Plantain Bread (Loaf Cake)

Serve something fun and new with an easy, quick, and affordable Plantain Bread recipe!

Instead of baking the classic Banana Bread, give it a twist by replacing bananas with plantains. These plantains will give the bread a subtle sweet, and starchy flavor until the last bite.

It’s one of the simplest flavored bread recipes I’ve tried at home. Everyone in my family loved it, especially the kids. Your guests will surely love how moist and tender it is.

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Whether you are a beginner or an expert baker, this dessert is easy enough for anyone to make yet decadent enough to impress your friends and family.

In this blog, you will learn everything you need to know to cook the best Plantain Bread perfectly. You will surely add this to your favorite plantain recipes!

How to Make Plantain Bread

Give the Plantain Bread a pleasant flavor by starting the recipe with ripe plantains. It’s just like making bread but with the help of the flavor and quality of plantain fruits.

Let’s put your baking skills to the test, shall we?

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Ingredients

If you want to try this Plantain Bread, then make sure to add these to your grocery list.

Plain flour

Every good bread recipe starts with plain flour. It helps with the dish’s proper shape, texture, and flavor. Aside from bread, this flour is also used for cake, cookies, and other baked goods. 

Moreover, plain flour makes the cake light and airy inside. I always have this in stock because I also use it for Banana Bread, Pancakes, Chin Chin, and Pound Cake

Plantains

In this recipe, I suggest using ripe or overripe plantains to give the bread a sweet flavor. These will be easy to mash and mix into the bread batter to fully infuse it with the plantains.

Aside from bread, you can also make Crispy Fried Plantains, Plantain Porridge, and Plantain Baby Food with these fruits. They might even be your new favorite fruits soon.

Leavening agents

It won’t be a bread recipe without leavening agents. Use baking powder and bicarbonate of soda to make the bread fluffy. These also allow the bread to expand and rise for the right texture.

Furthermore, I use this pair for Banana Bread, Chocolate Cake, and Carrot Cake for decadent quality. Your Plantain Bread will not be the same without these leavening agents.

Seasoning

Make the Plantain Bread tastier with seasoning. I suggest using cane sugar, nutmeg, and vanilla extract for the best burst of flavor from the inside out.

The cane sugar also gives the bread a beautiful brown color. Meanwhile, the vanilla extract and nutmeg add a fragrant aroma and rich flavor.

Milled linseeds

While milled linseeds are optional, I suggest adding them to make the Plantain Bread extra healthy. I used a mixture of different variations of milled linseeds in this recipe. these are the variants I suggest:

  • Goji, sunflower, and pumpkin
  • Golden omega
  • Sesame, blueberries, and raspberries
Salted butter

Sometimes, all you need to make better bread is a little bit of salted butter. It gives the dish a rich and pleasing flavor and texture while extending its shelf life.

Adding salted butter is one of the best ways to give the bread a decadent flavor. Even the crumbs will stay moist and tender as you slice into the bread.

Eggs

According to MasterClass, eggs help give the dough the proper rise. In addition, it adds moisture to better distribute the flavors of the seasoning.

You will surely appreciate how eggs can improve the crust. It will also help activate the dry ingredients for the perfect flavor and texture.

Evaporated milk 

Give the Plantain Bread a creamy and milky quality with evaporated milk. It also complements the butter and eggs to bake bread with the best crust.

This milk makes the bread tender and soft. It will surely make a huge difference in how the bread will look and taste. Every bite will feel like it melts in your mouth!

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After baking Plantain Bread lots of times, I have tried and tested how effective these ingredients are. Trust me, they can give the best flavor, texture, and quality! 

Directions

Commit these steps to your memory to get the perfect Plantain Bread every time! 

Make the dry mixture

  1. Measure the ingredients with measuring cups and spoons.
  2. In a bowl, mix plain flour, cane sugar, nutmeg, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, and linseed milled, using a whisk

Prepare the wet batter

  1. Use a knife to peel and slice a ripe or overripe plantain. 
  2. Mash the plantain with a whisk or fork
  3. Whisk in the melted salted butter, evaporated milk, and eggs.
  4. Then, season it with vanilla extract.
  5. Mix the wet batter with the dry mixture until well combined. 

Bake the bread

  1. Line or oil a loaf pan.
  2. Pour in the batter and cover to avoid over-browning.
  3. Place it in a preheated oven set at 160°C for 50 to 55 minutes.
  4. After 25 minutes in the oven, remove the lid and continue to bake. 
  5. Insert a cake tester or skewer in the center of the cake; if it comes out clean, the cake is ready.
  6. Then, allow it to cool, and remove it from the loaf tin. 
  7. Finally, slice it and enjoy! 
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Don’t you just love how easy and delicious this Plantain Bread is? You can do this for occasions or even as a business product! You can bake this even if it’s your first time! 

Tips

Plantains

Buying plantains
  • The Pioneer Woman suggests buying yellow and black ripe plantains. 
  • They should feel soft but not too mushy. 
  • You can also buy unripe plantains to ripen over time.
Storing plantains
  • Peel and slice ripe plantains and freeze them to store for several weeks or months.
  • Check out the video for a detailed guide:

Plantain Bread Variations

Just when you think Plantain Bread can’t get any better, you can further improve it. For instance, the batter can be mixed with chocolate, cinnamon, pecans, raisins, almonds, and more! 

