Banana fritters are a quick and easy treat made in under 30 minutes with just a handful of basic ingredients and a couple of ripe bananas! Thanks to the natural sweetness of the bananas and a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg, these fritters are bursting with natural flavor.

They’re perfect for breakfast or brunch, especially when paired with Dominican hot chocolate or eggnog. So, if you’ve got some ripe bananas on hand and need a delicious recipe to use them up, look no further!

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Why you’ll love this recipe

  • A sweet way to use up ripe bananas, reducing food waste and satisfying your sweet tooth at the same time. These are almost like banana munchkins!
  • Simple ingredients and easy preparation. This banana fritter recipe is a quick and satisfying homemade treat that’s perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.

Ingredients you’ll need to make banana fritters

  • Ripe bananas. Make sure you’re using ripe plantains or the banana fritters won’t be as sweet and soft.
  • Flour. All-purpose is my go to but you can use coconut flour, almond flour, or oat flour.
  • Milk. Plant based milk will work just the same.
  • Egg. This is what binds the ingredients together.
  • Brown sugar. For a little extra sweetness, but feel free to skip this if you’d like! The ripe bananas are plenty sweet already.
  • Baking powder. This is what will help create beautiful, puffy fritters.
  • Cinnamon. A little spice to enhance the sweetness of the banana.
  • Nutmeg. Adds earthy, spicy flavor to the fritters.
  • Salt. Helps balance out the flavors in the banana fritters.

Skimmer

Makes scooping up the banana fritters super easy and stress free.

Step by step instructions

  • Mash the ripe bananas in a mixing bowl. Add all the ingredients to the bowl and mix the ingredients together until the batter is smooth.
  • Heat oil in a pan to about an inch high over low to medium heat. Use a tablespoon to scoop the batter and carefully pour it into the hot oil, forming small fritters.
  • Cook the fritters until they are golden brown on one side, then flip them over and cook until golden brown on the other side. This should take a few minutes on each side. Repeat the process until all the batter is used, making sure not to overcrowd the pan.
  • Remove the fritters from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil. Let the banana fritters cool slightly, then sprinkle them with powdered sugar before serving.

Recipe tips and tricks

  • Use super ripe bananas for sweeter and more flavorful fritters. They will be softer and more sugary than underripe bananas, and you won’t need to add much to any sugar to make these delicious!
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan while frying to make sure that each banana fritter cooks evenly and crisps up nicely.
  • Let the banana fritters to cool for a few minutes before sprinkling them with sugar so that the sugar doesn’t just melt into the fritter!

Storage tips

  • Store cooled banana fritters in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days, or freeze them for longer storage, reheating them in the oven to maintain their crispiness.

Common questions

Is it okay to omit the egg from the recipe?

You can omit the egg from the recipe if needed, but the texture of the fritters may be slightly different without the egg. You can create a flax or chia seed “egg” by combining 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds or chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water. Let it sit for a few minutes until it thickens, then add it to your batter as a substitute. Keep in mind that while it might alter the texture slightly, it’ll still do a great job of binding everything together.

Can you bake the fritters instead of frying them?

Baking the fritters is not recommended because of the runny consistency of the dough. Frying is the preferred method to achieve the desired texture and flavor in these banana fritters.

Banana Fritters

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Make delicious banana fritters in under 30 minutes. A quick and easy treat bursting with natural flavor, perfect for breakfast or brunch.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 24 fritters

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup flour all-purpose
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Mash the ripe bananas in a mixing bowl. Add all the ingredients to the bowl and mix the ingredients together until the batter is smooth.
  • Heat oil in a pan to about an inch high over low to medium heat. Use a tablespoon to scoop the batter and carefully pour it into the hot oil, forming small fritters.
  • Cook the fritters until they are golden brown on one side, then flip them over and cook until golden brown on the other side. This should take a few minutes on each side. Repeat the process until all the batter is used, making sure not to overcrowd the pan.
  • Once cooked, remove the fritters from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil. Let the banana fritters cool slightly, then sprinkle them with powdered sugar before serving.
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