Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Baked Plantain Chips 3 Ways

I have been trying to get my hands on some green plantains in Vietnam for almost 2 years and finally got myself a big bunch of them. The first thing I made were these delicious baked plantain chips. I have been on a restricted diet of bone broth, juices and raw salads excluding nightshades, nuts, seeds and dairy and really needed a safe treat that wouldn't flare up my lupus. I made three versions including salt and pepper, lime and black pepper and maple, cinnamon & cayenne (this one was for my husband which I couldn't eat as it contains cayenne). My kids were over the moon to have 'chips' in the house.

Baked Plantain Chips 3 Ways
Baked Plantain Chips 3 Ways
Plantains are a relative of the banana except they are a lot bigger and need to be cooked before eating. They are great for many types of sweet and savoury dishes depending on their stage of ripeness from green to yellow to black. They are considered a safe starch and the green plantains are a great replacement for potatoes as they give a similar texture but don't have the sweetness or smell of a banana. As the plantain ripens, it will become sweeter and more fragrant like a banana and can be used in desserts. I love ripe plantains fried in coconut oil as a treat.

Baked Plantain Chips 3 Ways
Green Plantain (this was close to yellow, choose as green as you can)


These baked plantain chips can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container for 2 days where they will remain crisp and crunchy. Just be sure you use green plantains. They do ripen quickly in hot climates, when I made my first batch of baked plantain chips the plantains were green, they already started to yellow the next day and were noticeably sweeter (I should have put them in the fridge!) but I was still able to make chips out of them for this post. The chips ended up a little puffier but still crisp. If you want to be able to store them for a couple of days and keep them crisp use only the green plantain.

Baked Plantain Chips 3 Ways

Makes 1 cup of chips
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 12-14 mins (if you can fit them on one tray, or double the time if your oven is smaller)

I have three versions for these yummy baked plantain chips:
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Lime & Black Pepper
  • Maple, Cinnamon & Cayenne

Salt & Pepper Baked Plantain Chips

Baked Plantain Chips 3 Ways
Baked Plantain Chips 3 Ways - Salt & Pepper

You will need:
  • 1 green plantain
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil (buy on iherb or amazon)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (buy on iherb or amazon)
  • 1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper (buy on iherb or amazon)
Method:
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C degrees (356 °F)
  • Line a baking tray with baking paper
  • Trim the ends of the plantain
Baked Plantain Chips 3 Ways
Trim both ends of the plantain
  • Using a knife, score the skin lengthways a few times to make it easier to peel
Baked Plantain Chips 3 Ways
Score the skin lengthways a few times to make it easier to peel 
  • Peel the plantain 
Baked Plantain Chips 3 Ways
Peel the plantain
  • Using a mandoline, slice the plantain thinly
Baked Plantain Chips 3 Ways
Use a mandoline to thinly slice the plantain
  • Place the sliced plantain in a bowl with the coconut oil, salt and pepper, use your hands to separate the slices and ensure they are evenly coated
Baked Plantain Chips 3 Ways
add the rest of the ingredients and use your hands to separate the slices and ensure they are evenly coated
  • Layer the plantain on the baking tray, they will stick to each other if they overlap so make sure they have a little room (although my kids like getting a few stuck together so mine are a little tightly packed)
place plantain in a single layer
  • Place in the oven on the middle rack for 8 minutes, they should look like this: (if they are more brown, reduce the oven to 160°C degrees (320 °F) as each oven varies)
Baked Plantain Chips 3 Ways
They should look like this, it they are a little more browned, remove any that have crisped up on the outer edges
  • Set the timer again for 2 mins to allow further crisping and browning, remove any that have crisped up
  • To test if they are crisp, pick one out with tongs and check whether they are still soft in the middle
  • Keep checking every 1-2 minutes and removing the chips that are ready, it is worth spending the time doing this as you will end up with crunchy yummy chips that will stay crunchy for a few of days
Baked Plantain Chips 3 Ways
This is how they should look when ready, I usually take out the ones on the outer edges earlier
  • Allow to cool and give them a good sprinkle of extra salt and pepper

Lime & Black Pepper Baked Plantain Chips

Lime & Black Pepper Baked Plantain Chips
Lime & Black Pepper Baked Plantain Chips - these were tasty with a nice citrus zing
You will need:
  • 1 green plantain
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil (buy on iherb or amazon)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp salt (buy on iherb or amazon)
  • 1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper (buy on iherb or amazon)
Method:
  • Follow the same method as the Salt and Pepper Baked Plantain Chips

Maple, Cinnamon & Cayenne Baked Plantain Chips

Maple, Cinnamon & Cayenne Baked Plantain Chips
Maple, Cinnamon & Cayenne Baked Plantain Chips - my plantain just started to yellow so these got a little puffy but still crisp and crunchy
You will need:
  • 1 green plantain
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (buy on iherb or amazon)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (buy on iherb or amazon)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (buy on iherb or amazon)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (buy on iherb or amazon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder (buy on amazon)
Method:
  • Follow the same method as the Salt and Pepper Baked Plantain Chips
These baked plantain chips make a great healthy alternative to chips (crisps) to send to school or part of a dipping platter with guacamole and salsa. Yum!

Hope you enjoy <3
May xx
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2 comments:

  1. Yummy! Just curious, why do you think the plantains need to be cooked before eating? They are similar to bananas, but are larger with a slightly different taste. Since I love the taste of dried bananas, I will try this version using the banana with coconut oil, salt and pepper.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi! green plantains are quite starchy and not sweet like a banana. They don't taste so good raw! I haven't tried using normal bananas but I believe they will be soft and not crunchy like green plantains which is more like potato than banana. Let me know how you go with banana though! Would love to hear.

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