When I was doing the Whole30, one of my favorite afternoon snacks was Banana Chips. They’re healthy & tasty and helped me with that need of something sweet without sugar.
I have a great recipe for you guys today to make them homemade! Please note these do contain sugar but the sugar is optional. If you are paleo or just eating healthy, you can use the sugar but if you are doing the Whole30, these are still awesome when you omit the sugar.
OVEN DRIED BANANA CHIPS
1 2 Ripe Bananas (not overly ripe, but not under ripe either. Ideally, you want them just at their peak, so if there are a few spots coming on the peel, this is perfect. But really, choose the ripeness that you prefer.)
1 Tbsp. Lime Juice
1 Cup Cold water (you want enough water to cover the bananas completely)
3 Tbsp. Sugar (Demerara, or anything with a large grain. If you dont have anything like that, brown sugar will do, you just want to create a bit of a crunch) *OPTIONAL.
Pre heat your oven to the LOWEST possible setting you can.
Cut the banana up into 1/8 slices and pop into a bowl of water that youve added the lime juice to.
Let them sit in the water for about 5 minutes.
Lay them out in a single layer onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Depending on how many bananas you used, you may need to use 2 baking sheets.
Sprinkle the sugar onto the banana slices lightly
Put them in the oven to dry.
This dehydrate step will depend on your oven. If you have a dehydrate option on your oven, use this option. If not, as stated before, use the lowest temperature possible. If you have a convection option, also use this.
If you oven has none of these, then simply use the lowest temp possible 225F or lower. Bake the chips until they are dried on one side. I flipped them over and dried them again on the other side for the same amount of time (drying time will depend on the oven you have and its options).
When they are dry, store them in an air tight container. Some times when I make these, the humidity in my home is higher than other times, so the humidity factor in your home may take out some of the crispiness, but I find these are still very, very good even when they are slightly chewy!
Additional notes: You can use this same method to dry out other fruit such as thinly sliced apples and peaches. After you dry them, try dicing them up and adding them to rolled oats to make your own granola!