A Quicker-Than-Quick Bread Way to Use Up Bananas

January 18, 2018

When there are bunches of browning bananas sitting in my fruit bowl, my first instinct is banana bread. Not a bad choice any day of the week, but sometimes I don’t have time to make a banana bread during the week. It’s easy enough to freeze old bananas and save them for the weekend when I have more time to bake, but sometimes I'd rather just mash them up and turn them into a quick after-dinner snack.

I got the recipe for these banana fritters from my grandma. My grandpa had a good appetite, and after dinner, he often felt like he needed something extra. Gran would reach for browning bananas and whip up a batch of banana fritters, making quick work of mashing bananas, mixing in some flour, milk, and eggs, and frying up a warm, satisfying, banana-y treat.

Call these 10-minute doughnuts. Photo by Julia Gartland

Though it was hard to get the recipe (like most grandmas, this was made with just-this-and-that), from my memory of watching my grandma make these, I’ve turned out a version that I think is pretty close. Yes, nothing tastes as delicious as when your grandma cooks for you, but this is pretty darn close.

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These fritters are soft and fluffy and almost taste like a banana doughnut—if such a thing exists! If you want to turn these into pancakes instead of fritters, just increase the amount of milk until you have a looser batter. My grandpa always liked his fritters topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. They are equally delicious topped with powdered sugar, a drizzle of maple syrup, or some sweetened yogurt.

How do you like to use up browning bananas? Let us know in the comments!

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