Make your plantain chips recipe a more healthy option for your crunchy snacks. This baked plantain chips recipe is a healthy homemade snack, oven baked with avocado oil, that perfectly satisfies your salty & crunchy cravings.
The traditional way of making plantain chips recipe is deep frying in oil, which doesn’t make them healthy or any different than store bought chips.
I have to admit I bought packaged plantain chips several times, that’s how I discovered them.
But then I noticed that every time I ate them my stomach experienced cramping. So that’s when I decided to try my own homemade plantain chips recipe by using a healthier oil and baking them in the oven instead of frying.
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These healthy plantain chips pair well with a lot of dips and dishes, like tacos and enchiladas, or as a crunchy snack on its own.
I’m always craving a mid-afternoon crunchy salty snack. When you are on a gluten free dairy / dairy free, clean eating diet, your snacking options are very limited.
And if you made the change recently you will definitely miss the old unhealthy addictive snacks. That’s when this healthy plantain chips recipe comes to rescue.
Why Make Your Own Plantain Chips Recipe
Why I thought plantain chips are healthier and worth trying? Plantains are close relatives of bananas, but they are starchier, contain less sugar than bananas and are much more versatile as a cooking ingredient.
Another beneficial aspect is that plantains keep you full longer and give you a good dose of resistant starch which the good bacteria is feeding on in your gut. In many countries they are used as a substitute for rice or potatoes in dishes.
Green plantains: When plantains are green, the pulp is hard and the peel must be removed with a knife. At this stage, they are starchy and not very sweet, similar to a potato. This is the best time to make salty plantain chips.
Yellow plantains: Slightly sweeter and softer than green plantains, yellow plantains are mature and most often made into fried plantains at this stage. They’re best fried, cooked, boiled or grilled.
Black plantains: are still good to eat. They are the sweetest and softest at this point and are typically baked and eaten as a dessert.
Nutritional Facts Of 1 Cup Of Cooked Plantains
- 232 calories
- 62.3 grams carbohydrates
- 1.6 grams protein
- 0.4 gram fat
- 4.6 grams fiber
- 1,818 IU vitamin A (36 percent DV)
- 21.8 milligrams vitamin C (36 percent DV)
- 930 milligrams potassium (27 percent DV)
- 0.5 milligram vitamin B6 (24 percent DV)
- 64 milligrams magnesium (16 percent DV)
- 1.2 milligrams iron (6 percent DV)
I like to bake the green ones, as chips – they taste similar to potato chips and have less sugar, actually the taste is not sweet at all, plus I’m avoiding the greasy oil that they’re usually fried in. If you decided to prepare this healthy plantain chips recipe yourself? Watch the video below.
Healthy Plantain Chips Baked With Avocado Oil (How To Video)
How To Slice The Plantains To Get Perfect Crispy Plantain Chips
Slicing the plantain thinly enough produce crispy plantain chips. The thinner you can get them, the crispier they will be. If you want perfect, even slices get a slice mandoline with stainless blades. It is so easy to use and well worth having for slicing other fruits and vegetables.
How To Store Plantain Chips And How Long Do They Last?
You can store them in a Ziploc bag for up to a week, but since they aren’t fried, they will start to lose their crisp after a day or so. It depends how humid is your house.
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Healthy Plantain Chips Recipe Made With Avocado Oil
- 2 green plantains
- 1 Tbsp avocado oil - (or coconut oil)
- 1/2 Tsp Himalayan Pink Salt
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet or a cookie rack with parchment paper.
- Cut off the ends of the plantains, then cut along the length of the plantain skin. Peel.
- Thinly slice the plantain with a mandoline.
- Transfer the chips to the baking sheet / rack, spray with oil and sprinkle with salt.
- Bake for 25 minutes, remove the chips that start to brown. If you are using a cookie rack you don’t have to turn them, the will bake on the bottom too.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator.