How To Make Banana Chips at Home: Step-by-step Guide On How to Do It
Bananas are one of the most versatile plant-based ingredients we have, they can be used for so many things and are a staple ingredient in most vegan households. Bananas are not only great to eat, cook with and bake with, but they are super healthy too and contain a lot of potassium which is essential for maintaining strong bones and muscles, preventing fatigue, and fighting disease. The one issue that everyone seems to have when it comes to bananas is the fact that they can go from being completely unripe to overripe in a matter of hours, and we usually end up with a bunch sitting on the counter. Luckily, there is a really fantastic and delicious way to deal with the problem, make your own banana chips. Yes, vegan banana chips are here to save the day, and I’m going to be showing you exactly how to make them.
What Are Banana Chips?
If you have never heard, seen, or tasted banana chips before, then you’ve truly missed out on the world’s latest and greatest snack invention. To sum it up, banana chips are essentially dried, fried slices of banana that are usually coated in some sort of sweet substance such as honey, sugar, maple syrup sometimes even lemon as well as savory options made with spices and salt. They are a traditional Indian snack food but have recently made their way into regions across the world as a healthier alternative to chips or crisps. There is no doubt as to why these crispy banana chips are such a crowd favorite, as they are extremely tasty and pretty addictive too.
How To Make Banana Chips at Home
Another great thing about them is that they can easily be made at home and are a great way to make use of those overly ripe bananas. Making homemade banana chips is not only easy but uses very few dishes, unlike banana bread and muffins, and is also a kid-approved snack, perfect for lunchboxes and afternoon snacks, and are a healthy option too. Here is how to make this delicious and nutritious banana chip recipe.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Servings: 40 chips
Banana chips ingredients are relatively simple and you most probably already have them all sitting in your cupboard at home. To make your simple and plain banana chips the first thing you’ll need to do is gather all the necessary ingredients which include :
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons water
- Kosher salt
Once you have gathered all the ingredients you need to make these basic banana chips you can begin the assembling and cooking process.
- Preheat the oven to 250F and line a large sheet pan with baking paper.
- Next, in a small bowl, combine your 4 tablespoons of water with your 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and mix well until a combined mixture is created.
- Following this, slice your bananas into very thin slices and brush each with your lemon water mixture.
- Once all your bananas are cut and covered, sprinkle over a pinch of kosher salt and line on your baking tray, making sure they are not overlapping.
- Place your banana chips into the oven and allow baking for about 1 and a half to 2 hours, flipping them over halfway through and baking until they are golden brown and crispy.
- Once you are happy with the look of your chips, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool until they harden.
And just like that, you have created the perfect easy and simple baked banana chip recipe that can be enjoyed when and wherever you like.
More Easy Banana Chips Recipes
Now that you have learned how to make the most basic and simple version of banana chips and are slightly more comfortable with the concept of the recipe, you can begin to get a little more experimental and extravagant in the kitchen. The truth is when it comes to creating banana chips the options are endless, whether you like a little sweet crunch or a savory nibble or perhaps some banana chips without lemon juice, there is bound to be a recipe to fill your needs. Some other great banana chip recipes include :
Sweet Banana Chips
Banana chips already have a naturally sweet flavor to them, however, if you would like an extra sweet version then your best bet is to coat them in cinnamon sugar or agave syrup and molasses after brushing with lemon water. This will give your bananas an extra hint of caramelization and take them from savory to a sweet snack with just one change of ingredient. Make sure to omit the kosher salt from the recipe above and swap it with the sweet ingredient of your choice, and follow the rest of the recipe exactly the same to achieve the best banana chip result.
Savory Banana Chips
While just passing salt to your dried banana chips recipe automatically gives it a savory hinge, there are many ways you can elevate the flavor to a whole new level. In this instance, spices are your best friend. For this, you can add anything your heart desires, for example, if you want a slightly spicy banana chip to add paprika and chill flakes, for an Indian-inspired chip add cumin, salt, and pepper and for a lighter flavor add garlic and herbs. Your options are limitless, and your chips can really embody and take on any flavor you choose to add to them.
At the End of the Day
As you can see, making a healthy banana chips recipe is so simple and easy, uses minimal ingredients, and doesn’t take much time at all. So the next time you’ve got leftover bananas why not give this recipe a try, you never know you may have just found your new all-time favorite healthy snack.
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