Looking for the best AIP fries? These nightshade-free, Green Banana Fries are crispy, nutritious and delicious, paleo and deceptively healthy without any banana flavor!
Can I make AIP fries without potatoes or nightshades?
The answer is a resounding yes! These green banana fries are completely AIP and nightshade free. They crisp up perfectly and are a great rival to potatoes without any sweet taste. While I am a huge lover of sweet potatoes and sweet potato fries, sometimes I want something more savory that compares to a traditional french fry. Enter green bananas. Many folks are familiar with fried plantains, or fried bananas as sweet treats. Not these! These Green Banana Fries are made using unripened bananas so they have absolutely no sweet taste as long as they’re totally green. They’re crispy and savory and can be made in either the oven or air fryer with only three ingredients!
Growing up in Trinidad I ate green figs (unripened green bananas) often as a side dish. Across the Caribbean, they’re often boiled and served alongside salted fish, made into a salad (think potato salad), or pickled with cucumber and onions in Souse.
While I love sweet potato fries, parsnip fries and many other root veggie fries, they’re almost never as crispy as potato fries. These green banana fries are the closest to potato fries in terms of texture and starchiness. These are best eaten fresh as they don’t retain their crispiness once stored in the fridge.
Here’s what you need for these Green Banana Fries:
- 4 unripened green bananas – you want these to be completely green
- olive oil
- sea salt
To makes these AIP Fries:
Begin by peeling and slicing your green bananas into thin fries of even size. Add fries to a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil and salt. Massage oil and salt into the fries using your hands or a spoon.
You can make these fries either in an air fryer or in the oven.
If using an air fryer, work in batches, placing fries in an even layer into the basket. Fry at 400F for 10 minutes, flipping halfway throughout. Repeat with remaining batches.
If baking in the oven, preheat oven to 400F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and spread fries out in an even layer, being careful not to crowd the baking sheets so that the fries get crispy. Bake for 20 minutes, flipping once 10 minutes in.
FAQs for Green Banana Fries
Where do I buy green bananas?
Green bananas are just unripened bananas that you can buy at the grocery store. You want to ensure that they’re completely green though, and not yellowing at all. Sometimes I ask the staff at the grocery if there are any unripened bananas in the stock room if I don’t see any on display.
What can you serve with these AIP fries?
Can I make these on the stovetop?
I haven’t tried myself but this should work.
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