If you’re a sucker for salty snacks like I am, you’ve got to try this oven baked Plantain Chips recipe! They’re incredibly easy to make and so much better than store-bought (cheaper, too!). All you need is three ingredients and your favorite seasoning, and you’ll have a crispy, healthy, delicious snack in 30 minutes!

Have you tried plantain chips? I first tried store-bought plantain chips from Trader Joe’s and I’ve become quite addicted. They have three different varieties – sweet, savory and spicy. I love them so much that I decided to try making them myself. I’m so glad I did because this homemade version is so much better than store-bought. Trust me! 

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These homemade plantain chips are super easy to make, only require three ingredients, and are ready in just about 30 minutes. They make a perfect appetizer or snack and are great for dipping in guacamole, hummus, and vegan salsa con queso!

What are plantains?

Plantains, like bananas are high in potassium, fiber, vitamins and minerals. And even though they look just like bananas, they’re more like a starchy potato than a fruit. Because they contain so much starch, they must be cooked to enjoy. Like a banana, they vary in ripeness from green to yellow. Yellow plantains are sweeter than green, and should not be used to make plantain chips, light green plantains or ones that have just turned yellow are used instead. You don’t want too many dark spots on them or they’ll be too ripe and difficult to slice. Plantains are naturally gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, Whole30 and Paleo friendly.

Plantain chips in a bowl with flaky sea salt.

Ingredients needed

Just a few simple ingredients and you’re well on your way to a delicious, nutritious snack! This recipe is super easy to adapt to either sweet, savory or spicy, too! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Plantains. For this recipe, it’s best to use light green plantains that are just about to start turning yellow. If you use very green ones, they will be hard to peel and will have very little sweetness. However, when the plantain is just about (or starting) to turn yellow, it still has enough starch to create crispy chips, but also has a bit of sweetness. 
  • Flaky sea salt. To bring out all of the delicious taste!
  • Olive oil. A cooking oil with a high smoke point works best and I typically use olive oil, but avocado oil or coconut oil will work great too.
  • Other spices. Plantain chips made with just sea salt are flavorful enough, but these are easy to customize with any favorite seasonings. Sometimes I add garlic powder and a dash of cayenne pepper or make them sweet and omit the salt, and add cinnamon and sugar. We’ll talk more about flavor options below.

How to make this recipe

Making your own plantain chips at home is super easy. I would recommend using a mandoline to evenly slice the plantains into very thin chips. However, if you don’t have one, you can cut them into thin pieces with a sharp knife. Here’s the simple process:

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  1. Prep. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a large baking tray with parchment paper. Peel the plantains by cutting the ends off and slicing gently down the length of the plantain skin about 3 times. You want to cut through the peel, but try not to cut into the plantain much or at all. This should make it so the peel comes off easily. Discard the peels.
  2. Cut plantains. Using a mandoline or a sharp knife, thinly slice the plantains into even pieces. You want these to be as thin as possible, which I find easiest with a mandoline on the thinnest setting. 
  3. Bake. Place the plantain chips into a bowl with the olive oil. Toss to coat the plantains evenly. Line the plantains on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle on the flaky sea salt. Bake for 10 minutes, flip, and bake for an additional 10-13 minutes until the chips are lightly browned and beginning to get crispy. They’ll crisp up a lot more once they cool. 
  4. Enjoy! Let cool and serve on their own or with dip. These are best enjoyed day of, but can be kept in an airtight container for a few days.

Serving suggestions 

Plantain chips are SO tasty straight off the baking pan, but here are some other ideas for ways to serve them:

Frequently asked questions

  • Where can I find plantains? Plantains are usually readily available in the produce aisle near bananas or with the international fruits, and they look just like a larger version of a banana.
  • Are plantain chips healthy? Yes, plantain chips are really nutritious! We’re baking these in the oven, so they are not high in fat and calories like deep-fried plantain chips would be, and since you are making them from home, you can control all of the ingredients used. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, vegan and Paleo.
Oven baked plantain chips on parchment paper.

Variations

We love the classic sea salt flavor, but there’s plenty of other ways to change up your plantain chips! Here’s some options:

  • Add cumin, chili powder, and oregano for Tex-Mex flavor.
  • Omit the salt and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar for a sweet version. Serve with chocolate hummus, sweet yogurt dip, Nutella, or cheesecake dip. Yum!
  • Toss with your favorite fresh or dried herbs. Rosemary, thyme, and dill would be divine!
  • Have a favorite all-purpose seasoning? Give it a try on these plantain chips!
  • Toss with some garlic powder, ginger, sriracha, soy sauce, and sesame oil for an Asian-inspired spin on these chips.

Storage

Store any leftover chips in a resealable sandwich bag or other airtight container at room temperature. Chips are best the day you make them, but they will keep for several days. 

White bowl with plantain chips.

Once you pop, you just can’t stop. Everyone who tries these homemade plantain chips loves them! They are super addictive, dangerously simple and are great for parties and snacking!

As usual, please let me know if you end up making these chips and how you like them. You can come back here to leave a comment or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram @foodwithfeeling! I always love to see what y’all are making from the blog!

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Plantain chips served in a small white bowl.

Plantain Chips


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  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

If you’re a sucker for salty snacks like I am, you’ve got to try this oven baked Plantain Chips recipe! They’re incredibly easy to make and so much better than store-bought (cheaper, too!). All you need is three ingredients and your favorite seasoning, and you’ll have a crispy, healthy, delicious snack in 30 minutes!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 plantains
  • Flaky sea salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Optional other spices

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Peel the plantains by cutting the ends off and slicing gently down the length of the plantain skin about 3 times. You want to cut through the peel but try not to cut into the plantain much or at all. This should make it so the peel comes off easily. Discard the peels.
  3. Using a mandoline or a sharp knife, thinly slice the plantains into even pieces. You want these to be as thin as possible which I find easiest with a mandoline on the thinnest setting. 
  4. Place the plantain chips into a bowl with the olive oil. Toss to coat the plantains evenly. Line the plantains on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle on the flaky sea salt. Bake for 10 minutes, flip, and bake for an additional 10-13 minutes until the chips are lightly browned and beginning to get crispy. They’ll crisp up a lot more once they cool. 
  5. Let cool and enjoy! 

Notes

These are best enjoyed day of, but can be kept in an airtight container for a few days.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 120
  • Sugar: 11.1 g
  • Sodium: 393 mg
  • Fat: 3.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.6 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg