Yellow plantain porridge recipe – kick start your morning with this delicious Caribbean energy boosting breakfast bowl of porridge made from sweet plantain.
Plantain is certainly ranking high in the culinary world with so many diets incorporating it. If you’re looking for a healthy hearty breakfast to sustain you until lunch time, then this yellow plantain porridge is your thing. Using a small handful of ingredients and made within 15 minutes.
This yellow plantain porridge is like the big sister to its unripe plantain porridge counterpart. It’s sweet, tasty and darn right delicious if I do say so myself. Green plantain porridge is far more favoured and represented within the Caribbean community.
Although I do enjoy the taste of savoury porridge (I make mine with green banana) I feel that ripe plantain porridge is considerably grossly underrated. As a result I felt the need to embrace it via this recipe post so it hopefully gains more recognition.
I tried and tested this recipe several times over using my trusty plantain lovers. Trust me if it didn’t meet their seal of approval then I wouldn’t dare share this recipe. Thank goodness for honest and favourable feedback which helped to perfect the porridge.
In the Caribbean plantain is pretty much a dietary stable – it’s fried, baked, roasted, boiled, stuffed you name it and each island has their unique way of preparing it.
Today I’m going to show you just how tasty preparing sweet plantain in a breakfast bowl can be.
Yellow plantain porridge nutrition
- Complex carbohydrate – yields energy and slow releasing
- High in potassium
- Low in fat
- High in vitamin for optical vision
- Vitamin C enriched for healthy skin, bones and cartilage
How to cook plantain porridge
The recipe is very very simple and as mentioned previously, isn’t time consuming so it’s perfect to whip up before you head out the door. Plus it’s incredibly filling too so you probably won’t need to eat until lunch time (bonus)
Ripe plantain – the darker the plantain the sweeter the porridge, it’s that simple. Since yellow plantain has it’s own naturally occurring sugar (complex). The great news is you don’t need to use a great deal of sugar/sweetener. It’s a matter of preference which is why I haven’t specified an amount.
Plantain puree – the plantain needs to be sliced up. I used two big ones and pureed them in a high speed blender with water to help ease the process.
Cooking the porridge – once the plantain is pureed you’ll need to transfer the mixture into a saucepan
Milk and spices, sweetener (if required) – I used almond milk which isn’t typically Caribbean but I’ve grown to enjoy the taste of almond milk more in my porridge. You can of course use coconut milk, it tastes equally as nice and add your spices – cinnamon, nutmeg and a splash of vanilla extract.
In terms of sweetener coconut condensed milk if you need it or even coconut sugar work well.
Texture of the porridge – once the porridge has all of the above ingredients added, it needs to cook which takes no more than 10 minutes to achieve. It’s VERRRRRRY important to STIR THE PORRIDGE throughout the given time or else it will become lumpy.
As the porridge cools down it will thicken up a great deal so don’t be tempted to add any starch because it’s really not necessary.
- Vegan friendly
- Gluten free and contains no dairy
- Great Caribbean breakfast option
- Paleo approved
Steps for making yellow plantain porridge
Place the plantain slices in a blender with the water then transfer to a saucepan with the nut milk of your choice.
Stir in the spices – nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla extract, sweeten if needed!
Yellow plantain porridge
- 2 ripe plantains
- 1 cup of warm water
- 2 cups of almond milk or coconut milk works too
- 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp of nutmeg
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- condensed coconut milk or coconut sugar - as needed see post
- Cut the ends off the plantain and then score each one length ways with a paring knife (not too deep).
- Peel the skin from the plantain and discard
- Slice both plantain and then place in a blender with water then puree.
- Pour the mixture into a medium sized saucepan in medium/low heat
- Proceed to stir in the nut milk and add the spices along with the vanilla.
- Stir for roughly 10 minutes until the porridge is cooked through, do not leave or stop stirring because the porridge will quickly turn lumpy.
- Add your sweetener - condensed or coconut sugar according to your desire
- Serve and enjoy!!