This simple recipe for banana fritters, given to me by a wonderful Jamaican cook, makes a pleasantly offbeat breakfast treat. When my kids were growing up, I found this easy enough to make for breakfast even on school days, on occasion. They’re also a nice accompaniment (minus the syrup) to savory dishes like bean stews or spicy dishes. This makes about a dozen fritters.
- 2 ripe bananas, well mashed
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour, spelt flour, or gluten-free flour mix
- Pinch each: ground cinnamon and nutmeg
- ½ cup raisins, optional
- 1 cup vanilla or plain nondairy milk
- 1 tablespoon Earth Balance or other vegan buttery spread, or as needed
- Maple syrup or all-fruit preserves, optional
- Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until just smoothly blended.
- Heat a nonstick griddle or wide skillet and coat lightly with vegan buttery spread.
- Drop the batter onto the hot griddle in scant ¼ cupfuls. Cook each fritter on both sides until golden brown. When flipping to the second side, press down a bit with the spatula to flatten further. This ensures that they'll cook through.
- Serve hot, either on their own or with preserves or maple syrup.
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