I’ll credit this to… GROWING UP! Not in the way we’d use the saying, but more in the sense of growing from old to new, experimenting with different cultural cuisines and so on. An old friend of mine, who was from Jamaica use to talk about all these dishes his family use to make and how he’d make some for me one day. That day never came, lol. So I had to start experimenting by myself. One of the first snacks I made was fried plantain. When I visited the Bahamas, I had my first taste of plantain and Conch and it was amazing. I figured, with this love of eating and always down to try something new – why not try to prepare some as healthier snack choice. Here’s my take on FRIED PLANTAINS with cinnamon and vanilla.
Here is what you’ll need to create this snack:
You can use the whole plantain, but half is usually enough for me… that is depending on how thinly sliced each coin is. I am a fan of LouAna’s Organic coconut oil. There’s seem to taste better than the other coco-oils I’ve used in the past.
As your surface is heating, here’s the perfect time to prep your plantains. When I slice them into coins, I like to cut them diagonally. My reasoning may be different from everyone else, but it helps out during the flipping process. When it’s time to scoop and flip them, they seem to slide on the spatula better verses having a straight cut.
Scoop about 1.5 to 2 tsp. of your coconut oil to coat the skillet/griddle. I use 1.5 tsp. and this seems to be enough to get the job done. By all means, use the amount you are comfortable with. Try not to be too heavy on the oil though. You don’t want them saturated in oil *gags*
Let each coin spend about 2 to 3 minutes simmering. If you’d like your coins more golden, add another 2 minutes.
You will notice the darker coin towards the bottom left. This is to show you how your coin will look if you keep it simmering for the additional 2 minutes. The others are just over 2.5 minutes. Next, sprinkle cinnamon lightly over each coin. Some extra cinnamon will fall through and mix with the bubbling oil…
This next step is optional, but if you really want to bring a sweeter flavor to your plantains, adding a few drops of vanilla extract does the trick. Scoot all your coins together so they are slightly touching and add a few drops in between. You will then hear the sizzling grow louder. Then it lets out this super sweet aroma in your cooking area… the best part.
Notice one side has cinnamon and the bottom has vanilla flavoring. Here’s an idea- if you’d like, add a drop of vanilla on each top for more of a sweeter taste.
Scoop each coin onto a dry paper towel to drain and let stand for about one minute. If you were my Mother, you’d probably add a sprinkle of powder sugar on for garnish … and taste. Again, that I totally optional and up to you. I like my plantains as prepared. To top off this sweet snack, I love making a cup of my own Hazelnut Vanilla cappuccino dashed with cinnamon. This is truly a snack the kids and adults will love. It’s low in calories (if you monitor the amount of oil, how many are eaten and if you decide to add a garnish). I hope you enjoyed this. Let me know how your plantains turned out if you decided to make any.