Green Plantain Porridge

When it comes to healthy African recipes, Green Plantain Porridge is a family favorite in our home!

It’s a starchy, sweet, and creamy dish that has great flavor and a smooth consistency. With fresh green plantains, you can make one of the best side dishes for every occasion.

Everyone will surely love how thick and tasty the porridge will be. It’s perfect for breakfast, celebrations, and cold winter nights.

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If you love plantains, then you will certainly enjoy every spoonful of this Green Plantain Porridge. Today, I will teach you how to make green plantains worth your while.

How to Make Green Plantain Porridge

Once you try the Green Plantain Porridge, you will be surprised at how easy it is to make. Who knew that you could turn green plantains into smooth and creamy porridge?

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The Green Plantain Porridge is a three-ingredient recipe that has the perfect balance of flavors and a heavenly texture.

Green plantains

While they are still unripe, these green plantains can make the perfect ingredients for a tasty porridge. It has a starchy quality that adds to how creamy it can be when cooked. 

Even though they’re still unripe, green plantains are delicious because they taste a lot like potatoes. Once you season and sweeten it, the plantains will have a better flavor.

Health Benefits

  • Plantains have many vitamins to help boost your immunity.
  • According to Medical News Today, plantains are loaded with fiber to improve digestion and metabolism.
  • Potassium can also regulate the blood pressure of your heart.
  • An article by Healthline mentioned that plantains can make you feel full for weight management.
  • Did you know that plantains can increase the good bacteria in your gut too?

There are many ways to enjoy green plantains. You can boil, bake, fry, air fry, steam, or roast them with your favorite herbs and spices.

Maple syrup

Give the porridge a rich and sweet flavor by adding maple syrup. The syrup also thickens the consistency for a rich, creamy, and smooth texture.

In fact, maple syrup is a healthy sweetener that can also give the porridge a touch of caramel and vanilla flavors. Aside from maple syrup, you can also use honey, agave, apple sauce, and more.


Balance the starchy consistency of the porridge by adding water. It will soften the green plantains for the best texture. Remember that the more water you use, the lighter the porridge will be.

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I bet you can already taste the tremendous flavors of the Green Plantain Porridge. Wait until you experience its creamy quality! 


It’s time to cook the easiest yet best Green Plantain Porridge!

  1. Peel and slice the plantain into pieces with a knife.
  2. Use a blender to puree it with water until smooth. 
  3. Then, pour water into a pot.
  4. Let it boil over medium heat.
  5. Add in the pureed plantains.
  6. Continuously stir it with a spatula to prevent lumps.
  7. Let it cook until it thickens to your desired consistency.
  8. Then, reduce it to low heat before.
  9. Season the porridge with maple syrup.
  10. Once done, pour the contents into a bowl to serve and enjoy!

Imagine eating something sweet and creamy without having to think about the calories! With this recipe, you’re guaranteed to get the health benefits and the satisfaction that you need. 


Green Plantains

Buying plantains
  • Buy unripe plantains that are in bright green color.
  • They should feel tough to the touch when squeezed. 
Storing plantains
  • You can store the plantains at room temperature.
  • If you want to slow down the ripening process, then you need to refrigerate it in a mesh bag instead.
  • Alternatively, peel and slice them before storing them in the freezer for several weeks. 

How to Puree Without a Blender

This fruit can be tough to mash, but you can steam it first to make it easier to puree. Use a food processor, wooden spoon, a food mill, a grater, and other similar items for a paste-like consistency. 

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Green Plantain Porridge Variations

For added flavor, you can incorporate Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, condensed milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla extract, etc. Instead of maple syrup, you can also sweeten it with agave, honey, or sugar.

Aside from this recipe, you can also try:

In case you want a sweeter porridge, I suggest using ripe plantains instead. Bananas can also make a good option for this recipe. You can even try a combination of bananas and plantains!

  • Blender: Puree the plantain with a blender.
  • Pot: Cook the puree in a pot. 
  • Spatula: Continuously stir using a wooden spoon or a hand mixer. 
  • Knife: Peel and slice the plantains with a knife.
  • Bowl: Serve the Green Plantain Porridge in a bowl.

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How to Serve Green Plantain Porridge

You can surely enjoy this at any time of the day, especially for breakfast to keep you energized for the day. It can be served hot or warm, depending on your mood.

Here are some of the best dishes that you can serve with Green Plantain Porridge:

For babies, you can make this with breast milk for added nutrition. It is safe for infants aged at least eight months old. Believe me when I tell you that this porridge is 100% family-friendly!

Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: Eat the Green Plantain Porridge within two hours or while it’s still hot.

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  • In the fridge: Store the porridge in a container to refrigerate for several days.
  • To freeze: Pour the warm porridge into ice cube trays and let them freeze. Then, transfer into freezer bags to store for several months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is green plantain porridge good for you? 

Of course, it is! This is an excellent option for a breakfast meal because it’s high in fiber for energy, digestion, and fullness. Moreover, its sweet flavor will leave you craving less for desserts. 

Moreover, it is low in fat yet rich in essential vitamins and minerals to keep your heart, skin, and bones healthy!

What is the best way to eat green plantain?

It depends entirely on your preference. However, I suggest turning the green plantains into porridge for a smooth and rich quality. You can also fry them for crunchy and sweet tostones.

Is it plantain porridge or porridge plantain?

It is called plantain porridge because it is made of plantains. Plantain porridge is also its traditional name in Nigeria, where it is popularly made.

Is green plantain healthier than rice?

According to Dr. Axe, plantains can be a good substitute for rice. Both are rich in nutrients such as fiber, carbohydrates, and protein.

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Porridge Recipe: Green Plantain

5 from 1 vote
Craving for something sweet yet nutritious? This Green Plantain Porridge is the one for you!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Course Breakfast
Cuisine African, Caribbean, Jamaican
Calories 163kcal


  • 1 plantain (large)
  • cups water (see note 1)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup


  • Peel and slice the plantain into pieces with a knife.
  • Use a blender to puree it with water until smooth. 
  • Then, pour water into a pot.
  • Let it boil over medium heat.
  • Add in the pureed plantains.
  • Continuously stir it with a spatula to prevent lumps.
  • Let it cook until it thickens to your desired consistency.
  • Then, reduce it to low heat before.
  • Season the porridge with maple syrup.
  • Once done, pour the contents into a bowl to serve and enjoy!



  • If you don’t have a blender, grate, and steam the green plantains before mashing.
  • Stir it continuously as you cook to prevent lumps in the porridge.
  • Adjust the water as you prefer. 


Serving: 1 (of 2)Calories: 163kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 1gFat: 0.3gSodium: 20mgPotassium: 481mgFiber: 2gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 1009IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
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