Super easy Jamaican banana fritters are light, fluffy and soooooo tasty. It is a cross between a donut and mini pancakes.
The weekends are made for pancakes in my house. Saturday morning are banana fritters central. I have been making these for the kids since they were babies. These Jamaican banana fritters are in essence a Jamaican’s idea of a pancake. And because it is made with super ripe bananas these little gems are naturally sweet.
So I was kinda confused what I should classify these as. I’m not too sure if they are exclusively eaten as a breakfast item because honesty, in our families (My family and The hubsters family) we eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Partially because they are so easy to make, we kinda make them ALL-THE-TIME. So if you feel like making ’em for breakfast…make ’em. If you make the for dessert…make ’em. Food should be eaten whenever you want. Forget the rules. Enjoy the grub!
So my mother gave me the recipe for these fritters years ago. So I told her that I was going to share them with you guys. She gave me the recipe with a clause in it. I had to point out that she likes them sprinkled with a little bit of salt. Traditionally, that is how they are served. But we are sauce obsessed around here, so I serve my fritters with peanut butter or nutella— or both!
Jamaican Banana Fritters
- 3 super ripe bananas
- 2 eggs whites separated
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- pinch of salt
- enough oil to shallow fry the fritters.
- In a large bowl smash the bananas along with the egg yolk. Add the spices and sugar, combine together. Add the flour and milk alternatively. When combined- whisk the egg whites. Slowly add in the egg whites careful as not to deflate the volume.
- Heat a large skillet or cast iron with oil up to about ½ inch on medium heat until hot but not smoking.
- Using a large spoon scoop up the batter and fry in batches. Do not over crowd the pan. Note: You will see the edge of the fritters start to turn a golden brown color. Turn only once.
- Using a slotted spoon, remove the fritters and place them on paper towels. Allow to sit for about a minute.
- Sprinkle with confectioner sugar. Serve warm with peanut butter or nutella.
My boyfriend is from Jamaica so he was excited to try making these. The dough smells and tastes amazing, but I have realized I am awful at properly frying foods! My fritters keep doubling in thickness while cooking which results in a hard outer shell and still doughy inside. Bf is just as clueless lol, SOS!!
Hi Kayla!!!! if the outside is cooking faster than the inside- try turning the stove down. An overcooked exterior and undercooked interior indicates that your oil temperature is too high or your fritters are too large. You should be able to solve your problem by also making the fritters smaller. Try working in batches of four and don’t overcrowd the pan.
Amazing! Dessert in a jiffy! Thank you!
My class made these in the third grade, during a cultural celebration, and they were called Banana Fufu. I still remember the delicious taste of them!
I made these last night!!!! Amazing!!! I’m making these for church potluck tomorrow 🙂
Hi Ann! I made this today and I have to say, they are amazing! I rolled them in powdered sugar, although honestly they didn’t need anything on them at all. Thank you for the recipe, we’ll be keeping this one.
Hi Ann ( my mothers name!),
I want to make these fritters tonight. I have a quick question, am I beating the egg whites to a full peak or just whisk them really well? I hope you can get back to me soon. If not I’m just going to have to wing it! Jamaican Banana Fritters or bust!
Can’t wait to eat them
It’s rare that I absolutely stop in my tracks, share a post with every social media option available and immediately insert a recipe into my meal plan…. but I did with this!!
OMG – yum!!!
These looks so good:) I love banana and this will be my next project 🙂
Awesome Uma! You might become obsessed! It is soooooo good. 🙂
OOOOOO I am ogling those fritter!!! GAHH SOOOO good! I wish I could eat them ALL!
Hahahahaha Gigi!!! I want them all too which is the struggle when making them. Sometimes they don’t make it to the plate. 🙂