One of my most favorite snacks is plantain chips! I especially love the garlic flavored ones! Seriously, if you haven’t tried plantain chips yet, then you must get yourself some or make this easy recipe!
Plantains look very much like a banana although they tend to be longer and bigger then the average banana. They are also starchier and less sweet then a banana. Traditionally plantains are not eaten raw, but often cooked before being eaten. Due to not having a growing season, they are usually available year round. The plantain tree grows in moist, humid climates and produces bunches of 5-10 plantains.
They are a staple food in many of the countries in which they are grown. Did you know that plantains are actually the 10th most important staple food in the world? The color (ripeness) of the plantain usually determines how it is cooked. Green plantains are hard and not very sweet. These are best used for plantain chips or in recipes that call for unripe plantains. Yellow plantains are the mature form of a plantain and are sweeter. They are often fried or used for baking. Black plantains can still be used despite their color. Black plantains taste best when used in recipes, especially dessert recipes.
Plantains are a good source of potassium and magnesium. They also contain 35% of your daily Vitamin C needs in one serving. Plantains help regulate the digestive system, boost the immune system, and promote healthy brain function. Now that you know all these health benefits of plantains, here is the recipe for a healthy, delicious snack!
Garlic Plantain Chips
1 large green plantain
2 1/2 tbsp. organic coconut oil
Pre-heat your oven to 300 degree F. Wash your plantain. Using a sharp knife cut the top and bottom off and dice into three sections. Cut the peel along the ridges on the plantain. Peel away the peel on all three sections. Using a food processor with the ‘fine slicing’ disk installed, slice the peeled plantain sections. Line a two baking sheets with parchment paper and lay out the plantain slices. Make sure the slices are close together but not touching. Melt your coconut oil and drizzle it over all the plantain slices. Generously sprinkle the garlic salt and garlic powder over the slices. Bake the plantain slices for 30 minutes with ‘speed bake’ turned on. The chips are done when they are crispy and just starting to turn golden brown.
If you are not a garlic fan, feel free to substitute the garlic salt and powder for either plain salt or any other flavoring of your chose!
I hope you enjoy this delicious snack as much as I do!