June 26, 2017

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My Jamaican Green Banana Porridge recipe is as traditional as it gets. When I was growing up in Jamaica, most families had a lot of children so porridge was often an easy way to feed many mouths in the morning. Breakfast needed to taste good and have the ability to “hold you” until your next meal. Well, Green Banana Porridge can certainly fill up an empty belly. It’s also nutritious and has a unique and satisfying flavour.

Now, green bananas are very starchy and not sweet at all. So don’t expect this porridge to taste like it was made with ripe bananas. Instead expect a subtly spiced porridge with a hint of banana flavour. If you really want to make it the authentic way then you can use a hand grater, but why do that when you can blend the bananas in a blender in a fraction of the time. The modern method also makes for velvety results!


5 to 6 Green Bananas
2 cups Milk
1 cup Water
1 tsp Cinnamon or 1 large Cinnamon Stick
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Allspice
1 tsp Salt or to taste
1 tsp Vanilla flavouring
1 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk  or to taste


1. Peel green bananas, cut in 3 or 4 pieces each and place in a bowl of water mixed with 1 tsp of lemon juice, which will prevent them from turning brown
2. Combine 1 cup of milk with 1 cup of water
3. Blend the bananas with the milk/water liquid, adding one piece of banana at a time.
4. Pour the banana mixture into a pot on Medium-High heat. Using a non-stick pot will save clean up time later
5. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt and continue stirring until blended
6. Continue stirring on Low heat until the porridge thickens, about 15 minutes.  If needed, heat remaining 1 cup of milk and add slowly to pot until you reach your desired consistency
7. Add vanilla, and sweeten with sweetened condensed milk to taste

Makes 4 servings

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I’ve been cooking Jamaican food for my family for more than 50 years! Now I'm teaching my daughter Angela and you how to cook my treasured family recipes! I'm happy to be of service and love hearing from you so don't forget to leave a comment below.



  • Reply
    April 28, 2013

    Thank you, this was actually made for us by a friend last week and I wanted to try it so I actually had the bananas on hand. I’m an African who was raised by a Jamaican, so all your recipes bring back fond memories. Bless you for sharing your recipes, I’m a pretty good cook but your recipes have made meals even better.

    We had it thick, and I’m proud to say they will be having this regularly because I also believe in starting the day off right. Do you think the bananas can be blended the night before?

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    April 29, 2013

    Fay, is all spice the same as pimento seeds?

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      April 29, 2013

      Never mind Fay. I just realized that the words in green are links that explain what they mean.

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    April 29, 2013

    Hi Fay,

    Im so excited that you posted this recipe. I can’t wait to try it. But I wanted to ask you if this is the same thing as plantain porridge? And if not, is plantain porridge made the same way but with green plantain?
    Thanks Fay!

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      Cook Like A Jamaican
      May 20, 2013

      Yes, you can use the same recipe to make Plantain Porridge. Just replace the bananas with green plantains.

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    July 1, 2013

    Thank you for sharing. Just made this and enjoying it right away. They sell porridge not too far from where I live in NYC but its pricey so this recipe is fantastic and I can buy organic ingredients.

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    October 30, 2013

    This is amazing. So glad I came across your Website. 🙂 We would normally make this in Jamaica growing up but would use coconut milk instead of regular milk. Great recipe with regular milk. Thanks!

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    January 3, 2014

    Hi Fay! Can I blend the bananas the night before I make the porridge? And can I use soy milk instead of regular milk?

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      Cook Like A Jamaican
      January 5, 2014

      Hi Dana,
      It would be fine to blend the bananas ahead and, though I’ve never used it for this recipe and would not expect the same result as cow’s milk, I’m sure soy milk would be fine. Blessings, Fay

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    April 8, 2014

    Hi Fay,
    I just want to thank you for this. Banana porridge was always my favourite growing up, not something I had often, but it was a treat. I’m so glad I’ve come across your website as you have reminded me how good and healthy this is to have and even start the day with. I will be teaching my son some recipes from your website, keep up the good work. I’m looking forward to browsing through more of your recipes as cooking good food is a passion of mine as I get older, lets hope I can keep my waist line down 😀 (Tuning in from London)

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    May 14, 2014

    Is banana porridge ever made with the skin? I think I remember grating the green banana and making the porridge with coconut milk? Please let me know about this.Thanks

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    July 2, 2014

    Thank you, its a great recipe! Cut down some of the bananas and add oats, it was really good.

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