Banana Fritters

banana fritters

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.

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Banana Fritters
Recipe type: Fritter
Cuisine: Vegan / healthy
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Serves: 3 to 4
This simple recipe for banana fritters, given to me by a wonderful Jamaican cook, makes a pleasantly offbeat breakfast treat or an accompaniment to savory dishes.
  • 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
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until just smoothly blended.
  2. Heat a nonstick griddle or wide skillet and coat lightly with vegan buttery spread.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve hot, either on their own or with preserves or maple syrup.



Variation: Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans to the batter.
Banana fritters recipe

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  • Reply
    Miriam Tilley
    March 27, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Or just mash a banana and beat with an egg! Then fry – delicious!

    • Reply
      March 27, 2014 at 11:59 am

      I supposed you can do that, though here at VegKitchen, we don’t use eggs — plant-based all the way!

  • Reply
    March 27, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    My mother used to make these, and dust with a little confectioner’s sugar, but not vegan, I’m certain.
    Thanks. I often have overripe bananas, here.

  • Reply
    March 28, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    i tried to make these but my batter was solid after i mixed all the ingredients together… what did i do wrong?

    • Reply
      March 28, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Hi Elle — I’ve made these so many times, not sure what you mean by solid — as two bananas and a cup of nondairy milk make for a very moist batter. Can you elaborate?

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    November 1, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Is the Earth balance just to grease the pan or does it go in the batter?

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    November 1, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Just to grease the pan, Irene. It adds flavor, too. But you can use a neutral oil if you prefer.

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    Bali Tour
    February 6, 2017 at 12:52 am

    yummy cake
    i would like to make it
    Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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