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Banana Chips

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Awhile back I was on a quest for some sort of acceptable chip while following a strict diet. Tatziki, salsa, guacamole, and hummus are all very healthy and delicious dips, but the problem is the things that we dip into them aren't quite good for you. Especially if you eat a lot of them. Well I think I finally found my winner. I made these the other day after being frustrated by grocery store banana chips. The packaging didn't say anything! It seemed like there were 4 or 5 different brands, but none of them had any information on them. Ingredients: Sweetened Banana Chips. WHAT?!?!  Don't we live in a day and age where you have to put more info on the label? Are these fried? What are they sweetened with? Why are they even sweetened? Bananas are crazy sweet to begin with. I hung up my banana in disgust and I head for the door. When I got home, I sliced some bananas, put them in the oven at 170 degrees on convection, and about 5 hours later I had these amazing little chips.


Slice at an angle so your chips are long enough to dip! Yet another terrible thing about stupid grocery store banana chips!  Worst.



A quick brush of lime juice on both sides will prevent browning. I also very lightly salted them.



170 is the lowest setting on my oven. The real important part though is the convection aspect. The fan in the oven helps with the dehydrating process. I suppose if you have a dehydrator you could do this just as easily.



They were very crunchy, a little sweet, a little sour from the lime juice, and all around delicious.






Have a good weekend everyone! I'm in New Hampshire today falling down a mountain somewhere.


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I love this idea- I am always on the quest for healthier snack foods and that usually means making my own. I can relate to your frustration with the dried fruit labels and their lack of info. The other day I was looking for dried pineapple and everything I found had sugar added, but none would say what kind or how much. Aghhh...why does a sweet fruit like pineapple need more sugar anyway? I would love to make these banana chips but I don't have a food dehydrator or a convection oven. You mention that the fan is important but I might just try it anyway in my regular oven. Oh, and the addition of lime is genius!

They ain't got nutrition facts?!


HAHAHA


I love banana chips.

have fun today, be safe.
I'm hopefully going on Sunday to VT.

What a great substitution for a cracker or a chip! The fact that you made it in your own oven is ever better!

Try kale chips! Tear kale into chip sized pieces, spritz with olive oil, season as desired. 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. They will be pretty brittle, so you may have to spoon spread/dip onto them.

And other veggies! Carrots, parsnips, rutabagas, turnips, kohlrabi, beets.

Almost all dried fruit has added sweetener it seems. It drives me nuts with cranberries; even the local health food store only has them sweetened. I just want dried!!!

I love this idea! This is a great snack for Bella! I'm always looking for good "to-go" snacks.

Tried it.
Loved it.
Brilliant!

Well, I can't wait to try my own plantain chips. I adore them with quac.

Love the idea.
Tried out this morning.
I've baked plantains in this method before, though say 400 to 450 deg for 20 to 25 min.
This morning I had the bananas in the oven for close to 6 hours at 170 deg, and they never seemed to get any sort of crunch-factor going. Maybe they were too ripe?
I'd like to try again, maybe slicing a bit thinner?

Any other suggestions?

-Daniel

I recently made banana chips, but didn't think to dip them in guacamole!

I was able to make a larger quantity by using a thoroughly soaked skewer to allow the banana slices to hang between the racks. Just an idea if you wanna make more yummies at one time!

Joshu

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