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Coconut Banana Fritters

Photo: Thomas J. Story Styling: Joni Noe

Total time 1 hr
Yield

Serves 6 to 8

The standard batter for these sweet fritters uses rice flour; this one, by the blogging duo known as the Ravenous Couple (ravenouscouple.com), has coconut flour instead, which creates an extra-crunchy crust with a warm coconut flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2/3 cup coconut flour*
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 12 very ripe baby (aka burro) bananas, 8 red bananas, or 6 regular bananas
  • Coconut ice cream
  • 1 tablespoon toasted white sesame seeds

Nutrition Information

  • calories 459
  • caloriesfromfat 39 %
  • protein 7.9 g
  • fat 20 g
  • satfat 10 g
  • carbohydrate 62 g
  • fiber 4.8 g
  • sodium 309 mg
  • cholesterol 50 mg

How to Make It

  1. Whisk 2/3 cup all-purpose flour, the coconut flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a bowl. Slowly whisk in 2 cups water until smooth. Batter should look like thick pancake batter; if it's too thick, whisk in water, 1 to 2 tbsp. at a time. Let rest at least 20 minutes and up to

  2. Meanwhile, pour oil into a large pot to come 3 in. up sides. Insert a deep-fry thermometer and heat to 350° over medium-high heat (15 to 20 minutes).

  3. Slice baby or red bananas in half lengthwise. If using regular bananas, slice in half crosswise, on the diagonal. Put remaining 2/3 cup all-purpose flour in a bowl and dip bananas to coat thinly. Set a cooling rack on a baking sheet.

  4. Dredge a few banana pieces in batter and carefully drop into oil. Boost heat to maintain an even 350°. Fry bananas until deep golden brown, 7 to 10 minutes; then lift with a slotted spoon to rack. Scoop out and discard bits of fried batter in oil. Repeat with remaining bananas and batter, returning oil to 350° between batches.

  5. Put 2 to 3 banana pieces in each bowl. Top with a scoop of ice cream and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.

Cook's Notes

*Find coconut flour in the health-food aisle of well-stocked grocery stores. Make ahead: Through step 4, up to 1 day, chilled (reheat in a 350° oven, 15 minutes).