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Quick and Easy Jamaican Banana Fritters

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These Banana Fritters are a delicious way to use up your ripe bananas. Fried to golden perfection, they are full of flavor and perfect for any meal. 

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 Growing up in a Jamaican household has its perks. Every Saturday morning there was Beres Hammond or Bob Marley playing in the house as we cleaned and if we children were good, mom made us these delicious fritters.

Move over banana bread, you’ve got some competition. I’ve been told I have a pretty amazing banana bread recipe (took lots of trying out recipes to get that one perfect) but I can’t believe I haven’t written about these banana fritters before.

They were a huge yummy part of my childhood and I’m excited to share them with you today. They are the perfect way to use those ripe bananas before they go bad.

How to make Banana Fritters

First, grab three ripe bananas and smash them together with a fork until they are mashed and a little watery.

Then add your vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and salt to bananas. Next, add your all purpose flour. I use a sifter to add my flour. If you don’t have one, no worries, you can still make the recipe. I just find the sifter allows my flour mixture to incorporate into my mashed bananas easier. 


flour in sifter over bowl with mashed bananas

Stir with a spoon until your mixture is fully combined. Your batter should not be too thick or thin but should flow easily off a spoon. 

Pour about ¼ cup oil in a 10 inch skillet and heat it over medium-high heat. Once your oil is hot, pour the fritters in pan by the spoonful.

banana fritters cooking in oil

Once bubbles appear in the top of the fritter and the bottom is golden brown, flip the fritters and cook until the other side is brown as well. Mine take about 2 minutes per side to brown. 

banana fritters frying in oil

Remove fritters from skillet and drain on paper towel. Ya mon 🙂

banana fritters on white plate

 

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Easy Jamaican Banana Fritters

These Banana Fritters are a delicious way to use up your ripe bananas. Fried to golden perfection, they are full of flavor and perfect for your breakfast meal.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Caribbean
Keyword banana fritters
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 231kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • Oil for frying.

Instructions

  • Mash bananas with fork in bowl.
  • Add brown sugar, vanilla, extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch of salt. Sift in flour and stir with spoon until fully combined.
  • Add oil to a 10 inch skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, drop banana fritter batter in oil by the spoonful. Once one side is golden and bubbles appear on the top, flip fritter and cook until the other side is browned as well.
  • Remove fritters and drain on paper towels. Enjoy 🙂

Notes

  • The riper your bananas are, the sweeter your fritters will be. Modify sugar amount to your preference.
  • The fritters are not meant to be fluffy like pancakes or bread. They are to be thinner and moist.
  • If using a cast iron skillet, reduce heat to medium rather than medium high. 

Nutrition

Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 362mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 7.7mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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Alvaro Rivera

Tuesday 1st of September 2020

My wife made some today and the fritters where super delicious!!!!

Tanya

Tuesday 1st of September 2020

Thank you! So glad she liked them :)

Linda

Saturday 29th of August 2020

I added a teaspoon of baking powder, but otherwise used the recipe as is. I actually think the baking powder was a great success, as it still had a lovely chewiness but wasn’t so dense. This was the easiest recipe I’ve ever made and we all thought it was delicious. My husband also poured on a little maple syrup which was good, but detracted from the chewiness a bit.

Tanya

Monday 31st of August 2020

Thank you Linda :)

David Blandford

Friday 28th of August 2020

Disfrute mucho tu receta de los banana fritters, tal como lo hacia mi abuela, tuve el dulce recuerdo de ella cuando comía estos fritters... Me emocioné poder compartirlo con mi esposa, y así conociera algo de la cultura Jamaicana/Caribeña... Gracias por compartirla.

Tanya

Monday 31st of August 2020

De nada, me alegro que te hayan gustado :)

Ron L

Wednesday 26th of August 2020

I just tried these using one banana and approximately one third of the other ingredients. The batter was too dry so I added a bit of almond milk. I deep-fried the fritters since I had leftover oil from fried chicken a couple of days before. The fritters came out great and made a satisfying breakfast. I might try adding craisins or crushed blueberries next time. Thanks!

Tanya

Thursday 27th of August 2020

Thank you Ron L. So glad you liked it.

Allana

Sunday 16th of August 2020

I loooovvee these. I always called it banana ‘flitters’ though, a mistake in pronunciation from since I was a child. I add milk and eggs to the ingredients list above and I find adding flour till the batter is thick prevents the flitters from drinking too much oil and they are more fluffy. My daughter likes me to add raisins and I plan on trying it with chocolate chips too.

Tanya

Monday 17th of August 2020

I love the idea of adding chocolate chips to these.