More paleo goodness in this simple recipe that will impress whoever you serve them to, whether paleo followers or your regular Maccas loving freak. I first cooked these back for an Australia Day BBQ I went to where we had to bring signature dishes. I made these and some amazing pumpkin pie snack bars (still yet to post them). These were much enjoyed but since then I have made the batch three more times and improved a tiny bit each time. Again I like them hot so lessen or remove the chilli if you want them less hot. I think if making them hotter a nice guacamole and/ or a paleo tzatziki would be beautiful with this. I served them as a dish for the BBQ but I have also had them for dinner with a salad and a fried egg and even amazing in a work lunch box with salad and a boiled egg.
I do find them a bit oily so ensure you allow them to soak on paper towel to soak out the excess, I know oils are good for the paleo followers but these can at times be dripping in oil, you can do without all of that! Without further ado – get into them – so easy, so cheap and soooooooooooo yummy!!
I took heaps of photos for this one for some reason so kind of have a photograph for every step – also – forgive my slightly blackened fritters – I kind of like them that way – you could pull them out sooner 🙂
WHAT YOU NEED:
6 slices of bacon – big ones, mix it up, go smoked bacon, whatever, just some damn good bacon
6 very ripe bananas (plantains work best – yellow turning black
1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
1 tsp. allspice
2 tsp. chilli flakes (I also recommend piri piri)
generous pinch of sea sat
coconut oil, for frying
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
1) Chop the bacon into small cubes
2) Render the bacon in a wide pan over medium heat until lightly crisped. Turn off the heat, remove, and set aside to cool, leaving the fat behind in the pan.
3) Peel the bananas and place them in a large bowl. Mash them with a fork.
4) Add the shredded coconut, allspice, chilli and salt, and continue mashing until well combined but still slightly chunky.
5) Reheat the bacon fat in the pan over medium-low heat along with 1 – 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to make a nice ¼ inch deep layer of fat for frying. Once hot, scoop approximately 2 Tbsp. spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan and cook for about 3 minutes on the first side or until lightly browned. Carefully flip the fritters with a spatula and continue to cook on the other side for a similar amount of time.
6) Remove and set aside to cool slightly on paper towel to soak up excess oil finishing with all of the batter, adding more coconut oil of necessary.
7) Serve the Bacon and Banana fritters with your favourite hot sauce and some guacamole, or even make some of your own paleo tzatziki. You can have this as an entree, a side dish, an afternoon snack. They are also superb to take to work for lunch the following day with a salad as a side.