If you’ve ever had deep fried Banana Fritters, then you know how delicious they are! This healthy version is baked and not fried. Try these yummy Air Fryer Banana Fritters today. This recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free.

Air fryer banana fritters in a wooden bowl on a white counter.

Fried food has a time and place, but you can enjoy these baked banana fritters any day! The sweet banana is surrounded by batter with crunchy coconut.

The air fryer bakes up the fritters perfectly (see my list of the best air fryers under $100).

These banana fritters are perfect on their own or served with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream (use dairy-free versions for dairy-free diets).

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Bananas are full of nutrition and natural sugars which makes them a great fruit-based dessert. See my related recipe for Air Fryer Bananas.
  • Kids will enjoy making this recipe with just a tiny bit of supervision.
  • This recipe is easy to make gluten-free and it is already dairy-free. Just be sure to use a dairy-free ice cream or whipped cream if you want to serve the fritters with a topping.

Key Ingredients

Ingredients for coconut banana fritters in small bowls on a white surface.

All-purpose flour coats the banana slices to be able to dip into eggs. Use gluten-free baking flour to make these fritters gluten-free (I like Bob’s 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour).

Unsweetened coconut adds flavor and crunch without excessive sugar.

Cinnamon and sugar coat the coconut to enhance the fun flavors.

Bananas are naturally sweet and well-loved by many, making them the perfect base.

Recipe Steps

Process collage of creating banana fritters for the air fryer.

Step One

Prepare the air fryer basket with cooking spray. Slice the bananas into rounds.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Set your ingredients in three bowls:

1 – flour

2 – whisked eggs

3 – combined cinnamon, sugar, and coconut

Step Three

Dip each banana slice into flour, egg, then coconut. Set them into the prepared basket in a single layer.

Step Four

Bake the banana fritters until they are golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Cooked banana fritters on a wire cooling rack.

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • This recipe is best using bananas that are not overly ripe. This helps them from getting mushy when cooked.
  • Feel free to use a parchment-paper liner when cooking the fritters. This will help prevent any of the coating from falling through the basket. Be sure that your liner has a few slits or holes cut into it to help the air circulate. You may need to add an extra 1-2 minutes to the cook time to help the fritters get fully cooked when using a liner.
  • Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook the fritters in two batches.
  • Some air fryer models needs to be preheated. Please refer to the owner’s manual of your particular model to see if you need to preheat it before using.
banana fritters served in a bowl with fresh whipped cream.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use frozen bananas in this recipe?

Unfortunately not. The texture changes and they will be too mushy. This is also why you need to use perfectly ripe bananas and not the brown spotted ones.

What other spices can I use?

Out of cinnamon or looking for something new? Try pumpkin spice or apple pie spice if you have those on hand. A quick grate of fresh nutmeg mixed in your cinnamon would also be great.

Can I store these fritters for later?

These are best eaten fresh and warm. They will get soggy later on and reheating may turn the banana to mush.

More Sweet Treats You Might Like

Air fried banana fritters served in a bowl with coconut.

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Air fryer banana fritters in a wooden bowl on a white counter.

Air Fryer Banana Fritters


Description

If you’ve ever had deep fried Banana Fritters, then you know how delicious they are! This healthy version is baked and not fried. Try these yummy Air Fryer Banana Fritters today. This recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (use a gluten-free baking flour for gluten-free diets; I like the Bob’s 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Whipped cream or ice cream (optional for serving; for dairy-free diets, be sure to use a dairy-free version of either)

Instructions

  1. Spray the bottom of your air fryer basket with the nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Peel the bananas and cut them into 1-inch slices. Place the sliced bananas in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Place the flour in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Then, in a medium bowl, combine the coconut, cinnamon, and sugar. Stir to combine.
  5. Working with one slice at a time, dip each slice into the bowl with the flour to coat it. Then, dip the banana slice into the egg to coat. Finally, coat each slice with the shredded coconut mixture.
  6. Place the coated banana slices in the air fryer basket. Try to keep the banana slices in a single layer without touching each other.
  7. Set the temperature to 375°F for 4 minutes. Then, use tongs to turn the banana slices over. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, or until the fritters have started to turn a golden brown on the outside.
  8. Serve warm, plain or with your choice of whipped cream or ice cream.

Notes

  1. This recipe is best using bananas that are not overly ripe. This helps them from getting mushy when cooked.
  2. Feel free to use a parchment-paper liner when cooking the fritters. This will help prevent any of the coating from falling through the basket. Be sure that your liner has a few slits or holes cut into it to help the air circulate. You may need to add an extra 1-2 minutes to the cook time to help the fritters get fully cooked when using a liner.
  3. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook the fritters in two batches.
  4. Some air fryer models needs to be preheated. Please refer to the owner’s manual of your particular model to see if you need to preheat it before using.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: banana fritters, air fryer banana fritters, air fryer

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