Most everyone has had banana chips, but did you know how simple they are to make? They're as easy as bagel chips, sun dried tomatoes, or tortilla chips! All surprisingly easy simple foods made using similar methods. You just need to slice up a banana and let it sit in the oven for a bit. If you have a gas oven, there's no need to even turn it on - the heat from the pilot light is enough, although depending on the temperature/humidity, it may take longer.
As far as bananas go, they're just about one of the cheapest fruits you can buy. However, it wasn't always that way. When bananas were first introduced in the US, they went for around an hour's wage - each! In the US, they're also the most popular fruit, beating out both apples and oranges - combined. In fact, the average American consumes more than 28 pounds of bananas in a year. Fortunately, each stem of a banana plant can produce approximately 7-14 hands, each with about 12-20 individual bananas!
Bananas also have a high level of potassium, which combined with low sodium, may reduce the risk of hypertension and stroke. In addition, bananas have lots of fiber, which may reduce the risk of heart disease. Throw in Vitamins A, B6, and C for immune support, healing, red blood cell formation, and central nervous system function, among many other nutrients, and you can see that bananas are full of nutrients, all while maintaining a sodium, cholesterol, and fat free existence!
Banana Chips by
An easy way to make your own banana chips.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 3+ hours
Total time: 3+ hours
Yield: 4 servings
- 2 bananas, sliced
- oil (optional)
- Place banana slices in a single layer on a baking tray (optional - spray with a little oil) or Sil-Pat.
- Place in warm oven until dehydrated. If you're using a gas oven, the pilot light should be enough. If you're using an electric oven, turn it to the lowest setting.
- Remove banana chips from oven and eat!