Samoan Panikeke Recipe -
Samoan Panikeke Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Samoan Panikeke

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"My brothers and I used to eat this when we were younger. They're a lot like doughnuts but with the added fun of topping them with your favorite toppings. After a while of not having these, I started making them on my own for my family, and I enjoy them as much today as I did back then!"

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Original recipe makes 24 panikekes Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    40 mins


  1. Combine the flour, sugar, and baking powder in a bowl until thoroughly mixed, and stir in the bananas, vanilla extract, and water to make a smooth, sticky dough.
  2. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). The oil should be deep enough to completely cover the panikekes while frying, or at last 3 inches deep.
  3. Scoop up a scant 1/4 cup of batter with a large spoon, and use another spoon to push it off into the oil. Fry in small batches of 4 or 5 until they float to the top and turn golden brown, about 3 minutes, then flip them to fry the other side. Remove from the fryer and let drain on paper towels.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • Although very good plain, these panikekes go really well with jams, butter, Nutella, powdered sugar and even ice cream.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 03, 2011

LOVE this recipe! My husband is Samoan, and he loves it too. However, I tried making them like regular pancakes once (in a frying pan just coated with veg. oil) and they turned out AMAZING! Crispy on the outside, perfectly melt in your mouth in the middle. They are hard to flip, but if you can master that, they will be the best pancakes you've ever had! We serve them with melted butter, strawberries, and powdered sugar.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 05, 2014

Exact measurement of the listed ingredients does not yield the thick, sticky dough intended. It yields a batter with the consistency of a thick soup. I've had to keep adding flour and some more baking powder in order to 'fix' the recipe the best I could.


32 Ratings

Feb 17, 2010

I can't thank you enough for this recipe. My five year old grandson is allergic to milk products, eggs, corn and chicken. We live in a very rural community without the luxury of large supermarkets or health food stores. We have to be very careful with reading ingredients and substituting in recipes. Finding "treat" recipes for him that acutally taste good and don't have a weird texture has not been easy. So until I tried these, he had never had a doughnut. And these are terrific. Even his cousins who usually turn their noses at "Parker proof" treats, loved these sprinkled with a little powdered sugar. The second time I made them, we added a little cinnamon to the batter and they are like a banana bread donut. I plan on trying other fruits like applesauce and pumpkin in the future. Thank you so very much for sharing.

Apr 16, 2010

These are great! The first time I made them, I went exactly by the recipe, but I thought that they needed a little more banana flavor. I added a third banana in the second batch, and cut the water down a little bit. I didn't have any problem with them coming out raw. I followed the directions and made sure that the oil was approximately 350 degrees (I used a candy thermometer), and dropped the batter in by slightly less than 1/4 cup fulls. I cooked the first side for 3 minutes, turned them over, and cooked for 2 more minutes (I used a timer.) Some of the panikekes wanted to turn themselves over prematurely, so I had to hold them under the oil with tongs. I sprinkled these with confectioners sugar, and they came out perfect! They are also fun to make!

Nov 30, 2011

I have never made any sort of fried dough and found this recipe to try. It was amazingly easy and beyond delicious! I posted photos to my facebook of them and several ppl asked for the recipe based on looks alone! If they only knew how tasty it is!! You do not need 6 cups of oil. I used a large frying pan and filled it about half way...that was plenty...just flip them over when they appeared to be golden. I sprinkled mine with cinnamon sugar when they came out mmm TIP: don't cover them up until they have completely cooled! Otherwise, they just become soggy.

Dec 11, 2009

Great, easy breakfast recipe when there's no milk in the house! Make sure to use less than 1/4 cup batter. When I used an exact 1/4 cup, or a scant 1/4 cup, it was still pretty gooey in the middle and that was after making sure that it was a darker golden brown all around. On the second try, I used maybe a little more than 1/8 cup and it was perfect. And I did make sure the oil was exactly 350 degrees with my candy/deep fryer thermometer. You could even make just a tbsp. at a time for little bite-size "doughnuts." mmmm. Yummy!

Sep 05, 2011

My family loved these. My mother didn't put banana in mine as a child, so this was a fun change! The banana flavor isn't overwhelming. Definitely don't make these a scant 1/4 cup, they will never cook in the middle before the outside burns. A TBS or scant TBS is better -- you'll get 35 to 40 almost golf-ball sized panikeke. That was too much for my family of 5, and they aren't as good the next day so I would keep that in mind and reduce your recipe if you need to. Thanks for the recipe!

Dec 14, 2009

These were super yummy. Definitely drop the dough in smaller portions. They won't cook through otherwise. I used about a half a tablespoon of dough. They are ready to flip when the edges get hard, like a pancake. I didn't have any vanilla extract so I used almond. Make sure the oil temp is just below 350.


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  • Calories
  • 337 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 54.9 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 11.4 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 4 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 83 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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