How to make banana chips

How to make banana chips

If you are ever looking for a nice healthy treat for yourself, here is how to make banana chips.

Banana chips are natural and healthy treats that give you the satisfying crunch a good snack should.

Homemade baked banana chips are so much better than store bought, and you can make them the way you like them.

Bananas were first discovered in Southeast Asia, and were taken West by Arab traders in around 327 BC.

Eventually bananas made their way to Africa and the Americas.

There are one thousand wild banana varieties in the world, but like most fruit, there is one type that dominates the markets.

The Cavandish, is the banana that most of us are familiar with, and it makes up 95% of bananas that are marketed.

This type of banana is a clone of all the others, so they are essentially the same banana in every way.

How is that for an interesting fact?

In size, shape, flavor and seedlessness they are in fact the very same banana!

Sad from a diversity perspective of course, and this is why I love to try local varieties whenever I can.

The most popular fruit in the world is the tomato which most of us don’t consider a fruit, followed by the banana which most of us do consider a fruit.

So by default I think that makes the banana the most popular fruit!

What are Banana Chips?

How to make banana chips

Similar to apple chips, banana chips are slices of banana that can be prepared in several different ways.

They can be fried, baked or simply dehydrated which will give them the crispiness they are known for.

They are sometimes covered in sugar, or honey and are sometimes fried in oil.

The sugary and fried options will make this snack a little less healthy.

The honey covered ones will definitely add the calories so you want to be aware.

Banana chips originated in India and soon spread and became popular around the world.

They are a low cost nutritious snack that can be very addictive, in a good way of course!

However, that said, too many bananas, and therefore, too many banana chips can be a source for weight gain.

If you go for the fried variety of course there are all the problems that go along with fried foods etc.

And this is one of the reasons why you will be in much better shape making natural baked banana crisps yourself.

Why Make Banana Chips?

How to make banana chips

Because I love banana chips, and they are tasty!

Mainly because this is a wonderful alternative to sugary, and oily snacks that are so prevalent everywhere.

It is a good way to get people to eat more fruit since the bananas turn out crunchy and sweet.

It is a great way to store bananas for a long period of time.

Once fully dried and stored correctly, banana chips can last up to six months at room temperature.

They can even last up to 18 months in the freezer.

And hey, bananas are good for you in all kinds of ways.

It is said that consumption of bananas in moderation can help to reduce swelling and minimize the development of type 2 diabetes.

Other benefits are that they benefit the nervous system by helping produce more white blood cells in the body.

Good for heart health, can aid in digestion, good for your skin, and can even give you energy.

But like anything else, moderation is key, one to two a day is considered right for most people.

And too much banana consumption can make you sleepy, and in some cases even cause a headache.

In some cases constipation can be a problem especially if the bananas are on the green side.

How to Make Banana Chips

How to make banana chips

The indiginious bananas in the Middle East are small compared to bananas grown in Africa, or South America.

I just mention this because you will see the bananas I use will be small.

But they make up for their size in flavor, these bananas are mighty in the taste department!

You will want a very low temperature to bake the chips so preheat the oven to 225 to 250F.

Slice the bananas anywhere from half to a quarter inch thick depending on your preference.

The thinner the slices the more chance the chips will break when first being turned.

But thinly sliced bananas will be crispier and crunchier than thicker with this banana chip recipe.

Place the banana slices in a single layer on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Brush with a mixture of water and lemon juice, and place in the oven for at least 90 minutes before turning.

Turn the banana chips, brush them with the lemon water mixture.

And continue baking for another hour to an hour and a half, until done they are done.

As they cool the banana chips will crisp up even more.

How to make banana chips

Banana chips or plantain chips are crispy snacks made of bananas that are sliced, baked, or fried. We can usually buy beautifully packaged banana chip snacks in supermarkets or snack shops. If we want to invest in banana chip production projects, how do we make commercial banana chips? The answer is to consider the industrial banana plantain chips production line.

