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Caribbean Lunchbox

It's back to school with some seriously tasty and nutritious Packed Lunch Ideas - Caribbean style! From plantains to black bean brownies, your kids will love them.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: lunch
Cuisine: caribbean
Keyword: black bean brownies, gf brownies, plantains, sweet potato fries
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 519kcal
Author: Jen Pinkston

Ingredients

Roasted Sweet Plantains

  • 2 plantains
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Salt or Cinnamon depending on your preference.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

  • 2 Sweet potatoes
  • Avocado oil or oil of choice
  • ¼ teaspoon Cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon Garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Chili powder
  • Pinch of Salt

Black Bean Brownies (GF, DF, Allergy Friendly)

  • 1 15 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 room temperature eggs or 2 flax eggs
  • 1 ripe banana mashed (about ½ cup)*
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup cacoa powder or cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoon - ⅓ c** of coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • Optional: ⅓ cup chocolate chips dairy free or regular and/or shredded coconut

Instructions

Roasted Sweet Plantains

  • When choosing a plantain you will want one that is yellow with brown spots.
  • Set oven to 350F.
  • Cut plantains into thin, even slices. Coat with coconut oil.
  • For savory, lightly sprinkle salt and toss. For sweet, sprinkle with cinnamon and toss.
  • Place on a lined baking sheet and spread out flat and evenly.
  • Baked for 10 minutes and then flip, bake for another 10-15 minutes. Until a bit crisp on the outside and tender/soft on the inside.
  • Store in an airtight container or bag for up to 1 week. (I like to store mine in the fridge because I like them cold, but it’s not necessary.)

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

  • Set oven to 375F and line a baking sheet.
  • Cut potatoes into fry chunks, try to keep them about the same size.
  • In a small bowl, toss fries in oil and then sprinkle with seasons and toss again.
  • Spread evenly across baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes and then stir to move fries around a bit and then bake for another 10-15 minutes until crispy but tender.
  • Store in an airtight container or bag in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Black Bean Brownies (GF, DF, Allergy Friendly)

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Place all ingredients (except chocolate chips) into a blender or food processor. Process or puree until ingredients form a smooth batter.
  • Add in ⅓ cup chocolate chips and fold into batter (if using).
  • Pour batter into prepared pan, sprinkle with shredded coconut (if using).
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes, cool completely in pan. Store in an airtight container or bag or up to 1 week.

Nutrition

Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 332mg | Potassium: 1353mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 10286IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 5mg