Platanos Maduros Caldenses – Colombian Sweet Plantains

This is a modified version of a very typical dish from the Caldas region of Colombia.  This may seem like a dessert, but it is always served as a side dish and usually accompanied  by rice and meat.  We were feeling a little homesick and had to indulge; yet, still managed to make this dish in a healthy Paleo 2.0 fashion.  We served ours with a King Salmon and super fresh Bok Choi from our friend Nancy’s garden with Mushrooms.  Delicious! (thank you Nancy, Rob and Kelly)

Ingredients for 6 servings (1/2 plantain per serving)

  • 3 large and very ripe (black and yellow and NOT green) Plantains
  • 6 Tbsp Labne Cheese (Lebanese cream cheese)
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • Salt to taste

Preparation Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Gently warm Coconut Oil until it melts
  3. Cut each plantain lengthwise through center (avoid cutting in two pieces)
  4. Use a basting brush to generously coat Plantains with oil
  5. Stuff Plantains generously with Labne Cheese
  6. Dust with cinnamon
  7. Place in casserole and bake for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown

Seriously enjoy- Henry and Jo