After the success of our Haitian oatmeal, we decided to make another breakfast porridge inspired by Caribbean culinary traditions. We opted for a grain-free recipe prepared with one of the most popular ingredients in Haiti: plantain. Creamy, sweet, and easy to make, this plantain porridge is a real delight we're sure you'll love!
Also known as labouyl bannann in Haitian Creole, plantain porridge is a humble breakfast dish yet packed with wonderful Caribbean flavours. In our recipe, we blended plantain with coconut milk drink and then simmered the purée with cinnamon and star anise. So tasty!
The classic recipe is usually prepared with tinned coconut milk and condensed milk. Instead, we opted for the coconut milk drink, which has the same delicious flavour but a fraction of the fats. Also, we skipped the condensed milk to keep this recipe dairy-free and vegan.
Plantain, also known as cooking banana or green banana, is a staple food in the Caribbean islands. According to its degree of ripeness, it can be used in different ways. The green fruit has a mild taste, is higher in starches and great for cooking. The overripe, blackened fruit is softer, sweeter, and can be eaten raw, baked, or used in sweet dishes.
Many plantain porridge recipes use green plantain and then add in sugar for sweetness. Instead, we decided to use just-ripe, yellow plantain, which is sweeter but still retains some starches, essential to thicken the porridge. For us in the UK, yellow plantain is also the most common type available at our local food market. And using ripe plantain means we don't need to add any refined sugars to the porridge, keeping our recipe sugar-free.
We love this Haitian porridge because of its unique contrast between fresh coconut, warm cinnamon, and sweet plantain. And by being ready in less than 15 minutes, it means we can prepare it quickly right before breakfast!