Are you going bananas with the bananas in your kitchen getting spotty so quick?! I know I am! Some times I can’t buy bananas fast enough to keep up with the supply and demand in my house hold! Other times, a bundle of bananas will just sit there on the counter and be looked over by my hungry scavengers! I’ll will admit that even I pass up a banana from time to time for something a little sweeter 🙂
My brilliant solution! Dehydrate those suckers! They are sweet, tangy, chewy, and simply delicious! Funny thing happened though, the dehydrated bananas didn’t last one day- they went from being the last thing anyone wanted to snack on to the first pick!
I wanted to share my technique for how to dehydrate bananas with you do maybe you can offer a healthier snack in your kitchen! As a mom, you have to get creative with the fruits and veggies from time to time 😉 Give this a whirl and let me know how your ‘nanners’ turn out!
What you’ll need:
- As many overripe bananas that you have laying around
- 3-4 lemons
- The dehydrator of your liking 🙂
- Slice your overripe bananas long ways OR into chips (I decided to slice long ways so that I didn’t have these tiny chips falling through cracks in the dehydrator).
- Squeeze the lemons and funnel juice into a spray bottle
- Spritz your sliced bananas with lemon juice to prevent total browning of bananas
- Set your dehydrator at 135 degrees F, and leave bananas in for at least 6-8 hours. Depending on how thick or thin you sliced the bananas will determine how long they take.
These are my sad looking bananas that I pulled of the counter and decided to dehydrate! Not to even mention the fruit fly’s that escaped and were dive bombing my face the past few days. 🙁 Happy they will be gone now!
Squeeze the juice out of 4 lemons and funnel into a spray bottle. After you slice the bananas long ways, spritz with lemon juice to prevent the bananas from totally turning a gross brown! I opted to not use Lemon Essential Oil because I was afraid the powerful lemon oil would totally mask the banana flavor. I’m sure a few drops diluted in water would work just as well if you don’t have enough fresh lemons.
Proceed with caution! You probably figured this out while slicing your bananas, but the slices are very fragile and break easily! Carefully lay they on your dehydrator’s racks. Depending on how big your dehydrator is, lay out as many sliced bananas and set the temperature at 135 degrees F. You can place the bananas close together just not touching or overlapping. Setting the temp at 135 is considered raw.
Here they are! Between 6 to 8 hours later we had these beauts! Depending on how thick or thin you sliced the bananas will determine how long they need to be left in the dehydrator for. Check your bananas slices after 5 or 6 hours and try to gauge how much longer they will need. If the banana tares apart easily they most likely need more time in the dehydrator. Don’t stress about making them perfect. You can always re-dehydrate them if you aren’t happy with how they come out. If you follow these directions you will NOT end up with crisp banana chips, thy will be tender and chewy bananas slices.
We had chewy, yummy banana slices, which actually reminded me of like the old school fruit roll ups, but clearly much healthier and satisfying! I have even heard them referred to as ‘banana jerky!” I stored mine in an air tight glass container in the refrigerator to prevent any mold issues from developing. Although like I said they were eaten before mold even had the chance to think about taking over.