Samoan Panikeke


My brothers and I used to eat Samoan pancakes when we were younger. I recently started making them for my family, and I enjoy them as much today as I did back then! They're a lot like doughnuts, but you can top them with butter, jam, chocolate syrup, powdered sugar, and even ice cream.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
24 panikeke


  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ⅓ cups white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 2 medium very ripe bananas, mashed

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ cups vegetable oil for frying, or as needed


  1. Whisk flour, sugar, and baking powder together in a bowl until thoroughly mixed. Stir in water, bananas, and vanilla until combined; dough will be smooth and sticky.

  2. Heat 3 inches oil in a deep fryer to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Working in batches of four to five at a time, scoop a scant 1/4 cup batter with a large spoon, then use another spoon to gently push it off into the deep fryer. Fry until panikeke float to the top and turn golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

337 Calories
11g Fat
55g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 337
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Sodium 83mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 112mg 2%

* 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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