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Author Notes: 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, there’s a quicker way to use up browning bananas.
My grandpa had a good appetite and after dinner he often felt like he needed something extra. My 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 (never measuring, of course) and fry up a warm, satisfying banana-y treat.
These fritters are soft and fluffy and almost taste like a banana donut – if such a thing exists! My grandpa always liked his fritters topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. They are equally delicious topped with icing sugar, a drizzle of maple syrup or some sweetened yogurt.
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 4 cups vegetable oil, for frying
- Vanilla ice cream, icing sugar or maple syrup, to serve
- In a medium sized bowl whisk together bananas, eggs and milk. In another bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Pour flour mixture into banana mixture and stir to combine. The batter will be like a thick pancake batter.
- Pour vegetable oil into a medium saucepan or skillet until it reaches 1” up the side, about 4 cups. Heat on medium-high heat. Drop heaped tablespoons of batter into oil, frying 2-3 fritters at a time. Let fry 1-2 minutes per side, until golden brown. Adjust heat if fritters start to darken too quickly. Place on a paper towel lined plate and continue with remaining batter. Serve warm sprinkled with icing sugar, maple syrup or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.