Estrema Vegan Makeover: Banana bigne Edition

How do you get me to eat dessert? Fry it! And have it not be too sweet. So, So, non odiarmi. I just really don’t like sweet foods. Invece, feel sorry for me that I have such an affinity for fried foods because that’s not good for me, my health or my diet.

Ancora, every once in a while, I want to indulge in something decadent too. These Banana Beignets are perfect for that. They are fried dough (questo è ciò che “beignet” means in French) and filled with one of my favorite fruits: banane.

They are really fast and easy to make. And while you can certainly have them for dessert, they are perfect for breakfast or brunch as well. Bananas are so versatile!

Here they are garnished with confectioner’s sugar but the possibilities are endless. Try them drizzled with chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce or even a maple syrup. It’s up to you how sweet you want them.

Per me, I like them with just a bit of powdered sugar. They remind me of the zeppole that I used to get at Italian feasts (you know the ones you buy by the half dozen and they put them in the brown bag which quickly becomes saturated with oil? Yup, those zeppole!).

My Banana Beignets are not only Vegan but they are gluten-free. That makes me feel a little better about the fried part. I knew I had to post a recipe for a dessert item at some point so here it is. Mark the date, persone! 🙂

Banana Beignets


3 very ripe bananas
¼ cucchiaino. estratto di vaniglia
1/16 cucchiaino. estratto di mandorla
1/3 cup raw brown sugar
1 farina di riso marrone tazza
½ tazza di farina di ceci
¾ cucchiaino. lievito in polvere
1 pinch nutmeg
1 pinch cinnamon
¼ – ½ cup soy creamer (or non-dairy milk)
Olio vegetale per friggere
Organic Vegan powdered sugar, for garnish


Mash the bananas in a large bowl. Add the almond and vanilla extracts. Add the sugar and mix well.

In un'altra ciotola, mescolare la farina, lievito in polvere, nutmeg and cinnamon. Combine the banana mixture with
the flour mixture. Mescolare bene.

Add the soy creamer, miscelazione, until the batter is smooth and thick. Use as much creamer as you need to get the consistency of waffle batter. Let the batter rest while you heat the oil.

Calore 2 – 3 inches of oil in a large saucepan. If you are measuring the temperature, it should be 350 gradi (I just stick a wooden spoon into the pot and see if bubbles form around it).

Utilizzando un cucchiaio, drop heaping amounts of batter into the oil. Let cook until golden brown, turning to cook on all sides. Una volta fatto, remove beignet from the oil and drain on paper towels or a cooling rack. Fry them in small batches so the oil stays hot. If the oil gets too hot, reduce the heat.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.


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13 Le risposte alla Estrema Vegan Makeover: Banana bigne Edition

  1. Liana Luglio 12, 2014 a 8:23 su #

    We made these and they were gorgeous! Had them with some homemade lemon curd and it was out of this world. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • Rhea Luglio 12, 2014 a 11:29 su #

      Liana, I’m so glad you loved them. Grazie! xoxo

  2. Rhea Parsons Febbraio 4, 2012 a 3:15 su #

    Kendra – off the top of my head, I would say the sky’s the limit. You can make them plain and they would taste like zeppole, you could use your favorite fruit, marmellate, cioccolato, zucca, ecc. Just go for whatever you like and if you use something that is wetter, you might have to adjust for texture.

  3. Kendra Vegan Julian-Baker Febbraio 3, 2012 a 9:13 su #

    Hi Rhea I am so glad I stumbled upon your site:) Any suggestions if I don’t want to use bananas?

  4. Rhea Parsons Agosto 22, 2011 a 9:41 su #

    Vivagypsy, that’s a thought. Forse… grazie 🙂

  5. vivagypsy Agosto 22, 2011 a 3:43 su #

    I wish The “V” word was on Facebook!!! Adoro questo!!!

  6. vivagypsy Agosto 22, 2011 a 3:36 su #

    Wow!!! These Look GREAT!!!! Delizioso!!!!

  7. Rhea Parsons Luglio 1, 2011 a 2:53 su #

    Thank you Leah, Jo and purple lady 🙂

  8. purplelady Luglio 1, 2011 a 12:31 su #

    I don’t like bananas, but these look too good to pass up….and my husband would love them, Sono sicuro che:)

  9. Jo Tyler Giugno 30, 2011 a 6:27 su #

    wow wow wow! I am soooo making these!

  10. Leah (The Kind Weight Watcher) Giugno 30, 2011 a 5:43 su #

    Mmmmmm, these look soooooooo gooooooooo………

    Grazie per la ricetta!

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