Tahitian Banana Po’e

Po’e is a popular fruit dessert and a great part of the traditional Tahitian cuisine. It is actually a fruit pudding with a unique taste and it is delicious! Originally the dessert was wrapped in banana leaves and then cooked in the fire pit. Here, an offering you the simple, modern baked version, which is easier and you can make it at home.

Servings 4-6


  • 6 to 8 ripe bananas (peeled, cut into chunks)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cornstarch or arrowroot
  • 1 cup coconut cream (shake before usage)


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  • Preheat oven to 375°F/ 190°C/Gas Mark 5. Butter a 2-quart baking dish. Set aside.
  • In a blender or food processor, blend the bananas. You should get enough puree to fill 4 cups.
  • In a bowl, add brown sugar and cornstarch/arrowroot and combine together. Apply this mixture to the banana puree, add vanilla extract, and process well again. You should get a smooth mixture without any starch lumps; adjust sugar to taste. Pour the puree into the baking dish.
  • Place in the oven and bake for about 32 to 45 minutes, or just until the dessert is bubbling and firm. Remove from oven; allow to cool. Then, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge until well chilled and set.
  • Cut into cubes and apply into individual bowls or large serving bowl. Top with a dollop of coconut cream, sprinkle more brown sugar or even chocolate sauce (if desired) and serve.