West African Banana Fritters

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

Easy to make and delicious. I got this from an old Time-Life book (1970) on African Cooking, which is timely for the ZWT-4!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a deep mixing bowl, stir the flour and sugar together and, with a whisk, beat in the eggs one at a time. Whisking constantly, add the milk, about 1/3 cup at a time and continue to beat until the batter is smooth and elastic enough to stretch like a ribbon from the beater when it is lifted up out of the bowl.
  2. Peel the bananas, chop or slice them coarsely, and drop them into a shallow bowl. With the tines of a table fork, mash the bananas to a smooth puree. Stir the puree into the batter and let the mixture rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes before frying.
  3. Pour oil into a deep fryer or large, heavy saucepan to a depth of 2 to 3 inches and heat the oil until it reaches a temperature of 375 degrees ona deep frying thermometer.
  4. For each fritter, ladle about 1/4 cup of the banana batter into the hot oil. Deep-fry 2 or 3 fritters at a time, leaving enough space between them so that they can spread into 3 or 4-inch rounds or oblongs. Turning them once or twice with a slotted spoon, fry for about 3 minutes or until the fritters are a rich golden color on all sides. as they brown, transfer them to paper towels to drain.
  5. While the fritters are still warm sprinkle them lightly with powdered sugar and serve at once.


Most Helpful

These turned out more like fried pancakes than fritters. :( I think a good dose of baking powder will help. BUT they were delicious & we ate them anyway, lol. I agree that cinnamon would be a nice addition. Made for ZWT4 - the African dessert Challenge. I subbed the sugar with agave syrup. :)

Elmotoo June 29, 2008

OH MY GOSH these are SO delicious! We devoured them as quickly as they came out of the fryer! I would highly recommend these for a special treat! I added cinnamon and cardamom to the batter and sprinkled cinnamon along with the powdered sugar on top. Made these while visiting Africa with my Babes on the ZWT4.

sassafrasnanc June 28, 2008

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