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BBQ Dessert Recipe: Grilled Plantains with Agave

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By Aylin Erman, EcoSalon

Who knew you could prepare dessert on the grill? Well, you can, and it sure is delicious! This recipe for grilled plantains is a great addition to your summer dessert recipe box.

It takes only a few minutes to throw together and has such a unique look and taste that everyone at the table will be impressed. All you need to do is assemble four ingredients, flip the switch on your grill, and get those grilled plantains cooking!

Plantains may look and taste similar to bananas, but they are actually starchy vegetables that need cooked before consuming. Cooking brings out their flavors and makes them more appealing to the palate. Grilling plantains is a popular way to enjoy them, and this recipe accents both the flavors of the plantains and provides you with some health benefits, too. One cup of sliced plantains contain 3.5 grams of fiber, 716 milligrams of potassium, 1,400 IUs of vitamin A, 16.8 milligrams of vitamin C, and an extra dose of niacin, calcium, iron, magnesium, folate, and vitamin K. Together, these vitamins and nutrients are essential in reproduction, immunity, cardiovascular health, and regularity.

This recipe adds a drizzle of agave and a garnish of fresh mint to each plate, accenting the sweetness of the grilled plantains and the freshness they contribute to the body and overall health. Enjoy!

Sweet & Simple Grilled Plantains

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 large plantains
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • Handful of fresh mint (basil work well too)

Directions

Peel and slice plantains at an angle, as the make each slice longer. Keep the slices about 3/4-1-inch thick. Brush each slice lightly on both sides with oil.

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Turn on the grill and let plantains cook for about 1 minute on each side, or until grill mark are formed.

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Serve 4-5 slices per plate, drizzle with agave, and garnish with fresh mint. Enjoy while the plantains are still warm.

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