February 22, 2024

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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.


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