Most guides on how to dry banana slices will recommend using your oven. While they’re relatively simple to make, they won’t have the same amount of nutrients and minerals that fresh bananas contain.
Using a fruit dehydrator to make your banana wafers will preserve their natural goodness, and give them a much longer shelf life. Dried banana has the advantage of its flavors being concentrated into delicious chips, as well.
Banana chips recipe
Dried banana chips are very easy to make, and require few ingredients. One thing to remember when dehydrating bananas is that they tend to turn brown, due to oxidation. The conventional method is to use salt and oil, but you can overcome this by using a water and lemon juice solution, instead.
In total, this banana chips recipe uses the following ingredients:
- One part water
- One part lemon juice
You don’t want your banana slices to turn to mush before dehydrating, unless you’re looking to make a powder. To avoid this, place your whole bananas in the freezer for 30 minutes before peeling and slicing.
You can make banana chips that are either leathery or crispy. Depending on your choice, slice your bananas either lengthwise or widthwise to ¼” or 1/8-1/16” thick. The thicker they are, the softer they’ll be after drying.
Soak the slices you’re using for banana crisps in equal amounts lemon juice and water. Afterward, place them evenly on your dehydrator trays and use a paper towel to absorb excess moisture. This makes for unsweetened banana chips that aren’t to citrusy, and will reduce dehydrating times.
The best banana chips are often simply done raw. This makes them easy to use in other recipes, and taste delicious on their own.
Set your fruit dehydrator machine to 135 degrees for about 6-8 hours. Test your dried banana chips for texture, as they won’t be fully dried until they’re cooled for about 30 minutes. They should feel somewhere between leathery and hard, and shouldn’t be too pliable.
Are banana chips healthy?
The recipe in this article will make for healthy banana chips. When using this process, you’ll preserve their rich reserve of fiber and potassium. They’re naturally cholesterol-, fat- and sodium-free and contain many trace minerals, as well.
Dehydrating banana chips will also reduce caloric content. Sweet banana chips are made without any added sugar, although you can certainly add spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, as well as a drizzle of maple syrup or honey.
Because bananas aren’t very juicy, there’s comparably little nutrient loss, if any, when compared with other sliced fruits. Oranges, for example, will spray and leak a lot of nutrients the moment that they’re peeled or cut.
More ideas for your dried fruit chips
Drying fruit is a process of reducing only moisture content, not flavor or nutrients. For this reason, it’s simple to add warm water, and thus re-hydrate your fruits. Another option is to puree fruit before drying, then grind it into a powder. This is one of the best ways to make naturally flavored and constituted smoothies and baking recipes.
You can also easily create a variety of creative recipes. Banana pudding, for example, can be made from dehydrated banana chips, or any other combination of dried fruits. For a warm pudding, add your favorite spices and stir over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes, and serve.
Banana wafers can be made just like a pancake or waffle recipe. Replace sugar content with dried banana powder, toss in some chocolate chips and cook in your waffle iron!
Dried banana seals are excellent for convenient snacking. When vacuum sealed and refrigerated, they’ll last for years on end, so you’ll never have to worry about your fruit spoiling.
Using a quiet dehydrator will create an everlasting supply of fruit that you can save money on, by purchasing in bulk!