Sweet Treat Plantain Arepas

Sweet Treat Plantain ArepasThis dish came about after my week-long exploration of Latin American mashed plantain breakfasts. Finally, after plenty of savory, I created a sweet dish. For my own tastes I like just a dash of cayenne pepper included in the dough, but you can always leave it out. This is an especially fun and easy dish to make with children.

Sweet Ripe Plantain Arepa Treats

By: Semiserious Chefs
Serves: ~16 small arepas


    • 2 ripe plantains; peeled
    • 1/4 cup masarepa
    • 1/4 cup soft butter
    • 1/4 cup heavy cream
    • 1 t brown sugar
    • 1/2 t cinnamon
    • dash of salt and cayenne pepper to taste
    • whipped cream and a dusting of nutmeg for serving


  1. If your plantains are very, very ripe you can probably mash them as-is, but 10-20 minutes in boiling water will do the trick otherwise.
  2. Mash the plantains with the masarepa flour, butter, cream, sugar, and cinnamon in a large bowel. Flavor with just a dash of salt and cayenne as desired.
  3. Form the dough into small flat disks about 2 inches in diameter, and 1/4 inch thick. If you find the dough to be to soft for forming, add a little more masarepa flour.
  4. In a large skillet, prepped with either cooking spray or butter, fry the arepas for a few minutes on each side, over medium heat, until golden.
  5. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and grating of fresh nutmeg.

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