5 Ingredients or Fewer

Plátanos con Coco

March 18, 2018
0 Ratings
Photo by Christophe Collette & Ariane Dupuis
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

A mushy, wizened, black plantain may look unappetizing but don't throw it in the compost because it's perfect for this recipe. We think of them as pure gold! These plantains make a great breakfast as well as a healthy dessert. Luckily, you do not have to chose just one. —Blue Spirit Costa Rica

What You'll Need
  • 4 very ripe plantains
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder or 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or a vanilla pod
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  1. Peel the plantains, cut them in half and then slice thickly lengthwise.
  2. In a medium-sized pot, bring the coconut milk to a slow simmer. Add the cinnamon, salt and vanilla and stir.
  3. Add the plantains to the simmering mixture and cook until they begin to break down a bit - roughly 8 to 10 minutes - then remove from the heat and serve hot. If you like a little more sweetness add a teaspoon of honey. You can also experiment with adding a jot of cognac. To slightly caramelize the plantains, transfer to oven-safe serving dish and cook in the oven at 350º F for 8-10 minutes, uncovered.
  4. ¡Buen provecho!

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • Inge Cremerius
    Inge Cremerius
  • Jody Gautier Burmaster
    Jody Gautier Burmaster
  • Milcho Es Milcho
    Milcho Es Milcho
  • Marta Eugenia Bril
    Marta Eugenia Bril
  • Suzanne Long-Simpson
    Suzanne Long-Simpson

29 Reviews

Inge C. March 28, 2018
Wow! Looks sooo yummy !!! My mom used to make arroz a la cubana while living in Bogotá (Colombia) and San José (Costa Rica) and I still do it, but with banana only. With vanilla and cinnamon it sounds great! Will have to do it without delay the next time!
Rob March 28, 2018
I just served it for dessert to my picky, gourmet father. He loved it!!! Finger licking yumminess!!! Thanks
Leslie March 28, 2018
Looks yummy! Trying this weekend.
Jody G. March 28, 2018
just the list of ingredients has my mouth watering. kudos to you!
food March 28, 2018
looks great. can't wait to try
Angela March 28, 2018
Yummy! Reminds me if my abuela’s recipe but healthier! Can’t wait to try this weekend
Jennifer L. March 28, 2018
Can't wait to try this - it looks amazing
Ram March 28, 2018
Love this, looks like the best recipe I've seen for plantain's, I'm growing them and the coconuts so I will tty it right away
Danette March 27, 2018
Simple enough for a kitchen newbie like me. Brilliant!
Milcho E. March 27, 2018
Yummy!!!!! Que Delicia!!!! Can't wait to cook it up at my next diner party!
Marta E. March 27, 2018
Bravo Sofia!! Ahora ya se lo que Hare con los plátanos de la fica de Hana en Maui
Susan E. March 27, 2018
Wow yummy! I can't wait to try this, it really sounds delicious!
Kris March 27, 2018
Sounds delicious!
Tmonti March 27, 2018
Dessert for breakfast? Win-win!!!
Della March 27, 2018
Suzanne L. March 27, 2018
Cannot wait to try this! Vanilla cinnamon and coconut milk... What could be better?
Loree S. March 27, 2018
Yummmm! Simple and delicious!
George B. March 27, 2018
sounds yummyful!!!
Robin N. March 27, 2018
Sooo good! I just love the combination of the plantains and coconut milk. 👍
Jacque G. March 27, 2018
Breath in in! I can smell the cinnamon and vanilla. I'm sure it smells as delicious as it tastes!
Marcie L. March 27, 2018
Sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try this!