In the kitchen: Whole Wheat Banana Walnut Waffles from Cookin’ Canuck

Want the perfect motivation to get that early morning run done? Waffles, of course! And not just any.

Whole Wheat Banana Walnut Waffles Recipe | #breakfast #waffles #cleaneating


A healthy-but-awesomely-delish breakfast, one fit for a food magazine cover, is something about which I often fantasize in the last straightaway stretch to my house on my morning runs - especially weekend long runs. Reality for me, however, is that I grab something that works for the numbers (healthy, calorically appropriate) and is within my window of glycogen restocking opportunity, and that’s it. On with the day.

I’ve wanted to change this lackluster routine forever. I just needed help. Well, to say it has now arrived is the understatement of the year. Of course, it comes via my fantastic friend and great runner Dara Michalski, aka the Cookin’ Canuck. Her ability to make me want to jump  on broken glass while barefoot until I can whip up her latest offering is never-ending and all-powerful. Follow her on her blog, via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest and you’ll have more healthy culinary inspiration than you can handle. Just warning you.

Without further ado… the breakfast you – and your family – deserve.

Take it away, Dara, my dear Canucky…

Stumbling through the door after a long run on a cold morning, my mind flip-flops between two choices. Hot shower or big breakfast? Both will happen eventually, but I have to wrestle with my priorities. In the end, the breakfast always wins. Really, this choice is inevitable. I think about food all day, every day…why should the minutes post-run be any exception?

More importantly, my body craves healthy protein and carbs following a run. So, out come the whole wheat pastry flour (this provides a lighter texture than regular whole wheat flour), raw walnuts and overripe bananas. For an extra dose of fiber and omega-3s, I sprinkle in some wheat bran and ground flax seeds. Neither of these are detectable. As long as your family doesn’t watch you make the batter, they will never know that you spiked their waffles with “healthy stuff.”

Whole Wheat Banana Walnut Waffles Recipe | #breakfast #waffles #cleaneating

While most waffles call for whipped egg whites for added leverage and lightness, this easy recipe cuts out that step without sacrificing that light texture that makes a plate full of waffles so alluring.

Whenever possible, I substitute natural sweeteners for processed sugars. In this case, maple syrup and sweet, overripe bananas take the place of granulated sugar, and the bananas also lend moisture so that the oil can be cut back to the bare minimum.

Whole Wheat Banana Walnut Waffles Recipe | #breakfast #waffles #cleaneating

All of these healthy changes mean one thing…an extra slice of bacon. Well (ahem)…and a healthy, strong body that will be refueled and ready to take on the day.

Whole Wheat Banana Walnut Waffles Recipe
Makes 5 6-inch round waffles

1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
2 tbsp wheat bran
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups nonfat milk
3 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts
Maple syrup, for serving

In a large bowl, whisk together the whole wheat pastry flour, flaxseed, wheat bran, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs. Stir in the milk, canola oil and maple syrup.

Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir to combine. Fold in the bananas and walnuts.

Heat a square or round waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s directions. Coat lightly with cooking spray. For a 6-inch round waffle iron, use 3/4 cup batter for each waffle. Adjust accordingly for smaller or bigger waffle irons.

Cook until the waffles are golden brown. Serve with heated maple syrup.


  1. Love these healthy fuel filled waffles that Dara made – perfect pre- or post-game or workout!

  2. Hi Jeanette! Yes. She knows that she has for days one crested a “cavern of hunger” in me with these. Is it Saturday morning yet? Thanks for stopping by!

  3. The waffles look perfect! I think we need to make them this weekend!

  4. I canNOT resist baked banana ANYTHING for breakfast…love these waffles!

  5. Oh my sweet goodness! These waffles are perfection! And me thinks I need to dust off my waffle maker! :D

  6. I’m so glad that these are getting your taste buds working over time! Now we just have to find a time to enjoy these together…preferably post-run.

  7. Lori Wegehaupt says:

    Oh my farmer -husband loves breakfast for supper, and this is so perfect! And I love that I can keep it (and him) healthy! Thanks for the recipe.

  8. I considered making a second batch of these for dinner last night (who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?!), but figured that I’ll wait to make a double batch after our long runs this weekend. Now we need to find a way to enjoy these together…preferably after a good, hard run.

  9. Oh, my, gosh! I want to make these right away. Cindy–you made these look so deli-lish! How do you do that? I love waffles and never thought I’d find a “good-for-you” recipe. Perfect. I’d like to make these any time of the day even though I’m not a runner. Does tennis count? Cookin Canuck–I’m with you. I love breakfast for dinner and so does my family.

  10. Absolutely. We need to go for a run, then these. Any of our running friends can run and the rest can join us while we whip these up once we get our shoes off!

  11. Lori, I’m with you – there needs to be more breakfast for supper!!

  12. You crazy bookworm writer, you. I did not make these look one bit delicious. The only thing I can do is drool on them. All Dara’s magic! :) Too bad you don’t have all this on-hand this weekend – perfect winter breakfast for your blig clan.

  13. Maria – these inspired me to BUY one. ;)

  14. Hi, Brenda! I know. I’m just toast. I mean, waffles. ;)

  15. Hi, Maria – will you bring me some? These just scream ladies’ brunch or something. Have a great weekend!

  16. im out of walnuts, will pecans work? Its gonna be a waffle morning if I don’t go to work from the storm tomorrow

  17. Mae, pecans will absolutely work! I hope you enjoy them.

  18. These look amazing. I want a waffle maker so bad. And a spiralizer, and a food processor:)

  19. Must I buy a pastery whole wheat flour or could I use regular whole wheat flour but somehow doctor it up?

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