Green Banana Dumplings

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Green Banana Dumplings are a great Jamaican-style dumpling recipe that is served as a side dish, grated green bananas are added to gluten-free flour and salt, mixed with water, shaped into plump round disks and boiled until chewy.

Green Banana Dumplings

If you love green banana then you will have to try these recipes, Green Banana Run Down, Banana Porridge and Jamaican Blue Draws. My friend Monique recently requested that I share my recipe for green banana dumplings with her, I decided to share it here for all my readers as well.

Green banana dumplings in a white casserole dish with vegan ackee in the background in a white bowl.

Green Banana Dumplings

I grew up in Jamaica eating fried and boiled dumplings made in various forms with varied ingredients. The basic ingredients are flour, water, salt,  similar to my Jamaica Boiled Dumplings recipe. 

Variations of boiled dumpling include Cassava Dumplings and green banana dumplings. Boiled dumplings taste great with stews, curries, steamed vegetables and added to soups. 

Green Banana Dumpling Ingredients

  • Green Banana – unripe bananas are used to make these dumplings, they have green skin, starchier than ripe bananas and the flesh is very firm to touch. 
  • Flour – I used all-purpose gluten-free flour. 
  • Salt
  • Water.

Green banana dumplings steps

How To Make Green Banana Dumplings?

  1. Bring water to a boil with 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a large pot on medium-high, in the meanwhile prepare your dumplings.
  2. Peel green bananas, cut the ends off the banana, make a vertical cut just beneath the skin to reveal the white flesh, pry the skin off using a knife or peel with the knife. Discard the skin.
  3. Using a box grater, rub the banana up and down the smallest holes until all the banana is grated, repeat with the other bananas until you have about 1 cup full.
  4. Place the grated banana in a bowl, add flour, salt and mix to combine. Add the water and knead to form a dough ball.
  5. Divide dough into equal parts to form about 9 or 10 balls, take each ball and flatten to about 1/2 an inch thickness.
  6. Place dumplings in boiling water, reduce to simmer for 30 minutes, dumplings should become more buoyant. 
  7. Remove from boiling water with a slotted spoon and serve. 

Green banana dumpling recipe, dumplings being boiled in water in a pot

What To Serve With Boiled Dumplings?

Close up green banana dumplings in a white bowl on a gray marmgoo

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Nutrition

Energy:
273 kcal / 1141 kJ
Fat:
1 g
Protein:
6 g
Carbs:
61 g
Per serving

Cooking Time

Preparation:
10 min
Cooking:
30 min
Ready in:
40 min
For:
5 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil with 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a large pot on medium-high, in the meanwhile prepare your dumplings.
  2. Peel green bananas, cut the ends off the banana, make a vertical cut just beneath the skin to reveal the white flesh, pry the skin off using a knife or peel with the knife. Discard the skin.
  3. Using a box grater, rub the banana up and down the smallest holes until all the banana is grated, repeat with the other bananas until you have about 1 cup full.
  4. Place the grated banana in a bowl, add flour, salt and mix to combine. Add the water and knead to form a dough ball. If your dough is too sticky, you can add extra flour and if not all the flour is incorporated, add a little water.
  5. Divide dough into equal parts to form about 9 or 10 balls, take each ball and flatten to about 1/2 an inch thickness.
  6. Place dumplings in boiling water, reduce to simmer for 30 minutes, dumplings should become more buoyant. 
  7. Remove from boiling water with a slotted spoon and serve. 

Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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9 Comments
  1. Lola
    June 5, 2020

    Did you use green bananas or a green plantain? because I made these and it did not go well. It was all mushy and I made sure that the bananas were green and sturdy but when grated it it became really soft making it almost impossible to grate!!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      June 6, 2020

      Yes green bananas and don’t forget to add flour, I made it 3 times this past week. Going to eat some for Sabbath lunch today and there are perfect every time just like the photo. I’m serving mine with curry tofu and I added cauliflower florets, steamed Jamaican callaloo with okras. Delicious, tastes better than regular dumplings.

  2. Andria George
    December 29, 2019

    Another hit, I made these with the green banana rundown. My fear of being gluten free was not being able to eat dumpling but it’s full steam ahead from here thank you so much.

  3. MrsMaureen
    September 26, 2019

    Very good recipe, thank you!