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48 Creative Plantain Recipes for Paleo Cooking

By Jess

Plantains are a staple in many paleo kitchens, and if they’re not in yours, they should be. Plantains are a healthy starch with a delicious, slightly sweet flavor that can be anywhere between white potato to banana depending on how ripe you allow them to get before cooking. These plantain recipes range from ooey gooey brownies to breakfast hashes, stews, and tortillas. If you give even just a handful of them a try, I’m sure plantains will become your new favorite ingredient.

Plantains make a perfect substitute for potato in Paleo cooking! Here is a list of my favorite plantain recipes that use this fruit as a creative Paleo substitute.

1. Decadent Plantain Chocolate Cake
Used when at the right level of ripeness, plantains can make a great ingredient for cakes and other treats. Like bananas, they add bulk, moisture, and sweetness without adding a strong flavor. I love this gooey caramel-sauced cake with maple and dark chocolate.

Greens and Protein Breakfast Bowls With Bacon Aioli
Photo: Paleo State of Mind

2. Greens and Protein Breakfast Bowls With Bacon Aioli
This totally-packed breakfast bowl is an amazing way to start your day with protein in the forms of bacon and ground turkey, healthy fats like avocado, and other delicious ingredients ranging from red pepper flakes and cinnamon to sauerkraut, zucchini, greens, and plantains. New favorite breakfast.

3. Paleo Bison Plantain Breakfast Bowl
Here’s an easy balanced breakfast that makes your morning meal prep easy, since parts of it can be prepared ahead of time. You’ll make seasoned bison with chili powder and onion, add fried plantains with coconut oil, and top it all with kale and a roasted tomato sauce.

4. Baked Plantain Chips
Often times, paleo recipes are “substitutions” for non-paleo “regular” meals. This time, though, is different. These plantain chips are a thousand times better than potato chips, corn chips, or pita chips. And they’re easy to make in your own oven!

5. Fried Eggs, Plantains, and Chimichurri Sauce
This fancy-looking breakfast is easier than it seems. The sauce is made with lots of garlic, scallions, parsley, peppers, and more, and its intense flavor is perfect for topping sumac-sprinkled fried plantains and a delicious eggs-over-easy.

Tostones Eggs Benedict With Mango Salsa and Avocado Hollandaise
Photo: Get Inspired Everyday

6. Tostones Eggs Benedict With Mango Salsa and Avocado Hollandaise
Using tostones—crispy fried green plantains—as the base for your eggs benedict more than solves the problem with the missing English muffin, because plantains are so much tastier anyway. They’re even better slathered with eggs, mango salsa, and avocado Hollandaise.

7. Plantain Brownie Bites
You know that particular brand that makes all of those mini muffin and brownie “bites” in individual packages? Not a healthy snack. These, however, are healthy brownie bites sweetened with date puree or maple syrup and made from a plantain base.

8. Hash Plantain and Eggs Casserole
Plantains make savory breakfasts easy and fun, like with this casserole boasting flavors of cayenne and garlic. Use sausage instead of black beans, as suggested by this blogger, and your vegetable oil will be coconut oil, olive oil, or avocado oil.

9. Chimichurri Shrimp With Plantains and Smoky Veggies
This recipe is paleo and Whole30 approved, and it’s a simple meal that’s full of protein and healthy carbs to nourish your body and taste buds. You’ll need garlic, limes, cilantro, shrimp plantains, red bell peppers, onion, avocado, grape tomatoes, and more.

Tostones (Fried Green Plantains)
Photo: Real Food with Dana

10. Tostones (Fried Green Plantains)
Speaking of tostones, here’s a detailed how-to on making them. You’ll fry them sliced in coconut oil, smash them so they get all mushy and delicious on the inside, and them fry them again so the fluffy edges get crispy and amazing. Top with garlic salt.

