If you haven’t tried air fryer banana fritters, now is the time! Air fried banana fritters are a bite-size breaded treat that is crunchy on the outside but sweet and soft on the inside.
Add chocolate sauce or honey for dipping and you have yourself an amazing treat you’ll wish you tried sooner! Banana fritters are so delicious and so easy to air fry. One bite and you'll be in love!
If you want to know how to make banana fritters, air frying is the best way to do it. It's so easy and they turn out as close to perfect as possible each and every time!
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Why You Will Love This Banana Fritters Recipe
- A great way to indulge in a delicious snack without deep-frying! Cooking them in the air fryer reduces the amount of unhealthy fats and calories in the dish!
- Takes just a few minutes to make banana fritters using only a few ingredients.
- Enjoy banana fritters for breakfast, dessert, or as a tasty snack.
- Great texture and flavor! The air fryer gives these banana fritters a crispy exterior while maintaining a soft and moist interior perfect for dipping.
All you need are seven simple ingredients to make banana fritters in the air fryer. Here's a look at what you need:
- Bananas: Cut your firm bananas into even-sized pieces.
- All-purpose flour: This will help form the coating on the bananas. You can also use whole wheat or gluten-free flour instead of all-purpose flour.
- Egg: This will act like the glue to hold the breading on the bananas. Melted butter will also work in a pinch.
- Sugar: Just a touch for a bit of extra sweetness.
- Panko Bread Crumbs: These work best for an extra crunchy exterior but you can use regular bread crumbs if you prefer.
- Nutmeg or Cinnamon: For a little bit of warming spices. You can also use both of them together or use pumpkin pie spice instead.
How Ripe Should Bananas Be for Banana Fritters?
While bananas can be eaten at varying degrees of ripeness. This banana fritters recipe requires you to cut up the banana into chunks, so the banana must not be too soft.
Although you may want to make banana fritters using overripe bananas, they tend to be slimy and harder to work with. Firmer bananas tend to keep their shape as well, which is a bonus when you’re making banana fritters.
Don't have the correct ingredients on hand? Or want to change something up? Here are some helpful tips for you to change your banana fritters recipe.
- Add Coconut: Add unsweetened coconut flakes to the coating mixture to enhance the flavor and crunch.
- Add nuts: Add some chopped peanuts, almonds or pecans to the breadcrumbs to coat the bananas.
- Gluten-free: Choose your favorite gluten-free bread crumbs!
How to Make Banana Fritters in Air Fryer
Making air fryer banana fritters couldn't be any easier! Here are an overview of the main steps!
- Slice each banana into approximately 5 or 6 chunks.
- Beat together the egg and milk until it's well combined and set aside.
- Combine the crumbs, sugar, and cinnamon or nutmeg on a large plate.
- Mix it up until well mixed.
- Dip each piece of banana in flour.
- Then dip it into the egg mix mixture.
PRO TIP: Bananas should be fully covered but not dripping.
- Coat each piece in the breadcrumb mixture until fully covered. Continue with all the remaining chunks of banana.
- Place them in the basket of your air fryer making sure they do not touch and cook.
- Remove your fritters from the air fryer when they're done cooking and serve immediately.
Hint: Use ripe bananas for a sweeter, more flavorful taste that eliminates the need for sugar. However, be careful not to use overripe bananas, as they can be too soft and difficult to handle.
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Air fryer banana fritters are best enjoyed fresh. However, if you do have some leftover and want to save them, follow these tips.
Allow the fritters to cool to room temperature and then place them in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag to prevent them from drying out. Store them in the fridge for 1-2 days.
I do not recommend freezing them as the bananas may end up too soft.
What's the best way to reheat banana fritters?
The easiest method is in the air fryer. Preheat it to 360°F for about 5 minutes, then place the fritters in the basket without overlapping, and cook for 5-7 minutes or until crispy and heated through.
Alternatively, if you can reheat your fritters in the oven. Place the fritters on a wire rack to ensure even heating and bake them for 5-10 minutes in a preheated 350°F (180°C) oven or until they're fully heated and crisp. If you prefer a crispier texture, turn on the broiler for an additional 1-2 minutes after the fritters are heated through.
What to Serve with Banana Fritters
Serve banana fritters for dessert or a snack any time of day! Here are a few of our favorite ways to serve them.
- They go great with a sweet dipping sauce such as chocolate sauce or caramel sauce.
- You can also use peanut butter, hazelnut spread, or almond butter for dipping.
- For extra sweetness dust them lightly with a touch of powdered sugar.
- They also work great drizzled with maple syrup and a bit of honey.
- For a truly decadent dessert, serve them in a bowl with ice cream and and whipped cream. They'd be great with hot cocoa ice cream or peanut butter and jelly ice cream.
Here are some expert tips to help you make the perfect air fried banana fritters:
- Use ripe bananas for a sweeter, more flavorful taste that eliminates the need for sugar. Just be careful not to use overripe bananas, as they can be too soft and difficult to handle.
- Always preheat your air fryer to ensure a crisp exterior and tender interior.
- Cut your bananas into even-sized pieces to ensure they cook at the same rate.
- Coat the banana slices evenly with egg wash and breadcrumbs for a uniform coating.
- Place the banana slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket with space between them to allow for proper air circulation.
- Flip the banana fritters to ensure even browning on both sides.
- Timing can vary depending on the air fryer model and thickness of the banana slices so keep an eye on your first batch so they don't burn.
Do you have questions about making banana fritters in the air fryer? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about them.
Aside from the air fryer, you can also pan-fry or deep-fry banana fritters for a more traditional version. Cooking times and temperatures will vary depending on the method, so adjust accordingly.
Lightly oil the air fryer basket to help prevent the fritters from sticking and to achieve a crispy exterior.
No, I would not recommend making this with frozen bananas. When they thaw out they will be quite mushy.
Add a little more oil to the basket or spray a thin layer of oil on the fritters before cooking. Additionally, make sure the fritters are spaced out properly in the basket so they can cook evenly and achieve a crispy texture.
You bet you can and they're delicious too.
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Air Fryer Banana Fritters
- Get out and measure all of your ingredients.
- Slice each banana into approximately 5 or 6 chunks.
- Beat together egg and milk until well combined, set aside.
- On a large plate, combine crumbs, sugar and cinnamon.
- Spread the mixture around until full blended. Set aside.
- Cover each banana chunk with flour. Dip each chunk into the egg mixture. Bananas should be fully covered but not dripping.
- Coat in crumb mixture until fully covered.
- Pile on platter to cook.
- Place each fritter in an air fryer. Make sure they do not touch. Cook at 250 degrees for 10 minutes, flipping at midway point. I usually carefully shake the basket until adjusted.
- When cooking time is complete, remove from the air fryer and serve immediately.
- Serve warm with chocolate sauce, caramel, honey, cool whip or whipped cream. Enjoy every bite!
This post was originally published May 2020. It has been updated with new content and images.