Baked Plantains Recipe – 5 Points +
Ok, I know you guys might think 5 Points + is a bit much for a baked, less-sweet banana. But let me just tell you that they were SO, SO, SO good! The perfect combination of sweet and salty. They are way healthier and much more delicious than potato chips….so if you’d spend 5 Points on a cup of potato chips, then you owe it to yourself to try these Baked Plantain Chips instead. If you aren’t familiar with plantains, they are a member of the banana family. They are a starchy, low in sugar variety that is always 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. My first few attempts at these baked plantains failed miserably. They are easier to cook when they are very firm, and less ripe. But they taste a lot sweeter when they are overripe, giving that delectable sweet and salty taste to the chips. Though, the overripe plantains can be a bit softer and harder to work with. I based this recipe post on the taste I preferred, but, by all means, feel free to choose your own style of plantain. I could never get mine quite as crisp as I intended, but it really didn’t matter to me. They were so tasty and filling, and definitely helped keep me from digging in to some not-so-Weight Watchers friendly snacks, so I felt that they were really worth the 5 Points +. I definitely recommend giving these a try at least once!
This delicious and easy Weight Watchers snack recipe is just as healthy as it is tasty. The plantain is loaded with good for you ingredients and filling fiber. It’s the perfect snack food to satisfy the craving for something sweet and salty.
- 2 medium sized, very overripe plantains
- Olive oil misting spray
- Salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat and spray with olive oil mister or non-fat cooking spray.
- Slice plantains, very thin, and place them evenly on the baking sheet. Lightly mist with olive oil or the non-fat cooking spray, and sprinkle with a bit of salt.
- Cook in oven, flipping once about halfway through, for about 30-35 minutes or until they become golden and mostly crisp.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 35 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegan
Diet tags: Reduced fat
Number of servings (yield): 2
Culinary tradition: Caribbean
Entire recipe makes 2 servings
Serving size is about 1 cup
Each serving = 5 Points +
PER SERVING: 184 calories; 0.5g fat; 47g carbohydrates; 2g protein; 4g fiber