s hard not to get emotionally involved in the characters.

  7. I love both spin class and Crossfit. If you stick with spinning I definitely recommend investing in padded shorts with a long inseam, your crotch will thank you 😉

      1. If you substitute the almond flour/meal and arrow root powder for coconut flour is the amount still the same? While I’m here I wanted to let you know that I love your blog I’m new to paleo and this has been a huge help. Made your sweet potato brownies, buffalo chicken meatloaf, and shredded beef all delicious. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes and making paleo easier for us folks who aren’t so used to eating healthy.

      2. It wouldn’t stay at 1:1 ration though would it??

        Would love to try these, but am cutting out nuts right now….

  8. You must watch Game of Theones! It’s amazing, guarantee you will love it as long as you can handle a little violence. Waffles look amazing cant wait to try!

  9. I know your recipe is going to amazing when I literally think ‘OMG I need that in and around my mouth. Now.’ when I read it. This is one of those.

    Thank you Juli

  10. I love love LOVE your blog! You’re hilarious. You make paleo fun and interesting! Game of Thrones rocks; totally recommend it. Also, I’m so happy to hear that a paleo/crossfit-er is okay with doing cardio. I’ve been reading a lot of paleo blogs that recommend sprinting or walking as the only acceptable cardio. I love/hate running, too, but I’m not about to give it up. I like to mix things up. Can’t wait to try these waffles! Waffles for dinner are okay, right?

  11. First of all, I love you! If you really want to laugh at yourself and do more cardio, try zumba. I do it twice a week and sweat like crazy and feel like a fool. But it is awesomely amazing if you want to add more cardio. Secondly, I’m going to make these waffles right now, they look that amazing. Third, you should just know you are awesome and I enjoy reading your blogs and trying out your recipes!

  12. Does it have to be shredded coconut or can it be coconut flakes? I want to make these tomorrow morning of I survive the 7am class.

  13. If facebook was a country it would be the third largest in the world after China and India another #factoftheday

  14. I don’t get the whole game of thrones obsession. I watched an episode last year and wasn’t impressed. that blonde girl’s eyebrows are black and I just can’t look at her at all without laughing haha

  15. I don’t watch Game of Thrones either (we don’t pay extra for that channel) and I feel like I’m missing out. Hopefully it will be on Netflix one day and then I can be like three years behind the cool kids…

    And I watch the Kardashians too, ugh. I just can’t seem to quit them. I want the show to get cancelled so I can finally be over it, but they just won’t do it, damn it!

  16. Love Game of Thrones! The books were recommended to me a while ago, and I was so excited to see HBO bring the characters to life (also not a book snob who freaks out about small deviations). I’m super obsessed with waffles right now, and have the cutest one-square waffle maker that it probably the oldest thing in my house (aside from me)

  17. Don’t feel bad. Everyone I know is like you need to start watching it.

    Oh and the waffle recipe looks great. I hope to try it later this week. 🙂

  18. do you think this recipe would work as a pancake? I don’t own a waffle iron but the ingredients sound so yummy!!! Have you considered adding crossfit endurance to your programming? I was just in Houston for my CFE cert and it was AWESOME!!!

  19. Your waffles rock. I’m all over it…and added blueberries to the mix. And I admit…I like looking at Bravo/E! TV, too, and all the good clothes and make up. I’m a “more is less” kinda gal, but I got the long brown locks like the K sisters.
    Ellipicalling… Ha! You had me laughing! Now I have to go workout.

  20. These are great! Making these for the husband and kid for dinner tonight with blueberries and choc chips. We make the cinnamon plantain pancakes for waffles all the time and they freeze well!

  21. Yes you should watch Games of Thrones! You have to start at season 1 though because it’s (in my opinion) important. I usually don’t like shows or movies set in that time period but my husband talked me into it and now i’m addicted! It’s fantastic! Typical HBO show (lots of nakedness and violence).

    I’ve debated taking a spin class for, geez, probably years now and have never done it. Would you recommend it? Crossfit has made me bigger than I want to be too and I’m struggling finding something else I enjoy that isn’t going to make me bigger. Tried swimming. It’s fun but i suck at it and not efficient at all.

    p.s. these waffles look amazing :O)

  22. Well, I can’t eat almonds, so will have to pass. However, back in the old wheat flour waffle days, I just remember them as being a big delivery system for butter and maple syrup.

    Now you are going to make me go look for my waffle irons (yes multiple) I’ve even got an old Wagner cast iron one from around 1910 or 1920. We might have to have a Mile High Paleo Walffle Day. Could be an annual event.

