Are you a bananamanic?
I know I am! Defiantly not ashamed of that. Pretty much I eat at least one banana a day. If you don’t like bananas I have no idea what to say but that you are missing out. Check out this blog post, I created a while ago about “How to pick the ‘right’ banana?” . This is really important. Bananas are the perfect fruit to add to your smoothie, oatmeal and makes a perfect snack ( especially homemade banana chips).
Good Banana Chips are Pricey
I’m sure you have seen banana chips out at your local health foods store. Not gonna lie, they are super pricey yet so delicious. I’ve been seeing many fruit/veggie chips at the markets that can be easily made at home and save you lots in the long run. Especially, if you love to snack, have kids and/or just want to invest in your health.
Make Your Own To Save Tons and More…
This year for my birthday, I asked for a food dehydrator. It is a really weird ask, since everyone likes to get glamoured in fashion, beauty and/or next trips. All I asked was for a simple food dehydrator that would change my life routines. I ended up getting the perfect sized dehydrator from my boyfriend, along with some other pretty cool things, I must admit.
Literally, the day of my birthday, I had some bananas so I started dehydrating all my bananas to check it out. I was in love with everything I saw, form the process to the end product. These bananas were sweet, crunchy, and healthy that make for the perfect chip.
I’ve experimented with different banana ripenesses, from green bananas to super ripe yellow bananas. They are all perfect to dehydrate. One thing I must add, the more ripe the banana, the more sweet the banana chip is that is perfect for all those sweet tooth moments.
Put Banana Chips into Everything
I’ve been putting banana chips into my smoothie bowls, overnight oats, chia pudding, into my baking and just simply snacking on them. They make the perfect snack to take to work and school. Trust me everyone loves them! It is a perfect snack for the little ones too. Also, you can dip the banana chips with nut/seed butter for the perfect combination.
How to dehydrate BANANA’S?
- 2-4 bananas
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- A dehydrator (any model will work, but this one is fantastic for a fraction of it’s cost)
To get started, pour the lemon juice into a casserole pan. Peel all the bananas and slice them lengthwise or widthwise (your choice). Aim for about 1/6″ thickness. Place the slices into the lemon juice. You can omit the lemon juice if you want. It helps prevent the bananas from going brown.
Turn the dehydrator to 135-140 degrees and lay your banana slices into each of the trays. Check the bananas within six hours, I usually like to leave them over night. Expect anywhere from 6-9 hours for the banana chips to be ready, it depends on the thickness of the banana slices!
A perfect dehydrated banana will be dry, crisp and slightly sticky to touch. If the banana slices are sticking to the tray and/or still feel “mushy”, they aren’t done just yet. Keep them in for an additional hour or two.
When they are done, store them in an airtight container.
They are super easy to make and absolutely make a delicious ingredient to add to a variety of meals!