Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fried Plantains Breakfast



Easiest. Breakfast. Ever!


This simple day starter takes about fifteen minutes to make and it's a favorite around here. Hubby prefers them raw, but Baby E and I like them lightly fried in coconut oil. Make sure to start with plantains that are soft and ripe, with mostly black skin. Sometimes I add a little butter to the coconut oil if I want them to brown more. You can also experiment with different toppings - maple syrup, freshly whipped heavy cream, ice cream (!), slices of fresh strawberries, even cheese. This is one of those breakfasts that I can make when we're in a hurry, it's nice to have some plantains on hand.

My princess counting the blueberries

Ingredients:

4 ripe plantains (serves 3-4 people)
1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
1/4 cup dried blueberries 

Directions: 

1. Preheat pan on med-high with coconut oil.
2. Cut plantains in half and lengthwise (or just lengthwise if you have a large pan, mine is small).
3. Place in hot pan flat side down and fry for 8-10 minutes.
4. Flip and fry for another 2-4 minutes. 
5. Top with dry blueberries and serve immediately!
6. Make sure to take a picture of your little one counting blueberries ;)

If you make this recipe, we would love to know what you served it with or if you put a different spin on it! 




48 comments:

  1. my grannd mother used to make this for the kids and then fried blolanga

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  2. What a great way to start the day...
    My sons will actually eat this!
    Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  3. Thanks for sharing this amazing reciepe I never would have thought about them I have looked at them in the stores and but they actually look pretty good thanks..

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    1. I never ate them before my husband introduced them to me on our honeymoon! :)

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  4. I love sweet plantains with a fried egg.

    knickgirl_3 at yahoo dot com

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  5. Haven't tried cooking plantain raw before. It must be sweet when it's ripe. Will have to try that... but first lightly fried according to your recipe. Nice to have something new to put maple syrup on.

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  6. I have to make this! Plantains are one of my absolute favorite foods - especially ripe sweet plantains like this. They're like bananas, but richer and more satisfying. Love this!
    lajohnson555 at yahoo dot com

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  7. This looks really appetizing. I have never had a plantain!

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  8. wow, there's no excuse to make something better than Frosted Flakes.. quick, easy, and delicious!

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  9. I have never eaten a plantain, but wanted to, now I may be able to try it with this recipe :)

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  10. The fried plantains look great with the blueberries. I think my family would love these! Thanks!
    Amie Olson
    alolson1@charter.net

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  11. These fried plantains really look delicious! I will have to make them for our family.
    Ross Olson
    rcolson@charter.net

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  12. It may sound crazy, but I've never eaten one of these. Your photo makes it look fantastic though & I have a full big jar of coconut oil that I have never even opened. I think it was waiting for this recipe ;) Thanks so much!

    chevsop(@)gmail(dot)com

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    1. No, that's not crazy! It never even crossed my mind to try plantains until I married my husband at 23 :) Hope you'll like it!

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  13. this recipe sounds delicious. i think i will try it when i go shopping next week. my husband hasn't tried plantains before so ill see what his reaction is :)

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  14. ooooo...yummy..may have to go to the store this afternoon and get the goods to try this out. Thanks so much.

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  15. I have never had plantains but i see them alot i think i may have to try

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  16. OOoh! I've always wanted a good recipe for these thank you so much it sounds sOoOOo Yummy! I can't wait to try it.

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  17. Yum! My son has recently discovered a love for plantains, both fried slices and chips. I know he would love this, maybe with some honey drizzled over top!

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  18. Plantains are the bomb! I'm Cuban so that is a staple in our diet (I LOVE the fact that you can eat them in many diffferent ways both ripened and green, though I had NO idea that you could eat them raw?!) Cubans let them ripen to where you would think you'd have to throw them out but they turn out so sweet and crunchy on the outside, yum!

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  19. We had lived in Guatemala and learned to love these, we fried them till they were crispy!

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  20. I never had plantains and always wanted to try them....I was told they are good

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

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  21. Thank you so much for this recipe! I used to live in Africa, and my mom would make these since it was a local dish. I LOVE them! They're so good! I'm so glad you put up this recipe. I've never tried to make them myself, but I'm going to now!

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  22. This looks so easy and yummy! Thank you for sharing! I think my 1 year old will love this!

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  23. These look delicious! I had no idea it was so easy to make them. My kids love bananas, so I'd bet they'd like these, too!

