I grew up on plantains. In the Caribbean, plantains are a side dish staple because they taste good with literally anything. Who can resist their tender sweet goodness? It wasn’t until I started cooking that I realized because of the way they’re cooked, they aren’t necessarily the healthiest things to eat. So me being myself, I needed a way to have these regularly without feeling like I’ve splurged on a decadent dessert treat. How do you healthify food cooked in fat? Bake it. Behold, my delicious, sweet, and satisfying Healthy Vegan Baked Plantains.
I distinctly remember the aroma coming from the kitchen when my mom way frying these up. Dinner was gonna be good. Always tender and sweet while savory at the same time. I could literally eat a bucket of them. I mean why do they have to be a side dish anyway?
What I love about this recipe is that I’ve managed to find a way to make plantains taste exactly like the way you’d make them in the pan without the extra oil or butter calories. While this recipe calls for a fat to be used, it’s minimal compared to how plantains are usually prepared. If you’ve been around the blog, you can see that I love making healthy swaps without sacrificing flavor like my Vegan Garlic Hummus Ranch Dressing or the Cauliflower Carbonara with Tofu Bacon. The recipe is also really easy and quick to make. You can have these whipped up in less than 15 minutes with prep and cook time. It’s just a win-win situation.
Feel free to double or triple the recipe. Generally, I like to have one plantain per person but feel free to make that bucket I mentioned. ?
If you try these, let me know in the comments!
Healthy Vegan Baked Plantains
Servings: 2 people