A perfect Autoimmune Paleo Sweet Snack!
Plantains are known to be a great binder, dessert maker and banana alternative for those of us on AIP. But if you have not tried them, they are different than bananas; not as sweet which can be a surprise! My daughter says when eating plantains, “Mom are these a fruit or vegetable?” which I think is really accurate and funny too. I buy them green (like for this recipe) and bake or fry them. For this recipe I fried them for about 20 minutes in a few tablespoons of coconut oil to soften and brown them. Starches like plantains are great while I am working. Sometimes I only have a minute or two between clients, and I can pop these in my mouth and they hit all the notes I need; starch, fat and flavor. I added orange zest to coconut manna, and tossed the fried plantains in them and then rolled in toasted coconut. Best of all, these have NO added sugar, so as long as your AIP plan includes fruit and plantains, this is a fun, easy snack!
I keep them in the fridge in an airtight container. Also, coconut manna can be slightly awkward to spread on the fried plantains. It does not coat beautifully like melted coconut oil. I use a spoon and spread a bit of the orange-scented manna on each plantain if it is not easily spreading before dipping in the toasted coconut. This is a great recipe for kids to help you make btw.