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Banana Fritters and cookbook giveaway…

Banana Fritters

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Nava Atlas, author of a wonderful cookbook called The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. The cookbook is on a blog tour celebrating its fifth anniversary and Nava was generous to send me a copy as well as offer a copy to one of my readers. When I received the cookbook last week, I sat myself down and started to read it like a book. I do that with cookbooks, do you? I found this cookbook to be full of lots of useful tips as well as really good family friendly easy recipes. There are lots of sections in this book to choose from…breakfast to soups to wholesome baked goods, as well as main dishes, sandwiches and desserts. This book has so many great sounding recipes, I’m really looking forward to cooking them. A few of the the recipes that I hope to try soon and blog about are:Black Bean and Zucchini Chilaquiles
Southwestern Baked Rice Casserole

Baked Chickpea Burgers

Angel Hair with Zucchini and Breadcrumbs

Vegetable Lo Mein

Pineapple Rice Salad
I have a few recipes already bookmarked, as you can see, one of which I decided to make for breakfast Sunday morning. Something about banana fritters sounded so good to me, especially the part about dipping them in fruit preserves. The batter came together easily, and they cooked up quickly…a lot like pancakes. My husband and kids literally gobbled them up. I highly recommend that you use pastry flour for a recipe like this. Here’s a tip if you can’t find any (like I sometimes can’t)…process your regular whole wheat flour in a food processor. It will give it a finer texture and will keep your recipe from becoming too dense. I chose to use light vanilla soymilk in the recipe, as well as adding a few tablespoons of ground flaxmeal to the batter for some extra nutrition. My husband and I dipped ours in peach preserves while the kids at theirs dipped in maple syrup.Banana Fritters

So before I get to the recipe…let me tell you a little more about the giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment here on my blog for a chance to win your own copy of The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. Nava will personally send an inscribed copy of her cookbook to the giveaway winner.


Here’s a little bonus…my sister in law Jamie of Mom’s Cooking Club is also giving away this cookbook. Go over to her blog and increase your odds of winning by entering her giveaway too!

Giveaway starts today and will end at midnight Tuesday. Winner will be announced Wednesday.
For an additional entry into the giveaway you can do one or both of the following:

Leave a comment on Mom’s Cooking Club cookbook giveaway (no brainer!)
Spread the word about this giveaway with a link on your blog, Facebook or Twitter

Leave an additional comment here telling me you did one of the things listed above and that additional comment will count as your additional entry. Sound good?

Banana Fritters

Print Recipe

Banana Fritters

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas, well mashed
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup dark raisins, optional
  • 1 cup low-fat milk, rice milk or soy milk
  • 2 TB non hydrogenated margarine
  • Maple syrup or all fruit preserves, optional

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients except the maple syrup in a mixing bowl and stir until just smoothly blended. Add a bit more milk if the mixture is too thick.
  2. Heat a nonstick griddle and coat lightly with some of the margarine (I used cooking spray). Drop the batter on the griddle in 1/4 cupfuls. Cook each fritter over medium heat on both sides until golden brown. Serve hot, either on its own or with maple syrup or all fruit preserves.
  3. Variation: Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans to the batter.

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134 comments on “Banana Fritters and cookbook giveaway…”

  1. ah! What a great giveaway. The fritters look amazing. You know I'm always on the lookout for new/great veggie friendly recipes.

  2. ah! What a great giveaway. The fritters look amazing. You know I'm always on the lookout for new/great veggie friendly recipes.

  3. ah! What a great giveaway. The fritters look amazing. You know I'm always on the lookout for new/great veggie friendly recipes.

