Tuvalu: Coconut Banana Fritters


This week we’re making our way out into the Pacific, to the beautiful country of Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands. Tuvalu is located midway between Hawaii & Australia.Since Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world, I wasn’t sure how much information I would be able to find on this country. Tuvalu is made up of 3 reef islands and six atolls.

What in the world is an atoll you ask? I had no clue so I had to do a search to find out what it was. An atoll is a ring shaped coral reef (see pics below if you are a visual person like me)


While I was researching Tuvalu and the cuisine of Tuvalu. I came across an old Tuvalan legend that I found interesting. There is an old Tuvalan legend that claims that the first inhabitants of Tuvalu were two ladies by the name of Pai and Vau. Both Pai & Vau held baskets of sand and grains fell out of those baskets. Those grains of sands are said to have formed the neighboring atolls. Since it’s a “legend” we don’t actually know for sure if this is true or not.

The cuisine of Tuvalu is based on the staple of coconut. The people of Tuvalu eat mostly fish in their diets. Most desserts made on this island include coconut and coconut milk. Traditional foods eaten in Tuvalu are pulaka, taro, bananas, breadfruit and coconut.

Onto the recipe! When I was searching out recipes that are common in Tuvalu. I came across an article from when the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William & Princess Kate) visited Tuvalu a few years ago and they had banana fritters for dessert. I knew that was the recipe that I wanted to make. Since coconut is a popular staple in Tuvalu, I thought I would add coconut somehow into the fritters.

Tuvalu: Coconut Banana Fritters

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  • 3 ripe bananas, roughly chopped
  • 2cups GF All Purpose Flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup canned Coconut Milk
  • Cooking oil,for frying
  • Confectioners Sugar, for dusting


Fill a high sided skillet with cooking oil over medium heat.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, egg, vanilla, sugar, baking powder, salt, coconut milk, and cornstarch. Add the chopped bananas and mash with a potato masher.

When the skillet is hot, use a ice cream scoop or cookie scoop to place the batter into the hot oil. To avoid the hot oil from splashing on you, lay down your scooper close to the oil while releasing the batter. Fry until deep golden brown, turning as needed.

Remove the fritters and place on a towel to absorb oil.

Dust with powdered sugar before serving.


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