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Haitian Labouyi in a blue bowl and in a green bowl with yellow paper in the background.

Labouyi Bannann (Haitian Plantain Porridge)

Easy, sweet, flavorful, and delicious Labouyi Bannann (Haitian Plantain Porridge). A quick Vitamix blend that's prepared in minutes. Great for busy mornings.
Course Breakfast, Dinner
Cuisine Caribbean, Haitian
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes
Servings 2 People
Calories 320kcal


Vitamix Blender Version

  • 1 green plantain
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup sugar or honey
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Stove Top Version

  • 1 green plantain
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 whole star anise
  • ½ cup sugar or honey
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon grated lime optional
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg optional


Vitamix Blender Version

  • Cut the plantain(s) and carrot(s) in bite-size pieces. Place the pieces in the blender along with all of the remaining ingredients.
    Blend on low to get the blender going, then gradually increase the speed to the highest level. Blend for 6 minutes and 30 seconds. The blender will cook the porridge. It will also stop on its own if you forget to turn it off. Pour the porridge into a cup (if on the go) or bowl to enjoy at home. Enjoy warm with bread (optional). 
    plantain porridge step by step photos

Stove Top Version

  • Peel the plantain and carrot or leave the skin on. cut into ½ inch slices. In the blender, puree the plantain and carrot with 1 ½ cup water. Set aside. 
    In a medium saucepan on low heat, boil the water (1 cup), star anise, and cinnamon sticks. 
    Once blended, add plantain puree and bring to a boil on low medium heat. Add evaporated milk, vanilla extract, sugar, and lime zest. Cook for 15 minutes on low heat. Stirring occasionally so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pot. 
    Enjoy warm, preferably with bread as traditionally served. 
    plantain porridge being poured from vitamix blender into a blue bowl.



For Labouyi Bannann (Haitian Plantain Porridge)

This recipe has been modified to a Vitamix version for busy days and mornings. Tradionnaly, Haitian porridge is often made on the stove and requires a lot of stirring. 
You may use honey to sweeten the porridge; however, it will alter the taste. Another alternative is condensed milk. Please measure to your taste. 
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Serving: 2People | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 254mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 5100IU | Vitamin C: 22.3mg | Calcium: 260mg | Iron: 0.2mg