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How to Bake a Plantain or a Banana

by
author image Jax Hubbard
Jax Hubbard has been writing about food and nutrition since 2008. She manages a personal food blog and is interested in cooking and its role in nutrition. Hubbard is a registered dietitian and holds a Bachelor of Science in nutrition, food studies and public health from New York University.
How to Bake a Plantain or a Banana
As they ripen, plantains turn yellow and begin to look more like bananas. Photo Credit Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

Plantains and bananas both belong to the same genus, Musa. Although they share many similarities, they are used in very different ways. Plantains have tough skins and are starchier and less sweet than bananas, making them perfect for savory dishes. Bananas have thinner skins that are easy to peel. They can be cooked, but more often bananas are eaten raw. Depending on your mood -- and your menu -- you can bake a plantain or a banana for a savory side or sweet treat.

Baking Plantains

Step 1

Cut off the tops and ends of the plantains.

Step 2

Run the tip of the knife along the skin, being careful not to cut through the flesh.

Step 3

Peel the skin off the plantains.

Step 4

Thinly slice the plantains, making sure each slice is the same size so that they will cook evenly.

Step 5

Toss the slices with 2 tbsp. of the canola oil, and salt and pepper to taste.

Step 6

Bake in an oven set to 400 degrees Fahrenheit until crispy, about 30 to 35 minutes. Flip the plantain pieces halfway through so that each side becomes golden brown.

Baking Bananas

Step 1

Cut the bananas in half lengthwise, leaving the skin on.

Step 2

Place the bananas, skin side up, on a baking sheet. Sprinkle each half with brown sugar and chopped walnuts.

Step 3

Bake the bananas in an oven set to 350 degrees Fahrenheit until soft, but not falling apart. This should take about 10 to 15 minutes.

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