Craving a healthy low cal, no guilt sweet and salty treat without the giant caloric splurge of that o-so-delicious chocolate covered popcorn?
We’ve got just what you’re looking for…
Baked Plantain Chips!
They’ve got a crunchy/salty shell wrapped around a sweet interior that is sure to satisfy your cravings.
Not to mention they’re baked (not fried) and the recipe below only calls for natural ingredients.
So you don’t have to worry about a complete calorie overdose and unhealthy additives.
We’re excited to share our easy to make, baked plantain chip recipe.
With a few variations to suite your taste 🙂
Last year my friend and I traveled to Nicaragua.
It truly was an epic trip… full of beach days, volcano hikes and the occasional late night brought on by one-too-many rum cocktails.
Which inevitably led us down the path of glutinous snacking.
Both of us are gluten free, and try to make healthy choices whenever available… So let me tell you how stoked we were to discover plantain chips!
After we’d declared them our favorite local snack and chowed down our 10th bag – we realized that we needed to share this joy with friends and family back home.
Ever since then we’ve been baking up a storm!
If you aren’t super familiar with plantains, you’re going to love em’!
Although baked plantain chips are my favorite way to eat this fruit, they also taste great when they’re mashed, fried and topped with ice cream (but what doesn’t?!), or boiled and mixed with water to create a Peruvian drink called Chapo (source).
Americans don’t grub on plantain very often, however they’re a staple in many South and Central American dishes.
When making plantain chips, you’ll want to find a very green (unripe) plantain. These are firm and much easier to slice. They also taste starchy.
If you’re looking for a sweeter chip, go for a rip plantain (the yellow ones). Keep in mind the rip plantains will be harder to slice, I suggest doing this with a knife instead of a mandolin.
Side note… mandolins make this task WAY easier, just be careful! I’ve cut myself one too many times on this guy.
Plantains can be found at the store near their close relative, the banana.
Bananas and plantains share many nutritional similarities, for example they’re both high in potassium. However plantains are a different fruit all together and contain many characteristics bananas do not.
Bananas are much higher in sugar, while plantains are starchier. Unlike bananas, plantains are often baked before eating as their raw form is extremely bitter.
One cup of plantains provides almost a fifth of your daily recommended dose of fiber! (source)
Plantains also pack in 35% of your daily recommended dose of Vitamin C, and 36% of Vitamin A! (source)
Now that you know the benefits of eating plantains, can you even consider these a guilty pleasure?!
Utilizing a mandolin for your green plantains will ensure the highest success rate for your plantain cooking endeavor. This tool cuts the plantain into thin and even chips.
You can also use a sharp knife, just try to make your slices are uniform in size.
I then transfer the plantains to a bowl and pour the melted coconut oil evenly over the top. Toss them by hand before the coconut oil starts to harden.
You can substitute the coconut oil for most cooking oils, I just love the flavor coconut oil adds to the recipe.
I like to eat plantain chips within a few days of baking them. Since they aren’t fried and dowsed with chemicals, they lose their crispness after a few days.
To be honest, once you start snacking on them, it’ll be hard not to eat the entire batch right out of the oven, so that shouldn’t be a problem 🙂
Baked Plantain Chips
Baked Plantain Chips
- 2 Plantains
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil melted
- ½ Teaspoon Sea Salt more or less depending on how salty you like your chips!
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut off the ends of the plantains, then cut along the length of the plantain. This is to score the peel so it can easily be taken off, so the cut shouldn’t go very deep into the plantain.
- Take the peel off the plantain, and thinly slice the plantain. You want the slices to be as even as possible, use a mandolin for best success!
- In a bowl, add the sliced plantain chips and toss them in the melted coconut oil.
- Transfer the chips to the baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, and enjoy! Happy baking 🙂
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A Few Simple Variations:
Cinnamon & Sugar:
(follow instructions above)
- 2 plantains
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil (melted)
- 1 teaspoon Sugar (I use Coconut Sugar)
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
Garlic & Onion:
(follow instructions above)
How to eat your Baked Plantain Chips
Plantain chips are seriously so tasty, they don’t need to be dipped into anything!
However, they are the perfect vehicle for anything a chip would be!
Some favorites include:
- Mango Salsa
- Lentil Bean Dip
What are you favorite ways to eat plantains? What do you like to dip plantain chips into?