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Banana Chips and Wraps

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Banana Chips and Wraps

I know that this post may seem rather silly due to its simplicity but none the less for a few people out there… I am going to share with you a bit about dehydrating bananas.  Dehydrating fruit is such a wonderful way to have several fruits handy year round, not just during its peak season of harvest.  Granted,  you can get can bananas year round without any real issues.  Though much to my surprise the bananas in Alaska went through a phase of being neon green!  I couldn’t find a ripe banana if my life counted on it.

I took the picture above after I made, processed 40 lbs of ripe bananas. yep, 40 lbs!  One day as I was flying by the produce department in a panic need of finding the restroom, out of the corner of eye I spotted a discount sign on some boxes of bananas.  Sale?!  Oh dear,  my pit-stop to the lu was detoured.  I quickly pulled myself up the stack of boxes.  $5 a box!  $5 bucks for 40 lbs of RIPE bananas!  I was dancing in place, really needing to relieve myself but to excited to leave my find and risk someone else stealing them away from me.  What was a girl to do.  Lu? Bananas? Lu….bananas.  Well, you can see who won!  I heaved the box up into my arms, the box pressing heavily into my bladder…I waddled my way to checkout stand.  Made my steal of a deal purchase and made my way to the car. SCORE! I was so excited about those darn bananas that the fact that I really needed to use the restroom eluded me.  After a 15 minute drive home, I carried my box in the door and without even kissing my husband I handed him the box and ran down the hallway.  Aaaah, mission accomplished!

Now what to do with 40 lbs of bananas that are extremely ripe!  I have a wonderful brother-in-law who loves bananas chips so I thought I would dehydrate a bunch up for him as a Christmas gift.  I then made some banana wraps for some dessert creation that was just waiting to be born.

Ingredients:

  • Ripe Bananas

Preparation:

  1. Slice bananas into even slices. That way they will dehydrate at the same time.
  2. Place banana slices on your mesh dehydrator screen.
  3. Dehydrate at 105 degree until the desire consistency is reach.

Tip:

  • Keep in mind, the more moisture that is left in the banana chip, the faster you have to eat them up.
  • I dehydrated this batch to where they were a tad bit chewy.  I then sealed them with a food sealer and made little labels for them.
  • Great gift idea?!
  • Ripe banana – this is very very important.  When consuming bananas they should always be ripe.  This will help with digestion and they taste much sweeter.  So, when shopping or using bananas,  use bananas that have brown spots on them.  Not black bruises, just nice brown spots.

As I mentioned above, I also made banana wraps.  These can be eaten just like a fruit leather or you can use them as a dessert wrap.  Wrap out some fruit and raw cream….ummm, I must be hungry right now as I type this because that sure sounds great!

Ingredients:

  • 5 ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Preparation:

  1. In you blender put approx. 5 bananas in and blend until creamy.
  2. Spread mixture out on the teflex sheet of your dehydrator.
  3. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for about 6-8 hrs.  There shouldn’t be any wet spots on your fruit leather.  It should peel right off the teflex sheet.
  4. You don’t want to over dry it, you want it to stay pliable.

Clean up is really easy….What? I didn’t lick it? hehe

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2 thoughts on “Banana chips

  1. Kari says:

    Love your website!! Question about dehydrating bananas. Do I need to dehydrate them for 1 hour at 145 before dropping the temp to 105 to avoid the possibility of mold? Or do you just go with the 105 and they dehydrate fast enough to avoid that problem? Please let me know! I’m standing here with bananas on my fingers!!

    • amie-sue says:

      lol Kari… you can do either way. I have been getting more in the habit of starting recipes off at 145 degrees for that first hour. Cuts down the dry time which lessons the chances of bacteria and energy costs. Get busy with those bananas and enjoy! amie sue

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