Caramelized Plantains

Plantains aren't meant for eating right out of the peel, but they are transformed into a gently sweet dessert when caramelized. If you can't find plantains, bananas are just as delicious.

  • Servings: 4
Caramelized Plantains


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 plantains (sweet), cut into 1/3-inch slices
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. In a 9-inch skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the sugar and cook, stirring, until the syrup is a light caramel color, about 2 minutes.

  2. Add the plantains, tossing to coat, and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Add the apple juice and boil 1 minute, or until thickened slightly. Stir in the cinnamon and remove from the heat.

  3. Divide the plantains among 4 dessert plates and spoon the juices over each.


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