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Traditional Jamaican Green Banana Porridge

Traditional Jamaican Green Banana Porridge is a super quick and easy breakfast porridge recipe made using green bananas which make for a very nutrient rich breakfast packed with vitamins and minerals. Serve for breakfast as a nutritious and delicious way to start your day!

Traditional Jamaican Green Banana Porridge in wooden bowl

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Traditional Jamaican Green Banana Porridge is a super quick and easy breakfast porridge recipe made using green bananas which make for a very nutrient rich breakfast packed with vitamins and minerals. Serve for breakfast as a nutritious and delicious way to start your day!

Traditional Jamaican Green Banana Porridge in bowl with spoon

I grew up Traditional Jamaican Green Banana Porridge and it’s actually one of my favourite porridges to eat for breakfast. Of all the oatmeals and porridges I’ve tried – I always return to this one. Its base is green cooking bananas (not the yellow ripe ones we eat regularly). Green bananas are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, full of fibre, great for diabetics, and our heart. This recipe is essentially an excellent way to start off your day – nutritious and tasty!

How to Make Traditional Jamaican Green Banana Porridge

Prepare Green Bananas – wash, peel, and slice bananas into chunks then set aside.

Combine Ingredients in Blender – using a blender, combine the banana, 1 cup milk, flour, salt, vanilla and cinnamon or nutmeg (if using a cinnamon stick, leave out). Puree until you’ve achieved your desired consistency (smooth or chunky).

Add Mixture to Boiling Water – Pour mixture into boiling water; if using cinnamon sticks, add in as well. Whisk constantly to prevent lumping. Continue stirring until mixture thickens. After approx. 8-10 minutes, or when porridge has thickened and has slow large bubbles, add remaining ¾ cup of milk.Continue to whisk and let simmer on low heat for another 10-12 minutes or until desired thickness is reached.

Sweeten – sweeten with condensed milk or sugar to taste. Serve hot, and enjoy!

Traditional Jamaican Green Banana Porridge Recipe Notes

Consistency – It’s all up to you! When using your blender to combine all the ingredients, you can blend until smooth and as lump-free as your blender will allow or you can leave it with a bit of texture. I personally like it in-between.

Avoid Lumps – When adding the blended ingredients to the water, you want to ensure that you whisk constantly to avoid any lumps being formed. You also want to ensure you are cooking at a medium heat. This will keep the bottom of the porridge from burning. Maintain a keen eye and stir until the porridge thickens.

Add More Liquid – add more milk or water as needed. You want to ensure your porridge is cooked through (the banana), so if the mixture is too thick (preventing a slight simmer), add additional liquid.

Pairs well with Hard Dough Bread and Jamaican Excelsior Water Crackers

Jamaican Green Banana Porridge Recipe Tips

  • You may not need to use the full amount of remaining milk. Add as much as you need, to reach your desired consistency.
  • You can use whichever spices you have on hand or prefer. Personally, I like nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla… all work well with this recipe. However, you can also use almond essence. Keep the spices to a minimum because you don’t want them to overpower the taste of the banana.

Jamaican Porridge Recipes to Try

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge (Easy Breakfast Recipe) & Creamy Jamaican Hominy Corn Porridge

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Green Banana Porridge

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Jamaican & Caribbean // Breakfast & Brunch Jamaican // Caribbean
By Taneisha Morris Serves: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes

Traditional Jamaican Green Banana Porridge is a super quick and easy breakfast porridge recipe made using green bananas which make for a very nutrient rich breakfast packed with vitamins and minerals. Serve for breakfast as a nutritious and delicious way to start your day!

Ingredients

  • 3 Medium Green Cooking Bananas
  • 1¾ cup Milk (or milk alternative), divided
  • 1 tbsp Flour used to thicken the porridge
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 tsp Vanilla optional
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon or 1 Cinnamon Stick or Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp Salt, more or to taste
  • Condensed Milk or Sugar, to taste

Instructions

1

Wash, peel, and slice bananas into chunks then set aside. In a medium sauce pot, add water and bring to a boil.

2

In a blender, combine the banana, 1 cup milk, flour, salt, vanilla and cinnamon or nutmeg (if using a cinnamon stick, leave out). Puree until you've achieved your desired consistency (smooth or chunky).

3

Pour mixture into boiling water; if using cinnamon sticks, add in as well. Stir constantly to prevent lumping. Continue stirring until mixture thickens. After approx. 8-10 minutes, or when porridge has thickened and has slow large bubbles, add remaining ¾ cup of milk. Stir and let simmer on low heat for another 12-15 minutes or until banana cooked and desired consistency is reached. Sweeten with condensed milk or sugar to taste. Serve hot, and enjoy!

Notes

A. You may not need to use the full amount of remaining milk. Add as much as you need, to reach your desired consistency. B. You can use whichever spices you have on hand or prefer. Personally, I like nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla... all work well with this recipe. However, you can also use almond essence. Keep the spices to a minimum because you don't want them to overpower the taste of the banana.

Traditional Jamaican Green Banana Porridge in wooden bowl

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1 Comment

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    Tiyana
    May 31, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for this recipe! It tasted lovely and reminded me of when I was a little girl when my mom would make this for me. Coming from a Jamaican household and now married and having my own household, it’s nice to implement simple but memory filled meals. 😊

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