Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Around the World with Pancakes: Jamaican Banana Fritters

Banana plant in Jamaica
Photo Credit: PJ Mixer
We're trying out pancakes from around the world, looking beyond fluffy pancakes and beyond breakfast food

Bananas are a popular staple food and important part of the diet in Jamaica, so it's no wonder banana fritters are a breakfast favorite.

There are many recipes for these pancakes, with the main variables being how much flour to add, and how much oil to fry them in. We used a recipe with small amounts for each - less flour would pronounce the banana flavor, and less oil make them healthier. With little flour, the insides were mushy soft, which we liked but some might prefer to add more flour. These can also be cooked on an oil free griddle, if you want to completely avoid frying, though they would be less authentic. We really enjoyed the fresh fruit flavor of these, especially as we topped them with a sprinkle of lemon juice and cinnamon sugar. I would also recommend doubling this recipe if you enjoy a big breakfast - we were still hungry after inhaling these :)

Jamaican Banana Fritters

Recipe adapted from Jamaica No Problem

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg (or powdered)
  • 3 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • vegetable or coconut oil
  • lemon juice for topping
  • cinnamon sugar for topping (1/4 cup sugar & 1 tbsp cinnamon)
1. Mash the bananas with a fork. Add the lemon juice, vanilla, nutmeg, brown sugar and egg. Mix well to combine.

This seemed like the perfect time to use our fresh nutmeg

2. Whisk together flour and baking powder. Stir into banana mixture. Add milk and stir to combine into batter.

3. Heat a pan on medium high, and cover generously in oil. Make the fritters by dropping tablespoons of batter in the hot oil. Cook so they are golden on both sides, a couple of minutes on each side.

4. Enjoy with a sprinkle of lemon juice and cinnamon sugar.

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  1. I am so making these!! Yum! Thank you :-)
    I love all the photos in this post too. The banana plant agains the blue sky is gorgeous, and your close-ups of the fritters.

    1. Thanks Lucinda :) Aren't banana plants so interesting looking?

  2. Do you think if I ask nicely, Lucinda will make me some?
    They look scrummy yummy!!

    1. You'll have to ask really, really nicely! You may have to ask your family cook - it's L11 right? :)


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