Recipe: Polynesian Coconut Bananas

Serves 4

People all over Polynesia eat this rich, sweet dessert. It’s uber simple to throw together – just take care to not overcook the bananas, lest they become mushy. Mushy is a big time banana fail. I never met anyone who loved mushy bananas. Do you?

TIP: This amount of coconut milk can easily cook more bananas – perhaps up to 8 small red bananas. I only needed 4 for our small family though.


4 small red bananas
2 regular bananas

1/4 tsp salt (or just a pinch)
1/3 cup sugar
1 (13.5 oz) can of coconut milk


Are you a coconut fanatic? Good. Get ready!

In a saucepan big enough for your bananas, add coconut milk, sugar,…

… and a little salt.

Bring this lovely mixture to a simmer and stir to dissolve sugar.

Add the bananas (you can use whole bananas or slice them in bite-sized pieces). Simmer gently for 2-4 minutes (do not overcook or the bananas will become mushy). You really just want to warm them through.

I liked mine sliced in half on the bias. Serve a small bowl with a little coconut mixture.

Shredded or shaved coconut would be beautiful on top of this dish, if that sort of thing floats your Fijian boat.

Enjoy warm immediately. Before the bananas brown or get cold! Next to mushy bananas, brown and cold bananas are the worst.

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  1. This looks great! Our youngest daughter is currently cooking her way (alphabetically) through the fruits and vegetables and tackled both coconuts and bananas in the last two weeks. If we’d found this earlier she could have doubled it up!


    • Sasha Martin says:

      Yes, it’s super simple and very common in that part of the world. Sounds like your family is on a wonderful adventure. I love it! :)

  2. Finally made this tonight – we loved it! (Substituted light coconut milk.) Hubby (who lived in Fiji for 3 years) said it made him feel good! :)

    • Sasha Martin says:

      Carrie – thank you for reporting back. I’m so glad you loved it and – even better – that it reminded your husband of home. That is a great compliment. Best, Sasha


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