Curried Plantain Patties
Photo: Guilty Kitchen

11. Curried Plantain Patties
I love making patties out of different ingredients and frying them up into crispy goodness. These curried plantain patties feature coconut oil, coconut milk, eggs, coconut flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin, curry powder, and sea salt. They’re extra flavorful and kid-friendly.

12. Paleo Slow Cooked Pulled Lamp Wraps With Creamy Sauce
This filling of this wrap is plantain-free with pulled lamb and a creamy sauce made with garlic, rosemary, and mint, but the amazing wraps are a super-thin plantain bread with egg whites that help it stay flexible and wrappable. Genius and delicious.

13. Big Skillet Dinner
I’m a huge fan of skillet dinners. Fewer dishes, and usually less time in the kitchen mean a happier me and a happier family, because the cook doesn’t clean in my house. And because skillet dinners are delicious, like this one with plantains, ground meat, and veggies.

Paleo Pastelon
Photo: Goodie Godmother

14. Paleo Pastelon
Pastelon is a delicious Puerto Rican dish featuring plantains and ground meat. This one is paleo style, and it’s so tasty with jicama, breakfast sausage, chopped spinach, avocado oil, plantains, eggs, and sea salt. It makes an excellent breakfast for the whole family!

15. Chili Lime Plantain Crusted Chicken
This tropical chicken dish will be the favorite of kids and adults alike, with flavors of chili, garlic, cumin, and lime and a salty-crunchy plantain coating on the thicken. This is like a Caribbean, paleo take on breaded chicken, and you’ll never want it made another way again.

16. Breakfast Taco Salad With Easy Plantain Chips
Taco salad for breakfast is perfect possible on a paleo diet, using this recipe with deliciously seasoned ground beef, jalapeno peppers, diced red bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, cumin, plantains, ghee, avocado, and mixed salad greens of your choice.

17. Orange Jerk Salmon With Mango Coconut Slaw and Fried Plantains
This fully tropical meal couldn’t really get any better if it tried. It has everything you could want in a delicious dinner, from the orange jerk salmon with butter and garlic to the mango, shredded coconut, lime zest, and coconut milk kale slaw and the sweet fried plantains.

Crusty AIP Bread
Photo: Cook it up Paleo

18. Crusty AIP Bread
Because common paleo bread ingredients like nut flours are not AIP safe, plantains often are the star ingredient in paleo AIP recipes. This crusty bread is soft on the inside with green plantains, coconut oil, gelatin, tigernut flour, cassava flour, and apple cider vinegar.

19. One Ingredient Plantain Tortillas
I bet you can guess what the one ingredient in these tortillas is! That’s right: you can boil plantains and blend them into a tortilla dough that can be rolled or pressed in a tortilla press and cooked on a well-seasoned cashew iron skillet. And they’re nice and bendy, too!

20. Vanilla Shake
I have a riddle: what ingredient can you fry and add to skillet dinners with seasoned meat, and also add to sweet vanilla milkshakes? Did you guess plantains? You’re so smart! This vanilla milkshake is tasty with coconut milk, chopped dates, and vanilla powder.

21. Plantain Chips Three Ways
Plantains, as we’ve seen, have a flavor that goes well with sweet and savory seasonings alike. In this post, you’ll learn how to make perfect plantain chips seasoned with sea salt, cinnamon and coconut palm sugar, or Cajun seasonings including garlic, paprika, and chili.

Buffalo Taco Salad Bowl
Photo: Perchance to Cook

22. Buffalo Taco Salad Bowl
You won’t be cooking the plantains in this recipe, because these tacos bowls are served up with crispy, store-bought plantain chips (though you could make your own if you wanted to). I love how filling they are with ground buffalo and vegetables.

23. Sweet Okra Shrimp Curry With Plantain Puree
This fabulous curry has everything you could want: plantains, coconut milk, butter or ghee, onion, garlic, cumin, shrimp, choc ho, okra, curry powder, allspice, ginger, coconut oil, and tomato puree combine for a delicious meal that’s full of nutrients and goodies.

