Plátanos Calados (Plantains with Brown Sugar Syrup)

by Erica Dinho on June 11, 2009

Platanos Calados (Caramelized Plantains) |

These plantains are simple, quick and easy to make and delicious. In Colombia Plátanos Calados or Plátanos en Tentación are eaten as a side dish or dessert with fresh white cheese.

Buen provecho!



(Serves 4)

  • 2 large very ripe plantains, peeled and cut into 4 chunks each one
  • ½ cup light brown sugar or grated panela
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ tablespoon butter

Platanos Calados o en Tentacion |


  1. In a small pot place all the ingredients, cover and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a serving plate and serve with white cheese.
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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 rebecca subbiah June 11, 2009 at 7:39 AM

yum another plantain recipe


2 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie June 11, 2009 at 8:15 AM

I love this dessert with plantains! We always have plantains in savory recipes so I need to give the dessert a try!


3 Erica June 11, 2009 at 8:56 AM

Try it you are going to love it! It is delicious with fresh farmers cheese or fresh mozzarella on the side.


4 Sophie June 11, 2009 at 9:30 AM

What a lovely dessert!!
mjam mjam,…


5 OysterCulture June 11, 2009 at 10:24 AM

This dessert sounds like perfection. We love plantains so i can hardly wait to try


6 Pocky June 11, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Another tasty looking dish!! I finally found gauva paste so I will finally get to try out your recipe for Buñuelos de Plátano Maduro.


7 nora@ffr June 12, 2009 at 9:31 AM

wow!! Erica this is so simple and classy.. a must try.. use of cinnamon sound delicious.. lovely photo though..


8 Erica June 19, 2009 at 7:52 PM

Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments!


9 epicurean's market June 24, 2009 at 10:20 PM

Wow! I am definitely doing to try this. Awesome stuff! :)


10 Kimberly February 9, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Hi, I have a question. I am in Bogota, but I can only find azucar morena, not light brown sugar as I would be able to find in the US. Can I use azucar morena for this recipe? Thank you in advance.


11 Erica February 9, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Kimberly- Yes you can or just use panela! my grandmother used the make them with panela and they were delicious!


12 Kimberly February 9, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Thanks for the prompt reply! Same amount for panela 1/2 cup?


13 Erica February 9, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Kimberly- yes!


14 Luz Gudgel September 24, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Yo busca receta para hacer Torta de platanos gracia.


15 rolando June 18, 2013 at 3:26 AM

no water?


16 Erica Dinho June 18, 2013 at 9:20 AM


1 cup of water.


17 Monica November 8, 2013 at 3:32 PM


I love fresh white farm cheese! I’ve had it in Colombia, but can’t find it here. Mozzarella is much saltier, and isn’t as good. Is there a cheese by another name I should look for here? I’m in The Seattle area….


18 Erica Dinho November 8, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Queso Fresco!


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