Overripe Bananas Part II: Couscous Pudding With Cardamom and Bananas

Posted on by on April 11th, 2011 | 22 Comments ยป

In my last post I talked about how I had an abundance of overripe bananas and instead of making a few banana breads I started thinking of other recipes that will make use of these browning overripe fruits.

Living in Israel couscous has become a pretty basic staple in our home. I have bags of it sitting in my cupboards and use it as a go to side dish pretty frequently. Its wonderful plain alongside chicken or lamb and a perfect side to soak up yummy sauces. It can be used in may different ways and with origins from all over Africa, the Middle East and India you can always find a recipe to suite your taste buds.

Couscous is usually thought of as an ingredient or as a dish. The dish couscous is made as a stew with chickpeas and meat and highly seasoned. Couscous as an ingredient can be served and prepared the same as a grain and can also have ingredients added to it like spices, dried fruit or nuts. I never thought to make couscous as anything other then this before. Until now.

I love rice pudding. Big fan. I thought that a rice pudding with my overripe bananas would be perfect, but, I had no rice. I did though have about a 2 kilos of couscous. I never really thought about couscous pudding and when I looked it up online I found a large selection of recipes and thought why not?

This recipe was influenced by combination of Moroccan and Indian couscous puddings. It has a sweet taste from being cooked in coconut milk and the cardamom and orange zest play beautifully against the soft bananas. This is a perfect dessert for company as it is super fast to make with basic ingredients and is terribly easy. However, it tastes complex and sophisticated. It can also be eaten as breakfast in place of your usual oatmeal.


2 1/2 Cups Coconut Milk
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Whole Wheat Couscous (or plain)
2 Teaspoons Orange Zest
2 Teaspoons Cardamom, plus more for garnish
2 Overripe Bananas, Sliced
1/8 Cup Cream


Bring coconut milk, sugar and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat.
Add couscous, orange zest and cardamom and simmer for about a minute.
Remove from heat, cover pot and let sit for 5 minutes.
Fluff couscous with a fork and stir in bananas, reserving a few slices for garnish, and cream.
Serve in a bowl topped with reserved banana slices and sprinkle with cardamom.

« Overripe Bananas Part I: Banana Date Honey Loaf
Overripe Bananas Part III: Shrimp With Banana Curry »


  1. Posted on: 4-11-2011

    Love couscous and have never used it for something sweet before. This looks amazing!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-11-2011

      Katie, this was my first time having it as a dessert. It was really great! I had the leftovers for breakfast the next morning ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Posted on: 4-11-2011

    Great recipe! I love the addition of orange and cardamom. No wonder it tastes ‘sophisticated.’ Well done ๐Ÿ™‚

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-11-2011

      Thanks Parsley Sage!

  3. Posted on: 4-12-2011

    Lovely spices/flavours… I love cardamom! Never had sweet couscous before but this one looks so inviting! Thanks for sharing! I love these posts on overripe bananas!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-12-2011

      Thanks Manu! I love cardamom too! Need to find more recipes that utilize it! We have it a lot in Turkish coffee here.

  4. Posted on: 4-12-2011

    Nice! One more overripe banana recipe!! All I need is Couscous. I already like the taste of coconut, cardamom, and orange zest…. You are really creative. I wouldn’t think of combination like this. You are a real cook type – I’m too conservative sometimes…

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-12-2011

      Thanks Nami! Im always trying to think of new things and try new tastes together. Sometimes its a total fail but sometimes, like this, it works really well!!

  5. Posted on: 4-12-2011

    Wow…… what a lovely dish. my son like bananas i’ll try this some time.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-12-2011

      Thanks Daksha! If you try it let me know how you and your son like it!

  6. Posted on: 4-12-2011

    Coconut milk and banana this looks fabulous!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-12-2011

      Thanks Claudia! It is really fabulous.

  7. Posted on: 4-12-2011

    Interesting… I would love to try this!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-12-2011

      Lauren, you should totally try it! Its so light and the flavors are awesome

  8. Posted on: 4-12-2011

    Delicious, flavorful and beautiful looking dish! Great photos too!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-12-2011

      Thanks Sandra!!

  9. Posted on: 4-12-2011

    i love adding couscous to my veggie salads and even made a fruit salad using couscous but never thought of making couscous pudding. Sounds great. The addition of cardamon gives it the “sophisticated” taste
    thanks for sharing

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-12-2011

      Fruit salad with couscous?! I love the sound of that! I will have to try that out.

  10. Posted on: 4-13-2011

    This sounds so delish! I love couscous… especially whole wheat couscous, but have never had it sweet. I could totally get down with this! And I feel like I can just smell that orange zest and coconut milk. Mmmmm ๐Ÿ˜€

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-14-2011

      Thanks Tiffany, it was wonderful and so easy to make. The orange zest and coconut milk do give off an intoxicating smell ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Posted on: 4-13-2011

    What a wonderful way of using both couscous and bananas! I generally make savory dishes with couscous (salads in particular), but this looks like a great idea for breakfast!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-14-2011

      Thanks Gourmantine! I usually use couscous for savory dishes too and this was a wonderful change! Perfect for breakfast!

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