Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Plantain Fritters...

We grow plantains on Pilgrim's Farm and what we don't sell...
sometimes are more than we can use up for ourselves...

we hang them from the rafters underneath the cottage and pull them off the stalk as we use them

when the plantains start getting quite ripe, it's time to use them up
fritters are one way to use them and makes a sweet snack or dessert without using extra sugars
if you cannot get plantains, ripe bananas will work

for 4 people or more, the ingredients are:
1 large or two small plantains
1/2 cup flour (I use gluten-free flour due to celiac disease)
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon of lime or lemon zest
couple of squirts of lime or lemon juice
optional ingredient: I like to use farine for texture in the fritters, but it isn't necessary
farine is dried cassava and used often in making breads and cereal for a gluten-free lifestyle

peel, dice and mash the plantain...
add the nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, lime/lemon juice and zest...
mix it in well

add the coconut (and farine if your using it) and mix them into the mashed plantains

add the flour and stir in well

put in enough oil (I like to use coconut oil) to cover the bottom of the pan
when the oil is hot...
put in the plantain dough by a tablespoon and flatten slightly

let the fritters fry until golden brown on the first side...
turn over (using two forks works easiest)...
and fry until golden and crisp

take the fritters out and you have something pretty delicious to eat
I like to squirt some lime juice on mine to give the fritters a bit more complex taste

May your day or night be delicious in the grace of God.


  1. Those fritters look delish!
    Thanks for the recipe, and letting us know that we can use bananas in place of plantians.

    It's getting quite chilly here at night.
    This morning, it was 41 degrees. Soon, it will be frosty in the mornings.

    Hope you are enjoying this week.


  2. Yum! Those look delicious....what is the difference between bananas and plantain?? ( have always thought plantain to be a herb/weed)

    1. Julia, there is an herbal plant called plantain, but is not the same as the tropical fruit plantain. The fruit plantain is different from the banana in that it is starchier with less moisture, which helps the fruit hold up better in cooking. It is much larger than a banana and has a thicker skin. It is better eaten cooked. Plantains have pretty much the same nutrients as regular bananas. Thanks for your question!

  3. Ok so I clicked to the home page to see what other articles you may have and saw this post. Plantain fritters are something that I definitely have to try. We've only just done banana fritters. I am definitely adding your blog to my Google Reader.

  4. These fritters look so good! I'm going to try them. My local supermarkets all carry plantain, and I already have some coconut flour that I will use, since we are trying to avoid wheat.

    By the way, I always enjoy your blog header photos and Scripture verses. I know that you change it around fairly often, and I always like to see what you come up with ~smile~.

  5. My little 5 yr old grandson was just diagnosed last month with Celiac disease. Poor little guy - but since he's been on the gluten free diet he's already starting to gain weight and is eating w/o pain. I'll pass these yummy recipes onto my daughter! Thanks!