Sunday, January 3, 2021

Baked Plantains (Plátanos Maduros Horneados)

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Baked Plantains (Plátanos Maduros Horneados)

We are a group of food bloggers who believe that Sunday should be a family fun day.  Many people still do the family or hearty Sunday dinner, but we can all use new recipes.  Every Sunday we share recipes, some fun, some hearty, but they're all great ones.  We're always looking for more food bloggers to join in the fun, visit our Facebook group and request to join. 

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Here's the description for this week:  "We are all happy to see 2020 in the past. Let's start 2021 off right by staying healthy and putting COVID in behind us. Post a recipe that will help keep your immune system strong."

Now that I got that out of the way, let me share a new recipe, well, new to me.  I wanted a dessert that was somewhat healthy, not too full of sugar, and one that could be enjoyed throughout the year.

A few years ago I bought a little tostone press, called a Tostonera, put it in the cupboard, and forgot I had it.  I ran across it a few weeks ago, and bought some Plantains so I could make tostones, using my little tostonera.  As it just so happens, the grocery store had Plantains on special the day I was there,  and I bought a bunch.   Made my tostones and they were good, but I still had a bunch of Plantains left.  So I did some searching, and found a few recipes and instructions on how to cook them. 

This Sunday, we were being asked to make a recipe that was good for us.  I got one.  I had those plantains hanging around. 

I wanted to bake some and found a recipe here at Bon Appetit.  I now had the correct name for the baked plantains, but I wanted to learn more about them, and found a recipe and directions here and here.  And then I found the motherlode.  There are so many recipes and ways to cook plantains here

I was inspired by all of them.   And then I did my riff.  

I peeled and cut two of the ripest plantains up.    They were the blackest of the bunch I bought, which equates to ripeness.  They're not a banana, you want the peels to be black especially since the amount of black on the peel equates to ripeness.  

I peeled the ripest of the ones I bought. To peel a plantain, or how I peel a plantain. I cut the ends off, then cut a slit the length of the plantain, and get my thumb in there, and separate the peel from the fruit and pull it off.    As you can see, this one wasn't the ripest. but it still worked well.

Peeling a plantain

I cut them into coins, on the diagonal, or slant, if you will.

I baked them with a drizzle of ghee and maple syrup whisked together and a sprinkle of raw sugar on top.

Baked Plantains (Plátanos Maduros Horneados)

OMG, was it good.  Pardon the poor picture here, but this is how they looked when I pulled them out of the oven after 45 minutes. I actually let them bake an additional 10 minutes or so. 

baked Plantains

The oven caramelized them, along with the raw sugar and maple syrup.  

Baked Plantains (Plátanos Maduros Horneados)

I had enough for dessert and breakfast the next day.  And felt rather virtuous eating both.   They have loads of Vitamin A, C, B6 and potassium.   They're also a complex carbohydrate which means they won't shoot your blood sugar sky high and in fact will keep you full and satisfied for awhile.  


Baked Plantains (Plátanos Maduros Horneados)

Baked Plantains (Plátanos Maduros Horneados)

Yield: 2
Author: Sid's Sea Palm Cooking
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 55 MinTotal time: 1 H & 4 M
Plantains are so good when baked with a just a touch of added sugar and butter.


  • 2 plantains, peeled and cut into coins, on a slant to get more surface area.
  • 2 + teaspoons raw sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ghee, melted (you can also use coconut oil if desired)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • non stick spray for pan


  1. Peel and cut the plantain into coins. I cut them on a slant, to get more surface area. 
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  3. Melt the ghee and add to the maple syrup and whisk together.  
  4. Place the plantain coins in a single layer in a pan that has been sprayed with a non stick spray. 
  5. Dab or pour the butter/maple syrup mixture evenly over the plantain slices.
  6. Sprinkle as evenly as possible with the raw sugar.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 45-55 minutes or so.  The plantains will have turned a lovely golden brown color.
  8. Serve as a dessert
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  1. I'm happy to see a baked plantain recipe and I what is nicer than caramelized fruit for dessert

    1. I know right, I love caramelized fruit, and it makes a super special dessert as well.

  2. Well, we have one thing in common at least. Buying cooking gadgets, squirreling them away, and then forgetting about them for way too long!!! These look yummy!!!

    1. I love 'discovering' a previously purchased and forgotten 'gadget', kinda feels like a birthday and Christmas at once. These Plantains were yummy, and I'll probably be doing a repeat this week, as I still a have a couple of plantains left.

  3. I am looking forward to having plantains again. My daughter, who likes green banana, informed me she wasn't on the plantain train. *sob*
    But she is off to warmer climates so to speak, and since she wasn't big on spicy food either, I can tell I have some in my future.
    I haven't done these baked, but have enjoyed them with jalapenos and honey in the skillet, which is also good. Very interesting with pork.
    I'll try baking them now as well. There is always some occasion when the stovetop is overloaded. The oven will be perfect.

    1. OMG, how could she not? Plantains have so much more flavour than green bananas. sigh. I'll have to try some with honey and jalapeno's too. I had no idea these would be as good as they were, I'm doing a repeat this week, but will just have them for my meal I think. I wonder if they would go as filling in taco's? Hmmmm food for thought.

  4. Plantains caramelized in a nonstick skillet with a light sprinkle of sugar have been a family breakfast favorite for years but I've never tried baking them. I will certainly give this a try next time!

    1. I've never tried caramelizing them in a skillet, other than making tostones. I love them as a meal, sometimes.

  5. Yummmm these sound like the perfect side or snack - we love plantains!

    1. I like them as a snack sometimes. I usually make tostones though.

  6. I have made this once with ripe and they were delicious. I liked your more as it has come out nice. Mine looked a lot burnt, may be I sliced them too thinly. I bake them too with unripe ones and love it.

    1. They were actually fairly thick, which I think helped them to caramelize so beautifully.


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