Saturday, May 26, 2012

Labouye Banane/Green Plantain Porridge

What happens when you mix green plantain with milk and sugar. You get sweet delicious plantain porridge. Here's the long awaited labouye banane recipe. It requires time, patience and a little elbow grease but it's definitely well worth the work and effort.

Labouye in the pot with carnation milk


2 green plantains
1.5 cups of whole milk
1 cup of sugar
4.5 cups of water
2.5-3 oz of carnation milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 cinnamon sticks
3 pinches of salt
2 slices of bread
peanut butter


Rinse plantains. Leaving the skin cut off the ends and discard. Thinly slice and chop the plantains, then place 1 chopped plantain into a blender/food processor with 1.5 cups of water. The thicker the slices the harder it will be to puree. Puree on high and add in remaining chopped plantain one handful at a time. Blend for no more than 30 to 45 seconds with remaining 1/2 cup of water.

In large quart pan, add in remaining water with cinnamon sticks. Stir in pureed plantain and allow to boil for 20 minutes on medium high temperature. The mixture will get thicker and should boil down some. Stir and watch the mixture. It will start to stick to the bottom of the pan. Just stir and stir. After 20 minutes, you are going to strain the mixture in the fine strainer (This is where the elbow grease comes in at). This will help remove the seeds and make the consistency smooth and creamy.

Once the mixture has been strained be sure to discard cinnamon sticks, Place plantain mixture into the cleaned and rinsed pot. Stir in the whole milk, salt and vanilla. Allow the mixture to boil for 5-7 minutes then stir in sugar and lower the temperature to medium low.  The mixture should be thick, you want to slowly add in the the 2.5 oz of carnation milk. If you'd like to get a consistency that is not too thick just add in remaining .5 oz of carnation milk. Taste to see if you need to add in additional sugar. Allow plantain porridge to thicken a bit more for 5-6 minutes.

Toast bread slices and spread with peanut butter. Serve with plantain porridge and enjoy.

Please share your comments. I'd love to hear how yours turn out.


  1. It's not. It's just time consuming but it's worth it.

  2. YES! I have been looking for this recipe for ages. I definitely remember helping my mother make this as a little one and having her tell me not to mix the labouye too much or it will start to 'turn.' THANKS SO MUCH!

  3. This recipe is helpful. I am a haitian man who likes to eat healthy food especially from my dish recipes.I was dying for that Labouye recipe which I sometimes made and turned out not really good. NOW I get it right .THanks for your help.