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4.75 from 4 votes

Cuban Black Bean and Cilantro Lime Rice Bowls with Baked Plantains

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: entree, main dish
Cuisine: gluten free, nut free, soy free, vegan
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Gena Hamshaw


For the cuban black beans:

For the cilantro lime rice:

  • 3 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup white or brown basmati rice rinsed under running water for about a minute
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed chopped fresh cilantro

For the baked plantains:

  • 2 large very ripe plantains (black is good!), sliced into rounds
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • Coarse salt

Bowl toppings:


  • Preheat the oven to 425F. Toss the plantains with the melted coconut oil and transfer them to a parchment or foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle them with salt. Bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping the rounds once halfway through cooking.
  • While the plantains bake, prepare the rice. Heat two teaspoons of the coconut oil in a medium sized pot over medium low heat. Add the rice and toast, stirring constantly, for a few minutes, or until the rice is smelling nutty and fragrant. Add the salt and water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the rice has absorbed all of the liquid. (If you use brown rice, this will take more like 40-45 minutes, and you may want to start the rice before you bake the plantains.) Fluff the rice gently with a fork, cover, and allow it to steam for another 5-10 minutes, then stir in the remaining teaspoon coconut oil, lime juice, and cilantro.
  • To assemble the bowls, place a quarter of the rice, a half cup of the black beans, and a quarter of the plantain rounds into each of four serving bowls. Top with chopped red onions, avocado slices, chopped cilantro, cashew cheese, and/or whatever other toppings you like. Serve.


Leftover beans will keep for up to 6 days in an airtight container in the fridge. Leftover rice will keep for up to 3 days. Plantains will keep for 2 days.