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Homemade Raw Vegan Banana Chips

Updated on August 9, 2012

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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.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 8 hours
Ready in: 8 hours 10 min
Yields: 2 bananas yield about 2 cups of chips

Ingredients

  • 2-3 bananas, firm and without spots
  • 1 tsp Fruit Fresh or lemon juice, if desired
  1. Slice the desired amount of bananas about 1/4 inch thick, sprinkle with Fruit Fresh or lemon juice if desired.
  2. Place on dehydrator shelves
  3. Dehydrate until dry and flexibility is gone
  4. Enjoy!

Cost Conscious

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

4.8 stars from 8 ratings of Homemade Banana Chips
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 handful
Calories 50
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 12 g4%
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.

Monsieur Doughboy Learns a Lesson

I warned you but no, you were greedy and paid the price. You don't feel so puffy now, do you big boy?
I warned you but no, you were greedy and paid the price. You don't feel so puffy now, do you big boy? | Source

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    cygnetbrown, you are so wise. Making these at home costs a fraction of the store price. Homemade is indeed better also. Good for you! Now I am going to have to make some. I am craving them!

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    Cygnet Brown 5 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

    We love these at our house! They are chewy, and so much better than store bought banana chips! We make them any time we find bananas on sale at the store.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Hello midget38. How is Singapore? I know you will love these chips as we do. They are so easy to make and very inexpensive. The banana chips in the grocery stores are high priced. Let me know how you liked them. Thanks for dropping by. HB

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    Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

    Hyphenbird, I have just pinned this, and will be visiting more of your recipe hubs! I have a craving for great fruit crisps, and am so glad you offered tips to lock the nutrition in. Thank you so much for this delicious offering!

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    healthylife2, I have been wanting some more but have no time to make them. A dehydrator really is nice to have. I love mine.

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    Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

    These look delicious. I really do have to invest in a dehydrator!

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Thank you Sharyn. Cooking at a very low temperature preserves the living enzymes in food. I found my dehydrator at a thrift store at a great price. Keep checking at places like that. Then if you do not care for dehydrating, you don't have much invested.

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    Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

    Great hub Brenda! I don't have a dehydrator. So I found it interesting that you need to keep the oven especially low to avoid killing the "things" that are good for you. Nice pics and presentation. I saw the hub about zucchini chips come through the feed. I must check that out too. Thanks!

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Hello Mar. Me too girl, it must number in the hundreds. Dehydrating food is indeed easy and saves all those dollars to purchase things for Monsieur. He is so adorable. I would like to write stories about his adventures but need to research legalities first.

    The chips will stay lighter if one uses lemon juice or fruit fresh.

    See you soon a the Emerald Wells Cafe.

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    Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Dear Hyph,

    I am ashamed at how much I have spent for "preserved" banana chips. They appear to be simple (my kinda recipe) to make and so much healthier, economical... it is ridiculous not to break out of my habit.

    I appreciate the (you say rants, LOL) information that you provide before each recipe.

    I confess I need to see what that sweet little Doughboy is up too and looks like I got here just in the nick of time to help...

    Voted UP and across the board. See you at the Cafe. Hugs, Maria

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    thelyricwriter, you are so funny. I am glad you came clean after that valiant try. Thanks for making me laugh. Try these. They are delicious, inexpensive and healthful.

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    Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

    Hyp, voted up, useful, and awesome. You know, until this article, I had forgot about banana chips. I used to love these. It has been years since I last had them. This is awesome. I just don't have a dehydrator. To be honest, I never heard of them before. Well worth trying though, I love it. 2 thumbs up. Also, 5 star rating for this Hyp. Have a great weekend.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    aviannovice, you are so right. I am making more and more of our food and rarely use prepackaged or processed foods. Whole, fresh foods are what our body needs for proper nourishment and healing. Thank you for the support!

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    Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

    Any snack that you get to make yourself is so much better. At least we know what is in our own cooking! I don't like those chemical surprises, either.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    girishpuri, I am so glad you stopped by. I love seeing people from all over the world at my Hubs. Someone else mentioned that banana chips are popular in India. No wonder your food is so good!

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    Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

    In india Our Kerala state is famous for banana chips, your recipe sounds too good, voted up.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Hello teaches12345. Some of the commercial chips have added sugar or corn syrup. No wonder people suffer from obesity and health issues! These natural ones are delicious. Thanks for coming by.

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    Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

    I haven't had banana chips in awhile because the store bought type are just too sugary and sometimes tasteless. Your recipe is one that will make the chips so much more enjoyable. Voted up.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Movie Master these are easy and nutritious. You will love them. Thanks for coming by.

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    Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    These banana chips sound the perfect snack for a hike!

    Something else new for me to try, thank you and voted up.

    Best wishes Lesley

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    georgescifo, thanks for the great idea!

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Always exploring, we love bananas anytime. These chips are easy to carry on trips, hikes etc so we can have one anywhere. I believe you would love the chips. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Hello Lily girl. Isn't he sweet? I have my own personal sous chef. Thanks so much. Hy

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    georgescifo 5 years ago from India

    Banana chips serve as a great snack during tea time..

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    Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

    I have eaten a banana for breakfast for years. I have never tried the chips, but i will . Thank you..

