Boiled Plantains with Brazilian Cream

I love avocado. That is one of the foods that I almost always have in my house. I use them for soups, guacamole and to accompany my tacos, sandwiches, salads, chili, frijoles rancheros, sopes and many other dishes. I even use them to make an avocado Alfredo sauce. But I had never had avocados for dessert before, until yesterday.

My friends Darrin and Chris came to visit me yesterday all the way from Dayton and after lunch at Max ‘n Ermas and a walk in The Book Loft we prepared a Brazilian cream with lime and rum that I saw online. The cream was really good, but it was too rich and too…creamy… to be eaten by itself. Darrin mentioned that it would go perfectly with some plantains, but alas, I didn’t have any. So I fried some bananas coated with pancake mix instead. I never thought I was going to like an avocado dessert, but this combination was very tasty.

Today when Jon and I were at the grocery store packing up in preparation of the snowstorm that is threatening to leave us with almost 2 feet of snow I got some plantains. When I was ready to try this new combination, I remembered that Bren had written a post on her blog about how to prepare plantains so I headed over there and after reading it I decided to boil mine and this is what came out:

Boiled Plantains with Brazilian cream with rum and lime

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Boiled Plantains with Brazilian Cream
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Brazilian
  • •2 plantains
  • •2 avocadoes
  • •1/3 cup rum
  • •1/3 cup limejuice
  • •3 TBSP confectioner’s sugar
  • •1 cup heavy cream, whipped
  • •ground cinnamon or fresh ground nutmeg
  1. **For the Plantains:
  2. To make plátanos sancochados (the way Cubans say it) you want to get an “in between” plantain that is more ripe than green. It can’t be black though. It can show some black speckles but it should be more yellow than anything. Cut into 2.5? pieces, boil (with peel on) and then peel… You can sprinkle nutmeg on this mildly sweet plátano or just eat as is.
  3. In medium sauce pan, boil water. With a paring knife, cut off ends of plantain, about ½?. Leaving skin on, cut into 2-3? chunks. Boil for about 20 minutes or until plantain gets bright yellow in center. Remove from boiling water. With the same knife, peel plantain and sprinkle nutmeg or sugar on top.
  4. **For the Cream:
  5. Peel and de-seed avocados (here’s a video on how to do this)
  6. Blend avocadoes, confectioner’s sugar, rum and limejuice to obtain a smooth mixture.
  7. Pour into a bowl and fold in the whipped cream.
  8. Serve with the plantains and enjoy!




If I do this again I will let the plantains boil longer because they were a little bit too hard to eat. Also I’ll use some nutmeg, this time I didn’t have any so I substituted with cinnamon. I think nutmeg would work better.

Although I have heard of avocado desserts before (ice cream, bread), I had never adventured to eat them before. But now I have found a new way to enjoy this delicious fruit.

Buen provecho!

Useful links for this recipe:

Avocado health information on World’s Healthiest Foods
Plantain information on

In other news, I received this today:



Yes, this is the prize someone will be winning in my food event Food for Plastic Challenge II – A taste of spring or fall. There is only one week left so start cooking!


  • This looks yummy! I love all those ingredients.

  • Yumm…the plantains certainly look good with the Brazilian cream…hmmm..what diet?

  • Another post with Plantains. Thats 3 this week. I am only used to the yellow variety fried. I have never boiled the sweet ones. Way less fattening. I dont really care for the green ones, but maybe I have to have it done right.But give me the yellow fried ones any time of day!

  • you know, i wouldn’t normally be excited about something with “boiled” in the title, but this looks darn tasty; i’ve never made plantains like this. and i can think of about ten thousand things to do with that avocado cream.

  • Ben, you’re always expanding my knoweledge of food. I’m very intrigued by a sweet avocado cream.

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  • I have never had avocado as a dessert before but this looks great.

  • I’ve never had plantains in a sweet dish. Well, for that matter, I’ve only ever had them twice in a savoury dish, I need to experiment more with plantains…

  • I love plantains, but I have to admit I never thought they would go with avocado. The rum and lime juice sounds like it will lift up the flavors of the plantains. Sounds really yummy, Ben!

  • I just found a grocer that sells plantains, so I really want to try this out! I’ve never had avocado in a dessert.

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