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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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Watch this video tutorial and see how I make these fritters from start to finish.

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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 medium size
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 Tablespoon 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 🙂

Video

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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Donald

Friday 17th of May 2024

Agree with Natilies comment. To much flour my batter was to thick will cut down amount of flour. My fritters stuck to my frying pan . The taste was good just as I remember them from years and years ago. Did use maple syrup and butter on them.

Tanya

Friday 17th of May 2024

Hey Donald, thanks for the feedback. For this recipe, using a non-stick pan or cast iron will help with any sticking issues.

Natalia

Saturday 27th of April 2024

Should have read the other reviews before making - way too much flour and turned out too dry 😒 Half a cup would have been better and maybe another banana as well. I’ll try that next time but disappointed

Tanya

Saturday 27th of April 2024

Hello Natalia, Thank you for your feedback. While many have had success with the recipe as written, it's important that it works well for you too. The batter should flow easily off a spoon, as shown in the photos and video tutorial. It sounds like you may have added too much flour, or your bananas may be a smaller size. In that case, adding another banana could help or you can a little water or milk until the batter flows off the spoon.

Leanne D'Aguiar

Friday 5th of April 2024

Delicious! So simple to make. I added less flour and less sugar. Will make again thank you

Tanya

Sunday 7th of April 2024

Thanks so much Leanne! So happy you like the recipe :)

Helen

Monday 11th of March 2024

Do you have an Air Fryer recipes?

Tanya

Monday 11th of March 2024

Hi Helen, For this recipe, I prefer to fry it on the stovetop since the batter is thin. I haven't tried it in the air fryer.

Angela

Sunday 10th of March 2024

Recipe is delicious as is but i added toppings to mine. I was able to make 4 plain, 5 with coconut flakes, 5 with coconut and chocolate chips and two with coconut and honey roasted pecans. All were excellent . I did not have brown sugar so i mixed my turbinado with two tablespoons of coconut milk so the sugar would dissolve easier in the batter πŸ˜‹.

Tanya

Monday 11th of March 2024

Thanks, Angela! That sounds delicious!