Dehydrated Banana Chips

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Dehydrated Banana ChipsBanana chips are a great snack for kids and adults.  They are healthy, portable, affordable and delicious.  Banana chips are also really easy to make in a food dehydrator.  If you have never made them before, this is the perfect time to try it out.

Prepare the bananas

First, I like to put my bananas in the fridge or freezer for a couple minutes.  Do not freeze them.  Bananas are easier to slice when they are cold.  You will have less of a mess if you do this, but it certainly isn’t required.

Slice the bananas

Next, you should peel and slice your bananas.  I prefer about 1/4″ thickness on each slice.  You can use a knife and cutting board to slice.  However, if you own a mandoline and have chilled bananas, you can slice them quickly and evenly this way.  I highly recommend this method.  Uniform slices dry in the same amount time compared to slices in varying widths.

Some people recommend putting your slices bananas in a bowl with water and lemon juice to prevent browning.  I like to fill a small spray bottle with 1/4 part of lemon, lime or pineapple juice, and 3/4 part water.  You can spray the banana slices to prevent browning without soaking them.  If you do soak the bananas, your drying time might be longer.

Dehydrating the banana slices

Sometimes, you may want to add extra flavors to your bananas. Some nice sea salt or ground cinnamon can be a nice addition. Then, arrange the banana slices on the food dehydrator trays.  Make sure to leave room between them and not to let them overlap.  Set your food dehydrator for 135 degrees Farheinheight.  Banana chips can typically take 6-12 hours to dry completely.  If you want them to be very crisp, it will be toward the longer end of the drying cycle, at least 8-10 hours and maybe even 12.  You can start testing for dryness around hour 6 and check every 1-2 hours.

Storing your banana chips

Cool the banana chips before you put store them.  You can put them into plastic bags or an airtight container to store.  They can be stored at room temperature.

 

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