Light and crispy baked plantain chips with only 1 gram of fat per serving, a wonderful alternative to other not so lean snack foods ;)

Plantains are a member of the banana family. They are a starchy, low in sugar variety that is cooked before serving as it is unsuitable raw. It is used in many savory dishes somewhat like a potato would be used and is very popular in Western Africa and the Caribbean countries.

difficulty level: beginner

equipment needed:
- mandolin makes this a breeze! but you can do this with a knife

what you need:

  • 1 green plantain. you can find this in latin grocery stores and most health food stores. only buy them green for this recipe.
  • cooking oil spray
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt

what to do:

  • preheat oven to 400 degrees bake
  • line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray with oil.
  • slice plantains as thin as humanly possible, on a mandolin i set this to the lowest setting which is less then 1/16" thick. yes you can do this with a knife as i mentioned, but it will be more time consuming.
  • layer plantain slices on greased parchment in single layer.
  • lightly spray with oil
  • put into oven for 8 minutes
  • take out of oven, remove pieces that look ready and return plantains to oven for 2 more minutes.
  • again take out of oven , remove done pieces, return to oven for 2 more minutes; repeat this until all chips are done
  • put all chips in a bowl, sprinkle with salt onion powder and smoked paprika
  • serve with salsa or guacamole of choice :)