Banana Oatmeal Porridge Recipe
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Jamaican Banana Oatmeal Porridge

Jamaican Banana Oatmeal Porridge is creamy and flavorful, with just the right amount of sweetness and some added nutrients.

This Banana Oatmeal Porridge is another breakfast option that I grew up having. It was either Oatmeal by itself, Green Banana/ Green Plantain with or without the oatmeal or Cornmeal Porridge.

There was another porridge that my mother didn’t cook very often called Hominy Porridge.

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Anyways, those were the Porridge that I grew up having for breakfast, lunch and sometimes even for dinner.

Yes, when my mother couldn’t afford anything else, it would be porridge for dinner and it was delicious just as it was for breakfast.

As a child growing up, my mother used to forced me to eat a lot of boiled green bananas as a breakfast or dinner meal.

But little did I know that she was helping me out with my anemia issues.

When I became an adult, I became aware that the Green Bananas and Callaloo (regular breakfast meal) was giving me nutritional value such as iron, to help me with my low blood count.

Let’s just say Mothers know best.

A close of Banana Oatmeal Porridge with some grated nutmeg on top.

Blending the Green Bananas

Blending the green bananas can take up to 1 to 2 minutes, but then again it all depends on the blender speed that you use.

Make sure it is blended smooth, creamy and no small pieces of the green bananas are visible.

You don’t want when you are eating it, you are tasting little pieces of bananas in the porridge.

Also, as listed in the ingredients section, you can add evaporated milk to some water to make it be 4 cups of liquid to blend the green bananas.

The blending process of the green banana and oatmeal.

How to make Banana Oatmeal Porridge?

The first thing to do is to pour the water into a medium pot with salt and allow to boil. If you are using cinnamon stick, add it also to boil with the water.

Secondly, peel the skin off the Bananas, wash and slice into about 1 inch size. Place them into a blender with the water and the oatmeal. Blend until smooth, just about 1 to 2 minutes or longer.

Thirdly, add blended mixture to the boiling water to cook. Make sure to stir often to prevent lumps. Add the coconut milk and allow to cook for a few more minutes.

Finally, add the flavors and spices: nutmeg, ground cinnamon and vanilla extract. Sweetened with the can of condensed sweet milk and brown sugar. Discard the cinnamon stick before serving. Cool and enjoy.

Banana Oatmeal Porridge ready to eat.

What To Serve with Banana Oatmeal Porridge?

With any Porridge, you can eat it just by itself. However, back home in Jamaica, we eat Porridge with buttered slice hard-dough bread or some crackers.

Another great option is to serve it with some Jamaican Festivals or Jamaican Fried Dumpling (Johnny Cake).

However, if you want to go fancy, you could add some slice ripe bananas, mangoes or even some blueberries to it.

Step by Step Pictures

All the ingredients to make Banana Oatmeal Porridge.
Cinnamon Stick and salt in water to boil.
Pouring blended mixture to boiling water.

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Banana Oatmeal Porridge Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 green bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 4 cups water for blending (or do a blend of evaporated milk with water to get 4 cups)
  • 4 cups water for boiling
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup (or less) Brown Sugar or Granulated Sugar (optional)

Directions

  1. Pour the 4 cups of water into a medium pot with the salt and allow to boil up. If you are using cinnamon stick, add it to the water to boil also.
  2. Peel, wash and sliced the green bananas into about 1/2 an inch to an 1 inch size. Add them to the blender along with the oatmeal and the 4 cups of water and blend until smooth. Just about 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Pour the blended mixture to the boiling water as you stir with a whisk. Continue to stir to prevent the mixture from forming lumps as it cooks on medium low heat. Cover and let it cook for about 20 minutes, stirring every 7 to 10 minutes to prevent lumps as it thickens while it cooks.
  4. Add the 1 cup of coconut milk and stir. Let it cook for another 10 minutes. Check the consistency, if it is too thick, you can add about 1/2 cup to 1 cup of water or evaporated milk to porridge at this time.
  5. Add the ground cinnamon (if you didn’t use the cinnamon stick), nutmeg, and vanilla extract and stir. Open the can of sweetened condensed milk and pour to sweeten the porridge to your taste (you can use the entire amount or majority of it).
  6. Optional: Add the 1/2 cup (or less) of brown sugar or granulated sugar, if it is not sweet enough for you.
  7. Discard the cinnamon stick. Remove from heat.
  8. Allow to cool and serve. Enjoy.

Notes:

  1. If you are using a cinnamon stick, there is no need to use the ground cinnamon.
  2. Stir the porridge every 7 to 10 minutes so it doesn’t form any lumps while it cooks on low heat.
  3. After adding the coconut milk, check the consistency. If it is too thick, add 1/2 to 1 cup of evaporated milk or water.
  4. The amount of brown sugar is your choice. One can of sweetened condensed milk was not enough, so I added 1/2 cup of brown sugar to finish sweetened it.
  5. Discard the cinnamon stick before serving.
A bowl of Banana Oatmeal Porridge.

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Banana Oatmeal Porridge Recipe

Banana Oatmeal Porridge Recipe

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This Banana Oatmeal Porridge is creamy and flavorful, with just the right amount of sweetness and some added nutrients.

Ingredients

  • 6 green bananas
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 4 cups water for blending (or do a blend of evaporated milk with water to get 4 cups)
  • 4 cups water for boiling
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup (or less) Brown Sugar or Granulated Sugar

Instructions

    1. Pour the 4 cups of water into a medium pot with the salt and allow to boil up. If you are using cinnamon stick, add it to the water to boil also.
    2. Peel, wash and sliced the green bananas into about 1/2 an inch to an 1 inch size. Add them to the blender along with the oatmeal and the 3 cups of water and blend until smooth. Just about 1 to 2 minutes.
    3. Pour the blended mixture to the boiling water as you stir with a whisk. Continue to stir to prevent the mixture from forming lumps as it cooks on medium low heat. Cover and let it cook for about 20 minutes, stirring every 7 to 10 minutes to prevent lumps as it thickens while it cooks.
    4. Add the 1 cup of coconut milk and stir. Let it cook for another 10 minutes. Check the consistency, if it is too thick, you can add about 1/2 cup to 1 cup of water or evaporated milk to porridge at this time.
    5. Add the ground cinnamon (if you didn't use the cinnamon stick), nutmeg, and vanilla extract and stir. Open the can of sweetened condensed milk and pour to sweeten the porridge to your taste (you can use the entire amount or majority of it).
    6. Add the 1/2 cup (or less) of brown sugar or granulated sugar, if it is not sweet enough for you.
    7. Discard the cinnamon stick. Remove from heat.
    8. Allow to cool and serve. Enjoy.

Notes

  1. If you are using a cinnamon stick, there is no need to use the ground cinnamon.
  2. Stir the porridge every 7 to 10 minutes so it doesn't form any lumps while it cooks on low heat.
  3. After adding the coconut milk, check the consistency. If it is too thick, add 1/2 to 1 cup of evaporated milk or water.
  4. The amount of brown sugar is your choice. One can of sweetened condensed milk was not enough, so I added 1/2 cup of brown sugar to finish sweetened it.
  5. Discard the cinnamon stick before serving.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 237Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 381mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 4gSugar: 19gProtein: 4g

The nutritional information that is provided, is computer generated and therefore it is an estimate. Please do your own research with the ingredients that are listed here, if you have any concern about any specific diet or your health.

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