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).


Enjoy!

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10 comments:

  1. looks wonderful i don't have a dehydrater looks wonderful i usually fry

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  2. Nice. You might be interested in how I do cheese and crackers. http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/cheese-and-crackers.html

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  3. I don't know of ANY oven that runs that low... mine gets to 170 and its about the same everywhere else I look

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    1. Hi Sarah, mine actually goes as low as 100 degrees. I have a Magic Chef. However you can still dehydrate at your lowest temperature setting and keep an eye on your bananas. Does that make sense?

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Is that Celsius or Fahrenheit? My oven run as low as 40°C ... I'd be surprised if your regular Celsius oven didn't run below 170°, because that's actually pretty high. You could barely make meringue or something like that in such an oven.

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  4. The dried banana coins looks wonderful.

    Magi

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  5. Nice. What kind of dehydrator do you use and how do you like it? I'm thinking about purchasing a BIGGER one than my initial purchase from the box store years ago. How do the bananas compare to the ones that are usually sold in bulk at the health food stores? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Cathy,

      We have the Excalibur 3900. We tried the smaller dehydrators first, but found that it was so worth the investment.

      The bananas at the health food stores are actually deep fried in coconut oil and then coated in a sugar solution. These are simply a dehydrated banana. Fantastically delicious! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Yum! Those look like a great, healthy snack!

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  7. Great recipe! Will be linking back to this in my post tomorrow.

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