Healthy Baked Plantain Chips Four Ways

Looking for a gluten free snack recipe that's easy to make? Try these Healthy Baked Plantain Chips Four Ways - sweet or savory!

When we traveled to Florida, we dined at the Columbia Restaurant, a classic Cuban style restaurant in the Ybor City section of Tampa. Many Cuban dishes are naturally gluten free like the Black Bean Soup, the Columbia Restaurant’s famous 1905 Salad, and colorful plantain chips. 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) had Cuban Sandwiches with a side order of plantain chips. I liked that plantain chips are a healthier alternative to French fries or potato chips and thought by baking plantain chips, I’d make an even healthier version at home!

You see, the plantain chips at the Columbia Restaurant are deep fried and were only flavored with salt. So I wanted to try baking and flavoring my chips several ways. Not only would Baked Plantain Chips be a healthier alternative to potato chips for a party, but creating sweet as well as savory flavors would surely be a crowd pleaser!

Plantain nutrition

Although plantains look like bananas, they’re quite different because they must be cooked before being eaten. If you eat them raw, you’ll find that plantains are quite bitter!

Are plantains healthy to eat? You betcha! Plantains are a great source of fiber and several vitamins and minerals including B6, vitamins A and C, and potassium.

Tired of serving tortilla chips and potato chips at your parties? Looking for a healthy party snack? Try this Baked Plantain Chip recipe that you can season four different ways - sweet or savory. Not only is it a healthy snack recipe, it's gluten free!

Buying, peeling and cutting plantains to make baked plantain chips

Plantains are sold at most supermarkets and can be found near the bananas. For Baked Plantain Chips, 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.

A mandolin slicer is the perfect plantain chip slicer as it will cut your plantains into even, thin slices. 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!

Looking for a healthy, gluten free snack to make with your kids? Try Cuban inspired, easy to make Healthy Baked Plantain Chips - Seasoned 4 Ways (sweet or savory)

This Mama’s tips on making healthy baked plantain chips

I find that baking the Plantain 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 Plantain Chips closely when baking as they tend to burn quickly.

I’ve included four flavor mixes in my recipe. All of them are naturally gluten free! The savory recipes are also a good for making paleo chips. However, you should feel free to experiment on your own. Some ideas could include using premade barbecue rubs, seasoning salts and/or infused oils. You can also use my homemade taco seasoning recipe. Get out the herbs and spices and have fun!

To learn more about the Columbia Restaurant in Tampa, Florida, check out  The Columbia Restaurant: Celebrating a Century of History, Culture, and Cuisine, The Columbia Restaurant Spanish Cookbook, and Best-Loved Recipes from The Columbia Restaurant.

Looking for a gluten free snack recipe that's easy to make? Try these Healthy Baked Plantain Chips Four Ways - sweet or savory!

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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Originally published January 16, 2014. Updated with new pictures.