For vegan and gluten-free diets, use alternative baking ingredients. Moreover, make a vegan version using oat milk or almond milk and egg substitutes

Meanwhile, you can make a gluten-free version with oat flour, almond flour, corn flour, and other options. If you don’t have an oven, then you can make the Plantain Bread using the following methods:

Steam-bake

  1. Preheat a large pot over high heat for 30 minutes. 
  2. Place ceramic beans and the iron stand in the pot. 
  3. Put the loaf pan on the iron stand and let it steam cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Then, rotate the loaf pan every five minutes to cook all sides.
  5. Remove it from heat and allow it to cool. 

Air fryer

  1. Pour the batter into a round loaf pan and cover it with aluminum foil.
  2. Preheat the air fryer
  3. Place the loaf pan in the air fryer basket. 
  4. Then, air fry the plantain bread at 160°C for 25 minutes. 
  5. Remove the aluminum foil and cook for ten more minutes.
  6. Let it cool at room temperature. 

On the other hand, you can try more plantain recipes:

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  • Oven: Bake the Plantain Bread in the oven.
  • Loaf pan: Pour the batter into a loaf pan for shape. 
  • Bowl: Prepare the batter in a bowl.
  • Whisk: Mix the ingredients and mash plantains with a whisk.
  • Cake tester or skewer: Check the cake for doneness using a cake tester or skewer.
  • Measuring cups and spoons: Measure ingredients properly.
  • Knife: Peel and slice the plantain with a knife.

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How to Serve Plantain Bread

Experience the best of the Plantain Bread by serving it for breakfast, snacks, desserts, or celebrations. Just like any other bread, you can enjoy it with these drinks and juices recipes:

You will also have a better experience when you smear it with your favorite filling. For instance, you can go for Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, or Cashew Butter.

Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: Keep the Plantain Bread in a container at room temperature for four days. 

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  • In the fridge: Wrap the bread in cling film or aluminum foil. Then, place it in a resealable bag or container to refrigerate for a week. 
  • To freeze: Freeze the bread for up to several months. Let it thaw at room temperature. Otherwise, reheat it in the microwave. 
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Frequent Asked Questions

Can you use plantains instead of bananas?

Yes, plantains can make good alternatives to bananas. However, note that you must use ripe or overripe plantains for sweetness. They are also easy to mash, healthy, and affordable! 

Are plantains better than bananas for banana bread?

Of course, you can convert banana bread into plantain bread by replacing bananas with plantains. They belong to the same fruit family and have similar flavors. 

What is a plantain?

A plantain is a fruit that’s common in Africa. Compared to a banana, the plantain is starchier rather than sweet. Instead of eating it raw, you can best enjoy it when it’s cooked.

Do plantains taste like bananas?

Bananas tend to taste sweeter than plantains. These plantains are also starchier than they are sweet. You can also taste more of their rich flavor when you cook them.

plantain bread recipe

Plantain Bread (Loaf Cake)

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Do you have a sweet tooth and are looking for an irresistible dessert? Then this plantain loaf cake recipe is perfect for you! Plantain loaf cake is a traditional Central and South American recipe made with overripe plantains.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Course Bread, Breakfast & Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine African, American
Calories 234kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Dry ingredients

  • cup plain flour
  • 3 tbsp cane sugar
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp Linseeds milled (goji, sunflower, pumpkin)
  • 1 tsp Linseeds milled (golden omega)
  • 1 tsp Linseeds milled (sesame, blueberries, and raspberries)

Wet ingredients

  • 1 plantain (medium-sized, overripe)
  • 6 tbsp salted butter
  • 4 tbsp evaporated milk (or fresh milk)
  • 2 eggs (medium-sized)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

Make the dry mixture

  • Measure the ingredients with measuring cups and spoons
  • In a bowl, mix plain flour, cane sugar, nutmeg, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, and linseed milled, using a whisk.

Prepare the wet batter

  • Use a knife to peel and slice a ripe or overripe plantain. Mash the plantain with a whisk or fork.
  • Whisk in the melted salted butter, evaporated milk, and eggs. Season it with vanilla extract.
  • Mix the wet batter with the dry mixture until well combined.

Bake the bread

  • Line or oil a loaf pan. Pour in the batter and cover to avoid over-browning.
  • Place it in a preheated oven set at 160°C for 50 to 55 minutes. After 25 minutes in the oven, remove the lid and continue to bake.
  • Insert a cake tester or skewer in the center of the cake; if it comes out clean, the cake is ready. Allow it to cool, and remove it from the loaf tin.
    Slice it and enjoy!

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Notes

  • You can also cook the bread in a pot or in an air fryer.
  • Use ripe or overripe plantains for sweetness.
  • Check for doneness with a skewer or cake tester. If it comes out clean, it is ready. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 (of 8)Calories: 234kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 5gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 153mgPotassium: 177mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 593IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 1mg
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