Dehydrating bananas is a great healthy snack that is a great replacement for those junk food choices. They can be crunchy almost like a chip or chewier with a sweet and more concentrated banana taste. Banana chips are 4% water, 58% carbohydrates, 34% fat (29% saturated fat and 2% monounsaturated fat), 2% protein and 8% fiber.
Bananas originated from tropical countries and there are many different types. Some different types of bananas are:
- Cavendish Bananas which are also known as a banana which are in most households all over North America.
- Plaintain Bananas are one of the more common bananas but are very starchy and don’t contain much sugar so it should be cooked before eating.
- Red Banana which is given its name for obvious reasons has a red outer skin. This banana contains a lot more vitamin C than a lot of other bananas.
- Manzano Banana is sometimes referred to as an apple banana for how it tastes.
- Baby Bananas are very small bananas, usually not longer than four inches. These are more expensive than other bananas because they are native to South Asia only.
The best type of bananas for banana chips are Cavendish bananas or Plantains but feel free to attempt dehydrating other types of bananas if you wish.
How to make dehydrated banana chips
Firstly, ripe bananas work best for this. The reason for this is because ripe bananas are sweeter than more green bananas.
- Peel and slice the banana uniformly. The smaller the slice, the quicker it will be ready to eat.
- Pretreat the fruit to prevent discoloration. This can be done in a couple of ways:
- Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) – this is available in powder form and can be got from most drugstores. Mix 2 ½ tablespoons of powdered ascorbic acid in 1 quart of water. Place the cut-up banana in the mixture and let soak for 10 minutes.
- Lemon Juice – mix equal parts lemon juice and cold water. Place the sliced banana in the solution and leave for 10 minutes.
- Place the sliced bananas on the dehydrator tray in a single layer so they are close but not touching.
- Refer to the food drying guide for the dehydrator you own for accurate drying times.
- The average time to dehydrate and create banana chips is 6 to 8 hours but that’s all dependent on the type of dehydrator being used.
For more detailed information on how to dry banana chips along with other fruits, including dried apples, dried blueberries, dried coconuts, and dried strawberries, you can go here.
100g of dried banana chips contains the following:
- Calories – 519
- Proteins – 5 g
- Pantothenic acid – 0.620 mg
- Riboflavin – 0.017 mg
- Thiamin – 0.085 mg
- Vitamin A – 83 IU
- Vitamin B6 – 0.260 mg
- Vitamin C – 6.3 mg
- Vitamin E – 0.24 mg
- Calcium – 18 mg
- Copper – 0.205 mg
- Iron – 1.25 mg
- Magnesium – 76 mg
- Manganese – 1.56 mg
- Phosphorus – 56 mg
- Potassium – 536 mg
- Sodium – 6 mg
- Zinc – 0.75 mg
- Tryptophan – 0.027 g
- Water – 4.3 g
There are many more benefits to dried bananas than reasons not to eat them. You’ll be giving your body important vitamins and minerals like magnesium, manganese, vitamin C and copper. Dried bananas are also a good source of antioxidants to support a healthy immune system. Dehydrated bananas can support digestive health thanks to their pectin level that acts as a fiber. Unripe bananas also contain higher levels of resistant starches, which are soluble fiber. Whether you are going to the beach, camping or to a sporting event dried bananas are always a great snack and don’t go bad if you don’t eat them right away.