Chocolate-Filled Plantain Dessert Gnocchi

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter! I hit up the candy aisle to see if I could find some Easter candy on sale this weekend and was disappointed that almost everything was already sold out! Only the small regular solid chocolate eggs were left – they just can’t compete with Reese’s peanut butter, Nestle crunch, or Butterfinger eggs! I almost walked away. Regular chocolate eggs didn’t seem too exciting, but then I was struck by their uniformity. Suddenly inspired, I scooped up a pack and raced over to the produce section to pick up some plantains.

You see, I’ve been thinking about gnocchi lately. I fell in love with this recipe for sweet potato gnocchi with a brown butter and sage sauce a few years ago and when I bought plantains last week for my Caramelized Plantain Dessert Quesadillas, I was thinking I should try to make a few into gnocchi. Plantains have a high starch content like potatoes do, so I figured they would also hold together well as gnocchi. I didn’t get around to it, but the thought was still lingering with me when I was looking at the little chocolate Easter eggs, and I was suddenly inspired to stuff them into plantain gnocchi as a dessert! Now, while I was excited about this concept, I didn’t really expect this crazy idea to work – most of my crazy ideas end in a pile of inedible food going down the garbage disposal. So, you can imagine how pleasantly surprised I was when everything came together on the first try.

I made the gnocchi with green, yellow, and black-brown plantains, since I wasn’t sure if the starch content would affect the ability of the gnocchi to hold together. The gnocchi cooked up nicely with all three kinds, but the ones from black-brown ones tasted the best since they’re a little sweeter. Then I rolled the dough out, cut it into squares, and sealed each piece around a chocolate egg. They cooked up beautifully and warm chocolate oozed out when I cut them in half. I tossed the chocolate stuffed gnocchi with this delicious strawberry sauce I saw on Meghan’s blog, You’re Gonna Bake It After All. Definitely not your typical dessert, but pretty tasty. I think I’m going to make the gnocchi again without the chocolate and with a savory sauce of some sort!

Chocolate-Filled Plantain Dessert Gnocchi
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
2 black-brown plantains, cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
1 egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 bag of chocolate Easter eggs
1/2 cup of your favorite fruit sauce

Directions:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Boil the plantains for 10 minutes or until tender. Remove from the pan and mash thoroughly in a medium bowl.

After letting mashed plantains cool for 10 minutes, mix in the egg. Mix in flour, about 1/2 cup at a time, until soft dough forms (you may need to add a little more flour, depending on the size of your plantains).

Turn dough out onto floured surface; use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a large square and then cut the square into 2×2-inch squares. Place a chocolate egg into the middle of each square of dough and seal the chocolate inside the dough.

Bring large pot of water to boil. Working in batches, boil gnocchi until they are tender and float to the top, 3 to 5 minutes. Mix gnocchi with your favorite fruit sauce. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition: 281 calories, 8.2g fat, 2.5g fiber, 5.3g protein per serving
Cost: $2.68 total

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43 Responses to Chocolate-Filled Plantain Dessert Gnocchi

  1. First of all, you are SO creative! I’m loving your ideas of making desserts that look like savory dishes – seriously one of my favorite things is foods that look like other foods (sounds weird I know!) I can’t wait to have a dessert party and make some of these yummy treats (desert sushi, plantain quesadillas, chocolate filled plantain gnocchi). Second, I gasped when I saw you made my strawberry sauce – it’s the first time anyone has made something from my blog :) We must be on the same wavelength because I just made a version of your spinach quiche (with chickpea crust) for Easter breakfast (delicious!!!), and I have the ingredients to make your chicken florentine soup this week! The quiche is in line for posting!

  2. You are so clever and creative – they look outstanding! I’ve always wanted to make gnocchi but haven’t yet. It looks like it’s time I try it. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Oh, wow. I love savory gnocchi — but have never attempted a sweet recipe.
    Plantains are one of my favorite things in the world — and I’ll bet they’re stellar with chocolate.

    Kudos for creativity on this one!

  4. oh my goodness. you are a culinary GENIUS!! you are AMAZING! this is just one HECK of a pasta! woooooW! I’m just DAZZLED and SHOCKED by your creativity and skills. OMFG!

  5. Hmmm…. Look super delicious! Kerstin, I love your recipes and the pictures you take are great! If only I had more time for cooking. Those gnocchis you mentioned – I made them from exactly the same recipe for last Thanksgiving – everybody was requesting them for next year! I am contemplating making the coffee cake you showed a long time ago for my friend birthday tomorrow. I hope it will not negatively influence my tomorrow’s exam grade! :) I am impatiently waiting for your “order online” pre-made goodies (I hope it happen one day)!

  6. Very creative dessert. Haven’t made gnocchi in years, but I do love them so. Love your blog and would love to exchange links with you. I’ll add you to my blogroll if you add me to yours. Let me know.

  7. Thanks everyone – I still can’t believe this idea actually worked!

    Meghan – I obviously love the twist of making a dessert look like a main dish too :) I’m so excited you made the quiche and can’t wait to read your post about it! Your strawberry sauce was excellent – I will be making it again!

    Karolina – I miss you! I hope you enjoyed the coffee cake :)

  8. Oh my goodness! I LOVE your blog! Thank you for commenting on my blog, so that I could find yours! You are so inventive! I’m adding your blog to my sidebar right now!

  9. HEAVENS TO BETSY i love this idea!!!!! i have been wanting to try some pb gnocchi for some time now (with choc sauce, perhaps?), but haven’t had time. i was just thinking of adding flour to some natural pb until it became a dough consistency, but i like the filling idea! now if only i could’ve tried them :)

  10. OH MY GAH. OH MY GAH. Kerstin. I bow to you. You are amazing. These gnocchi look incredible…no, beyond incredible. They look infinitely amazing. So delicious, and so aesthetically pleasing. Wow, I cannot tell you how impressed I am. Great job!

  11. Hopefully one day I can see an ingredient and be inspired to use it in my own creative recipe. Cool idea especially wrapping the “pasta” around an chocolate Easter egg!
    ~ingrid

  12. This is inspirational! I love love love people who can take ingredients that normally would not be in a recipe together and then make something beautiful out of it….now THAT is art!

  13. I’ve never thought of Plantains as sweet…I’ve grown up eating them savoury. My husband would love this. He’s always on about ..people changing traditional recipes at home to new delights. Now ill have to try this, along with your recent recipe!

  14. Hey Kerstin

    What a fantastically easy dish to make – and super tasty!! I had to improvise with Dove snowflake chocolate but the results were the same. Sweet deliciousness!

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