20 Paleo Plantain Recipes
I took my first bite of plantain only a few months ago, and now I’m hooked! Plantain, which is available in most large grocery stores as well as Hispanic markets, is a starchy fruit that looks like a banana. Bananas and plantains may look similar, but when it comes to versatility, plantains are the clear winner. Even better, they are cheap and healthy!
For those cutting out the gluten, the variety of gluten-free flours lining your health food shelves may seem overwhelming. With these simple recipes, you can skip the majority of those unusual flours and rely on the unique baking properties of plantains. Some of the recipes here call for coconut flour, which is my favorite grain-and-gluten-free flour (read about the benefits of coconut flour here).
Important tip: when baking with plantains, be sure to use the directed color of plantains. Ripe and unripe plantains have different baking properties and can not be used interchangeably. Green plantains are the least ripe and most starchy, yellow plantains are more ripe, and speckled black plantains are the ripest and sweetest. If a recipe calls for green plantains, that means the plantain is unripe and starch-heavy. If a recipe calls for ripe (nearly black) plantains, do not substitute yellow or green ones.
1. Plantain Pancakes
2. Plantain Tortillas
Plantain tortillas from Fresh Tart are rollable, fillable and stuffable (and also egg free). You can also use it as a pizza crust.
3. Plantain Doughnuts
“Single Lady” Plantain Doughnuts with a Chocolate Avocado Frosting from Studio Snacks.
4. Plantain Rice
Plantain Rice from Inspiralized, made with a vegetable spiralizer, is a grain-free alternative to regular rice.
5. Plantain Lasagna
6. Plantain Waffles
Flourless Gingerbread Plantain Waffles from Purely Twins.
7. Plantain Tortilla Chips
Plantain tortilla chips from Kate’s Healthy Cupboard pair perfectly with salsas or hummus.
8. Plantain Socca
Just three ingredients needed for this Plantain Socca – a multi-purpose flatbread – from Purely Twins.
9. Plantain Chocolate Chip Cookies
10. Plantain Biscuits
These Sweet Plantain Biscuits from PaleOMG stand up to copious dollops of jam and butter.
11. Plantain Chocolate Cake
This grain free, egg free Plantain Chocolate Cake from A Clean Plate is topped with a creamy banana chocolate frosting.
12. Plantain Sandwich Rounds
Plantain Sandwich Rounds are an easy grain-free, egg-free sandwich solution from Delicious Obsessions.
13. Plantain Sandwiches
Jibaritos are a Puerto Rican tradition where bread is replaced by fried plantains. Try this Jibaritos recipe from The Healthy Beast.
14. Plantain Clafoutis
Clafoutis usually requires flour. Try this flourless Paleo Plantain Clafoutis from The Paleo Mom.
15. Plantain Nachos
Plantain Chip Nachos from Against All Grain make a grain free version of nachos.
16. Plantain Brownies
Flourless Plantain Brownies with Caramel Sauce from So Let’s Hang Out.
17. Lemon Garlic Plantain Chips
Crispy, crunchy, and flavorful. Try these Lemon Garlic Plantain Chips from Meatified!
18. Plantain Fries
Plantain Fries from South Beach Primal.
19. Plantain Cake
Flourless Plantain Cake from me.
20. Plantain Crackers
Garlic Rosemary Plantain Crackers from Autoimmune Paleo.
What are you favorite plantain recipes? Don’t forget to share with your gluten/grain free friends!