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Plantain Bread/Cake

Plantain Bread/Cake -- serves as a great breakfast. Fresh from the oven it is moist and tender; you could eat the whole thing without realizing you have gone overboard!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine African
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 10 slices
Calories 295kcal
Author AfricanBites


  • 2 large plantains
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 8 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar plus 2 Tablespoons
  • 1/3 cup yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime
  • 1/4 cup milk


  • Pre-heat the oven to 160°C/325°F.
  • Grease a loaf pan generously with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Peel plantains, slice and puree in a food processor, or blender until puree. Set aside.
  • Combine flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar at high speed in a stand mixture until it’s fluffy and starting to look white, about 3- 4 minutes. Then add yogurt and mix for another minute
  • Stir in the eggs, a little at a time, beating the mixture well between each addition. Then add plantain puree, mix until combine.
  • Sift in the flour mixture into the batter, mixing a little at a time and then add the grated lime zest, and nutmeg, followed by milk
  • Stir well until everything is fully combined. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl.
  • Pour batter into a greased cake pan. Tap pan on work surface to eliminate any large air bubbles.
  • Bake at 325 until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45–50minutes. Transfer to a wire rack.


  1. This is a rule of thumb for me before I add overripe plantains to any recipe; I do a taste test first. If I can eat it then it is ok.
  2. I use a blender to blend my plantains you may use a food processor, or mash it up with a potato masher. However, when, it comes to plantains, I don’t use a potato masher as much – cause it is a hit or miss depending on your plantains.


Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 248mg | Potassium: 276mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Vitamin C: 6.8mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 0.6mg