Video/Recipe: Grain-Free Banana Waffles (SCD/GAPS)

GF waffles, coconut flour waffles

Waffles go back to ancient Greece, Medieval France and are mentioned in the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (14th century) as a tool for courtship…”He sent her sweetened wine and well-spiced ale/ And waffles piping hot out of the fire.” What a guy!

Waffles were first introduced to North America in 1620 by Pilgrims from Holland. Thomas Jefferson brought a waffle iron from France, and waffle parties became popular in the late 18th century. Americans got their first taste of Belgian waffles — which are leavened with yeast and egg whites — at the 1964 World’s Fair. My husband remembers that as if it were yesterday because that is where he fell in love with waffles.

When we went grain-free it became a challenge to come up with a suitable waffle recipe — one that was light and tasty. We found that nut flours made the batter too heavy so we started experimenting with coconut flour. This recipe is a winner: light and sweet, it is good as a breakfast or dessert depending on what topping you choose.




  1. Separate the eggs
  2. Whip up the whites with an electric hand mixer
  3. Add the honey, vanilla and mashed banana to the egg yolks and mix by hand
  4. Add baking soda and salt to the coconut flour and mix
  5. Add the dry mixture to the wet and blend together
  6. If the dry mixture is very thick add water (up to 1/2 cup), a little more banana or more apple sauce
  7. Fold in the whites being careful not to over mix
  8. The batter should be loose
  9. Using a large serving spoon, add the batter to the preheated and oiled waffle iron
  10. Remove when indicated by the waffle iron
  11. These are not really crisp but satisfying none the less


  • Honey
  • Ghee or butter
  • Maple syrup
  • Yogurt
  • Fruit, etc.

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  • Shari October 24, 2011, 2:10 pm

    What is the coconut spray you use?  Do you have a source?

    • JIll October 24, 2011, 2:59 pm

      Hi Shari,
      I bought the spray from Whole Foods. It is made by Spectrum. It is not 100% pure but for this purpose I made an exception as it is only a very little amount needed.

  • Randystrauss October 24, 2011, 2:42 pm

    These look really delicious.  I am sure my son will love these too.  Thanks for the great idea!!!!

  • Meagan Strodel October 24, 2011, 3:57 pm

    Waffles are the best – I could try this in pancake form!

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  • Tressey October 24, 2011, 4:01 pm

    Looks good.  I would love to see and taste a grain free, egg free pancake or other bread type recipe. 

  • Anonymous October 27, 2011, 1:58 am

    Love your videos.  These look delicious!  I recently bought some honey that is the best I have ever tasted.  It comes from East Texas where there are so many wild flowers.  You can taste the flowers in the honey.  It is my favorite topping these days.

  • April Harris October 27, 2011, 10:13 am

    Your waffles sound delicious, and how wonderful they are grain free too! Great video as well! Thank you for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul hop. 

  • Miz Helen October 28, 2011, 7:58 pm

    I would just love these waffles, Jill.  Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  • JoAnn Ryan October 29, 2011, 3:45 pm

    Thanks once again for posting to Food4um’s Food Blog: Post of the Day.
    Love the video!


  • Shannon November 3, 2011, 4:06 am

    These sound wonderful, I love waffles, especially with real maple syrup!

    Thanks for linking up to Momtrends Friday Food!

  • George November 3, 2011, 2:38 pm

    Can you use any other flour besides coconut flour? Also, if I wanted to make this as pancakes, would I need to change the recipe at all?

    • Jill November 3, 2011, 4:18 pm

      Hi George,
      I have used almond flour in the past. They are heavier with almond flour. I think the recipe would work fine for pancakes.

  • Kennedi Rose November 8, 2011, 7:34 am

    Coconut flour sounds amazing! And I love the idea of topping it all with fruit and yogurt for a well-balanced meal … 

  • swathi November 3, 2014, 7:41 pm

    Love grain free banana waffles.thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning