Make these homemade Ninja air fryer dehydrated bananas for a tasty and healthy snack! Just think about banana chips with no added sugar, preservatives, or oil!
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why you will love this recipe
- budget-friendly - making your own banana chips is way more affordable and a great way for you to save money!
- air fryer banana chips with cinnamon make for a tasty and healthy snack. Commercially bought banana chips are usually fried in coconut or sunflower oil to give them a crunchy texture. So, you get to save yourself a lot of calories, by making your own homemade air fryer dehydrated bananas!
- while these dehydrated banana chips are made using the Ninja Foodi 8 quart air fryer, you can still use this recipe with your favorite air fryer which has the dehydrator function.
- this recipe is family and kid-friendly - kids especially, love this!
You will need the following ingredients:-
- fresh bananas
- a pretreatment solution made by combining lemon juice with water.
how to make dehydrated bananas in the air fryer
- Peel and slice the bananas into ¼ inch thick slices. Make a pretreatment solution by combining a tablespoon of lemon juice with an equal amount of water in a bowl. Transfer the bananas to the bowl with the pretreatment solution, combine and allow to soak for 5 minutes.
- Lay the sliced bananas in a single layer on the dehydrator rack (you can lightly brush the racks with cooking oil to prevent sticking). Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the bananas. Once all the racks are full, place them inside the air fryer, close the lid, and set the temperature to 135°F (57.2°C). Dehydrate the banana chips for 6 to 12 hours. Rotate the dehydrator rack every 3 to 4 hours, moving the bottom trays to the top. Also, check whether the bananas are dry enough. Continue this process until all the bananas are dry enough.
- Once done, remove the rack from the air fryer and transfer the dehydrated bananas to a plate or tray to cool. Allow the chips to cool completely then store in an airtight container or serve.
how do I prevent my banana chips from turning brown?
Cinnamon banana chips, similar to the ones made in this recipe, will have a brown color to them. Other than this, you want to treat the bananas in a pretreatment solution comprising of an acidic element such as lemon juice or vinegar, combined with water. Other pantry items you can use include:-
- Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), diluted in water. You should be able to get this from most stores selling canning supplies.
- You can also use lime or orange juice. Just bear in mind that lime juice tends to be more acidic than lemon juice so use it sparingly.
- Use a product like Fruit fresh.
- Dip the sliced banana pieces in any kind of soda pop, such as sprite or 7up.
- slice the bananas as thinly and evenly as possible (a mandoline slicer, for example, does this very well), to enable them to cook evenly.
- I recommend using a dehydrator rack as this enables you to fit as many banana pieces as possible, in the air fryer.
- the time it takes will depend on how thick or thin you slice your banana, how your air fryer or dehydrator cooks, the temperature you dehydrate with, and the humidity in the air around you.
- you will know the bananas are done when they feel dry, are slightly leathery when chewed into, and when no longer mushy when squeezed between the fingers. You can also test by allowing the banana pieces to cool then trying to bend them with your fingers. Dehydrate longer if they bend.
Stored properly, these Ninja foodi dehydrated banana chips can be kept for up to six months.
- Allow the bananas to cool completely, before storing.
- Store dehydrated banana chips in sterilized canning jars or transparent airtight containers. Check daily for up to 7 days, for signs of moisture in the storage containers. Should you see some moisture and no mold, simply return the bananas to the air fryer and dehydrate further. Store in clear airtight containers and vacuum seal, if possible.
- Label the containers appropriately with the storage date and best-by dates then keep them in a cool and dry place.
other frequently asked questions
Use ripe but firm bananas for sweet air-fried dehydrated banana chips, and green bananas if you wish to make savory chips. You can also use ripe plantain bananas. Should you wish to make green or plantain chips, soak the sliced pieces in the pretreatment lemon juice and water solution for at least two hours.
To make homemade oven banana chips, slice ripe but firm bananas thinly and evenly then soak them in lemon water for 5 minutes. Place them in a single layer on a foil-lined baking tray then bake at 200 degrees Fahrenheit (about 90 degrees Celcius) for 2 hours or until dry.
Soggy or mushy banana chips simply mean you have not cooked them long enough. The solution to this is simple, just increase the cooking time and check on the chips from time to time.
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Ninja Air Fryer Dehydrated Bananas
- 5-7 medium-sized bananas
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (use more or less as preferred)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon water
- Peel and slice the bananas into ¼ inch thick slices.
- Make a pretreatment solution by combining a tablespoon of lemon juice with an equal amount of water in a bowl. Transfer the bananas to the bowl with the pretreatment solution, combine and allow to soak for 5 minutes.
- Lay the sliced bananas in a single layer on the dehydrator rack (you can lightly brush the racks with cooking oil to prevent sticking) then sprinkle cinnamon on top of the bananas. Once all the racks are full, place them inside the air fryer, close the lid, and set the temperature to 135°F (57.2°C).
- Dehydrate the banana chips for 6 to 12 hours. Rotate the dehydrator rack every 3 to 4 hours, moving the bottom trays to the top. Also, check whether the bananas are dry enough. Continue this process until all the bananas are dry enough and chewy or leathery.
- Once done, remove the rack from the air fryer and transfer the air fryer dehydrated bananas to a plate or tray to cool. Allow the chips to cool completely then store in an airtight container or serve.