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Explore Caribbean Banana Desserts: Top 9 Recipes to Try


A slice of banana bread on a white plate.

Do you love ripe bananas and Caribbean cuisine? Here are 9 yummy dishes based on Caribbean flavors that you must try now!

  1. Caribbean banana bread: Moist, with ripe bananas, cinnamon, nutmeg, and coconut flakes.
  2. Banana fritters: Sweet and crispy, with mashed ripe bananas, flour, and sugar.
  3. Caribbean-style banana porridge: Creamy and nutritious with ripe bananas, coconut milk, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  4. Plantain and banana chips: An island snack, with ripe plantains and bananas.
  5. Banoffee pie: Delicious, with a graham cracker crust, sliced ripe bananas, and toffee filling.
  6. Coconut banana rice pudding: Comforting and sweet with ripe bananas, coconut milk, rice, and cinnamon.
  7. Grilled banana boats: Fun and tasty, made by slicing ripe bananas, filling with chocolate chips and marshmallows, grilling until melted and gooey.
  8. Caribbean-style banana smoothie: Refreshing and tropical, with ripe bananas, pineapple, coconut milk, and lime juice.
  9. Banana foster: A Caribbean classic, cooked with sliced ripe bananas in caramel sauce until golden, served with vanilla ice cream.
Caribbean-style Ripe banana porridge
Caribbean-style banana porridge

Sweet Treats

Ripe bananas? Yum! They add a sweet touch to all sorts of meals. From smoothies to desserts, you can use them in many dishes. But don’t forget the Caribbean influence! Caribbean cuisine offers loads of flavors and combos that can jazz up even the most basic recipes.

Here are 9 delicious dishes with ripe bananas to brighten up your kitchen. Caribbean sunshine awaits!

Fried Sweet Plantains with Cinnamon

Fried Sweet Plantains with Cinnamon is a tasty and simple Caribbean-style dish, perfect for a sweet snack or a side. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Preheat a frying pan with vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Peel and slice ripe plantains into rounds.
  3. Fry until golden brown on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. Remove and sprinkle cinnamon powder over.
  5. Serve straight away for the best flavour.

This dish goes great with savoury dishes such as rice and beans or is yummy as a dessert. Pro tip: Drizzle honey over the cinnamon-dusted fried plantains for an extra tasty burst.

Banana Fritters with Nutmeg and Lime

Banana Fritters, spiced with nutmeg and lime, make a delectable, simple-to-make sweet! The recipe is here:


  • – 3 ripe bananas
  • – 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • – 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • – 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • – 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • – 1 egg
  • – 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • – 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
  • – Oil for frying


  1. Mash the bananas in a bowl.
  2. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, nutmeg and sugar.
  3. Beat egg and mix into the mashed bananas.
  4. Add the flour mix to the banana mix and combine.
  5. Stir in the lime juice and zest.
  6. Heat oil in a frying pan.
  7. Drop spoonfuls of mix into the hot oil, fry until golden.
  8. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on paper towels.

Serve your Banana Fritters with powdered sugar or whipped cream! Pro tip: A pinch of cinnamon adds extra flavor.

Caramelized Bananas with Vanilla Ice Cream

Taste heaven! Caramelized bananas and vanilla ice cream – a balance of sweet bananas and creamy ice cream. Here’s how to make it at home:

  1. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
  2. Melt 2 tbsp butter.
  3. Add 4 ripe, lengthwise-sliced bananas.
  4. Sprinkle 2 tbsp brown sugar and 1 tsp ground cinnamon.
  5. Cook for 2-3 minutes, flipping once.
  6. Serve hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

A perfect dinner party treat or sweet treat for two!

Savory Delights

Searching for a unique way to use those ripe bananas? Try Caribbean-style dishes! These recipes use special ingredients and Caribbean flavors for a yummy twist. Here are some delicious meal ideas you can make now with ripe bananas:

Jamaican-Style Ackee and Banana Fry-Up

Fry-up the Jamaican way, a classic combo of sweet and savory! Here’s the recipe to make it at home:


  • 1 can of ackee, drained and rinsed
  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp veg oil


  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add oil.
  2. Sauté onions till tender, around 3 mins.
  3. Add garlic, cook till fragrant, about 1 min.
  4. Throw in tomato, allspice, salt, and pepper. Cook for 2 mins or till tomatoes soften.
  5. Place ackee and banana slices in skillet, stirring gently.
  6. Fry for 3-5 mins, until softened.
  7. Serve hot with rice or bakes.

Pro Tip: Sub ackee with scrambled eggs for non-vegan version.

