Sweet and Salty Plantain Chips

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I have a thing for sweet and salty. If I have something salty, I definitely need something sweet to chase it down. There’s something about the combination that is so incredibly satisfying. Our bodies are actually genetically programmed to crave sweet, salty, and fatty foods. When we eat (or smell) these foods, it triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter which releases a chemical signal to our brain. This dopamine signal is associated with “reward,” and gives us a positive association when released. It has been proposed that the sense of reward that we get from eating energy dense food (sugars, salts, and fats) developed as a survival mechanism for early humans who didn’t have ready access to food as we do now. I’m pretty sure that these chips elicit a massive dopamine burst in me. The best thing is that I get my salty-sweet fix in one sitting. Slightly crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. These are probably my favorite snack food to date.

These can be eaten alone, and are actually quite filling since they are baked with coconut oil, or they can be used to accompany meals (think about using these as a topping for burritos, pancakes, or as a vehicle to scoop up guacamole). I bet these would be great on a grilled peanut butter and bacon sandwich. It’s important to eat them while their still hot. They’ll still taste good later, but they won’t have the same delicious crispness as when they come straight from the oven. Really, the possibilities are endless, so get creative and let me know if you find other great uses for these plantain chips!

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Sweet and Salty Plantain Chips

Ingredients

1 large plantain, slightly blackened (It should give a bit when you squeeze it)
A hefty dash of fine sea salt
1 large pinch of brown sugar (about a packed tablespoon)
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Spread 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil onto of a rimmed baking sheet. Thinly slice the plantain and evenly distribute on the baking sheet. Sprinkle sea salt and brown sugar over the plantain slices. Top with the remaining tablespoon of coconut oil. Bake the plantain chips for 20 minutes, flipping the chips half way through. When the chips are down baking, remove from the baking sheet and let drain on a paper towel.

Source: adapted from A Beautiful Mess

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