Product Review: Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Banana Waffles

In the interest of full disclosure I think it’s only fair that I admit that I’m not really all that crazy about waffles. If good waffles are put in front of me I will eat them, but I don’t really seek them out. I think this might be the result of eating too many bad quality waffles over the years. It seems to me that a bad quality waffle is much worse than a bad quality pancake. They have more of a problem with uncooked batter and also lose their crispness too easily.

This is totally a side note, but one of my favorite Simpson’s moments is when Homer makes waffles. He mixes up the batter (his recipe includes a whole package of caramels,) pours it onto an iron with the batter overflowing. Then he runs a finger around the sides of the iron and eats all the batter that has overflowed. (“Mmmmm… Waffle runoff”) When the waffles are done (they’re all burnt, of course) he wraps one around an entire stick of butter and puts it on a toothpick. I love that scene.

Trader Joe's Gluten Free Banana Waffles

So getting back to waffles in general and Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Banana Waffles specifically, as with their frozen gluten-free pancakes, they get points for making a great gluten free product, but they lose points for lots of packaging. Each box has eight waffles and the box is big enough that the waffles kind of flop around in it. They also lose points (as with the frozen pancakes) for having a lot of salt. A serving is two waffles and two waffles have 440 mg of salt in them.

Trader Joe's Frozen Gluten Free Waffles

On the plus side, they’re fast and easy. Also, I think they taste exactly like regular frozen waffles, so if you’re a frozen waffle fan, you’ll like the Trader Joe’s Frozen Gluten Free Banana Waffles. As a butter and maple syrup delivery system, they get the job done and they’re better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

I’m actually amazed at how many gluten-free products Trader Joe’s has. Here’s a link to the current Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Product List (pdf.) We’ve reviewed a few. Click here for our Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Pancake and Waffle Mix review. Click here for our Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Frozen Pancakes review. We’ll have to do more because there are a bunch of other gluten free products that we eat that I just realized we’ve never reviewed.

We want to know: Is there a good place to get gluten free waffles in Portland? Do you have a favorite Trader Joe’s product? Let us know in the comments.

Times we have visited: several (So we feel confident about our score.)
Overall rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Price compared to “regular”: Same


  1. says

    I haven’t had gluten-free waffles anywhere in Portland. There are a few places with gluten-free pancakes, like Besaw’s. Waffles are a different story. For store-bought, Van’s has always been pretty good and is widely available. I asked my dad for a deep-pocket waffle iron for Christmas right after I started eating gluten-free so I could get a good waffle fix. My waffles are so good I don’t miss the restaurant kind – click on my name if you’re interested.

  2. says

    We have Trader Joes here – really good stuff. But gluten free waffles is kind of like diet soda or veggie burgers. Maybe they do taste the same, but I can’t really imagine it. Waffles Gluten Free or otherwise are really not a very good breakfast choice. Not much nutrition and a lot of fat and sugar. I actually by a lot of fresh fruit and veggies at Trader Joes.

  3. debbie says

    trader joes gluten free frozen waffles are great but did anyone check the back of the box? its made on equipment that is shared with wheat. So does that mean we will be contaminated and our healing process delayed???

    • Dave says

      That’s a good question. Basically all of the Trader Joe’s gluten free products have this disclaimer, and it’s frustrating to not know what they mean. I mean, does it mean that it might be on a conveyer belt that’s covered with wheat? Like you, we worry about this, too. As for how bad it is, it depends on what your current health situation is and how sensitive you are to gluten. I would recommend checking with your health care provider.

  4. Brenda says

    I can’t find the Banana Waffles at the Trader Joe’s anymore. I think they are discontinued! Ugg! They are my favorite and great with peanut butter on them for a quick energy treat. Love Them. Bring them BACK please!

  5. Ann says

    I have gotten some amazing gluten-free waffles at Cafe Rio on west Burnside. It is a tiny, all gluten-free shop that makes waffles fresh to order. I tried that banana honey nut and a pumpkin pie waffle; which were both very tasty and filling. I haven’t tried the Trader Joe’s waffles, though. I can’t imagine that they are as good as fresh waffles, but they might be good in a pinch.

  6. Melissa says

    TJ’s no longer carries gluten free banana waffles in Washiington. I am bummed because I cannot find them at any other store.

    Waffleless in Seattle!

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