I love banana chips. When I was younger, I would always buy banana chips out of the bin at the local health food store and usually devour whatever I bought. That was until I realized the ridiculous amount of sugar (and sometimes high fructose corn syrup) they had in them (like these). So, I gave up eating banana chips and moved onto other snacks. However, over the years I’ve worked on this banana chip recipe to replace the sweet-laden bulk bin banana chips.
A few notes: This recipe is not easy. It’s easy to fail (I still do occasionally when I want to rush them along). It’s imperative that you make sure your oven temperature is spot on (any lower and it will take forever and any higher, you risk burning). Also, the use of just-ripe bananas helps you cut those slices to about a 1/16″ (another must). Anything thicker will take much longer (but will work- this is just like dehydrating any other type of fruit). If you pull them from the oven too soon, they won’t be crisp. It’s better to slightly overcook than undercook.
- 2-3 just ripe bananas
- Lemon Juice
- Preheat oven to 225˚ F.
- Slice bananas into 1/16" slices and layout in a single layer on a baking tray covered with parchment paper. The key is making sure they are all the same thickness. Brush with lemon juice.
- Bake until bananas have dried out, 2-3 hours. Check bananas after about 90 minutes and peel up from the parchment paper to help air circulate a bit better (I used my fingers as the bananas are still a bit moist). Also, if you find the bananas are sticking and not able to easily flip, keep baking for another 20 to 30 minutes before flipping.
- Chips are done when they have deepened in color (dark gold to brown), have no visible moisture, and when they are lifted from the tray, begin to crisp up as they cool. Remove from oven and let cool to crisp. Occasionally you make have to pull done ones from the tray while the remaining chips still begin to cool. If you remove the banana chips too soon and they do not start to crisp after about 5 minutes of being out of the oven, return to the oven for another 15 to 20 minutes.