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Rapa Nui Banana Po'e Bread Recipe
Rapa Nui Banana Po’e Bread Recipe

The po’e or poe de plátanos is a delicious traditional recipe from Rapa Nui (Easter Island), a kind of sweet cake often used to accompany meats, fish, and ceviches.

How to make Banana Poe?

Preparing banana po’e is very quick and simple, made with ripe bananas, sweet potato, pumpkin, and pineapple, mixed with flour, butter, sugar, and shredded coconut.

Nutritional Information

Category: Desserts
Cuisine: Chilean, Rapa Nui
Calories: 400
Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 60 minutes
Servings: 10 people

Rapa Nui Banana Poe Recipe


  • 1½ kg of ripe bananas
  • 500 g of flour
  • 500 g of sugar
  • 300 g of grated yellow pumpkin
  • 300 g of soft butter or lard
  • 70 g of shredded coconut
  • 35 g of powdered milk
  • 6 ml of coconut essence


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F) and butter a hollow or extended cake mold.
  2. In a large bowl, add the peeled bananas and grated pumpkin or sweet potato, mix with your hands while adding butter or lard. Knead until everything is integrated and a homogeneous mixture is obtained.
  3. Add the sifted flour, sugar, shredded coconut, powdered milk, and coconut essence, kneading with your hands until you obtain an integrated mixture with a uniform texture.
  4. Distribute the mixture in the previously buttered mold, leveling the surface with your fingers.
  5. Place in the preheated oven and cook for 50 to 60 minutes or until the po’e is cooked and moist in the center, checking with a skewer or toothpick. Remove from the oven, cool, and unmold.
  6. Serve freshly made po’e de plátanos, cold and sliced as desired, alone or accompanied by tea, coffee, or natural juice.

Benefits of eating Bananas

Bananas are an excellent source of energy thanks to their carbohydrate content, which varies according to their color.

If it is green, it will provide more starch, and if it is yellow, it will provide more sugars like sucrose, fructose, and glucose.

They contain a large number of minerals such as magnesium, iron, potassium, and manganese, essential for muscle maintenance and proper blood pressure.

Did you know?

Rapa Nui is a remote volcanic island located in Polynesia, famous for its over 900 monumental statues called “moais,” created by the island’s inhabitants between the 13th and 16th centuries.


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