The Hungry Pundit

Struggles of a college student trying to eat healthy

Exploring the Produce Frontier

The Hungry Pundit was, well hungry, and decided to finally try to make something with plantains! I chose to stop eating chips regularly and constantly find great substitutes for them.

So I bought two plantains from my local Publix store. (If you don’t know what plantains actually are, they are just like bananas… except they look rotten, are longer, and when they start to turn black, that’s when they are ripe! 

I bought them when they were slightly green and kept them out on my kitchen counter for a couple days until they were more, well rotten looking. On the plantain itself, there was a sticker that said “If I’m black, bake me! If I’m green, grill me!” So I think that’s pretty much the rule of thumb. I went for the baking route.

So I pre-heated the oven to 350 degrees and then cut the top off of the plantain to begin peeling. Warning: it’s a tad bit harder to peel than bananas and plantains are much stickier. Wish someone would’ve told me that… but there’s something interesting about exploring new foods.

After peeling, I sliced the plantain into small pieces and placed on a baking sheet and put into the oven. My neighbor in my dorm and close friend from the Bahamas recommended that it usually takes about 15-20 minutes in the oven, or until they turn light brown.

So I waited.

and waited.

I took them out about after 30 minutes when I believed they were done… Let them cool for a few seconds… and proceeded to devour them. Let’s just say I found a new favorite snack to study for. Yes, I said study for (I plan my study sessions around snacks)

Plantains                                                                         vs. Bananas
  • Starchy
  • Used as a vegetable
  • Longer than bananas
  • Thicker skin
  • Resemble green bananas, but may be green, yellow or black
  • Sweet
  • Eaten as a fruit
  • Shorter than plantains
  • Thinner skin
  • Color is green when not fully ripe, yellow when

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Some other great snacks to munch on instead of french fries:
-carrots and hummus
-chocolate covered almonds


What are some ways you eat your plantains? Or other yummy and healthy snacks to nom on?
I’d love to hear the different ways you fulfill the snacking urge!
The Hungry Pundit


  1. thanks for the info. I always thought they had to be fried. glad to know they can be baked. Have you ever tried dehydrating ? if you don’t have a dehydrator, you can do in oven with oven at 175-200 degrees. you can dehydrate almost anything that way. including making your own beef jerky.

    • I have not tried dehydrating! I think I will with the plantains I have now, thanks for the tip!


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