  4. These fritters sound absolutely jummy and they look amazing. What a nice giveaway!!

  5. These fritters sound absolutely jummy and they look amazing. What a nice giveaway!!

  6. These fritters sound absolutely jummy and they look amazing. What a nice giveaway!!

  7. I'd love to win! I've been trying to incorporate more veggie meals into our weekly mealplan 🙂 great giveaway 🙂

  8. I'd love to win! I've been trying to incorporate more veggie meals into our weekly mealplan 🙂 great giveaway 🙂

  9. I'd love to win! I've been trying to incorporate more veggie meals into our weekly mealplan 🙂 great giveaway 🙂

  10. I just tweeted the giveaway as well!

  11. I just tweeted the giveaway as well!

  12. I just tweeted the giveaway as well!

  13. The banana fritters sound delicious! Not something I think of when I think vegetarian.

  14. The banana fritters sound delicious! Not something I think of when I think vegetarian.

  15. The banana fritters sound delicious! Not something I think of when I think vegetarian.

  16. How have you been Aggie? It's been a while eh? The fritters look fantastic and what a nice give away to boot!

  17. How have you been Aggie? It's been a while eh? The fritters look fantastic and what a nice give away to boot!

  18. How have you been Aggie? It's been a while eh? The fritters look fantastic and what a nice give away to boot!

  19. Yummy! Giveaway… I'm in!

  20. Yummy! Giveaway… I'm in!

  21. Yummy! Giveaway… I'm in!

  22. I probably have a book about almost every cuisine, but no vegetarian!

    Let's fix that 🙂

  23. I probably have a book about almost every cuisine, but no vegetarian!

    Let's fix that 🙂

  24. I probably have a book about almost every cuisine, but no vegetarian!

    Let's fix that 🙂

  25. The fritters look delicious. I am like all the others, I have started trying to incorporate more veg meals in my life. Who knew so many delicious recipes were out there.

  26. The fritters look delicious. I am like all the others, I have started trying to incorporate more veg meals in my life. Who knew so many delicious recipes were out there.

  27. The fritters look delicious. I am like all the others, I have started trying to incorporate more veg meals in my life. Who knew so many delicious recipes were out there.

  28. great giveaway! Those banana fritters look absolutely scrumptious

  29. great giveaway! Those banana fritters look absolutely scrumptious

  30. great giveaway! Those banana fritters look absolutely scrumptious

  31. What a great giveaway. Of course, you already know that I would love the vegetarian cookbook!

    I will tweet right after I comment here and I already did post on my FB page – the link for you and Jamie!

  32. What a great giveaway. Of course, you already know that I would love the vegetarian cookbook!

    I will tweet right after I comment here and I already did post on my FB page – the link for you and Jamie!

  33. What a great giveaway. Of course, you already know that I would love the vegetarian cookbook!

    I will tweet right after I comment here and I already did post on my FB page – the link for you and Jamie!

  34. Ok, I just posted a comment on the other blog. These look so yum too!!

  35. Ok, I just posted a comment on the other blog. These look so yum too!!

  36. Ok, I just posted a comment on the other blog. These look so yum too!!

  37. These look so good and great giveaway!

  38. These look so good and great giveaway!

  39. These look so good and great giveaway!

  40. Just tweeted the giveaway.

  41. Just tweeted the giveaway.

  42. Just tweeted the giveaway.

  43. Found you through GrumpysHoneyBunch! Nice blog. 🙂 Sign me up for the giveaway, I can always use another good cookbook. Be Well!

  44. Found you through GrumpysHoneyBunch! Nice blog. 🙂 Sign me up for the giveaway, I can always use another good cookbook. Be Well!

  45. Found you through GrumpysHoneyBunch! Nice blog. 🙂 Sign me up for the giveaway, I can always use another good cookbook. Be Well!

  46. These fritters look delicious! A great way to get in some extra fruit (and to use up ripe bananas without making a huge banana bread!)

  47. These fritters look delicious! A great way to get in some extra fruit (and to use up ripe bananas without making a huge banana bread!)

  48. These fritters look delicious! A great way to get in some extra fruit (and to use up ripe bananas without making a huge banana bread!)

  49. I have some ripe bananas sitting on my counter right now! I'd love to be part of the giveaway.

  50. I have some ripe bananas sitting on my counter right now! I'd love to be part of the giveaway.

  51. I have some ripe bananas sitting on my counter right now! I'd love to be part of the giveaway.

  52. Lovin' the bananas and the whole wheat! And the giveaway!

  53. Lovin' the bananas and the whole wheat! And the giveaway!

  54. Lovin' the bananas and the whole wheat! And the giveaway!

  55. I want to win this.

    Do I get extra points for sharing on facebook and twitter? ;D
    I'll do it anyway!

  56. I want to win this.

    Do I get extra points for sharing on facebook and twitter? ;D
    I'll do it anyway!

  57. I want to win this.

    Do I get extra points for sharing on facebook and twitter? ;D
    I'll do it anyway!

  58. I used to be a vegetarian, and I am always looking of great ways to incorporate meatless dishes into my weekly meal plan!

