Battered, fried, and sprinkled with powdered sugar, these banana fritters on a stick are as fun to dip and eat as they are to make!

Battered and fried banana on a stick with slices of banana on a plate.

If you’ve never had a banana fritter, you’re in for a treat! These deep-fried bananas are served on a stick so they’re the perfect finger food for dipping into your favorite sauces. Try them in chocolate sauce, yum!

About these banana fritters

These easy banana fritters are made from scratch by coating bananas in a simple pancake batter. The result is a thick, fluffy, flavorful batter surrounding a banana center. Like an apple fritter or fried donut, these banana fritters are a simple but special treat. Let them cool slightly before enjoying them, and you’ll have a crispy, chewy, tender, amazing banana donut to enjoy.

Banana fritters are fun to make, and everyone will be excited to dip the cooked fritters in maple syrup, chocolate sauce, or melted peanut butter! Once you dip them in your favorite sauce, you can also roll them lightly in sprinkles or chopped nuts. 

Think about a banana fritter with chocolate sauce and chopped peanuts. Or a banana fritter with peanut butter or candied almond butter and coconut flakes. Try dipping them in caramel sauce or vegan caramel sauce. Or, keep it simple and classic and enjoy your fritter with pure maple syrup or homemade pancake syrup

Banana fritters have the best of everything: a delicious fried outside, banana on the inside, and as many dippable combinations as you can imagine. You’re sure to have some fun with this recipe!

Try rounding these out with perfect scrambled eggs, bacon, and a mango smoothie or blueberry smoothie for an awesome breakfast!

Large rectangular platter with banana fritters.

What you need

If you have bananas, you probably have all the ingredients you need on hand!

  • Dry Ingredients: Flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and powdered sugar are all you need!
  • Wet Ingredients: You’ll need oil for frying, milk, egg, vanilla extract, and melted butter.
  • Bananas: You want to use ripe bananas so they’re nice and sweet but save your super super brown bananas for banana bread pancakes. Bananas that are a little less ripe will stay put on the sticks better for this recipe.
Overhead view of ingredients needed for recipe, including bananas..

How to make it

Heat canola oil in a sauce pan to 375ºF. Adjust the amount of canola oil based on the size of the saucepan. You will need at least 3 inches of oil to fry the fritters. Meanwhile, peel and cut bananas. Cut each banana into 3 sections and pierce the center of each banana with a popsicle stick.

Two images showing how to cut and prep bananas for frying.

In a medium bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar and mix to combine. Next, add the milk, egg, vanilla, and butter. Whisk until the batter is smooth. Pour batter into a mason jar (or tall glass).

Three images showing batter being made for banana fritters.

Dip the banana into the pancake batter and hold it above the jar to allow excess batter to drip off.

Banana being dipped into batter.

Gently place the banana into the hot oil and fry for 5-6 minutes, flipping if necessary. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel lined plate to remove excess oil.

Sprinkle each with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup to dip. Enjoy!

Fritters on a platter with powdered sugar and maple syrup.

How to make this fun treat your own

  • Banana fritters are best served warm with tasty dipping options! Try them with a fruit sauce, like this easy and delicious blueberry sauce. Or serve them up with a chocolate ganache, made by slowly melting together 5 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips with ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • This recipe uses pancake batter to create a deep-fried banana fritter, but it’s similar to a donut. Go ahead and top these fritters like you would your favorite donut, with powdered sugar, sugar and cinnamon, or frosting and sprinkles.
  • If you don’t have popsicle sticks on hand, you can cut your banana pieces smaller and use a slotted spoon to gently lower your coated bananas into the oil.
  • Enjoying these with little kids who can’t manage the whole fritter? Once your fritters have cooked, you can gently cut them into bite-sized pieces for small children.

Storage & Reheating Suggestions

These fritters are best enjoyed fresh from the oil! Once cooled, you can store them in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, but they won’t reheat in the microwave or on a pan with the same crisp outside.

Banana fritter being dipped in maple syrup.

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Battered and fried bananas on a stick, sprinkled with powdered sugar.

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Battered, fried, and sprinkled with powdered sugar, these banana fritters on a stick are as fun to dip and eat as they are to make!
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups canola oil for frying (more if needed)
  • 3 bananas
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup 2% milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)

Instructions

  • Heat canola oil in a sauce pan to 375ºF. Adjust the amount of canola oil based on the size of the saucepan. You will want at least 3 inches of oil.
  • Meanwhile, peel and cut bananas. Cut each banana into 3 sections
  • In a medium bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar and mix to combine.
  • Next, add the milk, egg, vanilla, and butter. Whisk until the batter is smooth. Pour batter into a mason jar (or tall glass).
  • Pierce the center of each banana with a popsicle stick. Dip the banana into the pancake batter and hold it above the jar to allow excess batter to drip off. Gently place the banana into the hot oil and fry for 5-6 minutes, flipping if necessary. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel lined plate to remove excess oil.
  • Sprinkle each with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup to dip. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Nutrition information is estimated as not all oil will be soaked up into the batter.
  • These fritters are best enjoyed fresh from the oil! Once cooled, you can store them in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, but they won’t reheat in the microwave or on a pan with the same crisp outside.
Serving: 1fritter, Calories: 398kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Monounsaturated Fat: 17g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 275mg, Potassium: 218mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 163IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 139mg, Iron: 1mg