Yummy fluffy banana fritters made in under an hour from start to finish. So good, you'll want to have this for breakfast, snack time or dessert. The perfect way to use up overripe bananas!
I am continuing to share my love for epic breakfast recipes with my recipe for the very best banana fritters.
They are soft, fluffy, sweet but not overwhelmingly sweet (no added sugar!). AND the banana flavor in these fritters is ah-mazing.
After sharing my mother's Savory French Toast, I think it is time for a little something sweet.
It happens every now and then. There are bananas on the countertop that are neglected and no one eats them. Then they quickly go from ripe to overripe and can't be enjoyed as they are anymore.
BUT when bananas get overripe, I get excited because overripe bananas yield great flavor to banana recipes. Like this banana bread which I have made over and over again and can now make in my sleep. Or this banana puff puff which is a cousin to banana fritters - YUM!
And now, banana fritters!! These are SO EASY to whip up. The flavor they yield is incredible. The first thing to note with this recipe is to make sure you make the fritters with overripe bananas.
Fairly ripe bananas won't cut it here. If the bananas are so ripe that they have developed black spots and some parts of the banana are mushy on the inside, then my friend, you have the perfect bananas for some banana fritters!
Ingredients for Banana Fritters Recipe
To make banana fritters, you only need a few ingredients:
- Ripe bananas
- Baking powder
How To Make Banana Fritters
Making Banana Fritters is really easy!
Step 1: Mash some bananas with a fork.
Step 2: Add in some flour, eggs, milk, salt and ground nutmeg. Mix everything to combine and form a batter.
Step 3: Heat up oil and drop in spoonfuls of the batter to deep fry until golden brown.
And there you have it! Easy banana fritters!
Can Banana Fritters Be Vegan?
Yes! Banana fritters can be made vegan. Simply omit the eggs and milk then thin out the batter with some water.
Without eggs or milk, you can still make great banana fritters!
What To Eat With Banana Fritters
Banana Fritters are so versatile. You could eat them with a lot of things. Serve with jam or chocolate sauce for a sweet option.
You could also sprinkle powdered sugar on them and eat. For a savory option, pair with a dipping sauce like this African hot sauce.
Where Did Banana Fritters Originate?
It is hard to tell where banana fritters came from because they are eaten in different parts of the world - in Africa, in the Carribean, and in other places.
Banana fritters have such a universal appeal and they are enjoyed in different forms in different parts of the world.
Watch How To Make Banana Fritters
Watch me making Banana Fritters in the video below. If you haven’t subscribed to my Youtube channel yet, SUBSCRIBE so you do not miss any of my videos.
P.S. The photos in this post are from two different photo shoots - one when I shot the recipe and one when I shot the video. So the fritters might look different.
- 4 overripe bananas
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup milk
- 2 eggs
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Oil for frying
- Peel the bananas and place in a large bowl. Mash with a wooden spoon or potato masher to form a paste (it will have lumps in it and that's okay).
- Add the rest of the ingredients into the bowl except the oil for frying. Mix until just combine to form a batter. The batter will be light and drippy.
- Place oil in a pan up to 3 inches then heat up on high heat to 365 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Reduce the heat to medium (this is important because very hot oil will result in the fritters burning on the outside without cooking through.
- Place tablespoonfuls of the batter into the pan (if you have a small cookie scoop, use it to drop the batter into the oil). Do not overcrowd the pan. Let the fritters cook until golden. Flip to the other side and let them cook until golden too. Remove and place on paper towel to absorb excess oil. Repeat process with the rest of the batter.
- Enjoy for breakfast with some tea, or as a snack, or serve with chocolate sauce as a dessert.
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Of all times I had to read this when I was hunting for something to fill my stomach.
That's a lot of torture! 😂
Learned a lot about banana fritters. Overripe bananas with dark tips are absolutely the bomb! Plus we don't need extra sugar. I particularly think the overripe bananas are as good as it gets
Yes overripe bananas are really good for baking or making snacks like this.
Can i make these in an air fryer?
I am sorry I haven't tried that before so I can't tell if it will work.
OK. I will try it out and see what’s happens.
So the air-fryer thing didn’t really work. I used about half of the batter to “experiment” and tried to air-fry. I added another half cup of flour to thicken it up a bit and used a baking mat so they didn’t drip. So it was basically like making banana cookies.i used oil to make the rest as you state in the recipe and THEY WERE DELICIOUS!!! Thank you. The “air-fried” one’s were still yummy but they were definitely NOT the same.
Thanks for the feedback, Krista! It's good you only tried half of the recipe in the air-fryer so you still had some batter left to fry. Hope you are staying safe in this season.
Can the flour be substituted for almond or coconut flour?
Hi, sorry I haven't tried that before so not sure if it will work.
Making these now, do they freeze well?
I am sorry I haven't frozen them before so not sure if they would freeze well.
Kindly help me with the grams of flour and baking powder to mix when making flitters I have banana milk and eggs. It's my first time to bake
Hi Cephas, so sorry for the late reply. You need 250 grams of flour and 8 grams of baking powder.
These are delicious and turned out perfectly! Dusted them with powdered sugar but can’t wait to try the African hot sauce next time.
So happy to hear that, Leslie! Thank you for the feedback!
I would like to add chopped walnuts to this recipe. Would this be a good idea? How will it turn out? Can't wait to try it.
Hi Terria, I have never tried adding nuts before but I think that would work.
If I want to use cassava , can I peel , grate and keep overnight?
Your recipes are lifesaver!
Yes you can keep the grated cassava overnight. But if you keep it longer it will start to ferment. If possible keep in the fridge. Here is the recipe using cassava: https://www.preciouscore.com/accra-banana-african-banana-fritters/
Hi, what kind of oil do you use to cook the fritters?
Hi Syd, I use any neutral tasting oil like vegetable oil or corn oil.
Yum.. I’ve makes the a lot!! A fave in the house... Can I substitute dairy milk for oat milk 🙁
Hi Cass, I haven't tried it with oat milk so not sure how that will turn out. Maybe you could try it and see how it goes.
Yummmm can’t wait for my daughter to make them. I’ve done like yours for years but never wrote done the recipe. I add some raisins for a surprise taste.
Have no time to do them now so this will be great for her to do it by herself.
Raisins sound like a great idea! Glad you love the recipe!
Amazing recipe Thanks! Kids loved it! I put some chocolate chips in the butter. Went out perfect!
Chocolate chips in the batter is such a great idea. Thanks for the feedback!
Hi made them just now. They are so good i could eat them all. But. Will make them last for two days. Thanks for the recipe
You are so welcome, Billy. Thanks for the feedback!
Hi, can the batter be freezer for later?
Hi Grace, I haven't tried freezing the batter so not really sure how that will hold up.
These are very, very good. I will be making them over and over again. Thank you for the recipe.
Thank you for the great feedback, Beverly!