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:
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:
2. Plantain Sandwich by the Healthy Beast
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”:
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
This is a personal favorite! Do me a favor though, and sub out the vegetable oil for coconut oil: Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce
5. (Plantain) Chocolate Chip Cookies! by Created to Be Paleo
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.
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.
8. Sweet Plantain Guacamole by Paleomg
9. Traditional Tostones by Nom Nom Paleo
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.