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Plátanos en tentación

Plátanos en Tentación

Plátanos en Tentación (Temptation Plantains), also known as Plátano Pícaro (rogue plantain”. This typical dish has its origins in the Caribbean region, mainly in Panama, Costa Rica, and Colombia’s Caribbean Coast.
5 from 24 votes
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 21 mins
Course Dessert, Sides, Sweets
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Panamanian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 166 kcal


  • 2 plantains ripe
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon ground
  • 4 tablespoons cane-sugar organic, medium-sweet panela, solid unrefined whole cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter or margarine, avoid if in a low-fat diet
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave, replacing 2 tablespoons of sugar


  • Cut and peel plantains into 1-inch pieces. If using vegan butter melt it in a flat pan on low heat and put the sliced plantains in, turning them frequently. Let them brown on all sides. If not using vegan butter or margarine, just place them face down in a flat pan, before continuing to the next step.
  • Add water to cover them halfway. Sprinkle the cinnamon, vanilla extract, and sugar, (and maple syrup), bring to a gentle simmer and leave for 10 minutes.
  • Wait until the mixture is thick, like a caramel, and turn them. The bananas should be dark from the formed syrup; if it has dried out, add a water cup, and continue simmering.
  • Taste for softness, when they look just like the picture, they are ready!


Let them sit for about 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm. If eating as a dessert, go for Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream.
The Plátanos en tentación keep well in the fridge for up to three days. Try not to  freeze them, the texture would not be the best.
You can reheat with a little water on low heat, for 5 minutes with a lid.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 166kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 464mgFiber: 4gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 1020IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 1mg
Keyword 1-pot, instant pot, latin, one pot, plantain, Plátano, quick
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