Homemade Raw Vegan Banana Chips
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Dried fruit is delicious and can be nutritious. Commercial dried fruits are expensive though and often are coated with preservatives we cannot pronounce and should not consume. But making our own dried fruit snacks is easy and low cost.
Take these homemade snacks on hikes, family outings, put them in school lunches and anywhere a delicious, fat-free indulgence can be enjoyed.
The chips can be sprinkled with lemon juice or a fruit preservative before being placed in the dehydrator to keep the yellow color. We prefer not to add anything unnecessary to our food so we chose to eliminate this option. Commercial dried fruit often has sulfur dioxide added to maintain a bright color and inhibit bacteria from forming. The FDA has allowed it to be safe at certain levels. I choose not to take the risk. Anything used as a bleach, refrigerant and pesticide has no place in my kitchen.
AFTER THE RANT
If using an oven to dehydrate foods, keep oven temperature below 170 degrees. Higher temperatures kill the living enzymes in food and destroy that essential benefit our body needs to repair and heal itself.
- 2-3 bananas, firm and without spots
- 1 tsp Fruit Fresh or lemon juice, if desired
- Slice the desired amount of bananas about 1/4 inch thick, sprinkle with Fruit Fresh or lemon juice if desired.
- Place on dehydrator shelves
- Dehydrate until dry and flexibility is gone
These banana chips cost less than a dollar to make compared to the grocery store price of $6.99. The dehydrator uses very little electricity, about 6 cents an hour to run based on my current utility costs.
- These chips can be made in a regular oven also. Newer dehydrators offer slide in trays and paraflex linings to keep foods from sticking. But mine can from a thrift store brand new for only one dollar. Yes, $1.00! So check around and you can get a great deal on one. Patience in shopping is the key to thrift stores. Parchment paper and cooking spray works for most food items that require a little help. These chips do not stick and can be lifted of easily with fingers or tongs.
Raw, Vegan Banana Chips
|Serving size: 1 handful|
|Calories from Fat||0|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 12 g||4%|
|Sugar 7 g|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|