I hope everyone had an incredible New years! I know I did. Spent with my boyfriend and friends in Athens, the only place I’d want to spend New Years. 🙂
I wanted to post this easy recipe sooner, but I forgot to take my charger with me to Charlotte when I was visiting my parents! Oopsies. Better late than never, right?!
These are my Vanilla Coconut & Cinnamon Caramelized Plantain Bites! (That’s quite a mouthful isn’t it?) At only 28 calories a bite, these are the best indulgent healthy treat. Perfect for winter, these warm little nuggets taste SO flavorful, with a perfect blend of fatty, sweet, and vanilla cinnamon goodness. Plantains are obviously part of the banana family, but with a slightly different taste and harder texture when raw, so you have to cook them to eat them. I was introduced to plantains while visiting Costa Rica abroad, and fell in LOVE with them. They are double the calories of bananas at ~218 per 1 medium sized plantain, but they are more indulgent tasting (and usually larger too), so you only need a little bit. Most of the plantains in Costa Rica (and recently in Mexico as well) were deep fried, but I learned the best way to prepare them is to simply pan sauté them with a little butter, except instead I used coconut oil! It gave them the perfect taste, with lots of healthy fats. Adding vanilla extract and cinnamon makes this recipe flavorful, and super easy (let alone CHEEEAAP!) Try it for your next party or gathering and introduce people to something they may not have tried before! This recipes uses just 1 plantain and I chopped it into 9 large bite sized pieces.
- Serves: 9 bite sized pieces
- Serving size: 1 bite size
- Calories: 28
- 1 plantain
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ TBSP coconut oil
- Peel plantain and slice in half and then lengthwise to get 4 even pieces.
- Put coconut oil and vanilla extract in a medium sized pan and heat on medium heat.
- Once skillet heats up, place plantain pieces on skillet and heat each side a few minutes until browning (~2 mins per side, switching about 4 times). Turn heat down if plantains start to burn or get too brown.
- Add cinnamon on top and cook until browned but not burnt.
- Let cool, cut into bite size pieces, and enjoy!
PLANTAINS are an amazing source of fiber, vitamin a, and potassium. So next time, instead of reaching for a banana, try something new and grab a plantain to cook!
These little bites are vegan too, which I am experimenting with trying for at least a week starting tomorrow!! Ahh I’m nervous but I want to try eating vegan for a week to see if I can actually commit and do it. It’ll be hard to not dream of cheese, chicken, sushi, and yogurt, but I’m going to give it a shot! My body needs a little cleanse after all the chocolate, pizza, and wine I had this holiday season. 😉 I’m back to work tomorrow after a looong break!