24. Paleo Cinnamon Plantain Pancakes
Cinnamon is the best flavor for pancakes, if you ask me. It just screams breakfast! These pancakes are made even better because they’re made with plantains, eggs, coconut flour, and vanilla, so they have a soft texture and sweet flavor that’s just irresistible.

25. Maple Allspice Roasted Plantains
This is seriously one of my very favorite dessert treats, because I love plantains, and I love the sweetness but low level of sugar this recipe offers. You’ve got roasted plantains, allspice or cinnamon, sea salt, dark maple syrup, coconut oil, and mini chocolate chips. What more could you want?

Baked Plantain Chips With Maple Bacon Aioli
Photo: The Movement Menu

26. Baked Plantain Chips With Maple Bacon Aioli
The chips in this recipe are similar to others, with ghee and sea salt and a nice, hot oven. The star, though, is the maple bacon aioli for dipping made with homemade paleo mayonnaise, bacon, coconut sugar, maple syrup, and ground cinnamon. It’s sweet, savory, and perfect for plantain chips.

27. Sweet Potato and Plantain Chili
Filled with ground beef, red onion, bell peppers, jalapeno, sweet potato, cumin, paprika, plantains, tomatoes, and more, this healthy chili will fill you up without making you feel stuffed and heavy. Top with fresh cilantro and, if you eat it, goat cheese.

28. Plantain Drop Biscuits
Like in breads and cakes, plantains in biscuits help the bread retain some moisture without grains. This recipe also uses tapioca and tigernut or almond flours, salt, chia seeds, and shortening (palm) or coconut oil. They’re easy, crumbly, and perfect for sopping up soups and stews.

29. Banana Plantain Pancakes With Pluots
Bananas and plantains, being closely related, are a natural combination. Add pluots and you’ve got a sweet and juicy plum-and-apricot hybrid that adds vibrant colors and flavors. These pancakes also have cinnamon and vanilla, completing the flavor profile with an elegant flair.

Paleo Slow Cooker Beef Carnitas and Tostones
Photo: Foraged Dish

30. Paleo Slow Cooker Beef Carnitas and Tostones
This dish would be great for a giant meal with friends and family. You’ll need beef sirloin roasted, coconut oil, garlic, white onion, chili powder, black pepper, salt, mustard powder, paprika, cayenne if you want some heat, and bone broth for juicy flavors and rich nutrition. Top with homemade tostones!

31. Plantain Tostadas
With the big, yummy, crunchy tortillas, tostadas have always been one of my favorite Mexican dishes. This paleo replica uses plantains to make the tostada base, which I think is even tastier. Fried them in avocado oil and sprinkle with a little sea salt!

32. Caribbean Baked Salmon Plantain Noodle Bowls
Spiralizing plantains is one of the most brilliant food ideas ever, because they get amazingly crispy and perfect to accompany the cauliflower and sockeye salmon flavored with pineapple juice and coconut sugar. Cover it all in a coconut-avocado-garlic-ginger sauce!

33. Baked Plantains and Sweet Peppers
If you make this plantain and sweet pepper side dish for a dinner with company, I guarantee it’ll steal the show. You’ll need yellow plantains, coconut oil, mini bell peppers, onion, coconut water, black pepper, chili pepper flakes, and toasted coconut flakes.

Grain Free Cinnamon and Spice Plantain Bites
Photo: Cotter Crunch

34. Grain Free Cinnamon and Spice Plantain Bites
These bites remind me of energy balls or energy bites, and they have an amazing flavor from almond flour, plantain flour, pumpkin seeds, nut butter, cinnamon, cloves, anise, vanilla extract, honey, and molasses. They’d make a great snack or healthy dessert.

35. Cilantro Chicken Fajitas and Pan-Fried Plantains
If you’re having paleo fajitas without any kind of tortilla, you’ll likely want something a bit starchy so you don’t miss the taco-business part of the fajita meal. Try this recipe for cilantro grilled chicken with cashew cream, vegetables, and fried plantains.