  23. Yes, for those of us with nut allergies, what is a good substitute for almond flour? And why is soy a bad ingredient? I love soy milk and want to try soy flour in some recipes.

  24. Made these yesterday, first they were super simple to throw together, second they smelled so good while cooking, third they didn’t stick to the waffle iron, and fourth…they taste great!! And to add to all of that, they warm up well in the toaster. Kids and I enjoyed these 2 days in a row. 🙂 Thank you for the recipe. I’ve tried 5-6 paleo waffle recipes and this one is in the top 2. Yum!

  25. Just made these a few minutes ago…awesome! Glad my son isn’t home because I’m eating all of them…Love your blog…funny AND real 🙂

  26. How do you hold back from crossfit. I so badly want to increase in weights and do more pullups but it does make me larger… I notice the cute small girls can’t really lift their own body weight.

  27. I’ve never watched Game of Thrones, but with all this hubbub about it, I’ll be reading them! It actually sounds pretty good.

  28. This waffles are awesome. My husband made this this morning for my birthday breakfast. I only put cut up strawberries on my waffle, no syrup, simply awesome.

  29. I got so excited to make these until I realized I was out of bananas. How does that happen? 99% of the time I have a surplus of ripe bananas sitting around that I can’t decide what to do with, until of course I find an awesome sounding recipe to use them in. Oh well, next time. By the way your chocolate waffles are pretty awesome too.

  30. These are WONDERFUL! My kids ate the leftovers…I was so mad because I was saving them for me. Best waffles ever!

  31. Hi Juli! Since I did not have a waffle iron, I went out and purchased a Calphalon. I just had to try this recipe and it was fantastic. I actually made mine in my Vitamix (I had to finely grind the coconut flakes.) The batter did seem a bit thick, so I probably would add some more almond milk the next time. Not only were they delicious but I wasn’t hungry for more than four hours. You call yourself a food hoarder; I consider myself a food snob. For this food snob, I will definitely be trying out more of your recipies. Thanks!

  32. Juli, what type of waffle maker do you have? We’re looking at purchasing a Cuisinart WMR-ca round classic waffle maker. We’ve never owned one. Thanks in advance!

  33. Juli, what kind of waffle maker do you have? We’re looking at buying a Cuisinart WMR-CA round classic. Thank you. Reba

  34. Juli,
    I’m following the Whole30 plan right now, so I left out the maple syrup both inside of the waffles and for the topping. I cooked down some strawberries in only water for the “syrup.” They didn’t look very good, but they tasted just right, and honestly I did not miss the added sugar! The waffles themselves were amazing. Thank you so much for posting this. I love your blog and recipes!

  35. Hi, what can be substituted for coconut oil? It’s not commonly available where I live. Would virgin olive oil be OK?

  36. OMG! Juli, these are awsome! Our father’s day breakfast was fantastic. Served with sliced bananas and berry syrup. Yummy.

  37. So I’ve made these several times already – enough to wonder about changing them up a little since I’m apparently going to eat them every day. 🙂 Do you think canned pumpkin would work in place of the bananas?

  38. Made these waffles for dinner tonight. My 3-year-old loved them. The coconut taste is very strong (which I love) but beware if you aren’t a huge fan of coconut. I sweetened with honey instead of maple syrup since we were using maple syrup on top. And I subbed coconut flour in for the arrowroot. Came out great. Thanks!

  39. Hiya Juli,
    May I ask what waffle maker and which food processor you use? Looking into them both for our kitchen and as with most things, overwhelmed with selection. Made a mistake with my blender and while I love my lovely orange kitchenAid one, it isn’t a blendtec! hoping to not do the same with then next appliance. Any recommendations? Thanks!


  40. What brand of almond/coconut flour do you use for your recipes, please? And almond butter? I just asked the Civilized Caveman the same question. I bought some almond flour by Bob’s Red Mill but heard it isn’t that good for recipes. Thanks for your help! I want to try to make these waffles! They look amazing!

  41. This didn’t work in my non-stick, sprayed waffle maker or as pancakes. 🙁 Seeing what happens if I bake it…

    1. I made these as muffins too and they were so good! Judging by the way they set up in the oven, I bet they would work great for pancakes. The muffins are a great snack and quick breakfast. My next venture is to incorporate grated zucchini!

