How To Make Banana Chips: A Step-By-Step Guide

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Photos: © Utopia / Sven Christian Schulz

Making your own baked banana chips at home is easy. The homemade version is much healthier than anything you’ll find at the supermarket, because it does not contain added fat and sugar. We’ll show you how to make banana chips in a few simple steps.

In order to make baked banana chips, all you you need is an oven, some ripe bananas, and a good chunk of time. Follow this simple banana chips recipe to learn how to make this tasty and healthy snack.

How to Make Banana Chips

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How to make your own banana chips: All you need is an oven. (Photo: © Utopia / Sven Christian Schulz)

Banana chips are healthy, flavorful, and delicious as a sweet or savory snack. Sprinkle them with salt and dip them in guacamole, top them with cinnamon and eat them with some yogurt or add to your favorite granola mix.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, banana chips recipes are very simple. To make your own banana chips, the first thing you’ll need is: bananas. For one sheet of baked banana chips, you’ll need about four or five ripe fruits. To make the most efficient use of the heat in the oven and of your time, make banana chips in bulk. The only other ingredient that you’ll need is an organic lemon.

Baked Banana Chips: Recipe

Here’s how to make banana chips:

  1. The first step is to cut the bananas into thin slices (about 2 – 5 millimeters (0.1 – 0.2 inches)). The thinner the slices, the crispier the banana chips will be. 
  2. Lay out the banana slices on a baking sheet. Make sure the slices are not touching one another, otherwise they will stick together.
  3. Normally, bananas turn brown after a few hours of being exposed to the air. In order to prevent this, sprinkle the banana slices with a little lemon juice. Be careful not to use too much, otherwise the banana chips will taste too sour. 
  4. Set your oven to 180°F, or 170°F with convection. It is not necessary to preheat. 
  5. Allow the banana chips to slowly bake for about 7-8 hours. Open the oven door at least once per hour to allow the moisture that has evaporated from the bananas to escape. If you notice that there is an excessive amount of steam, you can prop the oven door open for awhile with a wooden spoon.

When are the Banana Chips Finished?

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Baked banana chips fresh out of the oven. (Photo: © Utopia / Sven Christian Schulz)

Knowing how to make banana chips includes determining the right moment to take them out of the oven. Check your baked banana chips after about six hours to see whether they are dry enough. If they are not, allow them to bake for longer. Keep checking back until you are satisfied with their level of crunchiness. When the banana chips are finished, let them cool down completely before storing. 

What About Fried Banana Chips?

We’ve showed you how to make baked banana chips. Of course, there’s another option: Many banana chips that are available in the supermarket are fried, and it is possible to make fried banana chips at home with canola oil or peanut oil in a frying pan or deep fryer. However, this method makes the chips unnecessarily fatty.

Buying Bananas: Things to Watch Out For

In the United States, it is possible to buy bananas at any time of the year. However, this uninterrupted availability comes at a price. Bananas are grown mostly in Central and South America, and must be transported across tremendous distances to reach our supermarkets, which increase their carbon footprint. Furthermore, the banana industry remains under fire for the exploitation of plantation workers and irresponsible environmental practices. In order to avoid supporting these abusive and destructive practices, choose to buy fair trade and organic bananas when you try out this banana chips recipe. 

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This article has been translated from German to English by Christie Sacco. You can read the original here: Bananenchips selber machen: eine einfache Anleitung.

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