Baked Plantains

These juicy baked plantains are a delight, they are sweet, melt in your mouth and healthy. Baked in the oven compared to traditional frying, this is comfort food at its best, served as a side, dessert or snack.

Baked Plantains

baked plantains close up


What are plantains?

Plantains are not bananas, they are related to bananas. Plantains are larger, starchier and are typically eaten cooked, fried, boiled or baked,  while bananas are sweeter and typically eaten raw.

Plantains are popular in the Caribbean and in West Africa, I grew up eating plantains and its still a favorite in my home. I decided to bake them instead of frying. Fried plantains are a popular part of my Jamaican cuisine. Plantains are sold in most supermarkets in the International section of the supermarkets here in the USA. It is typically larger than bananas.

I love to serve it with my Instant Pot Pinto Beans, Vegan Brazilian Black Bean Stewor my Chickpea Stew recipe.

Ripe Plantains for Baked Plantains

How To Bake Plantains

To make baked plantains, make sure your plantains are very ripe, yellow with black spots as shown in the photo above and not green. They should give slightly when pressed and not be firm.

Peel plantains by cutting the ends off the plantain, cut through the peel from vertically then remove the peel. Make diagonal slices about 1/2 inch thick, place slices on a sprayed baking sheet, spray on top of the plantain slices and bake in a preheated oven at 425 degrees F, until golden brown for 20 minutes turning halfway.

Oven Baked Plantains

Health Benefits of Baked Plantains

There are only 109 calories in 1 oven baked plantains, they are a good source of  Vitamin A, potassium, magnesium and Vitamin B6. Check out more on the health benefits of plantains.

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109 kcal / 456 kJ
1 g
28 g
Per 100g

Cooking Time

5 min
20 min
Ready in:
25 min
4 Servings



  1. Preheat oven 425 degrees F. Lightly spray parchment lined cookie sheet and set aside.
  2. Using a knife remove the peel of the plantain by cutting off the ends then cut through the skin lengthwise. Remove the skin and slice diagonally into 1/2 inch slices.
  3. Place slices in a single layer on a cookie sheet, spray the top of plantains with cooking spray and bake for 20 minutes, turning halfway or until plantains are golden brown.

Michelle Blackwood

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Roma
    August 15, 2019

    These worked great in my air fryer. I sprinkled a little mild sriracha over the slices and sprayed them really lightly with with canola oil, then baked them at 400 deg. for 20 min, shaking them once at 10 min. Absolutely delicious.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 15, 2019

      Roma that’s great to know, thank you for sharing with us. I’m definitely going to try.

  2. Kala
    August 11, 2019

    Hi Michelle! I’m Jamaican too, I teach women meditation and spiritual methods for healing anxiety. AND I love healthy food as a yoga teacher too. Thanks I grew up frying plantains so now gonna see how this comes out. Thanks for all you do! Do u have a Youtube channel? I’m looking for potential collabs- whcih helps build YT channel.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 11, 2019

      Hello Kala, it is so nice to meet you. Thank you for visiting my site, my YouTube channel needs a lot of work, I plan to improve as soon as time permits me. Please stay in touch.

  3. Sheree Berryman
    June 3, 2019

    Thank you for all you do

  4. Maria Mena Carlos
    May 21, 2019

    Great tasty and light – thank you!

  5. Kimberly Waite
    May 4, 2019

    I’d sliced them too thinly, but they were delish!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      May 4, 2019

      I’m happy you enjoyed them even though they were sliced thinly, thank you for your feedback!

  6. Sharon Simmons
    March 31, 2019

    Thanks for the great recipes

  7. Kelly
    January 11, 2019

    Really enjoy your recipes. Was lost without it, since my girl became vegetarian. Thanks again.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 12, 2019

      Kelly, I’m so happy you are enjoying my recipes and you came to let me know. You have encouraged me. I’m happy your girl has decided to be a vegetarian.

  8. Annu
    August 23, 2018

    Hi Michelle, I just found your web site and I LOVE it. The plaintains I see in my grocery store are usually green, will they ripen if I leave them out on the counter? And in approximately how many days? Thanks.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 23, 2018

      Thank you, Annu, welcome. Yes, they will ripen in a week or two, depending on how green they are. Try to purchase the ones that have at least started turning yellow so you don’t have to wait that long. I have some that are green so I’ll do a recipe for green ones if time allows.

      • Annu
        August 23, 2018

        Thanks Michelle. Will do :)

      • Annu
        September 21, 2018

        So, finally the plaintains I bought 2 weeks ago ripened, and I just baked them. I believe I baked them a bit longer than Michelle suggested, so they are more carmelized, but still very delicious. And so sweet. Nature’s candy. Thank you Michelle for the recipe. Next step, black beans and rice :)

      • Vonetta Davis
        July 31, 2019

        Hi Michelle, will placing the plantains in a brown paper bag help ripen them like it does some other fruits?

        • Michelle Blackwood
          July 31, 2019

          Yes that will but the fastest way is to put them out in the sunlight or close by a window where direct sun is.

  9. Andykaufmantony
    August 22, 2018

    Michelle Blackwood, thank you for your blog post.Really thank you! Awesome.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 22, 2018

      Andy, you are welcome.