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Viva’s Banana Moqueca (Raw Vegan Recipe)

This recipe is a raw vegan version of a traditional fish-based stew from Bahia, a state in the northeast of Brazil. In our pre-raw days this dish was a favorite, so in this version we used bananas instead of fish. A firm banana like a plantain or Brazilian “Banana da Terra” will hold the sauce well for this unique and flavorful coconut milk-based dish.

photo credit: Viva Institute


  • one large red pepper
  • one large yellow pepper
  • 3-4 medium ripe tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • one medium onion, cut into quarters
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. chopped cilantro
  • 3/4 cup (200 ml.) coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. Himalayan salt
  • 2 limes, juiced

After blending add:

  • 4 firm, ripe bananas (plantains or Bananas da Terra)
  • Optional: chili oil, paprika


  • Place all ingredients in a food processor with the exception of the bananas. (For color, reserve a few pieces of diced red and yellow peppers for garnish at the end.)
  • Blend until ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  • Remove from food processor and pour sauce into serving bowl or individual bowls.
  • Slice bananas lengthwise and then in halves. Add to the serving bowls (above).
  • Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro, a few pieces of chopped peppers, a dash of chili oil, and a sprinkle of paprika.


The sauce may be warmed in a Vitamix before serving. For a non-raw vegan version, warm the sauce and serve over brown rice.