Are you looking for some quick and easy breakfast treats or snacks to eat during these cold days? These Jamaican Banana Fritters are for you!

Ripe bananas are a tasty, energy-boosting fruit that is often consumed as a quick snack in households worldwide.

Although we love bananas, some bananas become overripe and too soft, making them unappealing to eat on their own.

This is the ideal time to make these delicious banana fritters. Overripe bananas are ideal for making Jamaican Banana Fritters, which is where my recipe comes in. A sweet, delicious snack or breakfast recipe that you’ll want to eat again and again is waiting for you in the form of over-ripe bananas!

Other banana recipes on this site include Banana Blueberry Smoothie, Banana Oatmeal Pancakes, and Banana Porridge. 

Banana fritters are a tasty, addictive breakfast recipe that many Jamaicans enjoy. Numerous cultures enjoy the fritters from the Caribbean to Southeast Asia. Banana fritters are a traditional snack in nearly every country where they are grown. It’s a kid-friendly, family-friendly, budget-friendly, and totally satisfying recipe.

Banana fritters bring me back to my childhood. It reminds me of my childhood house, where I ate the best home-cooked meals. My mother used to make a sweet treat for me that would cheer me up and fill my stomach.

Banana fritters have always been my go-to comfort food, in retrospect. My mother used to make banana fritters for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the entire family when I was a kid. My mother’s banana fritters recipe was simple and sweet, and I could always taste the love that went into them.

Jamaican Banana Fritters Recipe

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easy and Quick: The recipe is incredibly easy to prepare and perfect for those who want a quick and delicious breakfast or snack option.
  • Budget-Friendly: It’s a cost-effective way to use overripe bananas that might otherwise go to waste.
  • Kid-Friendly: Banana fritters are a hit with kids, making them a family-friendly choice.
  • Nutrient-Packed: Bananas are not only tasty but also rich in essential vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, making this a healthy option.
  • Versatile: You can enjoy these fritters in various ways – sweet with jam or savory with tofu scramble or dipping sauce.
  • Health Benefits: Bananas offer numerous health benefits, from supporting kidney function to promoting heart health and weight loss.

Health Benefits Of Bananas

Bananas are one of the healthiest, most convenient, and most delicious fruit you can buy, and they’re also one of the cheapest. This makes them a great choice for anyone who wants to eat healthily.

  • This food, which is mostly made up of carbohydrates, also has a lot of important vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals in it. They have vitamin C, potassium, catechins, and resistant starch, which are all good for you.
  • Vitamin B6 is abundant in these foods.
  • You’ll get 10% of your daily vitamin C from this.
  • People who eat them can help keep their skin looking good because they have manganese in them.
  • Use this product prior to or following a workout to avoid cramping.
  • Unripe bananas also contain resistant starch, which your body cannot digest.
  • Furthermore, they may aid in weight loss because they are low in calories, high in nutrition, and filling.
  • Potassium is required for kidney function and blood pressure regulation.
  • Bananas, which contain a lot of potassium, may be particularly beneficial for keeping your kidneys healthy.
  • Potassium is abundant in bananas, which is good for blood pressure.
  • Bananas may be good for your heart because they have a lot of potassium and other good things for your body. Furthermore, their pectins and resistant starch may help to improve colon health.

Unripe green and yellow bananas can both satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you healthy.

Ingredients Needed

vegan banana fritters
  • Bananas (very ripe, mashed): The star of the show, mashed bananas provide sweetness and a moist, fruity flavor to the fritters.
  • Almond Milk (or water): Adds a liquid component to the batter, ensuring it’s not too thick and contributing to the overall texture.
  • Vanilla: Enhances the flavor with a subtle hint of sweetness and a pleasant aroma.
  • Ground Flax Seeds: Acts as a binding agent, helping to hold the fritters together and providing some nutritional value.
  • Flour (gluten-free or all-purpose): Forms the base of the batter, giving the fritters structure and volume.
  • Coconut Palm Sugar (or cane sugar): Provides sweetness and caramelization when the fritters are cooked.
  • Nutmeg (optional): Offers a warm, nutty flavor to complement the banana’s natural sweetness.
  • Cinnamon (optional): Adds a hint of spice and warmth to the fritters, enhancing their overall taste.
  • Salt: Balances the sweetness and enhances the overall flavor of the fritters.
  • Coconut Oil: Used to cook the fritters, giving them a crispy and golden exterior while adding a touch of coconut flavor.

