It is really simple and easy to make Jamaican banana porridge. This tasty green banana porridge is a wonderful breakfast option for both kids and adults.

 

I enjoyed green banana porridge as a child, the unique flavor is nothing like ripe banana but is incredibly delicious.

The flavor is sweet, and creamy with a blend of spices and vanilla extract. Perfect breakfast treat.

If you have never cooked with green bananas, you really need to try this recipe. It is a healthy and hearty breakfast treat. Other Jamaican breakfast recipes: Bammy, Instant Pot Cornmeal Porridge, and Banana Oatmeal. 

Living here in Northern Florida is challenging but not impossible to grow your own green bananas, fortunately, a friend from Southern Florida gave my husband some homegrown green bananas for which I was elated.

Needless to say, I boiled some for dinner that same day and served it with ackee, callaloo, and baked plantains and saved the remainder to make this Jamaican banana porridge.

Green Banana Porridge

Facts About Green Bananas

Green or unripe bananas contain about 70% starch, most of this starch is a resistant starch that is not digested in the small intestines and is classified as dietary fiber.

Green bananas are also high in pectin, both pectin and resistant starch in the unripe banana is great for controlling blood sugar and gut health.

As always, I suggest you read the complete article for useful information and tips. However, you can find the detailed recipe with exact ingredients and step-by-step instructions below.

You’ll Love This Banana Porridge Because It Is:

  • Creamy: There is nothing more comfortable and creamy than porridge.
  • Satisfying: This will be warmly received because kids often enjoy anything that has bananas.
  • Simple ingredients: A nutritious breakfast alternative that requires only a few readily available items.
  • So easy to make: This quick banana porridge just takes 10 minutes to prepare.
  • Perfect for finicky eaters.
  • Easy recipe: Enjoy this simple dish for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a snack!
  • Gluten-free: Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and oh so tasty!
  • It’s flavorful: For more nutrition and fiber, sprinkle on nuts and your preferred fruit.
  • Adoptable: Depending on your nutritional requirements, you can prepare it anyway.

Green Banana Porridge

Ingredients In My Banana Porridge Recipe:

This banana porridge dish calls for simple pantry ingredients that may be found at your local grocery store or that you could already have in your pantry.

  • Green bananas: Unripe bananas are necessary for this dish since they give the creamy porridge its texture and consistency.
  • Coconut milk: I used full-fat coconut milk for this recipe for banana porridge, but you could also use soy, almond, or oat milk. If you are not allergic to dairy, you can substitute regular organic milk, which is also great.
  • Cane sugar: A sweetener that’s easy to incorporate into your diet! I prefer organic cane sugar to granulated sugar since it is all-natural, and tastes great. To make it sugar-free, use blended dates with coconut milk, maple syrup, or coconut sugar to taste.
  • Vanilla: One tsp. of vanilla essence adds the proper amount of vanilla flavor to this dish.
  • Spices: Use ground allspices for a more depth of flavor in this porridge.
  • Salt: This recipe’s salt addition enhances the flavor of the mashed banana porridge. Make sure to include it at the start of the recipe. Your porridge will taste better and have more flavor if you add it before you start cooking.
  • Water: Your gluten-free banana porridge is perfected by using water that has been brought to a boil and has been flavored with spices and vanilla for the ideal taste and moisture balance.

How To Make Banana Porridge Jamaican Style?

If you have never had a banana in porridge then this is the recipe you need to try, it is creamy with the taste of tropical spices like vanilla, nutmeg, and allspice.

  1. Peel green bananas and roughly chop. Place in a blender along with coconut milk and salt. Process in a high-speed blender until creamy.
  2. Bring water to boil in a large saucepan on medium-high, and slowly pour in the banana mixture while whisking constantly to prevent the banana porridge from turning lumpy.
  3. Bring the porridge to a boil and reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add sugar, and spices, stir, and serve!

Tips And Tricks

  • To reduce the possibility of any lumps when using the blender version, be sure to use a powerful blender.
  • This dish CANNOT be made using ripe bananas.
  • You can get green bananas or plantains at any Latino, Caribbean, or Caribbean market. If you do not reside in a country or neighborhood with this demography, it is likely that you will be unable to obtain any.
  • The banana or plantain should have a very strong green tint and be very vivid and off-yellow.
  • As it cools, this porridge will get thicker. It ought to be creamy in texture. Some people prefer the greater texture and, as a result, blend less to allow for more chunks.
  • To avoid burning the porridge, be sure to lower the heat.

Banana Porridge

Recipe’s Variations

Milk: You can use any dairy or plant-based milk that you choose for your porridge. Excellent alternatives include soy milk, almond milk, oat milk, Coconut Condensed Milk, or whole milk.

Plantain Porridge: Green plantains can be substituted for the bananas in this hearty morning dish

Sweetener: Replace cane sugar with coconut sugar or stevia if diabetic. A variety of sweeteners, including brown sugar, coconut sugar, Cane sugar, honey, maple syrup, sweetened condensed milk, and agave nectar, can be used to sweeten this recipe. Or, for a healthier option, you can completely omit the sweetener.

