Dehydrated Banana

Dehydrated bananas are lined up on a dehydrator rack.

Perfect as a snack, dehydrated bananas are both an easy thing to make and enjoyable to eat. It is best to work with yellow bananas. Green bananas may not be sweet enough, and bananas with brown spots might be too soft to work with. 

If new to using a dehydrator this is a good recipe to start with. You can vary the texture of the dehydrated bananas by how thinly or thickly you slice them. These are also sometimes known as banana chips.

Once made, the dehydrated banana can be eaten as a snack or combined with nuts and other dried fruits to make a trail mix, scroggin, or gorp. They also can be used to decorate cakes or other baked goods.

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A shallow white bowl on a colorful striped napkin holds dehydrated bananas.
Dehydrated bananas make a great snack or can be mixed into cereal, trail mixes, and more.
Slices of fresh banana are lined up on a dehydrator rack.
Slice the bananas thick or thin, depending on how you would like the end results.
Dehydrated bananas are lined up on a dehydrator rack.
The bananas will take about 8 hours to dehydrate, depending on how thickly you slice them and environmental factors.

Dehydrated Bananas Recipe

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Dehydrated bananas are lined up on a dehydrator rack.
Perfect as a snack dehydrated bananas are both an easy thing to make and enjoyable to eat. Once made they can be added to a trail mix, scroggin, or gorp.
Preparation 20 minutes
Cook 8 hours
Ready in 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
CourseSnack
InfluenceGlobal
DifficultyBeginner

Ingredients

  • 8 bananas
  • fruit dehydration protection (optional)
  • oil (optional)

Equipment

  • dehydrator

Directions

  • Peel the bananas. Slice the bananas to your desired thickness. Thin as possible (2mm to 4mm) creates a quicker dry time and crispy result. Medium thickness (5mm to 8mm) creates a soft banana or longer dry time. A thick cut (9mm +) creates a softer product more like a banana chew
  • Lay the pieces of banana out evenly across the dehydrator racks with enough space for the air to circulate around them.
    Optional Additional Steps: Lightly sprinkle the banana slices with a fruit dehydration protection. This can stop browning and add additional sweetness. Very lightly rub oil over the racks to stop the bananas from sticking. This is more important when creating softer bananas.
  • Set the temperature to 175 degrees F (80 degrees C) then set it to cook for 8 hours, or until the bananas reach the crispness you prefer.
    Note: This temperature may need to be adjusted based on the characteristics of particular dehydrators and local environmental conditions.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 105kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 422mgFiber: 3gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 76IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg

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