How To Make Jamaican Banana Fritters

  1. Mash bananas in a medium bowl, Stir in almond milk, vanilla, and flaxseeds. Set aside.
  2. Combine flour, coconut palm sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Add banana mixture and stir to combine until the batter is smooth fully.
  4. Heat oil on medium heat in a large skillet, making sure to cover the base.
  5. Place batter by the spoonful onto the skillet. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side or until golden.
banana fritters batter

Expert Tips

  • Make sure your bananas are very ripe; they should have brown spots on the skin. If your bananas are not very ripe, you may need to adjust the amount of sugar you use.
  • Utilize all-purpose flour and make certain that your batter contains an adequate amount of flour – If you use less flour and too many bananas, your fritters will stick to the pan, absorb a lot of oil, or break apart.
  • Control the amount of oil used – It is best to cook banana fritters in shallow oil.
  • Maintain the right oil temperature for frying. The oil should be hot enough to sizzle when you drop a small amount of batter, but not so hot that it burns the fritters.
  • Fry the fritters in batches, leaving enough space between them in the pan. Overcrowding can result in uneven cooking and sticking.
  • Using cold water to make the fritter batter helps keep them crisp.
  • If you want to focus on getting naturally occurring sugars, you can skip using any sweetener.
  • Bananas should be mashed. To puree the bananas, use a blender or potato masher. This will serve as the basis for the batter for the banana fritters.
  • As the batter cooks, it will slightly spread before turning golden. Flip the fritter using an egg lifter and repeat.
  • Allow the batter to cool. In the event that you’re short on time, it’s perfectly fine to skip this section. However, I recommend resting the batter for 5–10 minutes before cooking. This ensures a smoother, more uniform texture and allows for the relaxation of any gluten development, resulting in lighter, crispier fritters.

Storage Tips

Refrigerate leftover banana fritters for up to one day in an airtight container. Keep in mind that after storing, the texture will become softer.

Reheat them on a stove top in a dry nonstick frying pan over low heat, in a hot oven for 4-5 minutes, or in the air fryer to crisp them up again.

Bananas fritters should not be frozen because they will become mushy when thawed and reheated.

Serving Suggestions

Banana Fritters can be used in a variety of ways. They go well with a variety of foods. For a sweet option, serve with jam or even with a savory dish like tofu scramble. 

You could also eat them after sprinkling powdered sugar on them. Pair with dipping sauce for a savory option.

 

Recipe FAQs

Are fried bananas healthy?

If they’re deep-fried, the extra calories may outweigh the nutrient value of both the banana and the coconut oil. However, if banana fritters are baked or made in an air-fryer with very little oil, they can sometimes be enjoyed as part of a balanced and healthy diet.

What is the origin of banana fritters?

Fritters have a long history in West Africa, where deep-frying is a common cooking method. Fritters could be served as an appetizer, a vegetable, or even a dessert in the African Atlantic, as they are here.

Why is it called a fritter?

The word “fritter” comes from the Latin word “frictura,” which means “a fry.” From the Latin word “berb frigere,” which means “to fry or roast,” Frictura was born. Obviously, our word fry is derived from this word.

What is the difference between a banana and a plantain?

Plantains are typically larger, tougher, and have thicker skin than bananas. Plantains are more starchy than bananas and aren’t as sweet when they’re green. However, they are sweeter when ripe and even sweeter when cooked. Plantains can be cooked in a variety of ways, including boiling, baking, and frying.

Other Fritter Recipes

  1. Broccoli Fritters
  2. Plantain Fritters
  3. Jamaican Callaloo Fritters
  4. Black-Eyed Peas Fritters
  5. Vegan Corn Fritters
  6. Yellow Peas Fritters
banana fritters stacked on blue plate on brown wooden background with white flowers

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Jamaican Banana Fritters Recipe

This delicious Jamaican Banana Fritters recipe is so easy to prepare and kid-friendly. Banana fritters have been special to me from my childhood days and they taste just as delicious as my mom made them!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: Jamaican banana fritters recipe
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 277kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas very ripe, mashed
  • 1 cup almond milk or water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (I used gluten-free flour)
  • 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar or cane sugar
  • Pinch ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • coconut oil for light frying

Instructions

  • Mash bananas in a medium bowl, Stir in almond milk, vanilla and flaxseeds. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, coconut palm sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt.
  • Add banana mixture and stir to fully combine until batter is smooth.
  • Heat oil on medium-heat in a large skillet, making sure to cover the base.
  • Place batter by the spoonsfull onto skillet. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side or until golden.

Nutrition

Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 248mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 38IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 2mg