Healthy Ecuadorean Snack – Baked Plantains

Posted: March 3, 2010 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

I want to share our favorite snack here in the Carrion Family. I know most of you have tried fried plantains in one of those Latin restaurants, they are great tasting but loaded with fat. This is an option that not only has lots of vitamins and minerals but that can easily satisfy those sugar cravings in the middle of the day. You’ll need for this recipe 1 – 3 very, very ripe plantains, your local supermarket has these plantains usually next to the mangoes and coconuts.  The riper the plantain the sweeter it is, so choose one that looks like this:
Very ripe and not so ripe plantain
If it’s not ripe enough, that’s fine, just let it ripe at home for a couple of days. Peel and cut plantains into 1/2 inch slices and put them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or lightly sprayed with olive oil. I like to use my toaster oven for this purpose. Bake at 350F for around 25 minutes or until they are golden.
Golden Brown Plantains
It tastes better when served warm, but it’s also great when it’s cold so it’s a great snack option for your kids. If you want to indulge a little bit, add a dollop of cream cheese.
Plantains with Cream Cheese
Buen Provecho!