Easy Baked Plantain Banana Recipe

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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.

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What are plantain bananas?

Plantains are a member of the banana family. They look the same, except plantains are longer, heavier, have thicker skins, have a starchy taste, and not very sweet. They are also called cooking bananas.

Even with ripe plantains, their skin is so hard and stiff, so you have to use a knife to peel them. 

Plantains are grown all over the world, but they are most popular in African, Latin American, and Southeast Asian dishes. 

It’s better to cook plantains than eat them raw because they are starchy and can stick to your mouth. But the best thing about plantains is that you can eat them at different stages of ripeness, from when the fruit is green to when it’s yellow and black. 

Is it called plantain banana or just plantains?

I call them plantain banana, but some people just call them plantains.

There is not a clear linguistic distinction between plantains and bananas in Madagascar. They are both bananas to us but different varieties. We refer to them as cooking bananas and dessert bananas. 

On my island of Madagascar, we have all sorts of banana plant varieties. From the smallest variety of bananas to the longest and biggest variety (which are huge!). 

Bananas grow so abundantly in Madagascar; that is why we have so many varieties of them. We have lots of different ways of eating bananas, too; we eat them when they’re ripe or cook them when they’re raw. They can also be dehydrated or roasted. There are so many methods.

Do you want more recipes from Madagascar? Try this Easy shrimp and leafy green vegetable soup or this Easy riz Cantonais (Cantonese rice) recipe. 

Today I am going to show you one of the methods that I use to bake plantain bananas. It’s much easier and faster, also healthier. 

What's the difference between ripe and raw plantain bananas?

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Green plantain: A green plantain is firm, and it is not sweet. It has a starchy taste and tastes a little bit like taro root.

You can’t eat green plantains raw; you have to cook them. They are crispy when fried and soft when cooked in water or coconut milk.

Green plantains have thick skin and are a bit tricky to peel; they can stain your fingers and hand. It is recommended to wear gloves when peeling them or what we do in Madagascar is that we rub cooking oil to our hands first so that our hands will not be sticky and darken. 

Green plantains are more like vegetables; you can use them as a savory dish or sweet dish. 

Ripe plantain: A ripe plantain is yellow with a little bit of black. Like bananas, they start green and progress to a yellow brownish-black color. They look like an overripe banana. It is not rotten; it is just how it looks like. The darker the color is, the sweeter is the plantain. You can eat them at any stage of the ripening process, but you need to peel them with a knife. 

A ripe plantain banana is much easier to peel than green plantain; it will not stain your hand and fingers. It is sweet but still a little bit starchy. You can eat it fresh as it is, but it tastes better when it’s cooked.

It has a soft texture but has the potential to be crunchy when fried or baked. Ripe plantains can become mushy when you cook them for too long. When you bake the ripe plantains, the sweet from the plantain can become caramelly. 

What are the benefits of eating plantain bananas?

Plantains are very nutritious and have lots of healthy benefits. They have nutritional health benefits similarities to bananas.

According to MedicalNewsToday.com, Plantains are a nutritious food item with many potential health benefits, such as being a source of vitamins, fiber, potassium, and antioxidants.

  • Plantains are a low-fat source of starchy carbohydrates and fiber. They also contain good amounts of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C and potassium.
  • People can eat plantains as part of a healthful diet. However, they are high in carbs, so if a person is trying to manage their weight, they should be aware of portion size.
  • They are a good source of fiber.
  • Rich in antioxidants.
  • Help supports the immune system.
  • They contain potassium, which may lower blood pressure.
  • They contain vitamin B6, which is good for a healthy heart and mind.

 

You can read a detailed explanation of plantain’s nutritional information and health benefits here in this article titled What are the health benefits of plantains?

How to peel it?

Note: 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.

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 the 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. 

Note: Green plantains have thick skins 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. 

Want to see it in action? Watch me making it:

How to make this easy baked plantain banana recipe?

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!

A picture of the easy baked plantain banana on white plate

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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Jeannie

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It looks good, I used to get confuse with plantains before and never tried cooking it yet, keen to try this type of Banana as usually we only have ripe bananas or the ones we cook are called saba.

Leah Buehler

My husband has been wanting to try plantains and this sounds like the perfect easy recipe! Thank you for the tips on how to peel them as well!

Elke Lopez

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I love this post! Being Puerto Rican, plantains are a very prominent item in our meals. Thank you for the recipe and the lesson on one of my favorite foods.

JACQUES RHUNAH Dhalie Aldat

Waouh, andeha mba hanandrana an’ty ky za, merci bcp nizara recettes Tatie an, bisous

Andra

I love plantains, they’re amazing plain and even better with cinnamon. Thanks for the recipe!

Cooking with Carbs

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What a great healthy dish! We bake often with bananas but never plantains. Thanks for the tips on peeling and needing gloves! This sounds like a great fast healthy dish!

Gabriela Herrera

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I love having these with a scrambled tofu,, side of black beans and ketchup. So delicious I live how these are baked and not fried.

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I discovered plantain while working on cruise ships, and it was love at first bite! I don’t think I saw any in the UK, though; perhaps I have to check the Asian food shops. But it would be so nice to bake my own!!

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I’ve never cooked with plantains before but we enjoy buying plantain chips from the bulk store. What a delicious recipe!

Lottie

These look great! I prefer snacks like this over potato chips. Will give this a try.

Akshita Prakash Pillai

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I love plantains! Cant wait to try it!

Gina Abernathy

Great and healthy recipe. I have never tried baked plantains before but I am sure they are tasty.

Gina Abernathy

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Saved and pinned to try for later. 🙂

Emily Flint

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I never thought to bake plantains before but what a great recipe! These make such a delicious and healthy snack!

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