Delicious Vegan African Cuisine

Golden Plantain Bread – The Canadian African

This very simple bread is a great way to use up your old plantain. Sweet and buttery, with a slightly savory taste that enhances the flavor.

Inspiration for this dish

This recipe is based on freshly baked spicy plantain bread known as Ofam and distant banana bread. Everyone is familiar with banana bread, so think of it as a banana bread that trades bananas for plantains. Not many people know what ofam is, so this is a great opportunity to explain it. Plantain is a grilled plantain made from overripe plantain, onions, ginger, spices, red palm oil, flour, and sometimes peanuts. The sweetness comes from the plantain without added sugar. It’s not very popular as a preparation for ripe plantain, but I enjoy it on special occasions. This wasn’t the inspiration I was aiming for in this recipe, but I like the vibrant palm oil that palm oil adds to the offham. Ofam’s traditional recipes will be shared in the future.

What you need for this recipe

  • Plantain: These are culinary stars. If you want to know more about Plantain, check out the Ultimate Plantain Guide.
  • Flour: In this recipe, we tested only regular medium-strength flour. If you are gluten-free, you are welcome to substitute one-on-one gluten-free all-purpose flour.Bob’s Red Mill has a great blend
  • Leavening Agent: In this recipe, we decided to use baking powder and baking soda for additional lifts.
  • Spices: Nutmeg and cinnamon are used to add flavor.You can omit the cinnamon and leave only the nutmeg, but I think this is a more important taste
  • Palm oil: Red palm oil adds a bright yellow tone to the bread. The use of coconut oil is welcome. Coconut oil works the same, but gives it a different flavor.
  • Liquid: I decided to use soy milk to loosen the dough. It has a higher fat content and it is a creamier plant-based milk.Feel free to use the selected plant-based milk


  • Two medium-sized plantains are overripe and mashed potatoes
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of red palm oil **
  • 1.5 cups of plant-based milk



1. Preheat the oven to 350 ° F


2. In a bowl, mix all dry ingredients


3. When all the dry ingredients are combined, add the wet ingredients.


5. Pour the mixture into a well-oiled pan


6. Bake for 45 minutes or use a toothpick to pierce the center to see if it is dry.


7. Let it cool completely


8. Slice and enjoy with butter.


** Can be sub coconut oil

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