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Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro Photo by: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

Sweet Plantain and Chocolate Empanaditas

Empanaditas--small sweet or savory turnovers are popular throughout Spain and Latin America.

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2001

  • Yield: 2 dozen (serving size: 1 empanadita)


  • Filling:
  • 1 cup (1-inch-thick) sliced soft black plantain (about 1/2 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • Dough:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 6 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • Cooking spray
  • Remaining ingredients:
  • 5 teaspoons 2% reduced-fat milk, divided
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate minichips


Preheat oven to 400°.

To prepare filling, cook plantain in boiling water 10 minutes or until tender; drain. Combine plantain and condensed milk in a bowl, and mash with a potato masher. Set aside.

To prepare the dough, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 1/2 cup flour, ice water, and vinegar, stirring with a whisk until well blended to form a slurry. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, powdered sugar, and salt in a bowl; cut in shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add slurry, tossing with a fork until moist.

Gently press dough into a 4-inch circle on 2 lengths of heavy-duty plastic wrap; cover with additional overlapping plastic wrap. Roll dough, still covered, into an 18 x 12-inch rectangle; freeze 10 minutes or until wrap can be easily removed. Remove wrap; place dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut dough into 24 circles using a 3-inch round cutter.

Place circles on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, and lightly moisten edges of dough with water. Spoon 2 teaspoons plantain mixture into each circle. Fold dough over filling; pinch edges together to seal. Brush the tops of dough evenly with 1 tablespoon 2% milk; sprinkle evenly with granulated sugar.

Bake at 400° for 17 minutes or until lightly browned. Combine the chips and 2 teaspoons 2% milk in a small bowl, and microwave on high for 30 seconds; stir until smooth. Drizzle melted chocolate over empanaditas. Serve warm.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 111
  • Calories from fat: 41%
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated fat: 1.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.2g
  • Protein: 1.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 15.8g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.6mg
  • Sodium: 52mg
  • Calcium: 9mg

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Sweet Plantain and Chocolate Empanaditas Recipe