Banana Fritters – Chopped banana is added to a cakey batter and then fried into little balls. They are finished off with a cinnamon glaze that sends them over the top!
Around this time of year, I like to prep you all for brunch gatherings. Because we all suddenly love throwing a brunch bash in the spring, am I right?! The sun is out early in the day so many of you are more excited to host gatherings before noon.
The first new recipe I have for you can be a teaser before the meal or a meal, in and of itself. The recipe is for Banana Fritters – little balls of dough fried with real chunks of banana inside. The banana gets warm and slightly gooey with a slight hint of cinnamon in the dough and icing. Yummmm.
Here are the Banana Fritters in all their glory!
Tips & Tricks
- Don’t overmix. Overmixing can cause the fritter to be gummy and tough. Only mix as much as you need to. I recommend skipping a mixer and doing this by hand to avoid overmixing.
- Use a cookie scoop. A cookie scoop will make it easy to scoop the batter and release into the oil. You will also get rounder fritters using a scoop.
- Hot oil. Make sure your oil is hot enough before dropping the batter in. This ensures the fritters cook through after 4 minutes. Use a candy thermometer to monitor the oil.
- Drain on a rack. After frying, to keep the fritters from sitting in their own oil, let the excess oil drain off by setting the fritters on a rack sitting atop a baking sheet. I also like to place paper towels on the baking sheet to soak up the oil and make cleanup easier.
For the banana fritters:
- 2 large eggs
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon butter melted
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 medium/small bananas (or 2 large), chopped
For the cinnamon glaze:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup milk
- ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Fill a Dutch oven about 3-4 inches deep with canola oil. Set over medium heat and cover. This should take about 20 minutes to heat to 350 degrees. But do temperature checks occasionally to monitor. Grab a baking sheet and line with paper towel or a rack. Set aside.
- Add eggs, milk, melted butter, and vanilla to a small bowl. Whisk together. Set aside. Place flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Whisk together until combined. Add in wet ingredients and fold together. Add in chopped bananas and fold until combined.
- Once the oil is 350 degrees, use a cookie scoop to scoop batter and release into hot oil. Do this about 5 more times. Cook for 4 minutes or until the fritters are a deep golden brown. Flip once or twice to fry the fritter evenly.
- Once the fritters are done, remove from the oil and lay onto prepared baking sheet to cool. Repeat with the rest of the batter until gone.
Glazing the fritters:
- Once the fritters have cooled a little, it's time to dip in cinnamon glaze. Whisk all the glaze ingredients together until smooth. Dip a fritter into the glaze and roll until coated. Remove and let excess glaze drip off. Place fritter on a rack and repeat with the rest of the fritters. Let them set for a few minutes and then enjoy!
Hayley Dhanecha says
My dad always talk about my Grandma’s banana fritters, now I have the recipe. So easy and delicious. Surely will make it on his Birthday that’s on next weekend.
Amy Liu Dong says
Wow! This is so easy and delicious!
I made this and my kids love it!
This banana fritters dish is such a unique recipe that will enjoy and love by many especially kids! It looks so yummy and the texture makes this so enticing and tempting! Loving it already!
Growing up, my grandma always make apple fritters. When I saw your banana fritter recipe, I knew I needed to give it a try! These little fritters are so delicious! I love the banana flavor.
Jacqueline Debono says
Another fabulous way to use up bananas! I made these fritters as a breakfast treat this morning. So good and moreish!
Banana bread is my favorite dessert so I knew I had to give these fritters a try! Loved that you can taste the banana in each fritter and the cinnamon glaze really completed them. So good!
Oooh I was craving donuts today but these are a lot easier to make! They certainly won’t last long in my house!!
These banana fritters are amazing, especially with the glaze. I highly recommend and will make again.
Wow! These look amazing and sinful 😉 My ice cream scoop is ready and waiting for this weekend – the question is for breakfast, or wait a bit and have them with ice cream too, lol!
These were so much fun to make with my cousins and they absolutely love banana so these fritters were just what they needed. We dunked them in caramel!
These reminded me of a recipe I learned to make as a kid called Drop Doughnuts. The chopped bananas are the difference and they were certainly an amazing addition! My grandkids loved these. Thank you for the recipe!
These sound amazing! Can I make the dough ahead of time, freeze, thaw and fry with same results? Thank you
Gina Abernathy says
Had these for dessert tonight and they were wonderful. I had some bananas on the counter and I was looking for something to do with them. Glad I found your recipe.
Sara Welch says
Whipped up a batch of these and they did not disappoint! Turned out perfectly light, fluffy and delicious; easily, the best way to cure my sweet tooth!
definitely have to add the glaze! the added sweet coating is everything