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    Lillian K. Staats 5 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

    Love banana chips, love Monsieur doughboy too! Love yaz, lily

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    No they are not required to state it. The cucumbers in the produce departments at grocery stores are often coated with a wax containing animal fats. Here are a few examples of how animal products are used in hidden ways. It is disgusting.

    Wax.

    Glossy, hard substance that is soft when hot. From animals and plants. In lipsticks, depilatories, hair straighteners. Alternatives: vegetable waxes.

    Stearic Acid.

    Fat from cows and sheep and from dogs and cats euthanized in animal shelters, etc. Most often refers to a fatty substance taken from the stomachs of pigs. Can be harsh, irritating. Used in cosmetics, soaps, lubricants, candles, hairspray, conditioners, deodorants, creams, chewing gum, food flavoring. Derivatives: Stearamide, Stearamine, Stearates, Stearic Hydrazide, Stearone, Stearoxytrimethylsilane, Stearoyl Lactylic Acid, Stearyl Betaine, Stearyl Imidazoline. Alternatives: Stearic acid can be found in many vegetable fats, coconut.

    Urea. Carbamide.

    Excreted from urine and other bodily fluids. In deodorants, ammoniated dentifrices, mouthwashes, hair colorings, hand creams, lotions, shampoos, etc. Used to "brown" baked goods, such as pretzels. Derivatives: Imidazolidinyl Urea, Uric Acid. Alternatives: synthetics.

    I see a Hub on this coming!

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Ewww...wouldn't that be required to be stated on the label under 'ingredients?' .... I know they often say citric acid--nothing wrong with that...there's your 'lemon juice' counterpart. ... or "BHA" but that's some laboratory chemical, not of animal origin, (that I'm aware of) ... if there's lard, it would be required by law to be on the label.... wow! And how are such animal products "preservatives," anyway?? Lard goes rancid, and other meat products also spoil quickly as well. What the H-E-double-toothpicks is going on, here???

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    DyMsLizzy, one would expect dried fruit to be just that. It is often dipped in animal products to preserve it such a pork lard, a turkey derivative and other gross things.

    Your high tech oven sounds like it might work to dehydrate but probably would not be cost effective. Thanks for the votes and stars. I appreciate it.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    dinkan53, you guys are making me drool. I love anything coconut. These have fewer calories though and are raw since they are dehydrated at a low temperature. I hope you so try them. The drying process brings out the natural sweetness.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    georgescifo, that sounds SO good. Alas, I am losing weight so I must forgo the pleasure of coconut oil. I will try it for a treat one day though. Thanks for sharing the idea.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Thanks Global-Chica. I went back and added an Ebay capsule so folks can see dehydrators. Many have never used one. Once you start, it is addicting. I have dehydrated everything but the kitchen sink. Thanks for stopping by and the comments.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Hi Frank Atanacio. Thanks for the 5 star rating. I love JuskAskSusan's recipes also. am committed to eating healthier and so is my son. This recipe was derived from that new lifestyle so expect more as I get creative.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    RTalloni, they are so sweet and great aren't they? The recipe is so simple I almost didn't post it. I am so glad I did though. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Just Ask Susan, I make kale chips, green beans crisps and all kinds of crackers from pulp leftover after juicing. Dehydrators are wonderful. You will love it once you try one. Thanks for sharing my Hub.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    kashmir56, I love them too. We already have munched on this bunch and I may need to make more tonight. Thanks for the votes!

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hmmm...I've never tried dehydrating food; I don't have a dehydrator. My oven has a digital touch-pad, so I can set it for ridiculous temperatures, such as 413 degrees, not available on dial-set ovens, instead of the standard 25-degree increments. (This is great for 'splitting the difference' when you want to cook 2 things at once that call for differing temperatures--such as fries and pizza, e.g.-- 425 vs. 450; not that I eat both at the same meal. LOL) However, "Broil" is simply "High" and "Keep Warm" is simply "Low." There is no temperature listed, so I have no clue what that "low" setting heat actually is.

    BTW--I'm not sure how banana chips could be anything but vegan??? What ARE they putting in the store-bought ones???

    Voted up, interesting, useful and starred.

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    dinkan53 5 years ago from India

    Yes Iam really a fan of banana chips, especially fried in coconut oil. You provided a healthier way of making banana chips. Never tried it, One day I’ii give them a try. Thanks for the recipe.

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    georgescifo 5 years ago from India

    We in India also fries raw banana into chips and this is mainly fried in coconut oil which adds more to the taste..

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    Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

    What an awesome idea! I definitely want to start making these although honestly I've never heard of dehydrator shelves. I'll need to look into buying them. Thanks for the recipe and idea. Voted up, awesome, and shared!

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    Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

    Hyphen..I rated this a 5! I'm starting to get into your recipes.. I love JustaskSusan's recipes but yours are coming up fast thank you for this share :)

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    It's been a long time since I made these, but they are wonderful. Thanks for the reminders with directions for this method. They are the perfect travel food and a great way to take advantage of a banana sale! :)

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    Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I'm always buying banana chips and after reading your hub I think it's time for me to invest in a food dehydrator. All that's going through my mind is all the food I could use it for.

    Up, Up and sharing.

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    Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi Hyphenbird really like your recipe for banana chips, i really love banana chips !

    Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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