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Mashed Green Bananas (Easy Potato Replacement)

Yesterday I shared a recipe for banana chips and explained that green bananas are a nutritious staple in Jamaica. Today I want to share with you another easy way to enjoy this staple–mashed green bananas.

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Mashed Green Bananas
My son enjoys his mashed green bananas with loads of raw butter and a sprinkle of sea salt. Mmmmmm.

These are similar in profile to mashed potatoes but are more flavorful. They can also be dressed up in many ways by adding different spices and seasonings. Their pleasant taste makes it a good variation to try with picky eaters who gravitate towards mashed potatoes. They actually make a great potato substitute!

Green bananas are also Paleo, but they are not GAPS-legal.

They are very simple to make as well.

Mashed Green Bananas

Mashed Green Banana Recipe
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 1 person


  • 2 fingers green banana
  • 1 tbsp butter or ghee
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Set a pot of water to boil
  • Cut both ends off of the bananas
  • Make a cut lengthwise from top to bottom (you are trying to make an opening between the skin and the banana, not actually slice it)
  • Put in the pot of boiling water. It’s a good idea to tip a bit of acid in the pot, like a wedge of lemon or a tablespoon or so of apple cider vinegar, to prevent staining your pot.
  • Once the bananas are tender and the skin will come off easily (approximately 15 minutes), remove from pot.
  • Peel off the remaining skin.

  • Mash with butter and sea salt or other desired seasonings.
Keyword Paleo

Don’t forget to pin this to your side dishes board on Pinterest!

Mashed Green Bananas - Mashed Potato Replacement

Try these soon, and let me know what you (or your kids) think!

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[…] Mashed green bananas make a great replacement for mashed potatoes. They are very flavorful and can be replaced 1:1. You can season any way you like your mashed potatoes, such as with butter, olive oil, salt and pepper. You can even add gravy if you desire! […]