I can't believe it's June already! These past few months have been crazy with 2 boys playing baseball. Thankfully, that will be winding down in the next few weeks and we can start to enjoy sleeping in, swimming and the summer sunshine.
But today I want to talk about Plantains and share a few of my FAVORITE, healthy plantain recipes.
What is a Plantain?
Well, I have to admit, up until a few months ago, I had no idea what a plantain was. I had barely noticed those “green banana looking things” next to the bananas at my local grocery store. And I would have never thought you could do so many things with them.
That is, until I ran across my first plantain recipe on the Paleo Mom's blog. It was a recipe for Plantain Crackers. Not only can you make crunchy, delicious crackers with Plantains, but you can also make plantain tortillas, bread, pancakes, taco bowls and so much more…
So, what is a Plantain?
A Plantain is a relative to the banana, as you probably already figured out. It is a starchy fruit, not real sweet like a banana with many nutritional benefits including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potassium & Fiber.
Green Plantains must be cooked before eating and are great for savory dishes. As a plantain ripens, it will turn to yellow, then black. The riper the plantain, the sweeter the flavor. Ripe plantains are good for desserts and sweeter recipes.
So with that said, let's get my favorite Plantain recipes!
3 Delicious and Healthy Green Plantain Recipes
I love this plantain cracker recipe! This was a staple in my kitchen when I was on my clear skin journey. It gave me the crunch I was craving without the gluten in traditional crackers. I still love having these crackers on hand.
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Sometimes you just need the crunch of a chip and this plantain tortilla recipe gives you just that. This recipe is very similar to the plantain cracker recipe, but uses a lot less coconut oil.
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Now this chocolate glazed donut recipe has to be my absolute favorite plantain recipe so far! Maybe because it's a sweet treat that I can eat without feeling guilty. 🙂 It is so easy to make. You just have to try it.
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A Few Tips:
I have learned a few things the hard way since I started working with plantains:
- If you store your plantains in the refrigerator, take them out a few hours before you want to use them. Cold plantains are so much harder to peel than room temperature plantains. I just figured this out the last time I cooked with them.
- If you are like me, and don't have a super duper food processor, cut your plantains up into smaller pieces before trying to puree. Otherwise, the blade will keep getting stuck on your chunks of plantains and it can get quite frustrating. Or better yet, shred them in your food processor first and then puree.
How to Peel a Plantain:
Peeling a plantain, when you don't know what you're doing can be quite frustrating. So if you need some tips, check out this video tutorial:
These are my favorite plantain recipes so far. If you're looking for even more inspiration, Marjorie with This Is So Good Home has put together a even longer list of great plantain recipes! See it here!