Banana Chips without a Dehydrator

Crispy Banana chips can be quite a treat!  We don’t have a dehydrator, so I hadn’t attempted to make or own dried bananas, until this weekend.  Not only was it super simple, they turned out perfectly crispy (rather than the chewy texture I was afraid we’d get).

Bananas are a great food to include in your families diet!  Bananas are a good source of:

  • Fiber- for regularity
  • Vitamin B6- for energy
  • and folate- for neural development

If you have any bananas on your counter right now, take them out for these healthy snacks.

Banana Chips- Super Healthy Kids

First, we sliced bananas as thinly as possible and placed in a bowl.

We covered the bananas with water, and 3 TBL lemon juice.

Second, we ladled the banana slices out and placed them on a paper towel to blot excess water.

Third: We took the paper towel off, and arranged the bananas on a cookie sheet on parchment paper.

Fourth: Bake at the very lowest setting of your oven.

I used 170 degrees for about 5 hours.  After 5 hours, I flipped the bananas over, so the underside could get crispy as well, then I put back in the warm oven, turned the oven off, and let them sit in the oven overnight.  By morning, both sides were crispy.

Fifth: EAT!  Or, add to your favorite trail mix.

Banana Chips without a Dehydrator

Let us know if you try this method! Or if you’ve tried it before.   Love bananas? Check out our index of other banana recipes!

written by
Amy Roskelley

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Comments(24)
Bronwyn Bell says:

Attempted these TWICE along with the potato crisps…. and epic fail. I had chewy ones… my mum attempted first and she had alot of them burn. Then i tried again with the water/lemon juice and they were just chewy… I know its one of those things you have to keep trying..! I dont buy bananas often as they are very expensive here in New Zealand and they go very ripe very quickly…(not sure if older bananas or newer ones are best for this!)

Bronwyn,
I’m so sorry, what a bummer. I wonder if it has anything to do with our difference in altitude or humidity. Maybe someone in your country who has had success might be a good resource!

Amy says:

Tammy- Fahrenheit

Neha says:

Cn we make this using microwave as well. . If yes den wat ll b d procedure. ?

Tammy says:

Hi is that oven temp Fahrenheit or Celsius? Thanks

Asli Hilal Ertürk says:

This time of the year is the time to dry fruits..but not in the oven for 5hours or more..dry them under the sun even you can dry them in your balcony..it is easier and ChEAper…figs,grapes,apples etc. You can dry them under the sun..no need for recipes..

Amy says:

Great price! I would freeze them ALL and save them for smoothies!

Janelle says:

I have been trying to find a recipe for not using a dehydrator. And found your blog. Needless to say, I am now addicted!

I scored about 3.5 pounds of bananas yesterday for 99 cents…so I need to find some things to make with them other than Banana bread…Do you have any other ideas. Besides my littles snacking on them? =)

Janelle says:

I have been trying to find a recipe for not using a dehydrator. And found your blog. Needless to say, I am now addicted!

I scored about 3.5 pounds of bananas yesterday for 99 cents…so I need to find some things to make with them other than Banana bread…Do you have any other ideas. Besides my littles snacking on them? =)

Amy says:

Just drenched for a second, then ladled them out.

Shayna says:

How long do you soak them in the water and lemon juice?

Gerard says:

Hi Amy,

Liked your blog article on banana chips.

One question though: If on days you are busy, would you like to get a good bunch of banana chips that are already ready for snacking?

We can send you some just to see if you’ll like it source (www.jncbananachips.com).

Thank you!
Gerard

Amy says:

You could try it without and maybe use some foil with cooking spray on top to make sure they don’t stick to your pan!

Nancy says:

Do you have to use parchment paper? I don’t have any on hand. Thanks!

Amy says:

Bummer Jenn-
I wonder how much of it has to do with climate? Other readers have a hard time with my fruit leather as well, and it turns out for me every single time! I’m so sorry this didn’t work!

Jenn Triger says:

For the life of me I cold not get these to work! I kept them in very low for 24hrs and they were chewy and stuck to our teeth!

Maybe they were too thin?

Amy says:

Sorry- It’s Tablespoon!

fejiro Gabriel says:

what does TBL stands for?

Great! I’ll try that 🙂 Thanks for the recipe. Have you tried it with strawberries or other fruits (pineapple, mango, etc)?

Amy says:

Hi Elizabeth- I had some chewy ones too that weren’t cut as thinly. The thinly cut ones were crunchy though.. so maybe, cut the slices thinner??

Loved the idea, tried it and unfortunately mine came out like the “chewy texture” that you were hoping yours didn’t. Not sure where I went wrong.
However, they still taste good 🙂

Amy says:

I doubt it! I was just thinking they would brown less if I used it. I bet the drying is good enough to prevent too much browning. I say- go for it! let us know how it turns out!

Kristina Duran says:

Do you have to use lemon juice? I don’t have any and am wondering if I could skip that step.

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