how to make haitian oatmeal

Haitian oatmeal, often referred to as “Labouyi Bannann” or banana oatmeal porridge, is a comforting and nutritious breakfast dish in Haitian cuisine. It’s made from ripe bananas, oats, spices, and sweetened with condensed milk. Here’s how to make Haitian oatmeal:


  • 2 ripe bananas (sliced)
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or 12 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
  • 2-3 whole cloves (or a pinch of ground cloves)
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 12 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • Sugar or honey (optional, for additional sweetness)
  • Freshly grated nutmeg (optional, for garnish)


  1. Prepare the Bananas:
    • Peel the ripe bananas and slice them into thin rounds. Set them aside.
  2. Combine Water and Oats:
    • In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil.
    • Add the oats, cinnamon stick (or ground cinnamon), whole cloves (or ground cloves), and salt to the boiling water.
    • Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. The oats should absorb the water and become tender.
  3. Add Sliced Bananas:
    • After simmering the oats for 15-20 minutes, add the sliced bananas to the oatmeal mixture.
    • Continue to simmer for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until the bananas have softened and the oatmeal has thickened.
  4. Sweeten and Flavor:
    • Stir in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract (if using) into the oatmeal. You can adjust the amount of sweetened condensed milk to your desired level of sweetness.
    • Taste the oatmeal and add sugar or honey if you want it even sweeter.
  5. Serve:
    • Remove the cinnamon stick and whole cloves if you used them.
    • Ladle the Haitian oatmeal into bowls.
    • Garnish each serving with a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg, if desired.
    • Serve the oatmeal hot and enjoy your delicious and nutritious Haitian breakfast!

Haitian oatmeal is a creamy and flavorful breakfast option that combines the sweetness of ripe bananas with the warmth of spices like cinnamon and cloves. It’s a popular choice for starting the day in Haitian households and is often served with bread or crackers for added texture.

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