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Healthy Baked Sweet Plantains (Maduros)

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What’s Inside: This Oven Baked Sweet Plantains recipe (aka Maduros) is a staple in Latino cooking and one of my favorite dishes to serve as a snack, appetizer, or side dish. They’re crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and a perfect balance of savory and sweet.

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Homemade Roasted Sweet Plantains

Do you like fried sweet plantains? Me too! But I’ve never successfully fried them. But that’s OK because through all of that trial and error (mostly error) I learned that there’s a better way to cook them that also happens to be easier and healthier.

Meet my simple Oven Baked Sweet Plantains recipe (aka Maduros) using nothing but coconut oil (or sub olive or avocado oil), sea salt, and your oven — making them Paleo, vegan, and AIP-friendly! With this method, you’ll end up with a perfectly caramelized exterior and a sweet gooey center. Heaven!


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I love to serve these as a side dish, appetizer, or have them as a snack. They’re a childhood favorite that brings me back to my grandparent’s kitchen and the best memories. I hope you love these as much as I do!

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Are Plantains Healthy?

Plantains are high in resistant starch and are a great prebiotic-rich food to include in your diet. Your beneficial gut bacteria rely on prebiotic fiber and resistant starches for food. Enjoying plantains balanced with protein and fat helps to nourish your microbiome! Plus, they happen to be delicious.

Key Ingredients

You only need 3 ingredients to make the best plantains ever — two r tablespoon of melted

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How To Make Sweet Plantains

  1. Slice the plantains in half lengthwise to remove the skin, and then cut into oblong chunks.
  2. Lightly toss the plantain slices with melted coconut oil and a little sea salt, and cover in a roasting pan with tin foil.
  3. Cook at 320 degrees for about 20 minutes.
  4. Uncover and increase oven temperature to 420 degrees. Roast for 15 minutes or so, until dark and caramelized. 
  5. Garnish with a pinch more of sea salt, if desired, and enjoy!

How To Serve Maduros

I like serving these as they are as a simple side dish, appetizer, or snack, but you could add any seasonings you like to add more flavor or to pair with a particular meal. Cumin, chili powder, or garlic powder would work well as savory additions, or a light drizzle of maple syrup, agave nectar, or honey before cooking to make them sweeter.

Storage, Freezing, and Reheating Instructions

  • Store leftover Maduros in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to3 days. 
  • Freeze cooked and cooled roasted plantains in an airtight, freezer-safe container or plastic bag for up to 1 month.
  • Reheat by allowing frozen plantains to thaw in the fridge overnight and warming in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes or so until heated through and re-crisped. You could also reheat in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 5 minutes or so for a crispier option. 
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Roasted Maduros (Sweet Plantains)

4.75 from 24 votes
These Oven-Roasted Sweet Plantains (aka Maduros) are super simple to make and the perfect balance of savory and sweet. Plus, they're Paleo, vegan, and AIP-friendly!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 2



  • Cut plantains in half lengthwise, remove skin and then cut into oblong chunks.
  • Lightly toss slices of very ripe plantain with coconut oil with a little sea salt and cover in a roasting pan with tin foil.
  • Cook low on 320f degrees for approx. 20 minutes.
  • Then, remove the cover (the plantains will be a little puffy and very soft), crank up the heat to 420f degrees for 15 minutes or so, watch them and they’re done when you’re happy with the color! I like mine dark!
Diet: Latino
Keywords: maduros, sweet plantains
Course: Side Dish, Snack
-Alison Marras
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  1. I’m Cuban and I’ve been eating fried sweet plantains my whole life. I promise you have changed my life with this recipe! I will never be frying them again. Thank you!

  2. I’ve never had plantains before. When choosing them for this recipe do I want greener ones or yellow and brown ones?

  3. I have never tried making roasted plantains before and I’m so excited to discover this recipe so I can try them. Yum!

  4. We had a stay at home, cooking day with my family. We each picked out a recipe and we made several together as a family! Fun way to food prep!
    My kids LOVED these plantains!

  5. I love fried plantains but I have never liked how unhealthy they are for you. I love your lightened up version – baking them instead of frying them is genius!

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