36. One Pot Mexican Beef and Vegetables
Here’s another yummy one-pot dinner, and this one features green plantains, ground beef, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, jalapeno, onion, avocado oil, cumin, paprika, garlic, cayenne, and a pre-made homemade or store-bought salsa of your choosing.

37. Baked Plantain Chips
This blogger pulled out all the stops on the seasonings for this recipe, sprinkling these crispy baked plantain chips with kosher salt, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and cayenne better. You can use more or less cayenne depending on your desired heat level.

11 Ingredient Oreo Cake
Photo: Purely Twins

38. 11 Ingredient Oreo Cake
You may not be able to eat packaged Oreos on a paleo diet, but you certainly can enjoy this simple Oreo cake made with plantains, applesauce, coconut oil, coconut butter, protein powder, raw cacao powder, and sea salt and filled with a dairy-free frosting.

39. Puerto Rican Omelette
Spice up your omelette game with this Puerto Rican version using plantains, coconut oil, eggs, coconut or almond milk (in place of the dairy milk), black pepper, bell pepper, onion, spinach, and fresh herbs. Chives, parsley, cilantro, and more would all be great choices.

40. Jerk Shrimp With Crispy Plantain Noodles
We’ve been over the whole plantain noodle thing before, and we already know those are good, so we’re already all about this recipe, right? You’ll need avocado, shrimp, jerk seasoning, plantains, coconut milk, bell pepper, garlic, onion, and a few other ingredients.

41. Plantain Chip Crusted Chicken
This simple crunchy “breaded” chicken recipe uses packaged plantain chips, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. The recipe is AIP friendly and low FODMAP, so it’s suitable for a variety of dietary needs. And it’s tasty! And kids love it!

Simple Plantain Buns
Photo: Pure and Simple Nourishment

42. Simple Plantain Buns
This recipe only has a handful of ingredients, and just a bit of coconut flour. You’ll also need plantains, coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut butter, and a gelatin “egg” (there are notes explaining, if you’ve never made one). This one’s AIP-friendly!

43. Baked Plantain Fries
Since they’re a healthy starch with a flavor similar to white potatoes (but even better, in my opinion), it makes sense that plantains would be an excellent substitute for French fries. This recipe is baked with coconut oil and sprinkled with salt and ground paprika.

44. Plantain Chips With Chorizo, Guacamole, and Pickled Jalapenos
If you need a quick, easy-to-assemble party snack or potluck contribution, these appetizers are just the ticket. They’re layers of plantain chips with chorizo sausage and homemade pickled jalapenos, and you better make double, because they’ll be gone in a flash.

45. Skinny Sloppy Joes With Plantain Buns
These sloppy joes are stuffed with beef mince, onions, celery, garlic, chestnut mushrooms, thyme, white pepper, chopped tomatoes, red white, and more. For paleo adjustments, use almond milk in place of the skim milk and coconut aminos for the soy sauce.

Coconut Plantain Snickeroons
Photo: Delicious Obsessions

46. Coconut Plantain Snickeroons
Can you believe these part-macaroon, part-snickerdoodle cookies only have five ingredients? Just a touch of maple syrup is the only sweetener needed, and yellow plantain acts as the perfect binder to hold the cinnamon and coconut chips together.

47. Whipped Coconut Cream Plantain Cups With Mango and Avocado
I think this treat is incredibly clever, and a great use of all of these ingredients. In fact, I’d like about ten of them in my mouth right now—well, maybe one at a time. Make them with spiralized plantain, coconut flakes, eggs, coconut milk, mango, and avocado.

48. Plantain Skillet Brownies With Salted Caramel Sauce
As if these plantain brownies with vanilla, raw honey, and chocolate chips aren’t good enough, you get to make a coconut milk and grass fed butter caramel sauce with sea salt to make everything all that much more decadent and irresistible.


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