Banana Fritters

filed under: Breakfast · Pancakes + Waffles on March 11, 2020

Banana Fritters are made with cakey batter, fried to perfection and loaded with bananas. And, they are all topped off with a sweet glaze, making it taste almost like a funnel cake or mini donut! In fact, the most common Apple Fritters are sometimes referred to as apple fritter donuts. Another great recipe to use up your ripe bananas is my Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe.

Banana Fritters 

Fritters are similar to donuts, being they are pan-fried or deep-fried balls of dough. They can be sweet or savory, but I prefer the traditional fruit-filled fritters myself. (Try saying ‘fruit-filled fritters’ ten times fast😀.) I have the more traditional Apple Fritter and just made a Fresh Blueberry Fritter and Peach Fritter that I loved!

Open Banana Fritters Stacked

Banana Fritters Recipe

There are two important parts to this recipe–the fritters and the sweet glaze I mentioned earlier. With a few basic ingredients, these Banana Fritters come together really fast.

Fritters Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Eggs–Out of eggs? No problem! Try one of my Egg Substitutes for this and your other recipes that call for eggs.
  • Whole milk
  • Vanilla
  • Butter
  • Ripe bananas
  • Vegetable or canola oil (for frying)

Glaze Ingredients

  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Water

Overhead view of Banana Fritters on a White Plate with Bananas

I laughed when I saw this… almost looks like fried chicken! 😂

How to Make Banana Fritters

In the instructions, I suggest starting to heat your oil after the batter has come together. The first few times I made these I would start the oil right away (trying to save time) and I would always forget and the oil would get too hot and burn the batter. Be sure to give yourself a few minutes to allow the oil to get to 375°F after the batter has come together. Try to also use a pan that is bigger than you would need, as there can be hot oil splattering and that is never a good thing. I made 10 fritters with this recipe, but it all depends on the size of the fritter you prefer.

Pouring Glaze over Banana Fritters

How to Make the Glaze

You may have noticed that I opted for water instead of cream or milk in the glaze recipe. When coating donuts you want the glaze a little thinner than you would use for cakes or cookies. Another option instead of a glaze? Sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar when cooled. It’s just 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. You could also dust them with confectioners’ sugar. Or simply enjoy plain!

Inside of Banana Fritter

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4.84 from 6 votes
Banana Fritters
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Banana Fritters are made with cakey batter, fried to perfection and loaded with bananas.

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple fritters, Banana Fritters, Fresh Blueberry Fritters
Servings: 10 fritters
Calories: 214 kcal
Author: Amanda
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (122g) milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 ripe bananas, chopped
  • Vegetable or canola oil, for frying
  • 1 1/4 cups (156g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3-6 teaspoons water
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

  2. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, and melted butter.

  3. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, stirring until combined.

  4. Fold in the ripe, chopped bananas.

  5. Fill a frying pan halfway with oil. Heat over medium heat until the oil reaches 375°F with a candy thermometer.

  6. Slowly drop ¼ cup of batter into the oil and let fry until golden brown, about 2-4 minutes per side depending on the heat of your oil.

  7. Flip and fry until the opposite side is golden brown. To test for doneness, insert a small knife (or toothpick) into the center. If there's still uncooked batter in the center, fry for a bit longer. Transfer to a paper towel-lined cooling rack and let cool. Repeat with the remaining batter being sure to check the temperature of the oil throughout the process.

  1. Make the glaze by combining the sugar, vanilla, and 3 teaspoons of water. Add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until a pourable consistency is reached.

  2. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled fritters and let dry. 

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  • Cindy Manning says:

    Looking forward to making these banana fritters

  • Ella says:

    Will these work in an air fryer?

  • Pam says:

    This sounds wonderful. My mouth is watering already. Can’t wait to try this one ❤️❤️

  • Jessi says:

    They look so yummy but I have to get some of the ingredients, before I can make them,

  • Jessi says:

    They look so yummy!thank you for sharing this, can I use another type of milk?I’m lactose intolerance?

  • Renee Jaggars says:

    I need a recipe to make a lemon meringue pie from scratch. My mother tdd passed away before I could get hers. Her spouse made sure I got nothing.

  • LaRee says:

    Can these be made with apples, if so any change
    to the recipe necessary?

  • Sayedeh Sonia Alemi says:

    I am impressed with this recipe it will worth a try

  • Gary Alderete says:

    So, so Yummy! As soon as I saw this recipe I knew I had to make these Fritters and I wasn’t disappointed. It brought me back to my childhood, diving into the Donut box looking for those Apple Fritters. I’m a BIG Banana fan, never thought, so happy I came across this recipe. Thank YOU!

  • Kym Moncur says:

    I had to add another 1/2 cup of milk and 2 extra chopped bananas, but they were delicious

  • Marsha Deutch-Eisenberg says:

    I’m going to try these and your apple fritters. They look delicious. I love your recipes

  • TigerKim says:

    Holy Cow, these look great. I love fritters.

  • Karen says:

    Can these be made in a air fryer? Do you have any recipes that can be made in a air fryer? Love and tried some of your recipes and they were delicious. Thank you for sharing.

  • Marquita Ector says:

    Could this be made in an air fryer? I’m very new to my air fryer so if they can, could you give me specific instructions?

  • Salimah bt Omar says:

    Yr banana fritters here in Malaysia is called cekodok pisang. Done for breakfast usually.

  • Karen M Nelson says:

    She has a Lemon Meringue Pie recipe

  • Elena De'La Rosa says:

    I Love your recipes,but I’m so tired after work. I have to make time to make your beautiful recipes.❤️ Thank you

  • Debbie says:

    Can I use almond flour?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Debbie! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We have not tried making these with almond flour, so I can’t speak to its effectiveness. Let us know if you try it and how the fritters turn out. Have a wonderful day!