Labouyi Banane: Haitian Banana Porridge

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Labouyi Banane is a warm, hearty and delicious breakfast that is a great alternative to oatmeal and Cream of Wheat. The velvety consistency and warming spices will have you coming back for more!


  • 1 green plantain
  • 2 c. water
  • 1 can of Evaporated milk
  • Cinnamon- 2 sticks and teaspoon of powder
  • Vanilla extract- ½ teaspoon
  • Ginger for extra zest
  • 3 star anise
  • Sugar (preferably brown) and to your desired sweetness
  • Pinch of salt

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

Yields 4 servings


Green Banana1. Cut the plantain (skin on) in small chunks

2. Add 2 cups of water and blend in blender until smooth. Transfer to amedium-sized pot and turn on medium heat and stir. The color will chance a bit due to oxidation, but will change to a caramel color as it starts to cook.

3. Add two cinnamon sticks and a teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Make sure you stir often.

4. Stir often and watch consistency! As the liquid reduces and starts to thicken, add another Labouyi Banane
¼- ½ cup of water to continue to cook the plantain through for another 4 minutes.

5. Add one can of evaporated milk, pinch of salt, vanilla and sugar to your desired sweetness. Stir and allow to come to a simmer.

6. Grate about a teaspoon of ginger and stir into mixture. Continue to cook on low heat and add star anise.

7. Allow to thicken to a Cream of Wheat-like consistency

8. Garnish with star anise and enjoy!








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