The Best Baked Plantain Chips

I’ve been wanting to make baked plantain chips for so long! I’ve been trying to create better-for-you snacks for myself and after eating plantains multiple times in restaurants (usually fried), I knew these would be something that I would love.

If you live in the United States, you probably don’t eat plantains that often. However, they’re a staple in parts of Africa, the Caribbean Islands, Central America and parts of Southern America.

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Plantains contain more starch and less sugar than regular bananas, which is why people often cook them before eating them.

When cooked plantains tend to caramelize, especially when fried, making them sweeter than if you were to eat them raw like a banana.

 

I love a great, fried plantain with some vanilla ice cream and sprinkled with cinnamon, but, that’s not what this post is about… 🙂

That taste though is what compelled me to try making baked plantain chips and they were everything I imagined!

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They were crispy with a light flavor and a hint of sweetness without actually being sweet. My husband and I agreed the ones that I sliced thin enough (I did it by hand) tasted exactly like a potato chip.

I also love these as a snack idea for Whole 30, Paleo or just anyone who wants to eat more fruits and veggies and fewer processed snacks.

Check out the full recipe below. It really couldn’t be any easier than this.

The best baked plantain chips - The everyday mom life

 

The best baked plantain chips - The everyday mom life

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The Best Baked Plantain Chips
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Serves: 4 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 4 plantains
  • 3-4 Tbsp. of olive oil
  • Sea salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Peel and slice the plantains very thin. You can use a vegetable slicer if you want but I used a regular knife and just sliced them as thin as I could make them. Be safe when doing this though.
  3. Toss the plantains in a bowl with the olive oil.
  4. Lay out the chips on a cookie sheet lined with foil paper. You want them in a single layer and don't want them overlapping.
  5. Bake them at 400 degrees for 17-20 minutes. I'd check them after 17 minutes. You want them golden but not actually brown.
  6. When done pull them out and sprinkle them with some salt to taste. I'm a fan of a lightly salted flavor.


You’ll want to eat these fairly quickly – at least within a few hours of making them. The ones that weren’t sliced thin enough became a little soft after a few hours. I still thought these were delicious, but it wasn’t really how I wanted them.

The crunchy, potato-like ones were the ones that really made me happy since they fulfilled a crunchy craving in a nutritious way. These would be delicious with guacamole or even drizzled with honey if you want a sweeter taste.

If you try these please tell me how you like them! I’m pretty sure you’ll be a fan.

Happy eating, friends!

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  • GiGi Eats April 10, 2018 04.27 pm

    I’ve never tried baked plantains and I cannot really recall if I have had plantains before in my life. I do love me some crunchy though, so hand em over!!

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  • Dee Clarke April 10, 2018 07.24 pm

    I’d like to try making these. How can I tell if a plantain is ripe? Does that even matter in this recipe?

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  • Heather April 10, 2018 07.55 pm

    Yum! Plantains are such an underrated treat. I’ll have to try making these with my kids soon.

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  • Candy April 10, 2018 08.09 pm

    I dehydrated mine all the time. Looks like you just use the oven to make yours.

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  • Flossie McCowald | SuperMomHacks April 10, 2018 08.48 pm

    I have to pin this in my “recipes to try” secret board! I never realized that plantains get sweeter when you bake them, so that is good to know! 🙂

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  • Daisy April 10, 2018 10.28 pm

    These sound super delicious!!!ive never made these homemade before but I’m excited to give it a try!

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  • Marysa April 11, 2018 01.33 am

    I never thought to make my own plantain chips. This is a great idea, and such a healthy snack!

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  • Patricia @ Grab a Plate April 11, 2018 02.46 am

    How yummy! I like your idea to eat these plantains with guacamole — great snack idea, for sure!

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  • Britney April 11, 2018 03.42 am

    Wow! I definitely need to try out your recipe. I know myself and my toddler would absolutely love it. I love plantains with bean dip!

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  • Maya April 11, 2018 07.22 am

    Oh I love how simple and quick these are! Can’t wait to make a batch! Thanks for the recipe,

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  • Janella Panchamsingh April 11, 2018 11.48 am

    I have always wanted to make homemade plantain chips but i feared that they wouldnt be crispy enough but yours look so good.

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  • Kristi Ann April 11, 2018 01.13 pm

    I love these! Never thought to make them myself. Thanks for sharing, we will definitely test this out!

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  • Maria Magdalena April 11, 2018 01.43 pm

    I love plantain! We eat it every day as fruit, fried with flour, or as chips

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  • Elizabeth O April 11, 2018 02.39 pm

    This is a great idea to make your own and the recipe looks simple and easy to follow. They look delicious too definitely something to try out!

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  • Maryal April 11, 2018 09.15 pm

    Oh my gosh I love plantain chips so much, but never thought of making them at home (no idea why!), so this recipe is heaven! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Alison Rost April 12, 2018 01.50 am

    It sounds like my kind of snack. I look for something to munch on throughout the day and it would be nice to have something healthier like this! I simply love that it’s baked!

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  • Preet April 12, 2018 03.27 am

    My family love plantain chips, they are a must have…your recipe looks nice and easy to follow and is a healthy option for the family if I make them myself, I would love to try your recipe.

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  • Barbara Alfeo April 12, 2018 05.56 am

    Looks delicious!

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  • Megan April 12, 2018 12.00 pm

    Oh wow, I’ve never ever tried these but I’d love to! They look tasty and like a good healthy snack.

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  • Jen | Cuddles & Chaos April 12, 2018 02.20 pm

    These look so good! I’ve never tried plantain chips before but I definitely want to!

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  • Holly Lasha April 12, 2018 02.34 pm

    Oh, this looks super yummy. I will definitely have to try this. I love trying new recipes!!

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  • Nicole April 12, 2018 05.37 pm

    These look so good! I am always on the hunt for new snacks for my son to try, and he loves bananas! I’ll definitely have to try this one out and see how he likes them, thanks for sharing!

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