To ensure that your banana chips are tasty and good for you, try making dried banana chips at home using the simple recipe detailed below. You can also try making savory or spicy banana chips if you don't have a sweet tooth!
Bananas are good for your skin, and eating this sweet, yellow fruit will help boost your energy levels. Eating bananas can also help relieve minor gastrointestinal issues.
A handful of dried banana chips is the perfect snack if you're craving something sweet, but you can also use dehydrated bananas as an alternative for recipes that require fresh bananas.
Add banana chips to granola bars, trail mix, a bowl of oatmeal or banana bread to give your snack a sweet and crunchy twist.
Fresh bananas are good for you, but dried banana chips also offer some benefits. Dehydrated bananas are low in cholesterol and sodium but rich in the potassium and dietary fiber that are essential for digestive health.
In general, any dehydrated food still has its nutrients, but the air and heat can destroy some of them, such as vitamins A and C. Because of the nutrient concentration in dried foods, they may also have more calories per weight than fresh foods.
To keep the bananas less brown, use a solution containing one cup of water and one cup of lemon juice. Dip the sliced bananas in the solution, then place them on trays. If you don't like lemons, you can just skip this step. (Related: Food storage tips: How to make DIY dehydrated meals.)
Tools for making banana chips
When you're ready to make banana chips, peel the fruit and cut away any bad spots. Slice the bananas 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick. To make things easier, use a stainless steel banana slicer for a uniform cut.
If you're using a dehydrator, set the temperature to 135 F and the time to four hours. Check the bananas every two hours. Keep in mind that the time it takes to dehydrate the sliced bananas will depend on the humidity in the room where you are drying them and the temperature that your dehydrator suggests you should use.
Dehydrated bananas will last for at least six months to one year when stored properly in air-tight containers at normal room temperature.
You can also make banana chips using an oven. First, preheat the oven to 400 F.
Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and place a single layer of bananas on the parchment paper. Put the cookie sheet in the oven for 16 to 20 minutes, but be sure to turn the bananas after eight minutes.
The banana chips are done when they start to brown around the edges. Remove from the oven then set aside to cool.
The dehydrated bananas should be leathery, dry and a little sticky to the touch. When the banana chips are done, they shouldn't rip apart easily.
Sweet banana chips are the most common variation, but you can try making savory chips if you want something with a little kick.
Try dehydrating bananas at home for a simple and tasty snack that your kids will love.
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