These Baked Cinnamon Plantain Fries are the best way to use ripe plantains. Not only are these fries Paleo friendly, but they are also Whole30 approved, Vegan and AIP compliant.
Have you ever had a plantain?
They look like large bananas and can be found in the produce section of many grocery stores; ranging from bright green (unripe) to yellow (ripe) to nearly black (very ripe).
They are edible at all stages. The riper plantains are, the sweeter they will taste and the softer they will be.
Green plantains are excellent for making plantain chips. My family likes to cook sliced green plantains in coconut oil or air-dry them in our dehydrator.
I enjoy using ripe plantains to make plantain fries (like these) and baking with them in recipes such as my Carrot Cake Plantain Bread.
I rarely use extra ripe plantains; as they simply don't last long enough in my household to ripen to that point. But, extra ripe plantains are great in desserts or roasted and topped with nut butter or honey.
For these baked Cinnamon Plantain Fries I used ripe plantains - meaning yellow with a few brown/black spots.
Ingredients in Cinnamon Plantain Fries
These plantain fries are made with just 4 ingredients; all that are Paleo, Whole30, Vegan and AIP compliant.
Here's what you need to make these sugar free cinnamon fries:
- 2 extra large, ripe plantains
- avocado oil (or olive oil)
How to Make Baked Cinnamon Plantain Fries
These plantain fries are baked in the oven. So, the first thing you need to do is preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
Peel and Cut Plantain
Next, peel the plantain and cut into fry shapes.
The easiest way to cut a plantain is to first cut off the ends, then cut the plantain in half. Slice the peel of the plantain from tip to tip. Then, remove the peel and cut the plantain to desired fry shape/size.
Season Plantain Fries
Next, place the fries in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with avocado oil and mix using tongs or your hands.
Sprinkle cinnamon and salt onto the oiled fries. Again, mix using tongs or your hands until the fries are well coated.
Bake Plantain Fries
Place the fries on a parchment-lined or greased baking pan. Spread them apart so that none of the fries are overlapping.
Place the fries on the bottom rack of your oven and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, or until done.
After baking, you can top these with a pinch of flaked sea salt and eat right off the pan or serve as a side dish.
What to serve with plantain fries
Plantain fries pair well with nearly anything that "regular" french fries would.
My favorite way to eat these are dipped into mashed avocado. They're also great as a side dish to salads, grilled chicken, burgers or even fried eggs.
More recipes using ripe plantains
For more recipes using fresh, ripe plantains, check these out:
Baked Cinnamon Plantain Fries (Whole30, Vegan)
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: serves 2
Healthy Baked Cinnamon Plantain Fries - Paleo, Vegan, Whole30 and AIP compliant
- 2 extra large, ripe plantains
- ½ Tbsp avocado oil (or olive oil)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Peel plantains and cut into fry shapes.
- Place cut plantains in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with oil, then mix using tongs or your hands.
- Sprinkle cinnamon and salt on fries. Mix until well coated.
- Place fries on a lined or greased baking sheet so that none of the fries are overlapping.
- Place pan on the bottom rack of oven and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until done.
Keywords: plantains, plantain fries, paleo, vegan, whole30, AIP, nut free, egg free, snack, lunch, dinner, side dish, cinnamon, no added sugar
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