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Homemade Coconut Milk Ice Cream Topped With Caramelized Plantains


I could use a trip to the Caribbean like yesterday. It’s something about this time of the year that has made me craving all things Caribbean. Maybe because of that fabulous retreat I attended last year. It’s ingrained in my brain and my body just feels entitled to be somewhere in the tropics right now. And the easiest way to get my fix is to change my desktop wallpaper (lol) and fix some Caribbean cuisine. Even quicker? Cook with plantains.

Some Plantain 101

A plantain is NOT a banana. It is starchy and less sweet. It is eaten cooked. Peels may be green, yellow or black. Fruit may be yellow or pinkish.

It can be used at any stage of ripeness. Green plantains can be fried and are starchy like a potato. Yellow plantains are slightly sweeter and softer and may be grilled. Black plantains are the sweetest and may be baked.

Plantains are full of vitamins and minerals. Especially vitamins A and C. They also contain 4g of dietary fiber per serving!

Starting in August, all plantains shipped to Chiquita serviced Walmart stores will have special sticker labels:

a) If I’m green, fry me.
b) If I’m yellow, grill me.
c) If I’m black, bake me.

This will be a huge help to customers who don’t know the optimal times to use plantains in certain dishes.


I like to caramelize plantains in (unsalted) butter to be served as a side or as part of desert. They are really yummy with homemade coconut ice cream.


What is this coconut ice cream you speak of? Well, it’s something that I started making because I was terrified to give Jayden dairy with his history with Eczema. It’s so easy to make and tastes so rich and delicious!


All it takes is a 13 ounce can of coconut milk, 1/4 cup of raw cane sugar, and 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract.


 Mix it up in a bowl…


and pour into your favorite ice cream maker! Um may I recommend the Cuisinart ICE-21? It’s super fast, one of my BEST kitchen purchases.


In no time, you’ll have a healthy treat to enjoy after dinner.


 Mmmm. Want some?


 I don’t know what’s more delicious, my little photogenic ham or the ice cream!

Homemade Coconut Milk Ice Cream
  • 1 13 ounce can coconut milk
  • ¼ cup raw cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  1. Mix coconut milk, vanilla, and sugar in a bowl. Turn on your ice cream maker and pour coconut milk mixture in. Let ice cream maker run until solid. Enjoy!

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    August 27, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Everything about this post looks DELICIOUS. I have never made plantains but I sure love to eat them. What a GREAT idea for Walmart to do this, thank you for sharing!

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      September 10, 2012 at 3:17 AM

       @romneyd Thanks! I thought it was such a good idea to label with stickers too, since I had no idea how to cook them at different stages. I always thought I had to let them get black before using them.

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    Cat Davis - Food Family Finds
    August 27, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Ohhhh those sound so good together. The plantains were my favorite part of Jamaica, I always had them in hot syrup over french toast.

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      August 27, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      Ooo on top of french toast… I have to try that!

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