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Banana Fritters with Cinnamon Powdered Sugar Dessert Recipe

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You know how you can buy some green bananas one day and come home the next to find they’ve gone all brown and spotty? I hate it. I really can’t stand eating a ripe or overripe yellow banana by itself, and there are only so many loaves of banana bread you can bring to work without being shunned in the break room. This Carribean-inspired banana fritter recipe is the perfect way to use a handful of ripe bananas, even ones that have a few mushy spots. You can eat them like pancakes for breakfast, whip them up as an afternoon snack, or enjoy them for dessert.

Caribbean Banana FrittersThey are most delicious when they’re nice and hot, so plan to eat all of the fitters when they’re fresh. This recipe should make about 16 smallish fritters. I’ve found they fry up best when each fritter uses about 1/4 of a cup of batter because big huge fritters just don’t cook as evenly. There’s no need to get really specific, though – you can just use a big serving spoon to portion out the batter.

powdered sugar banana fritters

Of course, a cup of coffee or espresso is the perfect complement to these sweet treats! Honestly, they aren’t all that sweet by themselves, but adding the powdered sugar ups the sweetness quite a bit. If you’d prefer something a little less sweet, just leave off the topping or omit the slight amount of added sugar in the fritter batter.

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Banana Fritters with Cinnamon Powdered Sugar
Recipe type: Dessert, breakfast
Cuisine: Caribbean
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  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ¾ of a cup of flour
  • ½ a teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ⅓ a cup of milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup of vegetable oil, or more, depending on your skillet
  1. Combine the dry ingredients and whisk together.
  2. Whisk together the milk, egg, and vanilla extract.
  3. Mash the bananas with a fork in a medium bowl.
  4. Slowly add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients, whisking to combine.
  5. Once the other ingredients are throughly mixed, fold in the mashed banana.
  6. Pour enough oil in a skillet to cover the bottom with about an inch of oil and heat on medium/medium high until it is hot and shimmering.
  7. Using about ¼ of a cup of batter for each fritter, fry as many as will comfortably fit in your skillet until they are golden brown on the bottom side, about two minutes. Most pans fit about four fritters at a time.
  8. Carefully flip the fritters and continue frying until the second side is golden brown, about an additional 90 seconds. Cooking times will vary slightly depending on your pan, oil temperature, fritter size, and stove.
  9. Remove the fritters, drain them on paper towels, and continue this process with the remaining batter. Add more oil, if necessary.
  10. Serve hot with honey, powdered sugar, or as is!

These are also very good with a quick orange glaze. Simply place 3/4 of a cup of powdered sugar in a bowl and add about three tablespoons of orange juice. Whisk together to create a liquid glaze to pour over the fritters. It will harden up in a few minutes, but why wait? Here are a few with an uncured glaze:

banana fritters with an orange glaze

When I don’t glaze them, I usually opt for some powdered sugar and additional cinnamon. Yum! I hope you enjoy these banana fritters are much as we do!
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  • Michelle January 26, 2017, 22:33

    Oh my gosh!! So glad I found this recipe šŸ™‚
    I made a few customizations, and they turned out melt-in-my-mouth decadent:
    Added about a Tbls ground flaxseed meal;
    used Honey Greek yogurt instead of milk;
    fried in coconut oil; and topped off with a few chocolate chips in the pan!

    About half went straight from the paper towel to my mouth, bypassing the powdered sugar šŸ™‚ scrumptious!!!

    • Natashalh January 27, 2017, 06:53

      That sounds delicious! I always love substituting Greek yogurt whenever possible, so that sounds awesome! So glad you enjoyed =)

  • Bonnie @ The Pin Junkie September 5, 2013, 21:12

    These banana fritters look so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe at The Pin Junkie Link Party. It was featured this week. I hope you’ll stop by to grab a featured button! http://www.thepinjunkie.com/2013/09/friday-link-party-33.html

    • natashalh September 6, 2013, 08:00

      Thank you so much for letting me know! I’ll be adding a button to my site, for sure. =)

  • Vanessa Dawne September 1, 2013, 16:03

    Ooooh, I’m always looking for ways to use ripe bananas — can’t wait to try these delicious-sounding beauties. Bananas, cinnamon & powdered sugar — enough said! Thanks so much for posting! šŸ˜‰

    • natashalh September 1, 2013, 17:32

      Isn’t it amazing how quickly they go from tasty to squishy? Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have the chance to make them.

  • Ellya Brill August 31, 2013, 22:49

    Yummy…..love banana fritters….Pinning!


    • natashalh September 1, 2013, 07:09

      Thank you so much! I appreciate the pin and the visit.

  • Shawna August 30, 2013, 13:44

    I booked marked this recipe to make for my husband. Thank you for sharing it on our BBQ Block Party.

    • natashalh August 30, 2013, 14:06

      Thank you for stopping by and for hosting such a fun party!

  • Ayla Brown August 29, 2013, 16:39

    those look tasty!! I actually have some extra bananas and they are getting ripe. This is a really good idea for them. Thanks Natasha!

    • natashalh August 29, 2013, 17:02

      They are the perfect project for an over ripe banana! I hope you get the chance to make them some time and enjoy. =)

  • Mareli Lim-Evora Dabi August 28, 2013, 06:36

    Hi Natasha,

    Who wouldnt love your Banana Fritters?..its amazing and yummy..I will have to try it too. Thanks for sharing.Im your newest follower…found you via blog hop.

    • natashalh August 28, 2013, 07:35

      Thanks so much! I like them a lot, especially with all that powered sugar!

  • Diana Rambles August 27, 2013, 19:42

    I’ve got a hankering for something a little sweet right now. Can you please share some with me, please?!

    • natashalh August 27, 2013, 19:43

      Nope, sorry – they’re all gone! =) Thanks for stopping in.

  • marieken August 26, 2013, 07:18

    These look delicious! I love warm bananas, and I will make these for sure. I also like warm bananas when they are toasted between two slices of bread, with ginger or honey.

    • natashalh August 26, 2013, 08:19

      Oh, yes, that is delicious! Well, banana with honey. I don’t think I’ve ever had the sense to add ginger. I need to! Thanks for the idea.

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