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The large-scale processing of crisp banana chips and plantain chips in the industry requires the help of banana processing equipment. Because traditional hand-made banana chips are usually not very hygienic, and the yield is low, the processing cost is high.

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plantain chips made from plantain chips plant

Using banana plantain chips production line to produce fried banana chips can double the output of banana chips and increase profits. Taizy machine is a food machinery manufacturer and supplier in China.

At present, it has provided customers in more than 40 countries and regions with a full set of banana chip production solutions, including the semi-automatic banana chip processing plant and the fully automatic banana chip processing plant. Therefore, no matter you have any questions about banana chip processing, our factory will provide you with a suitable solution.

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Homemade Baked Banana Chips – Deliciously sweet and guilt-free baked banana chips are so easy to make and are the perfect portable, healthy snack to have on hand.

How to make banana chips

Can we be responsible adults for a second and drown these bananas in whipped cream with a splash of bourbon?!
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Hey YOU! Happy Friday! I haven’t been this excited about a Friday since last Friday! I have big plans for this weekend and they all involve wine; wine making, wine tasting, and wine dining.

I found some little shack in the back type of place in Chicago where they have you make your own wine AND drink it. I’m gonna be breathing and sleeping Chardonnay for dayz! High-Five!!

How to make banana chips

I also totally did something kind of random for us. I sliced up some bananas, had them swim in lemon juice and baked ’em. Then, I plopped ’em on top of my homemade chocolate granola and had myself a very homemade-ish breakfast. Brinner, too.

Sidenote? Breakfast for dinner is da bomb dot com.

BAKED BANANA CHIPS

A couple of weeks ago I was shopping at Walgreens for random things that I *think* I *might* need, and it was at that moment, during that meaningless shopping trip that I met up with my new love – dried mangoes. MANGOES! Lawwwwd, it had been a long time since I felt that kind of excitement. The best part? They were amazing. SO damn good!

How to make banana chips

What do dried mangoes have to do with dried bananas? Not much, really, except for the fact that since I couldn’t find fresh mangoes in January to make my own dried mangoes, I opted for the bananas. Basically, that’s how I ended up at the idea to make us Baked Banana Chips!

Next question; WHY would we need to make banana chips?! For all those out there that need to snack on something, right this very minute, and are trying really hard NOT to reach for the chocolate chips bag! (GUILTY. ), these HEALTHIER CHIPS are a waist.saver. TRUST.

How to make banana chips

BANANAS

Also? Bananas are rich in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Plus? Let’s just forget about freeze-dried or fried store-bought banana chips. That’s for amateurs. You and I are making our own, sans sugar, salt, oil, fryer, dehydrator, etc… A few bananas, thinly sliced, and a squeeze of lemon juice is all we are going to use. A baking sheet, too. Time and patience, as well.

How to make banana chips

Few things to keep in mind. For best flavor, use bananas that are ripe, but firm, and not bruised. Also, the thinner you cut the slices, the crunchier they will be.
To keep things in perspective; IF you’re expecting that SUPER duper crunch, this ain’t it. That super duper crunch happens when you fry the banana slices in oil and then quickly dry them out in the oven. However, don’t lose hope. This recipe produces a crunch, just not AS crunchy as those. M’kay? Understood? I hope!

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Using an oven or a dehydrator, or by harnessing solar energy.

How to make banana chips

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You can make delicious dehydrated banana chips in your oven, in the great outdoors, or with a food dehydrator. Depending on your technique and your patience, these dried fruit treats can be ready in a few hours or a week.

In the Oven

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You don’t need special equipment to dehydrate banana chips. You can use your oven, which combines low heat, low humidity, and airflow to dehydrate the fruit. Because it doesn’t have a built-in fan like a dehydrator, it takes about twice as long, but the results are just as tasty.

For best results, use ripe, not-too-mushy bananas. Avoid using bananas that are bruised or extremely ripe.

