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Green Banana Mash (Green Fig)

Mashed green bananas are pureed into a smooth consistency and combined with cooked up seasoned onions
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 302kcal
Author Charla


  • 5 Green bananas (green fig)
  • ½ cup almond milk (118ml)
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 4 sprigs of thyme stem removed
  • 2 teaspoon shado beni (spirit weed) can use cilantro instead
  • pink salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon dairy free butter


  • Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil.

  • Cut the ends of each banana and then slice the skin lengthways (do not remove the skin now).

  • Carefully lower the bananas into the pot of water and boil about 15-20 minutes until the skin and water darkens and the bananas are tender.

  • While the bananas are boiling, melt some dairy free butter in a skillet on medium heat.

  • Start by frying the cumin seeds for about 2 minutes 

  • Add the onion and garlic and saute for 10 minutes until lightly golden and set aside.

  • Drain the water off the bananas and remove the skin (it should come off with ease)

  • Use a food processor/immersion stick/potato masher to puree the bananas adding the almond milk in intervals.

  • Use a fork or spoon to mix in the half of the cooked up onions along with the thyme/shado beni, black pepper and pink salt to taste
  • Use the remaining onions to top the mash when serving.


  • Make sure the green banana is completely unripened, a strong green hue with no signs of yellow colour.
  • If you cannot obtain shado beni use cilantro instead
  • Use dried herbs if you can't get hold of any fresh herbs instead.
  • Use a fork to prick the banana, it should be soft and tender when determining its readiness.
  • You can yield the same results using green plantain
  • Green banana is also known as green fig by some islands
  • Green banana are sold in ethnic markets - Caribbean/Asian/Latino


Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 1178mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 284IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg