Canoas (Stuffed Sweet Plantains)

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Canoas (Stuffed Sweet Plantains) | Delish D'Lites

We’re having canoes for dinner! Wait…what?  You see, the word “canoa” is Spanish for canoe, which just so happens to be what plantains look like, no? These sweet plantains are the ripe version of a green plantain.  Instead of frying the plantains whole, we’re going to lighten up this traditional dish by baking the plantains, so they nice and soft and the sweetness intensifies.  Then, we’ll fill the inside of the plantain with delish Cuban-style picadillo, for a sweet and salty dish that’s packed with flavor, and light on the waistline.  These stuffed sweet plantains are paleo and gluten-free,  and are my favorite way of eating sweet plantains!

Canoas (Stuffed Sweet Plantains) | Delish D'Lites

For this recipe, you’ll want plantains that are yellow with lots of black spots.  That means they’re sweet but still firm enough to hold up to the stuffing process.  If the plantain is completely black, it will be too mushy for this recipe.  So now, let’s make canoas!

ingredients2 tablespoons of ghee (clarified butter) or coconut oil
4 ripe plantains
1 cup Cuban-style picadillo
Queso fresco, for serving (optional, not paleo)

directions

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

Canoas (Stuffed Sweet Plantains) | Delish D'Lites

Cut the ends off the plantains.

Canoas (Stuffed Sweet Plantains) | Delish D'Lites

Cut a slit down the length of the plantain, and remove the peel in one piece.  Brush the peeled plantain with ghee or coconut oil, making sure it’s fully coated

Canoas (Stuffed Sweet Plantains) | Delish D'Lites

Wrap the buttered plantain with it’s peel, and place the plantain on a baking sheet.  The peel with keep the plantain moist while it’s cooking.

Canoas (Stuffed Sweet Plantains) | Delish D'Lites

Bake the plantains for 40-45 minutes, until cooked through and fork tender.

Canoas (Stuffed Sweet Plantains) | Delish D'Lites

Let the plantains cool to the touch before stuffing them. To make the plantains stand up, cut a small portion from the outer curve to make a flat surface.  Then, cut a horizontal slit down the length of the plantain, making sure not to cut too deep.  Use the knife to push the slit apart, to create an opening for the stuffing.

Fill each plantain with 1/4 cup of the picadillo filling, then sprinkle with queso fresco, if desired.  Place the stuffed plantains back into the oven for 10 minutes, to heat the filling.  Serve with rice and beans for the perfect meal!

Canoas (Stuffed Sweet Plantains) | Delish D'Lites

Canoas (Stuffed Sweet Plantains) | Delish D'Lites

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Canoas (Stuffed Sweet Plantains)

Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of ghee clarified butter or coconut oil
  • 4 ripe plantains
  • 1 cup Cuban-style picadillo
  • Queso fresco for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cut the ends off the plantains. Cut a slit down the length of the plantain, and remove the peel in one piece. Brush the peeled plantain with ghee or coconut oil, making sure it's fully coated
  3. Wrap the buttered plantain with its peel, and place the plantain on a baking sheet. The peel with keep the plantain moist while it's cooking.
  4. Bake the plantains for 40-45 minutes, until cooked through and fork tender.
  5. Let the plantains cool to the touch before stuffing them. To make the plantains stand up, cut a small portion from the outer curve to make a flat surface. Then, cut a horizontal slit down the length of the plantain, making sure not to cut too deep. Use the knife to push the slit apart, to create an opening for the stuffing.
  6. Fill each plantain with 1/4 cup of the picadillo filling, then sprinkle with queso fresco, if desired. Place the stuffed plantains back into the oven for 10 minutes, to heat the filling. Serve hot.
Nutrition Facts
Canoas (Stuffed Sweet Plantains)
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 0
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Canoas (Stuffed Sweet Plantains)

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5 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    I know this is several years old, butI just came across your recipe looking for different ways to make canoas. Your’s looks great. I can’t wait to try it.

    I also have a fun fact, bit of trivia for you: Technically the word canoa is not actually Spanish. It’s actually one of many words derived from the Taino Indian language. The original word is Kanowa which means boat. Do a google search on on Taino words to learn more about all of the words that have been adopted from the Taino Indians. You’ll be amazed.

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I’m a Puerto Rican girl living in paradise (Florida), and the creative mind behind Delish D’Lites. I love sharing my family recipes and travel inspired cuisine! My favorite things include collecting passport stamps, twerking to Latin music, and kissing puppies. Follow along on social.