Healthy Baked Plantain Chips Four Ways

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While we were in Florida last month, we dined at the Columbia Restaurant, a classic Cuban style restaurant in the Ybor City section of Tampa. Cuban cuisine is wonderful and much of it is naturally gluten free like the Black Bean Soup and their famous 1905 Salad. Luckily, the restaurant has a gluten free menu on their website, so I was able to research what I could eat ahead of time. If you’re ever in Tampa, I highly recommend stopping by for lunch or dinner!

While we were there, my children (who aren’t gluten free) both had Cuban Sandwiches with a side order of plantain chips. I liked that they were offered a healthier alternative to French fries and thought I’d try making some plantain chips at home. The ones at the restaurant were probably fried, not baked, and were only flavored with salt. I wanted to try baking them and flavoring plantain chips several ways. Not only would baked plantain chips be a healthy alternative to potato chips for a party, but creating sweet as well as savory flavors would surely be a crowd pleaser!

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Buying, peeling and cutting plantains

Plantains are sold at most supermarkets nowadays, and can be found near the bananas. For chips making, you want to buy unripe plantains – the greener the better. Don’t worry about back spots on the peel as it doesn’t affect the flesh.

If you have a mandolin slicer, you can cut your chip into even, thin slices. (I have a mandolin and hate using it, go figure.) Otherwise, use a sharp paring knife and make the slices as thin and uniform as possible. The thinner the chip, the crunchier it’ll be!

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Making your plantain chips

I find that cooking the chips on parchment paper works best as the paper absorbs any extra oil. However, if you don’t have any in your pantry, using aluminum foil on a baking sheet is fine and cuts down cleanup time. Also, remember to watch your chips closely when cooking as they tend to burn quickly.

I’ve included four flavor mixes in my recipe. Feel free to experiment on your own. Some ideas could include using premade taco seasoning, barbecue rubs, seasoning salts and/or infused oils. Get out the herbs and spices and go nuts!

For more gluten free snack recipes and ideas, check out the Udi’s Gluten Free Community.

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Healthy Baked Plantain Chips Four Ways

Ingredients

For Sweet & Spicy Baked Plantain Chips:

  • 2 green plantains
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar or no calorie sugar substitute (granular not liquid)

For Salt & Pepper Baked Plantain Chips:

  • 2 green plantains
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste

For Garlic & Onion Baked Plantain Chips:

  • 2 green plantains
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste

For Cinnamon Sugar Baked Plantain Chips:

  • 2 green plantains
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or no calorie sugar substitute (granular not liquid)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Peel the plantain with a sharp knife. Then slice the plantains as thinly as possible with a mandolin or knife.
  3. In a bowl, combine plantain slices, olive oil, and seasonings. Stir gently to coat the plantain chips.
  4. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Place a single layer of plantains on the parchment paper.
  5. Place cookie sheet in oven for 16 to 20 minutes. Turn plantains after 8 minutes.
  6. Plantain chips are done when they start to brown around the edges. Remove from oven and serve.
  7. Chips are best served warm. You can also cool the plantain chips on a baking rack lined with paper towels to soak up any extra oil, and serve them at room temperature, too. Plantain chips keep for about one day.
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes
Servings: Yields 2 to 3 cups
  • Serving size: 1/2 cup

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