As parents or busy people, we want lunches that are fast, easy to make, don’t get a lot of fuss about from our kids, so what do we go to – sandwiches! And I don’t know about you, but so many of the bread options out there just aren’t that great in my opinion. I am not saying all gluten by itself is bad because I think it you were just to switch to gluten free products, you are spending more money for food that is still processed and contains additives.
I am just pro-nutrient density. You should be getting the most out of the food you eat and eating processed breads, cereals, and pastas are not serving you like other real food options can. My goal with my family’s food is to make the most nutrient dense food. The food that per calorie is going to give them the most nutrients possible. So plantain buns are a great, easy option for a more nutrient dense bread option.
Here are some benefits of plantains:
- Vitamin C – boosts immunity
- Vitamin A – proper growth, protein assimilation, calcium assimilation, endocrine system function, immune function, proper emotional development, eye health
- Fiber – digestion
- Potassium – bone health, muscle health, blood pressure, adrenal relaxation
- Vitamin B6 – memory, immunity, mood stabilization, heart health
- Anti-inflammatory for the gut
Now here is the recipe:
- 1 plantain
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp grass-fed butter (optional)
Note: Each batch makes 2-3 rounds, and you will use 2 rounds for a sandwich. I like to make several batches one night for the whole week and store them in the refrigerator.
The sweetness of plantains would make this go well with nut butter as a snack or sandwich. Try and find yellow, ripen plantains for a good sweet taste.
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Peel plantain.
- Add the plantain and egg to the blender. Blend until smooth.
- Pour rounds of the batter on a parchment lined baking sheet. Usually a 1/4 cup of batter smoothed out into a circle works well.
- Bake for 22 minutes.
- Cool on a baking rack.
Making nutritional changes, especially for your family, it is about progress not perfection. You can also start to slowly start to make these suggested changes for other ways to remove processed grains from your diet:
- tortillas: move from wheat to 100% corn (sprouted is best)
- bread: sprouted bread (Ezekial), plantain bread (recipe above)
- pancakes: banana collagen pancakes
- waffles: cassava waffles
- pasta: 100% brown rice pasta
For ideas of how to feed your child nutrient dense food, check out my E-Book, A Recipe for a Healthy Baby.