Suafa'i - Samoan Bananas and Coconut Cream

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 40 mins

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  1. Peel the bananas and place in a medium saucepan. Add the water and then bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  2. Break the bananas up with a wooden spoon, fork or masher.
  3. Sprinkle the tapioca into the saucepan while stirring. Add the coconut milk and then simmer over low/medium heat until the tapioca is cooked, about 15 minutes. Stir frequently. Finally, taste the suafa’i. If you like a little more sweetness, then add sugar to taste.
  4. Remove from the heat, leave for about 30 minutes to cool and then serve in a bowl or cup. You can also cool suafa’i completely, and refrigerate it. Once cooled, serve it as a snack or dessert.
Most Helpful

I had an idea of how to make it growing up and watching my Mom but it has been forever and your recipe helped confirmed my memory. Kind of funny that like my Mom, she didn't use measurements. Everything was eyed. Thanks for the recipe. Do you know how to make the peach pie?

Easter L. October 08, 2014

thank you for this recipe, living far from home isn't easy and being able to find this recipe made me feel like I was back home in Samoa.<br/>Measurements were perfect thank you again it was YUMMY !

Silofa O. January 03, 2014

i found the recipe easy to follow and made a great tasting sua fai thank you

polyuce November 11, 2011