  1. Preheat the oven to its lowest temperature setting. Ideally, you want to be under 200 F (93.3 C) or the bananas will start to bake. If you can’t go lower than that, set your oven to “warm” if you can.
  2. Peel bananas and slice with a serrated knife into even discs about 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick. (If the bananas are too soft to slice, put them in the refrigerator for a few minutes first. Then, if bananas are still too mushy, use them for something else, like a sugar scrub or banana bread pudding.)
  3. If you don’t want slices turning brown, dip them into a bowl of lemon juice or an ascorbic acid solution, such as Fruit Fresh.
  4. Lay slices in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. The slices should not touch each other.
  5. Leave them in the oven for 8-12 hours. Prop the oven door open 2-6 inches to improve circulation. (Remember to keep the door closed if you have small children or pets at home that can reach the oven.) Test every few hours for desired doneness.
  6. Cool bananas completely before storing them in a glass jar.

With a Food Dehydrator

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If you have a dehydrator, it’s easy to make dried foods. Dehydrators are designed to dry foods efficiently at around 140 F (60 C). Here’s how to use your dehydrator to make banana chips:

  1. Peel bananas and slice with a serrated knife into even discs about 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick.
  2. To avoid browning, dip slices into a bowl of lemon juice or an ascorbic acid solution.
  3. Spray dehydrator rack with non-stick cooking spray or rub a little oil on the rack. Lay slices in a single layer on the tray without sides touching.
  4. Follow directions on your dehydrator. (It may even have a setting for banana chips.) It should take at least six hours for chewy chips. Test every few hours until you get the chewy or crispy banana chips you want.
  5. Cool bananas completely and store in a glass jar.

Going Solar

You can harness solar energy to make banana chips in two different ways.

Solar Oven

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Solar ovens, also called solar cookers, are devices that use the sun’s energy to generate heat. There are several different types that you can buy or make. They all involve a combination of dark and reflective surfaces to attract and trap sunlight.

If you want to try the DIY method, NASA has simple directions for making a solar oven using a cardboard box with a lid, some aluminum foil, plastic wrap, and a few other basic supplies. Or try a more elaborate version with automatic sun tracking.

To make banana chips:

  1. Peel and slice bananas with a serrated knife into even discs about 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick.
  2. Dip slices into lemon juice or an ascorbic acid solution to avoid browning.
  3. Lay slices onto a rack that fits into your box. Don’t let sides touch.
  4. Prop open the oven about an inch or two. Cover the opening with some netting or plastic wrap to keep insects away.
  5. Check doneness every few hours. It should take about six hours depending on the amount of sunlight.
  6. Cool completely and store in a glass jar.

Just Sunlight and Time

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If you live in a sunny, hot climate, you can dry bananas the old-fashioned way just putting them out in the sun for a very long time. This method involves absolutely no carbon emissions, but it does take quite a bit of patience.

  1. Check the forecast. You’ll need at least two full days of hot, sunny, low-humidity weather where temperatures reach 90 F (32 C), but you might need as long as a week in the sun.
  2. Peel and slice bananas 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick using a serrated knife. Discs should be thinner using sun-drying than other methods.
  3. Dip in lemon juice or ascorbic acid solution to avoid browning.
  4. Place slices in a single layer on an outdoor food-grade drying screen. Don’t let pieces touch. Cover the frame with a net or cheesecloth to keep insects away.
  5. Place the frame in direct sunlight, in a place out of reach of animals and away from polluted areas like a driveway. Bring the frame inside at night.
  6. Check the bananas daily, turning them over every day, until done.
  7. Store in a glass jar when cool.

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If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll already know that I’ve undertaken an Autoimmune Protocl version of the Whole30. With my usual lack of forward planning, it actually ends the day after Thanksgiving. Whoops. Honestly, I actually thought it would be pretty easy. I don’t eat too many treats, I’m not crazy dependent on dairy or sugar – what could be the big deal? Uh, that’s what I thought. Until yesterday when I had an energy crash so bad I had to restrain myself from crawling to bed at 3pm. Oy. I’m not sure what my body is recovering from, but it’s clearly pretty mad at me about something.