Spices: If you prefer not to use nutmeg and allspice replace it with a milder spice combination of coriander plus cardamom.

Other Modifications:

You can modify this recipe to suit your dietary requirements and preferences. This hot porridge dish can be further customized by the addition of your favorite toppings.

Banana Oats Porridge: Add 1⁄2 cup cooked rolled oats when stirring in the banana puree for a hearty dish of porridge that doubles can also be used as oatmeal!

Porridge with peanut butter and bananas: Add 1-two tbsp. of peanut butter while you whisk in the coconut milk! It would also be delicious to use almond butter.

Chocolate Banana Porridge: When adding the banana puree, stir in 1 tablespoon of unsweetened chocolate powder.

Banana Cornmeal Porridge: Make a paste with ¼ cup cornmeal, 1 tablespoon oat flour, and ¼ cup milk. Include the remaining ingredients and the water, and cook the mixture for 15 to 20 minutes, or until it is thoroughly cooked.

Make It Healthier: Use light, unsweetened coconut milk and if you are using condensed milk, half the amount of sweetened condensed milk to reduce the fat and sugar content of this dish.

Toppings: Using toppings is the best way to modify this meal and add extra taste and nutrients! Top with mango, passion fruit, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, chia seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, sliced bananas, shaved coconut, or chopped pecans or walnuts.

Other Jamaican Breakfast Recipes You Should Try:

Green Banana Recipes To Prepare

  1. Boiled Green Bananas
  2. Green Banana Rundown
  3. Green Banana Dumplings
  4. Pickled Green Banana Salad

Frequently Asked Questions:

What Is Banana Porridge?

A traditional Caribbean morning dish is creamy banana porridge, which is cooked with green bananas, milk, water, sugar, and cinnamon or spices.

Are Porridge And Oatmeal The Same Thing?

Yes and no, to some extent. Regarding this recipe, sure, they are the same thing. Porridge is a form of porridge, however not all porridge is made with oats. Various grains or legumes can be used to make it.

Is Green Banana Porridge Healthy?

Yes! Green bananas are a strong source of potassium and include a decent quantity of dietary fiber. These are crucial for maintaining a healthy digestive tract and avoiding constipation. They also include vitamins and minerals which may help a stronger immune system, a healthier heart, and more energy.

How Should I Store This Recipe?

For up to two to three days, keep the porridge refrigerated in an airtight container. Use a stovetop or microwave to reheat. If it needs to be thinned out, add additional milk.

Can I Freeze It?

The answer is yes; you may freeze the porridge for up to three months in a freezer-safe container. When reheating, if you need to, add more milk or soy milk. Making this recipe fresh is simple and only takes 10 minutes; you might even find that it tastes better this way. For a fresh way to enjoy leftovers, freeze them in an ice cube tray and then add them to your favorite smoothie recipe.

Is Banana Porridge Suitable For babies?

Baby-led weaning works really well with banana porridge. Just make sure not to use nuts and honey, because they are not suggested for kids under the age of one.

Is Green Plantain Porridge The Same As Green Banana Porridge?

Yes, some people would rather use green plantain to prepare this savory dish. The same things happen, but a different kind of fruit is used.

Is Green Banana Porridge Good For Diabetics?

There is no doubt that this meal is healthy and suitable for diabetics. Just be mindful of how much sugar and carbohydrates you consume at each meal, and consider including some protein to help maintain stable blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, you should cut the sugar in this recipe and add nuts or peanut butter on top. This will give you a better balance of macronutrients.

Is Banana Porridge Good For Weight Loss?

Porridge is among the finest foods to eat first thing in the morning for stable and sustained weight loss, according to a number of studies. This is due to the fact that it is full, high in fiber, and versatile enough to prevent boredom.

Is Green Banana Keto Friendly?

Some keto dieters feel that green bananas and even plantains (cooking bananas) are acceptable on the ketogenic diet. The reason for this is that these have more resistant starches. There is no assurance that these won’t cause your blood sugar to rise, though.

What Do You Serve It With?

In Jamaica and other Caribbean islands, we frequently eat porridge with crackers. Some people break their crackers before adding them to the porridge, while others add them whole.

The next method is to break white bread made of hard dough in it. I like to spread butter on my bread before breaking it up and mixing it into my porridge. My husband and children prefer to use crushed crackers.

 

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Banana Porridge

Banana Porridge is a Jamaican breakfast favorite, made with green bananas, flavorful coconut milk, and spices. It is, vegan, gluten-free, kid-friendly, easy to prepare and quite delicious!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: Banana Porridge
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 298kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 medium green bananas peeled
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup organic brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice/pimento

Instructions

  • Peel green bananas and roughly chop. place in a blender along with coconut milk and salt. Process in a high-speed blender until creamy.
  • Bring water to boil in a large saucepan on medium-high, slowly pour in the banana mixture while whisking constantly to prevent banana porridge from turning lumpy.
  • Bring porridge to a boil and reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes. Add sugar, spices, stir and serve!

Nutrition

Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 316mg | Potassium: 481mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 57IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg