Banana fritters get a healthy makeover by frying them in coconut oil rather than shortening. Next, we swap out whole milk for skim milk, add a blend of whole-grains and all-purpose flour, and serve up a healthy snack for every member of the family.
Banana Fritters Recipe
Deep fried banana fritters are a tasty treat after meals or for a quick snack anytime. Whip up a batch in less than 30 minutes.
What You'll Do First
Measure out 1/2 cup of skim milk and get one egg out of the refrigerator. Let them come to room temperature while you collect the ingredients and equipment you will need to make your fritters.
You’ll need a medium size mixing bowl, measuring cups and spoons, a metal slotted spoon, paper towels and a large, deep pan, deep fryer or electric skillet.
Banana Fritters Recipe
Quick and easy batter and a cup of bananas equals hot and fluffy fritters in minutes - yum!
Prep time 7 min - Total time 22 min
Ingredients for 10 servings
1 egg • 1 cup diced fresh bananas • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour • 1/2 cup skim milk • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (heaping) • 1 teaspoon baking power • 1/4 teaspoon Morton Lite Salt • Enough coconut oil for deep-frying
Heat the oil
Prior to mixing your ingredients, put the coconut oil on to heat over medium heat if you are using a saucepan or follow the manufacturer's instructions if you are using a deep fryer or electric skillet. It needs to reach 375 degrees Fahrenheit before you start frying the fritters. Depending on what type of pan or fryer you use, you will need approximately 1/2 cup to 1 cup of coconut oil.
Mix the wet ingredients
To melt the coconut oil quickly, place the tightly closed jar in a pan of warm water for about one minute. Coconut oil has a low melting point and liquefies quickly. Measure one level tablespoonful and pour into mixing bowl. Add the egg and the milk and whip with a wire whisk until light and fluffy looking (about 30 to 45 seconds).
Make the fritters
Add the dry ingredients, blend until completely combined, and then fold in the bananas. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls into the hot oil and cook for about two minutes per side. Watch them closely; they brown really quickly but they need to cook long enough to get the centers done. Drain on paper towels and then roll in either confectioners’ sugar or a mixture of 1/2 cup sugar to one or two teaspoons cinnamon. Serve warm with milk or coffee.
These are delicious and remind you of Bananas Foster, but they are just as delicious when made with other fruits such as cherries, apples or peaches (or your favorite fruit). To make a quick treat when time is short, use one cup of canned pie filling in lieu of the bananas and cut the milk back to two tablespoons to compensate for the liquid in the pie filling. If the batter seems too dry, you can always add more milk, one tablespoon at a time, until the consistency is right.
Ripe bananas will add sweetness to your fritters, but it is important not to let them get overripe for this recipe. If the bananas are too soft, the batter will not fry up properly. Use bananas that are still somewhat firm to the touch and hold their shape when diced.
How to Make Banana Fritters
Fun Facts About Bananas
Did you know Fidel Castro worked on a banana plantation during his youth?
That half-eaten banana laying on your kitchen counter may be worth more than you thought. According to Banana Trivia, the winning eBay bid for one half of a banana was $2500 USD.
Although bananas are fruits (they contain rudimentary seeds), they grow on plants rather than fruit trees.
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