How to Make Banana Chips

banana_chipsBanana chips have been a popular sweet snack all over the world for a number of decades. There are, however, two problems with buying banana chips from the grocery store: 1. they’re expensive 2. they’re packed full of sugar and preservatives.

Many people choose to make their own banana chips to free them from this problem (and the fact that some banana chips are very unhealthily deep-fried) and in fact, your banana chips don’t have to be sweet at all. You can use slices of plantain chips in your dehydrator and either eat on their own, or with a light sprinkling of salt for a yummy pre-dinner snack. If you are making normal banana chips you can leave them unsweetened, or dip them in honey for a natural sweetness that’s not so unhealthy.

How to Make Our Banana Chips Recipe

(Makes 18 snack-size servings (approximately 1 handful each))

Equipment:
– 1 knife
– 1 medium sized mixing bowl
– 1 dehydrator: This recipe will require at least four of your dehydrator trays. If you don’t already own a dehydrator appliance then we’ve put together some of the best sellers and best value-for-money models below…

PRODUCTS:

Ingredients:
– 6 ripe bananas
– 3 tbsp lemon juice
– 1 quart water

1. Peel and slice your bananas into slices of around 6 mm each (1/4 of an inch).
2. Mix the lemon juice and water together in your bowl, and dip each banana slice into it. Once dipped, put each slice onto the surface of your dehydrator tray without overlapping.
3. Turn the dehydrator appliance on, at a medium temperature, and leave to dry for at least 8 hours. You may wish to turn them over half way through to ensure even drying.
4. Turn off the appliance once the banana chips have dried, and let them cool to room temperature. Serve or store in airtight containers or zip-lock bags.

So now you know how to make banana chips, you can save money and save your teeth from all the excess sugar too. They also store very easily and will remain edible for up to 24 months. Use your dried banana chips and this banana chips recipe to top cakes, as an addition to muesli or just as a snack between meals. Dried banana chips taste great when mixed with nuts, seeds and raisins, and they provide a guilt free way to give your children a treat.