Monday, February 20, 2012

Dried Banana Chips...

Banana Chips - Homemade With A Food Dehydrator Versus Store Bought....

Once you dry these you will always want them in your pantry....it's easy, tasty and good for you.

Homemade Banana Chips Are 100% Natural
By Food-Dehydrator.com
Banana chips are a great tasting, healthy snack that can be easily made with a food dehydrator. Banana chips’s basic ingredients should consist of:
  • ripe or slightly overripe fruit

  • if desired, lemon or lime juice (I never use)

To make banana chips: Peel the bananas and cut them crosswise into about 1/4 inch thick chips. If desired, before dehydrating, you can dip the banana chips into lemon or lime juice to help prevent browning post drying. If the bananas are pretreated with citrus juice, make sure they are well drained and dried before placing them in the food dehydrator. Dry the banana chips at 130 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 8 to 10 hours. The chips should feel dry and leathery when done.
Homemade banana chips are a wholesome, healthy, 100% fruit snack that are easy and fun to make. They are very sweet and have an intense banana flavor due to the food’s reduced water content which intensifies the fruit’s natural sugars.
In contrast to homemade banana chips, store bought dried bananas are typically deep fried in unhealthy oils, like coconut or palm oils. These oils contain high amounts of saturated fats. Further store bought banana chips can be covered with additional sugars or honey. In fact, Self Nutrition Data lists a 3 ounce serving of fried banana chips as containing 44% of the daily recommended amount of fat and 123% of the daily recommended amount of saturated fat.
To recap:
Homemade banana chips – 100% fruit, 100% natural ingredients and sugars
Store bought banana chips – Fruit, but also unhealthy saturated fats and added sugars
Go with the real thing – home made banana chips made with your food dehydrator
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