  59. I used to be a vegetarian, and I am always looking of great ways to incorporate meatless dishes into my weekly meal plan!

  60. I used to be a vegetarian, and I am always looking of great ways to incorporate meatless dishes into my weekly meal plan!

  61. These look great! I'm wondering what makes these different than pancakes? Is it the type of flour you use?

  62. These look great! I'm wondering what makes these different than pancakes? Is it the type of flour you use?

  63. These look great! I'm wondering what makes these different than pancakes? Is it the type of flour you use?

  64. This is why these giveaways are so great. It helped me discover another great blog. Love these fritters… GREG

  65. This is why these giveaways are so great. It helped me discover another great blog. Love these fritters… GREG

  66. This is why these giveaways are so great. It helped me discover another great blog. Love these fritters… GREG

  67. I am definitely in the camp that sits down and reads a cookbook. Glad to know there are others like me 🙂

    I love the idea of a family-friendly vegetarian cookbook. I would like to incorporate more vegetarian meals in our menu, but some of them seem either too complicated, include hard to find ingredients, or just don't sound good.

  68. I am definitely in the camp that sits down and reads a cookbook. Glad to know there are others like me 🙂

    I love the idea of a family-friendly vegetarian cookbook. I would like to incorporate more vegetarian meals in our menu, but some of them seem either too complicated, include hard to find ingredients, or just don't sound good.

  69. I am definitely in the camp that sits down and reads a cookbook. Glad to know there are others like me 🙂

    I love the idea of a family-friendly vegetarian cookbook. I would like to incorporate more vegetarian meals in our menu, but some of them seem either too complicated, include hard to find ingredients, or just don't sound good.

  70. Wow this recipe sounds so good! I've been recently looking into more vegetarian recipes and this one came at the right time! Nava's website is great also.

  71. Wow this recipe sounds so good! I've been recently looking into more vegetarian recipes and this one came at the right time! Nava's website is great also.

  72. Wow this recipe sounds so good! I've been recently looking into more vegetarian recipes and this one came at the right time! Nava's website is great also.

  73. Hey there! Thanks for the giveaway! The fritters are super cute! I would love more quick meals that are veggie based! So excited!

  74. Hey there! Thanks for the giveaway! The fritters are super cute! I would love more quick meals that are veggie based! So excited!

  75. Hey there! Thanks for the giveaway! The fritters are super cute! I would love more quick meals that are veggie based! So excited!

  76. I also went to your sister in law's blog and posted on her comments page as well! I hope I win!

  77. I also went to your sister in law's blog and posted on her comments page as well! I hope I win!

  78. I also went to your sister in law's blog and posted on her comments page as well! I hope I win!

  79. I think I will give these fritters a try. My pancakes are always a disaster, perhaps these will be better. I will retweet about the contest.
    Thanks
    Colette

  80. I think I will give these fritters a try. My pancakes are always a disaster, perhaps these will be better. I will retweet about the contest.
    Thanks
    Colette

  81. I think I will give these fritters a try. My pancakes are always a disaster, perhaps these will be better. I will retweet about the contest.
    Thanks
    Colette

  82. Beignets de Banana! I fried tons of those when my girls were young. And of course, apple fritters, a French classic, too. Delicious

  83. Beignets de Banana! I fried tons of those when my girls were young. And of course, apple fritters, a French classic, too. Delicious

  84. Beignets de Banana! I fried tons of those when my girls were young. And of course, apple fritters, a French classic, too. Delicious

  85. The fritters look wonderful. I hope that very nice giveaway goes well. Have a great day.

  86. The fritters look wonderful. I hope that very nice giveaway goes well. Have a great day.

  87. The fritters look wonderful. I hope that very nice giveaway goes well. Have a great day.

  88. great giveaway, the banana fritters look like such a treat!

  89. great giveaway, the banana fritters look like such a treat!

  90. great giveaway, the banana fritters look like such a treat!

  91. I'm new to blogging and came across your giveaway. How nice of you to share with your readers. Any chance to win something involving cooking is worth a post.

  92. I'm new to blogging and came across your giveaway. How nice of you to share with your readers. Any chance to win something involving cooking is worth a post.

  93. I'm new to blogging and came across your giveaway. How nice of you to share with your readers. Any chance to win something involving cooking is worth a post.

