Can we talk about that one time when Instacart dropped off 3 giant plantains instead of a bananas…

Let’s just say I was less than pleased about it!! But! It turns out that it was a great mistake! After letting them get pretty ripe, Brody, Levi and I decided to try our hands at a healthy-ish take on the popular side dish. And then we ate them for breakfast! Obvs!!

In a nutshell, they were INSANE!! The words delectable, incredible, and drool-worthy don’t even describe the flavor party that took place in our mouths. Hahhaaha

Not only where these super filling and ridiculously satisfying but they were also incredibly easy to make! And with just a few healthier swaps than your typical fried plantain recipes calls for, you don’t have to feel guilty about going for “just one more!” Also, my hubby called them restaurant quality which, I’m not going to lie, says A LOT about this dish as a whole.

Aside from breakfast, they’d make for a yummy snack, the perfect dessert to curb your sweet tooth {perhaps served à la mode?!}, and even as a side dish at the dinner table – as typical in South American culture. Basically, you can’t go wrong here!

This healthier sweet fried plantain recipe is great as a snack, side dish or dessert and is the easiest, most delicious, filling & satisfying!


Dana Ivy
Aside from breakfast, they'd make for a yummy snack, the perfect dessert to curb your sweet tooth {perhaps served à la mode?!}, and even as a side dish at the dinner table – as typical in South American culture. Basically, you can't go wrong here!
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish
Servings 5


  • 3 plantains very ripe
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp date syrup swap for pure maple syrup if you'd like
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil


  • Unwrap your plantains
  • Cut them into 1-inch coins or at an angle. Put them into a medium size bowl.
  • In a small separate bowl, combine the vanilla, syrup, and brown sugar. Mix well.
  • Pour you liquid mixture on top of sliced plantains. With a spatula, CAREFULLY coat the plantains with the mixture.
  • Over medium heat, melt the coconut oil on the bottom of your pan.
  • Add in your coated plantain slices. Every slice should be flat on the bottom of the pan. Cook for 4 minutes.
  • Turn over plantain slices and cook for 4-5 minutes. They should be caramelized and sticky now!
  • Take slices out of pan, let cool for 1-2 minutes and serve!
Keyword breakfast, dessert, plantains, side dish, sweets

The main swap here to make these fried plantains healthy lies in the date syrup. Dates, at their core, have a low glycemic index which makes its syrup less likely to spike your blood sugar levels. Also, according to, date syrup contains more than twice the potassium, calcium, and magnesium levels of maple syrup, with up to 10 times the antioxidants. I’m here for that! In addition, I swapped unrefined coconut oil for olive oil because it is known to have properties that boost heart health and good cholesterol levels. YES!

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