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Jamaican plantain porridge recipe

Jamaican plantain porridge is one of my favourites porridges so I had to share the recipe. Made just like banana porridge, but taste slightly different and have more body. Break that routine morning breakfast preparation and have one of Jamaican favourite porridges.

Jamaican plantain porridge

Plantain Porridge

Plantain porridge is once of Jamaicans favourites, made with green plantain, milk and spices. I am using fresh coconut milk this recipe, but you can use whatever milk that suits you.

Have this delicious plantain porridge for breakfast or if you want to be like us Jamaicans, have it any time of the day.

Plantain porridge

What Are The Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make plantain porridge, just a few ingredients.

  • Green plantain: Most be green plantain, the more mature the better but green.
  • Fresh coconut milk: I’m not going to show you how to make coconut milk here. Fresh coconut milk tastes better than cannned ones to try and use fresh ones.
  • Cinnamon: I am using cinnamon stick but cinnamon leaf or ground cinnamon works just as good.
  • Nugmet: Ground nutmeg is just as good as the grated one.
  • Vanilla, salt: Essential
  • Condensed milk: To sweeten. If you are vegan, sweenten with this condensed milk

How To Make Plantain Porridge

It is simple and easy. First prepare the plantain by peeling it and blending it with the coconut milk. Then pout the blended mixture into a pot of boiling water.

how to make plantain porridge

From there, allow the porridge to thicken, make sure to stir regularly so that the porridge will be smooth and to prevent burn.

Add the spice and sweeten to taste with condensed milk or sugar. I use condensed milk beause I like my porridge creamy.

How Healthy

This plantain porridge is high fibre and a great source of carbohydrate. A bowl of the porridge will keep you feeling full all morning.

You won’t have that craving to munch on any snack before lunch time.

Plantain is also a great source for vitamin C, A and B-6 and is low in fat making this porridge a healthy breakfast choice.

This recipe is gluten free. To make the porridge vegan friendly, use a vegan condensed milk as the sweetener.

What To Serve It With

Plantain porridge is do filling you can serve it on it out.

You can serve the porridge with bread or crackers like us Jamaican do. We would break up the crackers or bread in the porridge. I prefer crackers, the bread gets to soft for my liken.

Fruits also goes well with plantain porridge, so you can have it with your favourite berry or raisin.

I promise you will love this plantain porridge and it will become one of your favourite Jamaican porridges.

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Jamaican plantain porridge

Jamaican plantain porridge recipe

How to make this healthy Jamaican plantain porridge for breakfast. Vegan friendly, gluten-free and tastes delicious.
4.82 from 11 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: gluten-free, Jamaican plantain porridge recipe, Vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 210kcal
Author: Lesa


  • 1 Large green plantain Wash, peel and chopped in quarters
  • 2 cups Fresh coconut milk
  • 1 Cinnamon stick Or you could use 2 cinnoman leaves
  • ¼ tsp Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • ¼ Salt
  • cup Water
  • Condensed milk sweeten to taste


  • In a blender, add the plantain, grated nutmeg, along with one cup and a half of coconut milk. Blend until smooth.
  • Add the water to a pot with the cinnamon stick (or leaves) and salt. Put to boil on medium heat.
  • Once the water is boiled, pour the blended mixture into the boiling water. Stir continuously.
  • Add the rest of the coconut milk
  • As the porridge starts thickening, turn the heat down.
  • Let the porridge cook for 5 to 10 minutes
  • Add the vanilla and sweeten to taste with condensed milk.


  • Use one cup of water if you like your porridge to be thick. I like mine a little runny.
  • Instead of cinnamon stick or leaf, you can also use ground cinnamon. 


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Jamaican plantain porridge recipe
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for this. Feeling for some plantain porridge but my mom’s in the states lol
    Let’s see how it goes

  2. 5 stars
    I like your recipe

  3. Just tried this thanks.

  4. 5 stars

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you, Lesa, for your delicious and incredibly easy-to-make recipe. I made this for my dad, who has dementia and is struggling with his taste buds. This is the first porridge that he’s eaten in a long while that he’s enjoyed (even scraped his bowl) without angst. While eating it, he commented several times that it was delicious, hearty, and that he was reminded of his childhood in Jamaica.

  6. Ansel Brooks

    5 stars
    I tried it with some oatmeal.

  7. Rita Grootendorst

    Lovely recipe for porridge. I am fighting off diabetes and find plantain is a good substitute for bananas. Have made it with coconut milk and evap not sweetened condensed. Have to give up my sugar addiction and cut carbs.
    Lovely website thank you Lesa. I am in South east London.

  8. Elaine Hines

    5 stars
    Hi Lesa , Thank you for sharing this recipe . I just made it and it came out incredibly delicious . I was so used to adding flour in the past and was surprised it had a thick consistency on its own . Its good that you have taken the initiative to do this . Many of us grow up with enjoying porridge and other dishes but not sure how and what to do to make it like our parents and grandparents did , so thank you. Blessings .

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