Happiest Plates On Earth: Peanut Butter Banana Fritters With Spiced Chocolate Sauce- Inspired By ‘Tarzan’



This was a tricky one, you guys.  While I genuinely love this movie, it’s not necessarily one that is easy to adapt to something to eat.  There are some great moments and messages in Tarzan, but that doesn’t lend itself to creating a recipe based on those things.  What I ended up with was a delicious treat that I enjoyed so much, I went out and bought more bananas so I could make the entire thing again.


All regions of the world have their version of a fried dough treat, and this one proved to be a particularly simple and tasty one.  It is a slight variation on a classic West-African fritter, which is a nod to where the film takes place, as well as a reference to what all cartoon primates eat- bananas.  I added in some peanut butter for Tantor, the hypochondriac elephant, and some Earl Grey tea for Jane and her traveling companions.

The next step that I think really made these was the inclusion of the PB2 coating on the outside.  PB2 is a powdered peanut butter product you can find at most grocery stores, which is used as a low-calorie alternative to peanut butter.  So, of course, using it to coat a deep fried fritter is the best application of it.  I combined it with sugar to add a sweetness to the product.  Finally, I added a dark chocolate ganache dipping sauce infused with the African spice blend Ras El Hanout.  It added a great warmth from the spice, which is made up of cinnamon and ginger and pepper.  I am not generally one to praise myself much at all, but this chocolate sauce was awesome! I ended up eating some with just a spoon.  Or my fingers maybe.



Now, there is not much to this recipe, but that means you can quite easily make it without going to the store.  And because this is so simple, there’s not a lot more to say about it.  So let’s get on with it.






Peanut Butter Banana Fritters with African-Spiced Dark Chocolate Sauce

Servings: 4-6

Prep Time: 45 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes




Ras El Hanout Spice

1 t ground cumin

1 t ground ginger

1 t salt

3/4 t ground black pepper

2 T cinnamon

1 t cayenne

1 t allspice

1 t  ground nutmeg

1/2 t ground cloves


Combine the ingredients in a bowl and mix with a fork or small whisk.  Set aside until you are ready to stir the blend into your chocolate dipping sauce.



Peanut Butter Banana Fritters

2 cups flour

6 T sugar

1 T baking powder

1 T peanut butter

2 eggs

1/2 c Earl Grey tea ( or milk)

6 very ripe bananas

2 cup sugar

4 T PB2 powder (optional)


Peel and put the bananas in a mixing bowl and mash them with your hands until they are completely broken up and mushy.  Add in the peanut butter, the 6 tablespoons of sugar, and eggs and continue to mix with your hands.  Stir in the baking powder and the flour and continue to mix until everything is combined and smooth.  Stir in the tea to loosen the batter down.  You may not need all of the tea, so do it a little at a time.  Allow the batter to sit for 30 minutes.  Mix the extra cup of sugar and the powdered peanut butter in a bowl and set aside.   Heat vegetable oil in the fryer or in a pot on the stove.  Drop by spoonfuls into the oil and fry the batter, carefully turning them over to brown them on both sides.  Remove them from the oil and drain them on a paper towel before tossing them in the peanut butter and sugar mixture so they’re coated.

Dark Chocolate Dipping Sauce

10 oz dark chocolate chips

6 oz heavy whipping cream

3 T Ras El Hanout


Place the chocolate chips in a large bowl and set aside.  In a small saucepan on the stove, heat the cream until it has a gentle boil.  You can do this step in the microwave also.  Pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips and let it soften for a couple minutes and then whisk it together until the mixture is smooth.  Stir in the spice blend, adding a little at a time until it is seasoned to your taste.  I could have used twice as much spice as I did personally, but I really love this spice blend.



These were amazing! It was a simple thing I made on a rainy Saturday morning without having to go out to the grocery store for any of it.  They were so satisfying!  The texture of the fritter was fluffy and the spice from the chocolate sauce really balanced everything out and left an incredible lingering flavor in your mouth.  I could have eaten about half a dozen of them.  I cannot recommend them highly enough.




  1. These sound amazing. I’m very intrigued by the Ras El Canout that my mind kept wanting to call Raz Al Gul the entire time I was reading this. I might have to try these and serve them up to my book club.


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