Baked Plantains

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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

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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. 

 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

  1. 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.
  2. Peel plantains by cutting the ends off the plantain, cut through the peel from vertically then remove the peel.
  3. Make diagonal slices about 1/2 inch thick.
  4. Place slices on a sprayed baking sheet.
  5. Spray cooking oil on top of the plantain slices.
  6. 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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Nutrition

(Per 100g)
  • Energy: 109 kcal / 456 kJ
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Carbs: 28 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 5 min
  • Cooking: 20 min
  • Ready in: 25 min
For: 4 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  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.
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

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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43 Comments
  1. Jb
    September 3, 2020

    Easy and quick

  2. deborah paultre
    June 18, 2020

    Excellent

  3. Kit
    June 6, 2020

    These did NOT work for me… Let me back up…. I had to change it a bit because I didn’t have oil spray, and I used a SilPat instead of parchment paper. Add to that, that my plantains were a little over ripe, which is why I think they ended up being a little soggy. They crisped up on one side and went to mush on the other. That being said I’m still giving this recipe 5 stars, it was an ooey gooey delicious mess that didn’t involve the smell of frying oil in my house. I will repent and, like a saint, follow the recipe to the letter next time, hopefully with better results. Cheers and thank you!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      June 6, 2020

      Aww Kit, yes I believe that overripe plantains would definitely end up soggy. You could have brushed it with oil instead. Thank you for sharing your feedback, I really appreciate it.

  4. Julia
    May 13, 2020

    Hi, Thank you for the recipe… I found it half way through cooking up some sliced plantains that were very ripe, black in exterior color but golden inside. I sprayed them with avocado coconut oil and wanted to upload photo. My fam said they tasted like candy.

  5. Sandy
    May 8, 2020

    I was looking for Jamaican Vegan recipes and found your website. I love it and cannot wait to try out the recipes I found.

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      May 8, 2020

      Welcome Sandy, I’m so happy you found my website. I do have lots of recipes for you to try and hope you enjoy them.

  6. Amoah Patricia
    January 27, 2020

    Nice

  7. Carrie
    January 19, 2020

    Just made them. Brushed cookie sheet with coconut oil & the tops of each slice. Followed receipt and turned halfway thru. DELICIOUS! Now I can enjoy guilt-free

  8. Laura
    January 9, 2020

    Hello Michelle, I am happy that I found your recipe to bake plantains. I always fried them in butter, and I know that’s not the healthiest way to cook. I made the plantains this evening and they came out ok, just a little overdone (my fault for not taking them out of the oven sooner). They took a while to brown and after I turned them over, the other side browned faster. Was it ok to use Pam as the spray, or would you recommend something else?
    Thanks :-)

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      January 10, 2020

      Laura, I’m so happy you found my website. Sometimes it depends on how ripe your plantain is for it to brown, the riper it is the quicker it cooks. For cooking spray, I use a coconut oil one from Trader Joe’s or more times I just brush lightly with avocado oil.

      • Laura
        January 16, 2020

        Thanks! I’m trying again when my new plantains ripen. I have avocado oil, but I will look for a coconut oil spray.

  9. Nicole
    January 5, 2020

    Just made this tonight and it turned out perfect! Love that I can make a quick, easy snack that is sweet and still healthy. Thanks! Looking forward to trying other recipes on your site.

  10. Pranita
    November 19, 2019

    Such an easy recipe but tasted so good, thank you for the method.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Sheree Berryman
    June 3, 2019

    Thank you for all you do

  14. Maria Mena Carlos
    May 21, 2019

    Great tasty and light – thank you!

  15. 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!

  16. Sharon Simmons
    March 31, 2019

    Thanks for the great recipes

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.