Trinidadian-style Curry Bananas

Taste the Caribbean with Trinidadian-style Curry Bananas! A unique dish that uses ripe bananas as its versatile main ingredient. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Peel and slice 4 bananas into rounds.
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan.
  3. Add diced onion, minced garlic, and 1 tbsp curry powder.
  4. Cook until onion is translucent and curry is fragrant.
  5. Add sliced bananas and 1/4 cup of water.
  6. Simmer until bananas are tender and coated in curry sauce.
  7. Serve hot with rice or roti.

Perfect for vegetarians and vegans. Fun fact: Ripe bananas are a great source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C.


Haitian-style Banan Peze (Fried Plantain)

Haitian-style Banan Peze, otherwise known as Fried Plantain, is a yummy, well-known dish. It is often served as a snack or side dish in Haiti.

To make it, you’ll need black ripe plantains. Cut them into 1/4 inch thick slices. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Fry the slices for 2-3 minutes each side, until golden brown & crispy. Take them out & put them on paper towel to soak up extra oil. Serve hot as a snack or side dish.

It’s only one of many tasty treats from Caribbean cuisine. Try these 9 delightful ripe banana dishes today and enjoy the flavour & history of the Caribbean.

Beverages and Smoothies

Ripe banana dishes are a hit! Their unique, yummy taste is why. Beverages and smoothies? Easily made with ripe bananas. Here, we’ll bring Caribbean-inspired recipes to your kitchen. A refreshing smoothie, hot cuppa, power shake, or maybe spicy iced tea? We’ll show you how! Let’s get creative!

Caribbean-style Banana Smoothie

A Caribbean-style banana smoothie is a yummy treat! Here’s how to make it:

  1. Put 2 ripe, chunked bananas into a blender.
  2. Add 1 cup of Greek yogurt, plus 1 cup of pineapple chunks and 1 cup of coconut milk.
  3. Sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon.
  4. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  5. Serve right away and experience the tropics with every sip!

Fun Fact: Bananas are a staple food in the Caribbean, used in both sweet and savory dishes.

Guadeloupean-Style Ti Punch with Ripe Bananas

Tantalize your taste buds with a Guadeloupean-Style Ti Punch made with ripe bananas! This easy, delicious cocktail is a favorite in the Caribbean.

To make it, mash one banana in a bowl. Then add one tablespoon of cane sugar and stir until dissolved. Add one ounce of dark rum and the juice of half a lime. Stir everything together.

Pour the mixture over ice in a glass and enjoy! This refreshing drink is perfect for hot summer days and goes great with spicy Caribbean food.

Jamaican-Style Banana and Peanut Punch

Taste the Caribbean with Jamaican-Style Banana and Peanut Punch! It’s a delicious, healthy treat you can try at home.


  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup of almond or soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or agave nectar (optional)


  1. Peel and mash the ripe bananas in a bowl.
  2. In a blender, mix mashed bananas, peanut butter, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, almond/soy milk, and honey/agave.
  3. Blend until smooth and frothy.
  4. Pour the mixture into a glass and serve cold.

Pro tip: Try other ripe fruits like mango, pineapple, and papaya to make your own unique Caribbean-inspired banana dish!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are some popular Caribbean-inspired ripe banana dishes?

Some of the most popular Caribbean-inspired ripe banana dishes include banana fritters, banana bread, banana pudding, banana smoothies, banana pancakes, and banana cream pie.

2. Can I use bananas that are not fully ripe?

It is best to use fully ripe bananas for these dishes as they are sweeter and have a softer texture, making them easier to mash and use in recipes.

3. Are these dishes vegan-friendly?

While some of the dishes may contain non-vegan ingredients, such as eggs or milk, there are many vegan-friendly versions available that use plant-based substitutes.

4. Can I substitute ripe plantains for ripe bananas?

Plantains can be used as a substitute for ripe bananas in some dishes, but be aware that they have a different taste and texture. It is best to use ripe plantains for dishes that require a sweeter taste and a softer texture.

5. Are these dishes healthy?

While ripe bananas contain numerous health benefits, the dishes themselves may contain additional ingredients such as sugar and butter that add calories and fat. It is always best to enjoy these dishes in moderation.

6. Can I freeze ripe bananas for later use?

Yes, ripe bananas can be frozen and used in smoothies, baked goods, and other dishes at a later time. Be sure to peel and slice them before freezing for easy use in recipes.

Isabella Johnson
Isabella Johnson

Hello! I'm Izzy, a passionate pastry chef, food photographer, and lover of all things sweet. When I'm not painting or salsa dancing, you can catch me whipping up decadent desserts or capturing mouthwatering pastries on camera. Let's indulge our sweet tooth together and explore the delightful world of baked treats!