With all the emerging information about the need for resistant starch as food for the beneficial bacteria. These Grain Free Garlic Plantain Crackers fit!
A good source of resistant starch is green plantains. I’ve always been fascinated by green plantains but thought they were hard to digest. Well, the fact is, they don’t get digested at all and they provide a lot of food for gut bacteria!
Resistant starch is just that – resistant to human digestion. But this does not cause stomach upset in most people. Of course, when you are just starting to add in resistant starch, you want to go slowly, similarly to when you start with fermented foods.
Slow is better.
It’s the green plantains that contain a lot of resistant starch as opposed to the riper ones which are yellow and even black. In fact, you should wait until they turn black to use them if you want the ripened plantains. I use these for more of a dessert/cookie because they are sweeter.
Get the nutrient information about green plantains in my recipe for plantain chips.
I didn’t know what to expect when I peeled the green plantains, but I was pleasantly surprised by the fresh fragrance emanating form the peel – reminiscent of the tropics!
Unfortunately, I went crazy over these crispy delicious crackers and ate way too many! Happily, I did not get any intestinal upset and I hope my bacteria had a feast!
When you start to eat a prebiotic food that contains resistant starch such as green plantains, use caution as to how much you eat. If you experience intestinal gas, upset or bloating, that is a sign that your bacteria need nurturing and you need to take it slowly.
Add other ground spices that you love such as savory, marjoram, Fines herbs, basil, oregano, etc.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Yield: Approximately 40 1″ squares
Tip: Divide the dough into two parts and roll out super thin as instructed above but thinner than the photo – you will need 2 cookie sheets. Salt the dough and press the salt in lightly with the roller before baking. This will keep the salt stuck to the cracker and will make the crackers very thin and more crispy than hard. Baking time will be reduced to about 35 minutes.
The inspiration for this recipe comes from Sarah’s recipe for Plantain Crackers in her book The Paleo Approach Cookbook.