Quinoa and Plantain Fritters for a Sunday Morning


Some children don’t like vegetables, some children don’t like meat, on the other hand some children eat anything they put in their plate. That is certainly true for my 2 year old. As for my boy, well, that’s a whole other story. A has never been a great eater so I’ve had to find creative ways for him to eat little yet supernutritious. Having said that, in this section, you will expect to find  exactly that: nutritious meals, deserts and even drinks that will be packed with as many healthy ingredients as a bite can hold. Snacks and mini meals that could certainly become part of the daily ingredients packed in your child’s lunchbox.

We may begin with our first receta= recipe

Tortitas de platano macho y quinoa / Quinoa and Plantain fritters

As for the nutritious value of Quinoa you might find this post quite informative

Some words you may want to add to your increasing vocabulary:

Ingredientes / Ingredients

  • 2 platanos machos extra maduros /2 plantains (over-ripe)
  • 1/2 taza de quinoa / 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 taza de harina / 1/2 cup flour (and a bit extra for rolling)
  • 1 cucharadita de polvo de hornear / 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pizca de sal / pinch of salt
  • aceite para freir / oil for frying
  1. Put the plantain to boil until the skin comes off slightly (they will look kind of bloated) , peel them, mash them and set aside
  2. While the plantain is boiling, cook the quinoa as you would do with rice, for 1/2 cup of quinoa you would need 1 cup of water, bring to boil and then simmer until soft and ready (about 15″-20″)
  3. Once the plantains and the quinoa are ready, mix both and add the flour, baking powder and salt until forming a dough which you will use to make small patties.
  4. Roll them on the extra flour ( I use coarse semolina which gives a nice texture) and fry them until golden and serve.

As a nice addition I like to pour sweetened condensed milk on top which goes really well with the plantain, my son likes honey or nutella but I also love them on their own, the sweetness of the over-ripe plantain doesn’t really need anything else.

In some parts of Mexico they put even cheese inside these fritters just before shaping them into patties (they’re not made with quinoa though, that’s an addition of mine). I’ve tried them here with salad cheese (a kind of light fetta) and they are great.

Why not topping it all up with a super mango and goji berries smoothie and just for some fun I have my kids count the raisins that embellish the presentation of our dish with uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco and as many raisins as can fit in a toothpick.

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2 thoughts on “Quinoa and Plantain Fritters for a Sunday Morning

  1. These sound really interesting and different! Is the flavour more savoury or sweet? Or is that the beauty, you can go either way?

    Thanks so much for sharing on Happy lil ❤’s are baking!

    • Hi Kelly,
      You’re totally right, that’s the beauty of plantains, if they are not so ripe they go very well with savoury food as they are eaten in the caribbean with white rice, otherwise use the ripe ones and just blend the flavour with something sweet like condensed milk and enjoy them even just fried by themselves.
      Thanks for the comment and I’m looking forward to next week’s link 🙂 I’m so new to blogging but superexcited and thinking why didn’t I just do this earlier. It’s so much fun! Enjoy you weekend!

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