Plantain Cakes + Ideas for Plantain Stacks!

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As I’ve mentioned before, I am not a fruit lover. I am part of the weird, very small percentage of the world that does not enjoy fruit. I occasionally eat apples, cantaloupe or grapes, but they are only on my grocery list because my son and husband love them.

Knowing that I most definitely don’t like bananas, I assumed there was no way I would like plantains, or “bananas on steroids” as my husband calls them. Why would I want a larger version of something I don’t like? Well, you know what assuming does? It keeps you from enjoying what could be one of your favorite foods.

I absolutely love food blogs and my Instagram feed is always full of wonderful and delicious recipes. This year, I have seen recipe after recipe for dishes with plantains. Sometimes they are the star and sometimes they are the side.

While on the Whole30, I had a lot of go-to meals that I knew were compliant and followed the program rules, but that repetition became boring after a couple of weeks and I had a craving for something new and different. I decided it was time to try plantains.

Plantain Cakes|MadeItLoveItPaleo

Plantains are technically a fruit, but to me, they are much closer to a starchy vegetable. Most of the preparations I saw were simple, so when trying them for the first time, I simply sliced them, fried them and sprinkled them with sea salt and cinnamon. They were heavenly.

I was hooked. These giant banana-like fruits were so much more delicious than I could have imagined. And even better? They were so simple to prepare.

I love slicing them up and frying them for a quick side, but what I really wanted to do was create more of a plantain cake that we could use to make plantain stacks.

What is a plantain stack you ask? The plantain cake is your base and here are a few combos we love on top:

Pulled Pork + Guacamole
Shredded Beef + Chipotle Mayo
Bacon + Fried Egg

After a couple of trial runs to get the right texture, I have our new go-to plantain recipe. These plantain cakes have a wonderful, crispy outside and are soft and sweet on the inside. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a plantain stack, if not just sprinkle these with cinnamon + sea salt and enjoy!

Plantain Cakes
Serves 2
A recipe for plantain cakes that are delicious on their own or topped with pulled pork and guacamole for lunch or a fried egg and some bacon for breakfast!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
13 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
13 min
  1. 1 Plantain (yellow or yellow/brown works best)
  2. 1/4 to 1/3 cup Avocado Oil (or frying oil of choice)
  3. 1 Tablespoon Tapioca Starch/Flour
  4. Sea Salt
  1. Add your oil to a deep frying pan, like this one, and heat to medium-high.
  2. Peel your plantain and add the fruit to a food processor or chopper like this one.
  3. Add tapioca starch and blend until you have a creamy, pudding-like texture.
  4. When your oil is hot, use a spoon to add batter to pan. Make two large pancake sized rounds.
  5. Flip when nicely browned on the bottom, about 5 minutes.
  6. Cook the other side until browned, about 4-5 additional minutes.
  7. Remove from pan and cool on a plate lined with parchment paper, it helps the cakes stay crispy.
  8. While still hot, sprinkle with sea salt.
  9. If you want to keep it simple, eat as is or with a sprinkle of cinnamon. If you're feeling adventurous, use these as a base and pile on your favorite ingredients for a plantain stack.
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I am so glad I found plantains, they are such a yummy addition to the menu at our house. It just goes to show, you never know what you like until you try it ♥

Plantain Cakes + Ideas to Stack It Up at MadeItLoveItPaleo.  These simple, delicious plantain cakes are paleo, grain-free, dairy-free & Whole30.

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  1. Plantains are not banana-like they ARE bananas! I will try these soon they would make a good alternative to plain eggs at breakfast. However for using as a bread substitute for sandwiches I like Tostones or twice fried bananas. Slice into 1 1/2″ rounds and fry. Cool down slightly and smash with the bottom of a jar and fry again. they can also be fried the first pass and broiled with a brush of olive oil first. Season with seasalt and enjoy. Cubans love on tostones and enjoy with a lemon garlic sauce for dipping!

    1. Hi Ana! Plantains are definitely in the banana family, but slightly different because they aren’t suitable to be eaten raw. The bananas on steroids description is so people can find them in the store if they want to try them :). I hope you enjoy these as much as we do. I’ll have to try those twice fried bananas you described!