West African banana fritters are deep- fried puffs  which are made out of banana  and some sort of flour, the possibilities are endless. Many African cultures share a love of banana fritters in one disguise or another . Since bananas flourish in the tropics there is  an abundance of bananas and nothing hardly goes to waste.

West African Banana Fritters

West african Banana Fritters (Klako – Klaklo)

An absolutely delightful way to use up your surplus of bananas that you just can’t help but purchase. It’s quick, easy and disappears quickly.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Snacks
Cuisine Ivoirian, Togolese
Calories 439 kcal


  • 3 overly ripe bananas large
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp salt or more to adjust to suit your preference
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • ½ - 1 tsp cayenne pepper depending on your tolerance level


  • Mash plantains with a potato masher or spoon until puree or use a food processor to blend.
  • In a medium bowl add flour, baking powder, salt, garlic, paprika, ginger, cayenne pepper to the mashed plantains. 
  • Adjust seasonings.
  • Let rest for 1 hour
  • Using your hands roll about a tablespoon of mixture in the palm of your hand into little bite size balls or use spoon to scoop it out.
  • Heat oil to 350 degrees in a skillet or saucepan. You may also use the oil test by dropping a 1-inch square of bread into the oil. If it takes 60 seconds to brown, then the oil is at around 350 degrees
  • Carefully place spoonful of the batter into the hot oil and fry for 3-4- minutes, or until the fritters are crisp and golden-brown (you may need to do this in batches).
  • Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • You may drain on paper napkin to remove any excess oil


Keyword Fritters, Stuffed Puffs