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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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5 from 16 votes

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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Barbie Carlisle

Wednesday 25th of November 2020

Can these be made in my Air fryer or do I need to alter the recipe?

Tanya

Wednesday 25th of November 2020

Hi Barbie, it would have to be altered for the air fryer. This batter is too thin for the air fryer. It would need a lot more flour to make a thicker batter. The texture wouldn't be exactly the same either.

Ani

Wednesday 25th of November 2020

Another hungry websurfer here, grateful to find your delicious recipe ♡♡♡

Tanya

Wednesday 25th of November 2020

Thank you so much Ani :)

Yasser

Thursday 19th of November 2020

I had 3 huge bananas that were going off and had to eat all three. So, decided to google a recipe for banana fritters and came across this super easy recipe.

My wife who don't like banana in cakes ate up most of the fritters. Even started to offer me some and poured some hazelnut syrup over them.

These were yum. So yum we left none for the kids hahaha.

Bobbie

Friday 13th of November 2020

Has anyone ever tried rolling the fritters in cinnamon and sugar after they come out of the oil?? I know it’s not traditional but it sounds like such a good combination!

Yasser

Thursday 19th of November 2020

@Bobbie, Here in Cape Town it is tradition to mix cinnamon in some sugar to make a bowl of cinnamon sugar. We then sprinkle these over any fritters before eating or sending a plate to our neighbors. Yummy

Tanya

Saturday 14th of November 2020

That sounds delicious Bobbie!

Dave

Friday 30th of October 2020

Can't wait to dig into these, counsellor.

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