I can inhale a bag of banana chips like nobodies business, give me a bag of them and I'll make them disappear. They're delicious, cheap and easy to snack on, the only downfall is that the bananas are soaked in sugar syrup for a few hours and are then deep fried. Not the healthiest snacking option. However, you can make your own banana chips with almost no effort and no added sugar, plus they still taste amazing.
1 Banana, bananas sweeten as they ripen so the riper, the better.
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
A little coconut oil (optional)
Preheat your oven to 80 degrees celsius, we want the bananas to cook very slowly so they dehydrate and turn into chips, rather than cooking them which will change the flavour.
Slice your banana into 2-3mm slices and place them into a bowl with your lemon juice. If you are using a solid coconut oil, melt a teaspoon and add it to the bowl also.
Gently massage the lemon juice/oil into the banana slices, careful not to squash them and then lay them out onto a lined baking tray in a single layer.
I'm using a spray coconut oil rather than a solid, I sprayed a very fine mist over the bananas once they were on the tray.
Bake on the bottom shelf of your oven for 30 minutes.
Take the bananas out of the oven to cool. When they're at room temperature, put them back in the oven for 15-25 minutes, take them out before they brown.
Leave them to cool and then enjoy! These babies will last about a week in an airtight container.
The lemon juice acts as a preservative to stop your bananas from browning or aging once they're cooked, it won't add any flavour to the chips.
The coconut oil is really just for colour, it gives the chips a beautiful golden colour and helps them to cook more easily. It also gives the chips a mild, tropical twist. The flavours combine really well together.
By dehydrating the bananas, letting them cool and then returning them to the oven the banana chips will go crispy. Cooking them all in one go will make them chewy with more of a 'dried fruit' consistency. That's fine, if that's what you're looking for.
Enjoy your banana chips! If you make this recipe, post a picture to Instagram and tag me so I'll see it! @ohrebeccalife