How to make banana chips

Aside from missing nightshades something fierce – Mr Meatified had to pry the last jar of salsa from my hands – the only thing that is really driving me a little nuts (ha!) is the lack of CRUNCHY things. I mean, sure, cucumbers and carrot sticks have their place. But without my raw peppers to dip in my paleo hummus or grain free granola as my weekend treat, I’m beginning to want to really CHOMP on something. That’s when I remembered: unsweetened banana chips!

I’m not going to lie to you, unsweetened banana chips on their own taste like precisely nothing. Crispy-crunchy nothing. I’m stuck eating them because the Whole30 forbids added sugar of any kind. And they kind of helped. But then I got to thinking: surely I could make these tastier?

Bizarrely, cooking something up in the kitchen – even if I can’t eat it – is really therapeutic to me. I like the distraction, the challenge and the fun of just mixing stuff up and seeing what happens. For example: would already dried unsweetened banana chips make it through a second round of cooking? I had to find out!

When I was making these Cinnamon Baked Banana Chips, I was thinking about people who are on the Autoimmune Protocol protocol long term. People for whom nuts and seeds – those Paleo purveyors of crispedy crunchiness – are perpetually out. So I figured: why not flavor up these unsweetened banana chips so that they are both crunchy AND tasty?

How to make banana chips

So that’s what I did! I tossed the unsweetened banana chips with a little melted mixture of coconut oil, maple syrup and cinnamon. Then I spread them out on a baking tray and, well, baked them again! Now you lovely Autoimmune Protocol followers can enjoy some nut-like crunch, without the nuts AND with a hint of maple and cinnamon. You’re welcome!

Since these do contain added sugar from maple syrup, these are going to be an occasional treat. But for a crispy crunchy cinnamon snack, look no further!

For people asking about using your own dehydrated banana chips

Yes, I’m sure you can use them. But they won’t come CLOSE to achieving the crunchy texture that makes my recipe awesome. Why? Because the way in which these unsweetened banana chips are made – dried super fast – is what makes them crunchy. Homemade versions are much, much softer. So if you’re after just the cinnamon flavor, then sub in your own chips. But if you want the crunch, I recommend you buy whatever unsweetened banana chips you can source from places that have a bulk bin – just read the ingredients first!

Edited to add – you can make these without the maple syrup, too!

Crunchy Cinnamon Baked Banana Chips

How to make banana chips

These cinnamon baked banana chips are simple to make and make a perfect snack for those who are nut-free or just craving some crunch!

Learn How To Make Banana Chips with just 3 ingredients at home! No more funny smelling store bought banana chips!

How to make banana chips

During weekdays, I always find myself starring in the pantry for some snacks to munch on. My pantry is almost always packed with ingredients not products if you understand what I mean. Being a food lover, I usually keep a well stocked pantry but usually with items I can use in preparing recipe and these days the only ready to eat product you will find in our pantry is few packets of chips. I say few cause like normal people we don’t really keep just one kind. Every week during our grocery shopping, we pick up 2-3 varieties convincing ourselves that they will last us for good two weeks. And every time we prove ourselves wrong !!

So this makes me wonder do you make your own snacks?? If yes, i would love to know what do you make??

How to make banana chips

So as you might have guessed by now, these chips were a cry for help!! Last week after spending like 20 mins (literally!) starring in the pantry, I realized I need to start making my own snacks. The first thing I wanted to make was fresh banana chips which have memories attached. I grew up munching these almost whenever I could lay my hands on these.

How to make banana chips

Super crunchy in every bite, I won’t really call them a healthy snack but hey gloomy days call for things like these to cheer you up! Right? Don’t worry I will be trying to make baked version soon as I love them so much that I really need to find a healthier way so I can eat a whole jar of these rather than stopping myself after like 2bowls!

