Caribbean banana fritters

Fluffy Caribbean pancakes with banana and a hint of vanilla and cinnamon – just the perfect dessert! 

Every once in a while I end up with too many ripe bananas. I already shared the recipe for the banana ice cream on the site a while ago. This recipe is here is my other go-to recipes when it comes to overripe banana usage. Don’t worry if your bananas are already brown and a bit mushy. The riper the bananas are, the better these fritters taste. Whip up some batter, fry ‘em and top with a scoop of ice cream, honey or some cinnamon and sugar. Just the perfect dessert after an exotic meal! Well, this is also an awesome breakfast, but I do not want to mess up your eating habits…

The fritters will get nice and brown on the outside with the edges caramelizing. The inside puffs up, giving you a nice fluffy center in the middle. Yes indeed – pancake perfection!

When you look at the ingredients you may wonder that there is no liquid in the batter. Don’t worry about it, there’s no need for water or milk. The banana and the egg are just liquid enough to make a perfectly smooth batter that will give you ridiculously tasty fritters!

Depending on how rich and tasty you want your fritters you can vary the amount of oil. A non-stick pan will give you slightly more crispy fritters that are somewhat healthier. A big glug of oil will let you shallow-fry your fritters. This way they will brown more evenly and fluff up more. Totally up to your! I use both methods depending on which mood I’m in 🙂

Come on, make some tasty fritter treats!

Honey avalanche on a mountain of banana fritters!


(Enough batter for 8-12 small banana fritters, which makes about 4 people very happy! Half the ingredients if you only have 2 eaters)

  • 2 very ripe banana
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar, or use the seeds of a vanilla pod and 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons self-rising flour (or use 3 tablespoons of regular flour and add 1 small teaspoon of baking powder)
  • Some neutral oil, like sunflower oil


Go bananas, make batter, fry some fritters!

Get a bowl, peel the bananas and break them into bite size pieces. Mash the banana pieces in the bowl with a fork until you have a mushy pulp.

Crack the egg into the bowl and use the fork to mix egg into the banana pulp.

Add the sugar, vanilla sugar, cinnamon and flour to the bowl. Use the fork to mix everything together until everything comes together into a smooth batter.

Grab a frying pan and put it on medium-high heat. Add a good amount of oil to the pan and wait until the pan is properly hot.

One-by-one drop 4 tablespoons of batter into the hot oil. Try to make sure the fritters do not touch.

Fry for about 3 minutes per side until golden brown.  Flip the fritters and fry them on the other side for another 2 minutes. Remove fritters from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen towels.

Repeat with the rest of the batter. You may want to add some more oil to the pan if it gets to dry.

Place a big scoop of ice cream on each portion of fritters, drizzle with honey or sprinkle them with a dash of sugar and cinnamon. Serve immediately while they are still warm!


Let me know what you think about the recipe in the comments below! Did you ever had banana pancakes like this? Aren’t they just the best? What are your favorite toppings for these fluffy fritters? Are there any other ways you use to get rid of mushy old brown bananas? Let us know underneath!


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