I have to be honest and say that I can’t tell if this picture makes my favorite paleo treat look incredibly delicious or totally unappetizing. Hopefully I’ve built up some credibility and you will believe me when I tell you that these baked plantain chips are SO good. If you haven’t made plantains before, they are a low carb way to enjoy a warm, slightly sweet treat while keeping your meal entirely paleo, primal, and gluten-free. Adding cocoa and cinnamon makes these plantain chips taste into a decadent dessert without the addition of any sugar.
The important thing for this recipe is to select ripe plantains with fully yellow skin and even some brown spots. These are sweeter than green plantains and make a fantastic dessert or snack. I also love that whether I bake quartered plantains or cut them into chips, they are tender and moist like all the best comfort food desserts!
Whether or not the picture draws you in, this easy Paleo treat is the perfect low key dessert to finish a meal. With a hint of cocoa and cinnamon, the chips are luscious on their own and would be the perfect complement to a scoop of ice cream (dairy-free or otherwise). Watch out banana split, coconut ice cream + baked cocoa plantain chips might give you a run for your money!
- 1 large, ripe plantain
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- a sprinkle of cinnamon
- Preheat oven or set toaster oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. With a sharp knife, cut off both ends of the plantain and discard. Peel the plantain, discard peel, and slice into 1/4″ thick discs.
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt coconut oil in the microwave until melted (about 25 seconds). Add cocoa and cinnamon and stir until evenly combined. Toss the plantain chips in the mixture and lay out on the parchment paper.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until sizzling and fork-tender. The outside of the chips will dry while the inside turns gooey. Let the chips cool for a minute or two, but enjoy them while hot or they will not be as tender.