10 Ways to Cook Plantains (Paleo & Gluten-Free)

July 18, 2016

I’m OBSESSED with plantains. Yesterday, I fried up a plantain and posted a video of the yummy bites sizzling- and promptly received a text from my buddy Emily “ummm, what are those yummy looking donut things you just posted!?” So I explained the magic of plantains to her, and thought I should share the joy with you all to!

Here are 10 ways to cook plantains, paleo and gluten-free.

While they look like a banana, plantains are much starchier and so must be cooked before eating. My (not-so) secret key to cooking delicious plantains is quite simple: cook them in a high quality coconut oil.

Grab a big tub here:

Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce

Not only is this brand delicious, Amazon has it at an an awesome price right now!

From Grab My Snacks:

“Plantains are a member of the banana family. They are a starchy, low in sugar variety that is cooked before serving as it is unsuitable raw. It is used in many savory dishes somewhat like a potato would be used and is very popular in Western Africa and the Caribbean countries. It is usually fried or baked.”

If you follow a paleo, primal, real-food or gluten-free diet- plantains are an awesome starch replacement. My favorite way to prepare plantains is to simply slice, salt and fry in coconut oil. They are delicious topped with greek yogurt, shredded chicken, and a variety of other toppings- but I seriously love them so much I barely can wait for them to cool before I scarf them down! 

Feeling inspired? Check out these delicious plantain recipes: (Click the picture to go to the recipe)


1. Plantain Tortillas by Fresh Tart


These call for avocado oil, which you can score the best avocado oil here:

La Tourangelle Avocado Oil – Cooking & Body Care – All-Natural, Expeller-pressed, Non-GMO, Kosher – 16.9 Fl. Oz.

Plantain Tortillas | Fresh Tart



 2. Plantain Sandwich by the Healthy Beast

jibarito recipe













I absolutely LOVE plantain breakfast sandwiches. We add bacon, ham, an over-easy egg, MAYO and my secret ingredient: jelly. (Trust me!). Here is how to prepare plantain “sandwich bread”:

Primal Kitchen – Mayo Combo Pack (Original and Chipotle Lime)


3. Plantain “Rice”  by Inspiralized (omit beans for paleo)

This recipe does require a Spiralzer (which is useful for many other dishes), and can be purchased here:
Spiralizer Tri-Blade Vegetable Slicer, Strongest-and-Heaviest Duty, Best Veggie Pasta & Spaghetti Maker
How to Spiralize a Plantain



























4. Fried Plantain Lasagna

This is a personal favorite! Do me a favor though, and sub out the vegetable oil for coconut oilCarrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce





5. (Plantain) Chocolate Chip Cookies! by Created to Be Paleo

Find the ingredients: arrowroot powder, plantain flour, palm sugar, palm shortening or coconut oil, and the BEST DARN CHOCOLATE CHIPS IN THE WORLD!

Organic Arrowroot Powder (Flour) – 1 Pound Resealable Bag (16oz) – 100% Raw From Thailand – by Feel Good Organics

Madhava – Organic Blonde Coconut Sugar, 16 oz crystals [Grocery]

Enjoy Life Semi Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks – 10 oz




Chocolate Chip Cookies (from plantains)




6. Plantain Nachos by Against All Grain

This is a bit of a cheat, but if you are lucky enough to live by a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, you can find bags of plantain chips. If you are like me and don’t live within a 200 mile radius.. you find them on Amazon.

Inka Crops Inka Crops Roasted Plantains, 4-Ounce bags (Pack of 12)Plantain Chips Nachos by Against all Grain



7. Plantain Fries by South Beach Primal


These plantain fries are actually made with duck fat. While I normally recommend cooking plantains in coconut oil, this is a perfectly acceptable (and delicious) substitution.

EPIC Animal Cooking Oil (100% Cage Free Duck Fat)

Duck Fat Plantain Fries (baked)



8. Sweet Plantain Guacamole  by Paleomg

Holy. YUM.



9. Traditional Tostones by Nom Nom Paleo

Fried Green Plantains (Patacones or Tostones) by Michelle Tam



10. Perfect Paleo (Plantain) Pancakes. by The Paleo Mom




Hopefully I have inspired you to try my very food- plantains! As you can see, the are a very versatile food, and a must- have addition to a paleo, primal or real-food diet.


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