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Easy Baked Plantain Banana Recipe

This easy baked plantain banana chips recipe is perfect if you're looking for an easy and quick healthy snack idea. Plantains are so good for you; they're full of nutrients and health benefits! This easy baked plantain recipe is so affordable and can be done in under 20 minutes. It's so simple but delicious!
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine African
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Baking pan
  • Cooking brush

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Ripe plantain bananas Peeled and sliced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Soft butter (Use vegetable butter if you're vegan)
  • 1 Tsp Granulated white sugar Optional
  • 1/4 Tsp Cinnamon powder Optional

Instructions
 

  • 1- Begin by preparing your baking pan—grease a large baking pan with butter (use vegetable butter if you are vegan).
    2- Next, peel the plantains. First, cut off both ends of the plantain. Then flip the plantain to its back, meaning the arch of the plantain is down. Cut a shallow slit down the ridge; try not to cut any deeper than the peel. Then use the knife to break the skins loose by lifting the skins with the knife. Do not penetrate the blade too deep into the flesh of plantain, just a little bit under the skins by pushing and lifting the skins at the same time. Then peel the plantain by running your thumbs under the coats. The skin will come off easily when the plantain is not very green.
    3- After that, slice or cut the plantains. (I like mine to be a little bit thicker, but you can make yours thinner if you want). About 2 inches.
    4- Now, line the chopped plantains on the greased baking pan. Then, take the soft butter and brush the plantains generously with it.
    5- After that, sprinkle the plantains with the sugar and cinnamon mixture, then bake it in the oven for 15 minutes, then let cool off for about 1-2 minutes. Right away, use a small glass or a wooden spoon to smash the cooked plantain. (Note, it's much easier to press the plantains when they are still hot. They harden when they're cold).
    6- Lastly, transfer them to a plate, then serve. You can season it with a little bit of the sugar and cinnamon mixture or just leave it as it is.
    Mazotoa homana! - Enjoy!

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Notes

  • If you are using very green plantain, make sure to use rubber gloves or rub your hands with cooking oil so your hands and fingers won't darken from the sticky sap in the plantain's skins. Ripe plantains will not darken your hands very much, but they will if you are cutting lots of plantains.
  • Green plantains have thick skin and are a bit tricky to peel. You may need a lot of practice before you get it right, so be patient with yourself if you do not get it right the first time. 
  • It's much easier to press the plantains when they are still hot. They harden when they're cold.
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