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  24. I love this idea! We eat alot of the green plantains, and I love the sweet ones lightly fried too.. never thought of it with fresh fruit for breakfast!

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  25. haha I thought I was the only one who prefers them raw! Everyone in my family thinks I am crazy, since they are so starchy!

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  26. This is a great idea. I have never seen this before, but it looks amazing. Thank you for the recipe.

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  27. Thanks for the idea! I have been looking for a quickie breakfast that is not cereal.

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  28. This is a great recipe because it's sweet (which kids love), yet healthy. Thanks!

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  29. I always wanted to try making these, are they any different then bananas? I mean flavor wise?

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

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    1. They are a little different in taste, it's just something you have to try to see if you like it. :) Just make sure you use ripe ones, they should be mostly black on the outside.

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  30. I have never had plantains but these look so good! Thanks for the recipe.

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  31. not that we eat nutella lol but you can but berries and raw whip cream inside http://www.thepaleomom.com/2012/09/paleo-crepes-with-nutella.html

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    1. Julz, I actually posted this before we started the diet, but we do eat it once in a while now too :) I used to be a fan of Nutella about 5 years ago! Raw whipped cream is a good idea, I'll be posting a recipe soon for a birthday cake with that as a layer! I've also made up a much better pancake recipe, made it twice already. But it isn't entirely gluten free, I use some barley flour (plus tapioca, sorghum, and millet). I'll have that up soon too. Lol, no time to keep up with all the new recipes I need to post! We're busy cooking and eating!

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  32. you are better then me at this already! I am still struggling sometimes trying to figure out how to save on this and eat good! Our thing is SOUP for lunch every day out of very fatning and rich broth I make... Its like a tradition now and I even made the kids say 'Hm MOMMY i love this soup!"...no idea if they actually like it or not but I told them that in this house no one says to mommy I don't like this! so now, everyone likes everything! haha Yesterday I made hamburger soup and aperently they like it again. That saves me time though and headache and money. I cook a big pot of soups rich in meat and veggies and fat for 4 days worth of lunch and heat it up every day and lunch is ready! Breakfast and dinner is another story, always searching for things. You are doing great though. What do you guys do for snacks? Or a 'go' lunchbox time meals like if you have to eat in the car etc

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    1. You have exactly described our scenario! We also made a pot of soup each week and eat it for lunch for 4-5 days! Saves so much time and money, I don't know what I would do with out it! I get enough headache trying to figure out every day what to make for breakfast and dinner! :)

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  33. I think once you get the hang of it, it gets easier...Like I now know what veggies I need everytime I am at the store. So i just load up on them and look up some cool recipes or make up my own. If you ever look into GAPS diet or Paleo they are the diets you are on. So they all use the same veggies and meats lol ...so I pretty much always have what the recipe requires...and it isn't a lot of stuff they just use same veggies in different fashion. I am still struggling with the 'on the go' lunches because without bread I am always struggling to figure out how to make a sandwich for them after church w no bread!

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    1. Lately hubby has been doing all the food shopping, I just make a list for him. :) He picks up raw milk once a week and Trader Joe's is on the way there, convenient. Going shopping with 4 year old and 15 month old isn't so fun as I'm sure you can imagine. When they are older I don't mind going with them. Unfortunately I can't talk hubby into staying home with kids while I do food shopping! THAT would be ideal!

      We're not quite GAPS, and not really Paleo, but it does overlap for many recipes. We don't have a problem with bread because with our diet it is okay to have sprouted bread - that's what we buy for sandwiches! We were without any bread for the first three weeks and that was hard I admit. Now we don't rely on it so much, but at least that is an option. As far as I know - the most important thing in this diet is consuming fresh animal foods from the farm and taking cod liver oil every day - eliminating grains is important, but not nearly as important as those things. Eventually we will be able to eat soaked grains just fine, traditionally prepared, and I am sticking with spelt - not modern wheat. But that's something we may do next year.

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  34. I've never had plantains but I'm glad I came across this because we just joined a food co-op and they get plantains often. Thank you I can't wait to try it.

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  35. I love plantains, but I have never been brave enough to try making anything with them...maybe I can start with this!

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  36. I am eager to try this recipe out! I am always looking for new things to try and I have never had plantains before and they just look so yummy :)

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  37. YUM. This reminds me of El Salvador... I would have beans, plantains, and fresh OJ every morning... I needed some serious protein to get through the day! This looks so nice, I never thought of doing myself with coconut oil!

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