Polynesian Banana Pudding - Po'e

I recreated one of my favorite food discoveries from our honeymoon in Easter Island. Po'e is a naturally sweetened, dense banana pudding, often served with coconut cream. It's made with less than 5 ingredients. 

I think I need a vacation. I know what you're thinking. Are you not off work for Thanksgiving? And were you not in Yellowstone just three months ago? Yes, I know. The wanderlust bug has bit me hard.

Since our next trip is a good 6 months away, I'm making do by reminiscing on past travels, recreating some of our favorite recipes from past trips, including this simple po'e, a banana pudding we enjoyed on our honeymoon in Easter Island. 

Scott surprised me (and our wedding guests) with the honeymoon destination at our wedding reception. If I didn't already know I had a winner on my hands, I was absolutely positive when he planned two weeks in Chile, including an excursion to the top place in the world I wanted to see, Easter Island! If you've unfamiliar with Easter Island, it's the world's most isolated, inhabited island, 1,100 miles from the nearest inhabited island and 2,300 miles (and an 8 hour plane ride) from the coast of Chile. The big draw, besides the gorgeous volcanic scenery, are the almost 1,000 moai, giant carved figures scattered across the island.

Our second day in Easter Island, we spend the morning horseback riding to the highest point on the island, and by the time we got back to town, we were starving. Only one restaurant was still open, and thankfully the food was amazing! We enjoyed much needed cold beers, a plate of scallop carpacchio, and tuna ceviche served with po'e, this lightly sweetened banana budding we fell in love with. 

I was really excited when I stumbled upon a recipe for po'e and could recreate it at home. Usually it is made with bananas, but there are also versions made with mango and papaya. With only four ingredients, it couldn't be any simpler. Right out of the oven, it's a little fluffier and lighter, but traditionally it's served cold topped with coconut cream. I actually prefer it slightly chilled, where it's a little more dense. 


Polynesian Banana Pudding - Po'e

Adapted from Polynesian Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups mashed bananas, from about 6-8 bananas
  • 1/2 cup honey or brown sugar
  • 1 cup whole wheat or white flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut milk or cream, for serving 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Blend together bananas, honey, flour, vanilla and salt in a food processor until pureed. 
  2. Spread a little coconut oil in a medium-large baking dish. Pour in batter. Bake 35-40 minutes until firm. Remove from oven and let cool. Serve warm, or chill in the refrigerator. Slice or cube then drizzle with coconut cream or milk before serving.

More Banana Desserts: 

Roasted Bananas with Coconut Cream, Dark Chocolate and Pistachios

Strawberry and Cream Milkshakes

Strawberry and Cream Milkshakes

Triple Chocolate Banana Ice Cream with Vegan Magic Shell