Like seriously dem banana fridders! A mon, a mi fi tell ya! Awoah!
Oh…I almost forgot I’m not in Jamaica and you probably didn’t understand a word I just said! Well that’s because I’m just pretending to be able to speak Jamaican Patois and I probably said gibberish!
But one taste of these amazing banana fritters and I promise warm breezes, sand between your toes, time slowing down and if your imagination is vivid enough you’ll even smell that hint of herbal smoke in the air! Well that is if you fall deep into your daydreaming and forget to turn off the stove, burning the fritters and making the smoke alarm go off! I don’t recommend that part!
These fritters are deadly delicious! You can have these for breakfast with some tempeh bacon, as I did. You can have them for desert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some rum drizzled all over them. Or you can just eat them as is, as a snack to give you a boost of power on your long hikes. They are perfect, just like bananas are!
I’ve been told that the traditional recipe didn’t normally use eggs. Though now a days they do add eggs for some reason! So lets go back to the basics and make this the vegan version. It’s such an easy recipe!
3 ripe Bananas, mashed
1/4 cup Almond milk
3/4 cup All Purpose unbleached Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp fresh nutmeg (or more to taste)
pinch of Salt
2-3 tbsp Vegetable Oil
In a medium bowl add almond milk to mashed bananas and mix well. Add flour, baking powder, nutmeg and salt and mix to incorporate everything.
Add a tablespoon of oil to frying pan and put on high heat. When oil is hot (not smoking), add a heaping table spoons of batter to the frying pan and flatten with the end of your spoon. Reduce heat to medium high, and flip fritters pretty quickly. These fry up pretty quickly due to the high sugar content of the bananas. When you flip to the other side, you want to squish it down, so that it flattens a bit. Remove and place on paper towel to remove excess oil.
This recipe makes about 12 fritters or 4 servings. At just under 250 calories for 3 fritters in a serving, it’s neither good nor that bad. But most of the calories are coming from the bananas, and there are no refined sugars. So I’d say it’s something to indulge in and not feel that guilty about. In fact, if you wanted to make this in to a healthy snack you could add a half a cup of crushed walnuts and it’d be a great breakfast to have after a great morning run!
So When I was trying to think of a clever title for this post, something to do with bananas and Jamaica, the song Day-O came to mind. Of course, the first time I heard that song and many other great songs was on the Muppet Show! Here it is for your enjoyment:
The Muppet Show. Harry Belafonte – Day-O (Banana Boat Song)