Healthy Jamaican plantain fritters

9-12 servings; 10 min preparation; 30 min cooking time.

This is a very typical recipe from the Caribbean. It is mostly made in Jamaica, but it has also some variations in other Caribbean countries and  Columbia. Locals love eating plantain in every way.

I decided not to fry the fritters, but to bake them in the oven. So it’s a healthier way to eat this traditional dish. The taste though didn’t change much. If you prefer eating fried food, feel free to do that. It’s entirely up to you.

If you can’t find any plantain in your local supermarket, you can use normal bananas instead. In that case you will need a little bit more flour, because the consistency will be slightly different. The batter should not be very liquid.


  • 2 ripe plantains
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 80 ml orange juice



Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C/390 degrees F.

Peel and mash the plantains. Add the sugar and whisk until smooth. Add the vanilla essence, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt.

Add half of the flour and whisk until incorporated. Add the orange juice and whisk again. Add the rest of the flour and whisk until smooth.

Cover a baking tray with a pieces of baking paper. Make “cookies” of 1 tbsp of the batter. You will have 8 to 12 fritters. Bake them in the preheated oven for 20 min. Keep an eye on them, the fritters could burn very easily. Enjoy!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. elle says:

    Oh wow…yet another incredible sounding dish!! I take any excuse I can to incorporate bananas into recipes. I’ve never tried plantain before, but I’ve always been curious to try making something with it. Does it taste similar? This looks so great!


    1. V says:

      The taste is similar. Bananas are a little but sweeter and softer than plantain. For a savory dish I would definitely use plantain. You can just fry it as it is, which is very common side dish in Afrika or the Caribbean. It taste great!


      1. elle says:

        Sounds great! I really ought to get around to trying plantain. I’m sure I’ll like it, I just have to get creative. Lately I’ve been enjoying trying out lots of new ingredients, so I think I’ll give plantain a go once and for all haha 😛


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