I was eating brunch with friends a few months ago when I saw a sign advertising banana pudding waffles. While I did not order them because I personally do not like dessert for breakfast, I made a mental note to make these at home because I knew my family would love them. And I was right! The biggest fan was the teenager. He had them as an actual dessert after lunch, but they can definitely be served as a breakfast meal or even breakfast for dinner. Anything goes with waffles, I say!
I was not sure how to make banana pudding waffles, but I modeled this easy recipe after my Banana Pudding Cookies. Some readers have said they wished fresh bananas were actually in the recipe, and you for sure could do that with these waffles, but I always find cooking with bananas tricky, unless you mix them right in, like banana muffins. Either way, adding them on top was the perfect choice for this recipe!
What ingredients do I need for banana pudding waffles?
This recipe calls for flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cold milk, melted butter, eggs, vanilla extract, and one box of banana cream instant pudding mix. You can also use gluten free flour. I know many of you are thinking “but banana pudding is actually made with instant vanilla pudding mix.” Well, yes, that’s true. And you can make these waffles with vanilla pudding mix, but the banana pudding mix just adds a more robust banana flavor. But, if that’s what you have and that’s what you want to use, then go for it!
The toppings I used were whipped cream, crushed vanilla wafers, and fresh banana slices. A few other options for toppings include, but are not limited to: maple syrup, Cool Whip, homemade coconut whipped cream, whole vanilla wafers, chocolate syrup, butterscotch syrup, or even caramel syrup. If you have any other ideas for toppings, I would love to hear them in the comments! I always love to hear about a unique twist that someone comes up with using my recipes.
What equipment do I need to make banana pudding waffles?
You can use a large bowl, whisk, a few measuring cups and spoons, and a waffle iron. I prefer using a mixer and spatula to ensure that everything is mixed well. Just make sure not to over mix the waffle batter.
What’s the best waffle maker?
I do not think you can go wrong with a waffle maker. I always see waffle makers for sale around holidays that are shaped like hearts or pumpkins, or whatever, but I always think that those are a ton of work and you are waiting on each individual, small waffle to cook. When you have a house full of hungry people, you need something more efficient.
I recently got a Green Pan Elite 7-in-1 and I love it. The plates are removable and can be washed in the dishwasher. It does not have PFAS or PFOA coating and also is free of lead of cadmium. The different plates and cooking options include: contact grill, panini press, grill and griddle, grill on one side, griddle on the other, and of course, a real waffle maker.
Can you reheat banana pudding waffles?
Yes! Waffles are great for reheating. I used to love when my mom would make too many waffles and we could just warm them up in the toaster the next day. The key here is to not prepare waffles that no one is going to eat. You can save a waffle that does not have maple syrup or whipped cream on top, but it is pretty mushy the next day if there are any toppings.
Just save waffles in a ziploc bag or a small bowl with plastic wrap.
Can I use homemade banana pudding in this recipe?
I have not tried using homemade banana pudding in this recipe, but I think you could just omit some of the milk and use the pudding just fine. You still want to aim for that pancake or waffle batter consistency before you pour it on the waffle iron.
This banana pudding waffle recipe is a great dessert, brunch item, special breakfast, or whatever you want it to be! The golden brown waffles topped with whipped cream, sliced bananas, and crushed vanilla wafers is absolute perfection that the whole family will love!