Grilled Plantain Sundaes with Coconut Milk Dulce de Leche

Treat your family to the flavors of the tropics. The coconut-spiked caramel sauce becomes a sweet sauce over grilled plantains. Serve over vanilla ice cream for a delicious sundae any day of the week!

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Tropical Tuber: Plantains

Don’t be fooled by this banana look-alike: Plantains are starchy and must be cooked before consumption, but they’re also a good source of potassium. Most Americans don’t consume enough of this mineral, which has been shown to aid in managing high blood pressure. One cup contains 27% of your recommended daily value.

Note: When ripe, plantains are yellow with brown spots, perfect for desserts, whereas green, unripe plantains are better suited for savory dishes.

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  • ⅓ cup coconut sugar 
  • 1 13.5-oz BPA-free can full-fat coconut milk
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 4 tsp melted organic unsalted butter, divided
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 ripe plantains, halved lengthwise (peel on)*
  • vanilla ice cream, as desired 
  • Optional toppings: Toasted nuts, coconut flakes or dried cherries


1. Make sauce: In a small saucepan on high, whisk together coconut sugar, coconut milk and salt. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer on low for 25 minutes, whisking occasionally, until dark and thick. Set aside.

2. Grill plantains: Preheat grill to medium. In a small bowl, combine 2 tsp butter and cinnamon. Brush cut side of plantains with butter mixture. Place plantains on grill and grill about 4 minutes per side.

3. Place 2 plantain halves on each 2 tsp butter. Top with a scoop of ice cream, or as desired, and drizzle with a desired amount of dulce de leche. Garnish with optional toppings.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories 584
  • Carbohydrate Content 67 g
  • Cholesterol Content 42 mg
  • Fat Content 33 g
  • Fiber Content 3 g
  • Protein Content 6 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 26 g
  • Sodium Content 235 mg
  • Sugar Content 47 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 4 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 1 g