Easy Banana Chips

Banana Chips DehydratedAnytime I visit my parents, it's likely that I'll bring home too much fruit. That happened again recently, as they gave me over 20 bananas, two large bags of oranges, and a bag of apples.

As expected, I couldn't get through all the bananas before brown spots started to develop. Rather than slicing and freezing (great for smoothies!), I decided to run the Exaclibur at near capacity.

For dehydrating, bananas are best if used before they are overripe and my bananas were in perfect condition for drying.

The Foolproof Recipe

It's really hard to screw up banana chips with a dehydrator. I don't find it necessary to use any pre-treatment for bananas. They have never gone brown on me while dehydrating.

After slicing the fruit, I used 16 bananas, with 2 per tray. So I had 8 of the 9 trays going.

Sliced Banana Chips

Banana chips on dehydrator trays

With my Excalibur, it usually takes between 6 and 8 hours. This time, it took 7.5. With about 30-40 minutes to go (you'll figure this out the more you dehydrate), I started to flip some of the chips over. This step isn't necessary, but I'm a little impatient. I've also noticed they're easier to peel off the dehydrator trays when they're still warm. And by peeling them now, they'll come off much easier when the chips are really done.

When done, turn off the dehydrator and let the chips cool for 10-15 minutes. You want to make sure they're cool before putting them in glass or plastic containers. I use tupperware or zip baggies.

Banana Chip Yield

This is what 16 sliced and dried bananas look like.

Dehydrated banana chips in bags and tupperware

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