  94. Just posted to Mom's Cooking Club and because I like to share cookbooks with my friends I Facebooked it too.

  95. Just posted to Mom's Cooking Club and because I like to share cookbooks with my friends I Facebooked it too.

  96. Just posted to Mom's Cooking Club and because I like to share cookbooks with my friends I Facebooked it too.

  97. Couldn't pass up the opportunity for another Veggie cookbook! And the banana fritters DO look AMAZING!

  98. Couldn't pass up the opportunity for another Veggie cookbook! And the banana fritters DO look AMAZING!

  99. Couldn't pass up the opportunity for another Veggie cookbook! And the banana fritters DO look AMAZING!

  100. The banana fritters look delicious! and I always love a giveaway, especially when exceptional cookbooks are involved!

  101. The banana fritters look delicious! and I always love a giveaway, especially when exceptional cookbooks are involved!

  102. The banana fritters look delicious! and I always love a giveaway, especially when exceptional cookbooks are involved!

  103. My teen-aged daughter informed me last year that she is now a vegetarian. Nava's "Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet" cookbook has saved me from only serving her veggies burgers! I would love this cookbook, too 🙂

  104. My teen-aged daughter informed me last year that she is now a vegetarian. Nava's "Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet" cookbook has saved me from only serving her veggies burgers! I would love this cookbook, too 🙂

  105. My teen-aged daughter informed me last year that she is now a vegetarian. Nava's "Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet" cookbook has saved me from only serving her veggies burgers! I would love this cookbook, too 🙂

  106. Great giveaway! I'd love to find some vegetarian fare I can pass off on my picky husband!

  107. giveaway and banana fritters? how can i not comment… (: i'm not entirely vegetarian, but i only cook that way at home for my man and kiddos… this book looks lovely.

  108. Aggie,
    Even though I can’t win this cookbook since I’m also doing the giveaway, I wanted to be the first one to leave a comment on your new blog site. I love it and have appreciated the sneak peeks along the way. It looks fantastic and I wish you all the luck with it.

  109. The fritters and the cookbook look great!

  110. Yummy! the fritters look delish! I am not a vegetarian, but I eat very little meat, and this would be great for concocting some new recipes. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  111. I entered your sister in law's giveaway! thank you both

  112. I've made lots of recipes using bananas but never banana fritters! New one to me….I would love to try that sometime.

  113. Sounds awesome!! I would love that cookbook.

  114. Looks great! I am always on the lookout for more vegetarian recipes, so I'd love to win a cookbook copy!

  115. I am now craving those wonderful banana fritters – thanks for sharing. Wonderful cookbook giveaway 🙂

  116. I've been looking for a good vegetarian cookbook-this would be great! The fritters look good!

  117. Those banana fritters look awesome. Thank you for this giveaway opportunity!

    Hillary
    Chew on That

  118. Hello again Aggie – I just posted a comment on your sister-in-laws site.

  119. Yum! Looks delicious 🙂 We are big on veggie foods in this household, so this book would be great for us!

    If I should be soooooo lucky, you can contact me at:

    the lost earring at yahoo dot com

    Thanks!

  120. These sound amazing Aggie from a cookbook after my own heart.

  121. Aggie, you know I would love that cookbook! But I would also just love to taste one of those banana fritters. It’s the small things in life that bring such pleasure, right? Yeah, whatever, sign me up for the cookbook!!!!! 🙂

  122. The chilaquiles sound AMAZING.

  123. can u freeze these?

    • Sorry for the REALLY late reply Megan! Missed this! I have never freezed these, but don’t see why you couldn’t, I freeze pancakes all the time for my kids. I like to lay them flat in an big ziploc bag initially so they freeze flat to make storing easier.

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  125. These look great!

  126. THESE look absolutely delicious and I cannot wait to try them! I am a runner, and these sound like the perfect pre or post run snack/breakfast! I also love that you use pastry flour- I have a bag of whole wheat pastry flour that I was just thinking I needed to use up soon! Thanks for passing this along!

    • these really do make the best snacks! I need to make them again soon, especially for summer time snacking (because my kids seem to be hungry all day long!) Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words.

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  128. I made these this morning using Bob’s Gluten Free All Purpose flour and they were a huge hit with my kids and me:)

  129. These look absolutely delicious! Thanks for posting this. I’ve been trying to get some new ideas for my family. We’re trying to eat more locally. I stumbled on this site by accident, but so glad I did!

  130. no egg? Doesn’t pancake batter need egg? This will be even more yumtious if it doesn’t!