How to make banana chips

Do remember to buy raw green bananas and not plantains as these two are different. I found these raw green bananas at Indian grocery store but I think you should be able to find them at specialty stores. Super crispy with a sprinkle of salt, these are homemade banana chips you won’t stop eating!

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How to make banana chips

These dehydrated banana chips taste like candy! Dried banana chips are an addictive gluten-free, vegan snack.

How to make banana chips

Homemade banana chips are a great substitute for sugary desserts. They’re very easy to make, and you’ll wonder how they could possibly be good for you when you bite into one. Dehydrated bananas are chewy and sweet, so they’re basically like candy.

This recipe uses the oven to dehydrate the bananas, but a dehydrator would yield a similar result. These are great for snacking, and you can also use these dehydrated banana chips to make homemade banana Larabars.

Dehydrated Banana Chip Tips

The key to getting a good batch of dehydrated banana chips is to cut the bananas into uniformly thin slices. I aim for ¼ inch thickness, but if you cut them a little thicker, that’ll work, too.

How to make banana chips

Use olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil to grease the cookie sheets. Coconut oil will give them a slightly tropical flavor.

You may be able to remove the dehydrated banana chips from the baking sheets with a spatula, but I find it easier to just peel them off by hand. They can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for at least two weeks. Grab a handful when your sweet tooth hits, or stir them into a bowl of homemade granola.

How to Make Banana Chips in a Dehydrator

To make dried banana chips in a dehydrator, you won’t need the oil. Simply layer the banana slices on the trays in your dehydrator and cook them at 135 degrees for about 8 hours for chewy dehydrated banana chips. Keep an eye on them for the last couple hours so you can remove them when they reach the texture you want.

For more delicious dried fruit snacks, try these homemade apple chips or these dried strawberries and peaches.

How to make banana chips

Banana chips are mainly divided into high-temperature baked banana chips and fried banana chips. We can use commercial fried banana chips production lines to produce nutritious banana chips on a large scale. In addition, we can also make delicious banana chips at home. So, how to make banana chips at home?

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What tools to use for homemade banana chips?

Banana chips are a common snack in supermarkets. It has an attractive golden yellow color, a crisp and sweet taste, which makes people unable to stop. The production of banana chips in large quantities in the factory requires the use of fried banana chip production lines.

How to make banana chips

nutritious fried banana chips

Making banana chips at home is also very simple. You can make delicious banana slices using an oven, wok, pan, or electric baking pan, etc.

Ingredients for making banana chips

Ingredients: 2 raw bananas, 10g sugar

Accessories: a small amount of butter

Note: The raw material is better to choose fresh green bananas.

First, green bananas are harder and easier to cut into thin slices, and the final banana slices are crispier

Second, green bananas are more resistant to baking and frying and are not prone to black or soft rotten conditions.

How to make banana chips

green banana for processing fried banana chips

Steps for making homemade banana chips

1. Cut two hard, underripe green bananas into thin slices.

2. Spread the banana and spread a layer of fine granulated sugar on the surface. Fine granulated sugar helps the finished product to be crispier.

3. Put a small amount of butter in a pan or electric baking pan to prevent sticking, and then put banana slices. Bake slowly with minimum heat, turning over the sides until the banana slices turn brown on both sides (it takes about 15 minutes).

Note: The pan and electric baking pan are much more powerful than the oven. You must use the smallest gear to make crispy banana slices.

In order to prevent the banana chips from burning, intermittent heating can be used. That is, turn off the power of the electric baking pan. After baking for a while with the remaining temperature, turn on the fire and continue heating.

4. Banana slices should be dissipated in time after being out of the pot, and can be eaten after they are completely cooled. At this time, the banana slices are the most crispy. Banana slices that can’t be eaten can be sealed in a fresh-keeping box.