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Samoan Panikeke

Samoan Panikeke


"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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40 m servings 337 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Calories:
  • 337 kcal
  • 17%
  • Fat:
  • 11.4 g
  • 18%
  • Carbs:
  • 54.9g
  • 18%
  • Protein:
  • 4 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 83 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  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.


  • 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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  1. 34 Ratings

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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! Cris...

Most helpful critical review

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 ...

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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! Cris...

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 supermar...

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 wat...

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 ...

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 mi...

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 neve...

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...

This is delicious! Found it to be a bit time consuming but worth it! I waited to heat the oil once the dough was ready, next time I'll heat the oil while preparing the dough. I used a sauce pa...

Great recipe. I took the first one out of the deep fryer and had a Proustian moment. Thanks!

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