Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Dried Banana Coins
Hello Slow Roasters, today is Simply Delicious here at The Slow Roasted Italian. I truly enjoy being able to feed my munchkin healthy snacks that are not processed and ones that contain absolutely no preservatives. I love love love dehydrated fruit for that exact reason. All of the nutrients are preserved and you have a perfect snack, dry and easy to take with you. I always have a dried snack in my bag. Dried Pineapple Rings, bananas, apples, who knows.... Munchkin and Mr. W love them all!
They are really simple to prepare for dehydrating and if you don't know how to dehydrate banana's, today is your lucky day. Now if you are looking for those 'dried banana chips' that you find lurking in your local health food store, that are deep fried and coated in a sugar solution.... you are not going to find those here. These are simply banana's with a spritz of lemon juice to prevent oxidation (browning).
If you do not have a dehydrator, I highly recommend making the investment. I can not tell you all the uses I find for mine, but just in healthy snacks for the munchkin and sun-dried tomatoes for myself I am certain it has already paid for itself. All my dehydrating is done on my Excalibur dehydrator.
Second, it is possible to dehydrate in your oven. I have never done it, because running my oven for 12-18 hours never seemed like an economical or practical choice. But, I will tell you that you can run your oven at 125° for 12-18 hours to dehydrate bananas in your oven. Either way they are a fantastic snack and very healthy one at that! Enjoy!
Dried Banana Coins
bunches bananas, ripe
lemon juice concentrate (with a sprayer bottle top)
Peel your bananas, one bunch at a time. Remove any brown spots. Spritz each lightly with lemon juice after you peel it. Line bananas up next to each other and slice them 1/4" thick.
After banana's are sliced, place them on your dehydrator tray. Lay them out on the tray not overlapping. Once they are on your dehydrator tray, spritz with lemon juice lightly.
Dehydrate according to manufacturers directions. Remove from dehydrator once bananas are pliable (not hard). Keep in an airtight container.
OVEN NOTE: If baking in the oven, place a metal cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet and then place the banana's on your cooling rack. Bake in oven at 125° F for 12-18 hours (until bananas are dehydrated to your liking).
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