CRISPY BAKED PLANTAIN CHIPS

Crispy Baked Plantain Chips In Bowl

CRISPY BAKED PLANTAIN CHIPS

by | Jul 2, 2022

Do you remember my recent recipe posting for Caribbean Shrimp Stew and how it materialized out of my beloved personal shopper returning home with plantains instead of bananas? Yikes!! What to do with plantains? I have tasted commercial plantain chips and enjoyed them, and so I said to myself, let’s give making them at home a try especially since the commercial varieties are often made with undesirable oils.

This is a great project to do with children/grandchildren helping them understand the foods of other cultures, experience new tastes and just get into the action in the kitchen. Obviously the cutting aspect of this recipe should be done carefully by an adult, children will enjoy tossing the plantain slices in oil and placing them on the sheet pan to cook. And then in less than a half-hour they can enjoy the fruits of their labor right out of the oven.

Although plantains are from the banana family of plants, they are usually treated and prepared like a vegetable. They are often compared to potatoes because of their starchy flavor. Plaintains range in color from green to yellow to black depending upon their ripeness. Green plantains are a bit hard to peel but they are your best choice when you’re preparing chips. You’ll find a couple of YouTube videos from Praise Onaturals and Blue Apron with two different ways of peeling plantains here and here.

According to Healthline.com, plaintains are rich in vitamins and minerals, and they contain lots of fiber to promote healthy digestion. They are also high in antioxidants and good for your heart health.

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Crispy Baked Plantain Chips

Rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, plantain chips prepared at home are a fun and healthy alternative to potato chips.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Caribbean Inspired
Keyword: Gluten free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 140kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Small Bowl
  • 1 Sharp Knife or Mandoline
  • 1 Sheet pan
  • Parchment Paper Or Silpat To Fit Sheet Pan

Ingredients

  • 2 Green Plantains
  • 1 Tablespoon Avocado Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Flavorings of your choice including paprika, red pepper flakes, cumin, pepper or a spice mix

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cut off both ends of each plantain.
  • Carefully peel the plantains by using a sharp knife to score down the ribs of each plantain until the knife reaches the fruit. Be careful not to cut too deeply.
  • Gently place the knife between the skin and the fruit at the ends and remove each strip of peel.
  • if using a knife, cut each plantain as thinly and evenly as possible.
  • If using a mandoline, cut each plantain in half, and slice each half thinly.
  • Add the thin slices of plantain to a small bowl with 1 Tablespoon avocado oil. You can use other oils, but avocado oil has minimal flavor so it is a great choice here.
  • Toss gently with your hands or a wooden spoon until the surface of each plantain slice is coated with oil.
  • Place the slices individually on the sheet pan with the parchment paper/silpat. The slices should not be touching.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt or other flavorings of your choice such as paprika, red pepper flakes, cumin, pepper or a spice mix.
  • Cook the plantains in the oven for 15-25 minutes or longer depending on their thickness.
  • Allow the plantains to cool as they will continue to crisp as they cool.
  • Eat immediately or store in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

Notes

The nutrition information below is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s, dietician’s or doctor’s advice.
Please note that the sea salt and spices are not included in the nutrition facts as the amount used is discretionary.
You’ll find a couple of YouTube videos from Praise Onaturals and Blue Apron with two different ways of peeling plantains here and here.

Nutrition

Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 436mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1009IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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You’ll need the following ingredients for these Crispy Baked Plantain Chips…

  • Green plantains-2
  • Avocado oil-1 Tablespoon (You can use other oils, but avocado oil has minimal flavor so it is a great choice here.)
  • Sea salt
  • Flavorings of your choice including paprika, red pepper flakes, cumin, pepper or a spice mix

In the grocery store, you’ll see plantains ranging in color from green to yellow to black. The fully green ones are unripe and the best to use for making Plantain Chips. The more ripe the plantain, the more difficult it is to slice thinly. Additionally the flavor is sweeter as they ripen.

4 Plantains

Let’s get going…

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.


Cut off both ends of each plantain.


Carefully peel the plantains by using a sharp knife to score down the ribs of each plantain until the knife reaches the fruit. Be careful not to cut too deeply. You’ll find a couple of YouTube videos from Praise Onaturals and Blue Apron with two different ways of peeling plantains here and here.

Plantain With Part Of Peel Removed And Knife


Gently place the knife between the skin and the fruit at the ends and remove each strip of peel. If it’s difficult to lift up the skin, run a paring knife or a small spoon under the skin to ease each strip of peel off of the flesh.


if using a knife, cut each plantain as thinly and evenly as possible.


When using a mandoline, cut each plantain in half, and slice each half thinly. Below is the OXO mandoline that I use to obtain very thin slices. Mandolines are very sharp, so I also use a cut resistant glove as shown below.

Mandoline And Cut-Resistant Glove


Add the thin slices of plantain to a small bowl with 1 Tablespoon avocado oil. You can use other oils, but avocado oil has minimal flavor so it is a great choice here.

Unbaked Plantain Chips In Bowl


Toss gently with your hands or a wooden spoon until the surface of each plantain slice is coated with oil.


Place the slices individually on the sheet pan with the parchment paper/silpat. The slices should not be touching.

Sprinkle with sea salt or other flavorings of your choice such as paprika, red pepper flakes, cumin, pepper or a spice mix.

Unbaked plantain chips on sheet pan



Cook the plantains in the oven for 15-25 minutes or longer depending on their thickness.


Allow the plantains to cool as they will continue to crisp as they cool.


Eat immediately or store in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

Enjoy!…

Crispy Baked Plantain Chips In Bowl

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