  42. Just made these for my family, we all loved them! I had to triple the recipe since I have four growing boys ages 4 to 12 and a husband, worked out perfectly for a “breakfast for dinner” Sunday evening treat! We have a nice waffle iron and all the grain free recipes I’ve tried have not worked at all, so I was sad wasting our nice waffle iron on our Paleo family. I found this one since my kids were begging for waffles and gluten gives me migraines, so I can’t even have it occasionally. This worked perfectly and the waffles were delish! This is a keeper! Thank you Juli!!

  43. These didn’t really work in my Belgian waffle maker — non-stick but sprayed anyway. Top and bottom both stuck, waffle ripped apart. It was still gummy in the middle so I cooked longer, but it was still a wreck. A delicious wreck, but still…. Any thoughts on what may have gone wrong? I wondered if a more “standard,” not-so-deep waffle maker might do the trick…?

    1. That happened to me, too! I tried 3 times and they didn’t work 🙁 They still tasted delicious as deconstructed waffles but I am determined to figure out the problem! Thanks for yet another amazing/delicious waffle 🙂

  44. OMG these were quite possibly the best waffles ever!!!! They came out so perfect and the recipe gave me 5 large waffes and one medium!!! wow! im in love! They held together well on the iron and were fluffy and light…Tried them with yogurt, strawberries and almonds, and then with butter and coconut butter and I have to say, I preferred them with just butter and coconut butter, they are so delicious on their own! I’ll be making these alot more, im addicted!

  45. My daughter has been wanting to switch to a paleo diet and wanted to make some waffles this morning. I suggested that she try making paleo ones and found this recipe. She made them and I have to admit that these were the best waffles I have ever had. Seriously better than the “traditional” waffles I am used to. Amazing recipe that I will refer to anytime I want waffles! Wish they made them like this at restaurants.

  46. As a FFK (Former Fat Kid) and lover of all things sweet, this is just the kind of recipe that will help the hubs and I keep on track. We are new to Paleo and have been struggling to find food that tastes as good (if not better) than the crap we love, but that won’t kill us. My next step in this new life will involve sweating, but I am fighting that, too. Thanks for the yummy eats. You rock!

  47. Hey! This reciepe looks amazing. And I was so psyched to try it out… and then I realized all the almond products in it. I’m allergic! If anyone knows any good substitutes, they would be much appreciated.

  48. made these this morning….so easy, and so yummy!
    Love having this paleo recipe for those mornings when I want that carb treat.

  49. I made these this morning and they are perfect! I added a handful of chocolate chips to the last couple of waffles – yum yum in my tummmmm!

  50. I made these for brekky this morning and they were yummy, even with nothing on them. Were they meant to be crunchy on the outer because mine weren’t?

  51. Not sure if I missed this answer or not already but what type of arrowroot powder do you use? I can’t buy it locally and was looking online through Amazon but there are so many different options. Thanks.

  52. We have been paleo but still having dairy for the past 15 months,,found out yesterday that our 19 month old son is lactose intolerant and milk soy protein intolerant. We are now very strict paleo, these waffles were absolutely amazing and the little guy are 1/2 of the batch, thanks Juli your going to make this no dairy transition easy for us

  53. I don’t really care for shredded coconut. But I’m assuming I won’t really taste it in this recipe once it exits the food processor, right???

  54. I could not get this to work… any tricks or tips? I had to add some wheat flour to save the batter and the flavors were pretty good without toppings. Thanks!

  55. Juli – tried making these with coconut flour instead of almond flour. Batter turned out crazy thick. Tried adding more almond milk to no avail. Think I need more eggs. Any idea on how many eggs would work? I tried adding 8 more to the batter, but still didn’t bind that well. Consistency of the gloop improvved though. Good news is they turned out to be good pancakes! Thanks in advance.

  56. These waffles are AMAZINGLY deeeelicious!! Juli- thank you so much for such a wonderful recipe that we have been making every other Sunday with the kids. My 5, 3 and almost 2 year old absolutely love eating these waffles. I am a huge fan of many other recipes of yours. Love love love your posts 🙂
    Ps. I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve shared this recipe!

  57. Love this site (your recipes AND your hilariousness)!
    I’m sorta new to Paleo cooking and am always confused by coconut milk. Is there a way to know if a recipe is calling for the thin kind in the carton or the thick kind in the can? (I guessed this recipe was referring to the thin kind b/c it can be substituted with almond milk?) Help?! What am I missing?

  58. We made this this morning, but instead of using a waffle iron I made them in my mini donut iron and dipped them in chococolate . They were awesome.

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