You may remember from this post that the temperatures in Phoenix have been blazing and I am determined not to turn on my oven. But, what do you do when you have bananas that look like this?
, It seems like in the summer we don't eat them as quickly and they turn black before we know it. You can't make banana bread or muffins, it would take forever to cool the house back down to 80 degrees! One thing we like to do at our house is make po'i. In Tahiti, po'i isn't that pasty taro root stuff from Hawaii that you eat with your fingers wondering why you are eating it. In Tahiti, they make po'i out of fruit like papaya or bananas. It is a fruity type of pudding. My husband, many years ago before I met him, once served as a missionary in Tahiti. He lived there among the people on many of the outer atolls, as well as on some of the larger, more well known islands for two years. He loved the food there and one older woman who liked to cook for missionaries who appreciated her food gave him the recipe for po'i. It is super simple and very delicious. It looks kind of funny and when we first introduce it to people, they are wary of this strange looking stuff, but when they taste it, they usually convert! Try it! It is a fun addition to a Polynesian party. Hover and click on the photos for directions.
In our house, we like to spoon it warm, into bowls and then pour cold coconut milk on top of it. YUM! Even with the heat, just typing about this makes my mouth water! Let me know if you try it! Don't waste those black bananas, and don't turn on your oven!
**UPDATE: Now you can make Mango-Peach Po'e! Check it out!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!