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Bolas de Mani (Peanut and Plantain Balls)

Bolas de Mani (Peanut and Plantain Balls)

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These green plantains are mashed and mixed with peanut butter, salt and then baked. Delicious! This is a South American dish that I usually serve with eggs for breakfast.

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  • Calories:
  • 398 kcal
  • 20%
  • Fat:
  • 22.1 g
  • 34%
  • Carbs:
  • 46.5g
  • 15%
  • Protein:
  • 12.3 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 590 mg
  • 24%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.
  2. Place plantain chunks and salt into a saucepan, and add water to cover plantains. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium, and simmer until a fork will easily pierce the plantains, about 20 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking water, then drain the plantains. Allow to steam for a few minutes.
  3. Mash the plantain with the peanut butter and reserved water until fine. Allow to cool until you can handle it, then roll into 24 golf ball-sized pieces. Place onto prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until the balls firm up, and turn golden brown, about 45 minutes.
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Terri B

Interesting recipe! I changed it due to things I had at home and made a smaller recipe, but enjoyed the end result. I used 1 ripe plantain - steamed it rather than boiled it, used 1/4 c. natural peanut butter, and added 1/8 c. honey, 1/4 t. salt, and about a tablespoon of the "steaming" liquid. Made about 12. It bakes up very nicely and makes a great "energy" snack. The first time I made it I didn't use honey and I thought it was a little bland - adding the honey the second time made a big difference! Thanks for the idea!!! Just wanted to add that I baked the balls for 25-30 minutes because I made mine smaller than the recipe suggested.


I like plantains so overall I enjoyed this and it was very easy to make. I thought adding the peanutbutter would help my husband enjoy them more and he still won't touch them. Make sure you mash the plantains really well so the balls stick together. I didn't have any honey and he suggested(after they were in the oven) to use pancake syrup to sweeten them up a bit. I did sprinkle them with cinnamon before baking. If you like plantains but don't want to fry them then give this one a try.


Made it as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzled honey sauce on top (1c honey, 1/2c maple syrup, 1/4c butter, 1/2tsp gr cinnamon, dash of gr nutmeg, heated over medium in a sauce pan until melted through.) Yummy!