Plantain Banana Bread

Thinking i should have been born on an island… I love plantains! However, everytime i buy one at the grocery store a young cashier asked me, “what are these?” They ask the question oozing with “Ooo gross” (gotta’ laugh, have they ever seen a hot dog processed?). Plantains are in the “Banana Family” but are the starchy (need to be cooked) cousin. They are used both green and dare i say, black… over ripe, they gain a natural sweetness.

This bread is made with both regular Bananas and Plantains, but you could make this with just Banana Bread and have the old fashion goodie too.


The first time I had a Plantain was at a cuban restaurant in Atlanta… it was LOVE at first bite! I added another “different” ingredient, Coconut Palm Sugar. This could have also been the “sugar” in the recipe… but i used it to top the bread, making a sweet crisp caramel top.

This bread is a great warm comfort food, good for dessert (try it as a base for a Banana or Plantain Foster) …or as a breakfast on the go (make it on Sunday and have it ready to slice in the Mornings).

  • 2 over ripe Plantains  & 2 over ripe bananas  (or… 4-5 ripe bananas) …smashed!
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
Oh…. go nuts with it if you like, I do when just using Bananas!
Top with Palm Sugar if you’d like
Bake at 350 in a greased and floured loaf pan or muffin tins

About kimberly kelly

I have been in media my whole life, a decade of Morning Radio Shows & a decade of Hosting Television Shows both cable & affiliate. Food is a passion & after sharing this BLOG with viewers... it kinda' grew a life of it's own. Nothing fancy t's just me - sharing what generation(s) in my family & friends & those in travels along the way shared. Food is an expression of ones self and a humble offering to loved ones. One of the best expressions of love. You get "One Trip"... skimp on the material things in life, food is your lifeline though -never skimp on your food! Food can be a positive affect on your health, but also the power to make one feel love. I hope I can show you some of both. Growing & cooking outdoors, is a reminder where our food should come... the ground & not just a shelf.
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