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Breaded Deep-Fried Bananas (Banana Empanada)

5-Ingredient Breaded Deep Fried Bananas (Banana Empanada)-- a quick and easy dish that can be served as a side for feijoada or as a dessert topped with ice cream. These can be gluten-free, Paleo,a nd Whole30.

Course:Side Dish
Keywords:banana emapanda, banana fritters, deep fried bananas, fried bananas recipe, gluten-free recipes, paleo recipes, side dish recipes, whole30 recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories160 kcal


  • Vegetable oil enough to completely cover the bananas
  • 5 ripe but firm small bananas
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour (or GF flour, almond flour or coconut flour)
  • 3 large eggs

    beaten and mixed with 1 tsp water

  • 1 cup bread crumbs


  • Heat the oil to 350ºF (180ºC) in a deep-fry machine or heavy-bottom saucepan over medium heat. While oil is heating, peel the bananas, remove the stringy parts that cling to the peeled fruit, and cut crosswise in half.

  • Place the flour, eggs, and bread crumbs each in a separate bowl. Dredge the banana halves in flour to get an even coating. Shake to remove excess flour. Next, soak the banana halves in the beaten eggs mixed with 1 tsp water. Finally, cover the banana halves in bread crumbs.
  • Fry each half until lightly golden (do NOT overcrowd the pan), about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon. Place on a plate lined with a double layer of paper towels.

Recipe Notes

  • Serve warm as a side for beans or meats, or as a dessert topped with ice cream and/or caramel or chocolate sauce.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one day. Be aware that texture will be softer after storing. Above all, do NOT freeze deep-fried bananas because the fruit will become mushy once thawed and reheated.
  • If you are on a gluten-free diet, use GF flour and GF bread crumbs instead. For an eggless version, use milk instead of eggs. If on a Paleo or Whole30 diet, use coconut flour/almond flour intead of all-purpose flour and bread crumbs.


Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 264mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 109IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
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