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Banana Chips and Wraps (raw, GF, vegan)

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dehydrated-bananas3I 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.


  • Ripe Bananas


  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.


  • Keep in mind, the more moisture that is left in the banana chip, the quicker 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!


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


  1. In the 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.
  5. For the recipe in the photo to the right, click (here).

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4 thoughts on “Banana Chips and Wraps (raw, GF, vegan)

  1. Ana says:

    Hi there,
    what do you do about the bananas turning brown so quickly in the dehydrator? I tried lemon juice but that made them too sour. Pineapple juice maybe?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Ana,

      I don’t do anything special to my bananas when I dry them. They turn a bit but that is to be expected and normal. Most of the dried bananas that you see in the retail stores are either soaked in sodium phosphate, have sugars added, have been baked or fried. That is how they retain the coloring of the banana so vivid. If you dehydrated REALLY ripe bananas in the form of chips they may darken a bit more due to the ripeness. The riper they are, the sweeter and more natural sugars they have. I hope this answered your question. Have a great evening, amie sue

  2. Kiki says:

    I coat my banana chips in fresh pineapple juice, and they are too yummy for words. When I have used up all of my whole banana slices, and I am left with broken up banana bits and pieces, I add that,and a little bit of pineapple chunks to my Vitamix, blend until smooth, and make yummy fruit leather…yummeee=))).

    • amie-sue says:

      I love making fruit leathers… you just about can’t go wrong with them. Thank you for sharing Kiki! Have a great evening. amie sue

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