Banana Doughnuts

Or Samoan panikeke as they may be better known! Absolutely delicious and dangerously easy to make. Impress your guests with these next time you have someone over for coffee, because there is no greater gift than a fresh doughnut.





1 very ripe banana

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp nutmeg

200ml water

Rice bran oil or canola oil for frying


1/2 cup caster sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon



In a large bowl, mash banana until smooth. Add sugar and vanilla and stir to combine.


Add the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and water and use a fork to combine, until it comes together (it will be a wet dough).


Mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.


Heat oil in a small pot on low-medium heat, test it is ready by dipping the end of a wooden spoon or chopstick in it, the oil should make small bubbles around the wood.


Once the oil is hot, make a test doughnut. Drop a teaspoon amount of dough into the hot oil and cook for 2 minutes, then flip and cook a further 2 minutes. Check that the doughnut is cooked all the way through. If it's not cooked but dark on the outside, reduce the temperature and cook a little longer.


Continue with the remaining batter, cooking 4-5 doughnuts at a time. Place cooked doughnuts onto a paper towel to drain excess oil, then toss in cinnamon sugar.


Serve immediately.