These plantain chips are my paleo answer to an overwhelming desire to enjoy chips and guacamole! I know some paleo people are able to eat organic corn chips and more power to them, I say. Unfortunately for me, corn (along with wheat) is one grain I steer completely clear of because I’ve had allergic reactions to it. In fact, discovering my corn allergy was the early blessing-in-disguise that lead me to start seriously considering what I was putting in my mouth and how it might be affecting my health. Fortunately, after some time of eating a clean paleo diet, I seem to have healed my gut enough that I no longer have allergic reactions to trace amounts of corn, but I’m not brave enough to actually knowingly eat it.
I actually discovered plantain chips in my local health food store during the early stages of dealing with the corn allergy, long before I even know what paleo was. They have continued to be an occasional indulgence (I even used them to make a breading for my yummy paleo chicken fried steak) but I try not to eat them too often since the only ones I can find in stores are fried in vegetable oils I generally avoid consuming for multiple reasons, including their higher omega-6 to omega-3 ratios. Finally it occurred to me that I could make my own, with coconut oil!
Why coconut oil?
Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat known to man and that is a good thing! Forget about the whole “artery-clogging” stuff we were previously told – saturated fat is necessary for optimal health. What’s even more important for people like me with digestive diseases is that coconut oil contains a particular kind of fatty acids – medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) – that go straight to the liver and and are an easily accessible source of energy, even when the digestive tract is impaired or injured. Learn more about the benefits of coconut oil here.
Where can I buy coconut oil?
Coconut oil is starting to become more widely available, even in mainstream grocery stores. My favorite brand is available online from Barefoot Provisions – my trusted source for consciously curated paleo and primal foodstuffs. Click here or on the image below to learn more and place an order.
Tips and tools
- Use plantains that are as green as possible. The ones I used were slightly ripe and they turned out fine, but they were harder to slice thin because they were soft and slippery.
- Speaking of slicing thin… To get a good crunch the chips need to be ultra thin. A mandolin like this one will make this much easier.
- A mortar and pestle makes it easy to make authentic guacamole and is a useful tool to add to your kitchen. This is the one that I have.
Notes for healing diets
- Specific Carbohydrate Diet: This recipe is NOT SCD legal.
- Whole30 and Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP): This recipe is compliant; no modifications are needed.
- Low-FODMAP: Make sure you use green plantains to keep FODMAP content low. Avocados are moderately high, so be cautious.
Plantain Chip Recipe & Easy Guacamole
- 2 green plantains
- 4-6 tablespoons coconut oil
- sea salt
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 avocado
- juice of ½ lime
- Slice the plantains as thin as possible.
- Melt the coconut oil over medium heat in a large cast iron skillet.
- Add the sliced plantains in a single layer (you will need to fry in several batches) and watch very closely as they will burn easily.
- Use a large pancake turner to flip them after just 1-2 minutes and fry until crisp on both sides.
- Remove to drain on a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with sea salt. Allow to cool.
- Meanwhile, make the guacamole. Smash the garlic with salt until it is a smooth paste (using a mortar and pestle makes this easy).
- Peel and pit the avocado, mash with the garlic. Add lime juice and mix thoroughly.
- Taste and add additional salt if needed.
- Serve immediately as the chips will lose their crispness if they sit for a long time.
For more delicious paleo-friendly recipes using plantains
- Mofongo: Puerto Rican Style Plantains – Beauty and the Foodie
- Creamy Pan Fried Plantains with Cinnamon, Cardamom, & Maple Syrup – The Rising Spoon
- Cinnamon Plantain Pudding – Meatified
- Fried Plantains - Savory Lotus
- Fried Plantains with Cinnamon – Stupid Easy Paleo
- Plantain Chip Chicken – Allison Nichols
- All About Plantains – This Is So Good
Shared on Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable