Dehydrate Bananas In Air Fryer. Let me show you how easy it is to transform your leftover bananas into delicious air fryer banana chips.
You will love the simplicity of dehydrated banana chips. They are perfect for a quick snack and ideal for when you bought too many bananas and you need something quick to make with them to save on food waste.
Dehydrated Banana Chips
How often do you see that joke on Facebook? The one when someone mentions that one week, they buy bananas, and they are gone in a day and another week they still have them all a week later.
Our family can be like that.
We will buy the fruit for the week and the kids will snack on all the fruit one week and then the other week they have no interest.
Add to this that we live in Portugal and fruit has a much shorter life span thanks to how hot the kitchen gets and I need to find good ways to use up the leftover bananas.
I have a few go to leftover banana recipes such as our blender nice cream and our air fryer banana bread, but it always feels like they do not fit into everyday snacking. But making a batch of air fryer banana chips does.
That is because they last much longer, i.e., perfect for our summer heat and they can go into the pantry for later.
They can also be a snack for school, road trips and even picnics at the beach.
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Can You Dehydrate Bananas?
Yes, you can. Bananas are one of the easiest fruits for dehydrating and require very little effort. I probably make more of an effort when I am making a banana smoothie, compared to the effort that goes into this air fryer banana chips recipe.
Plus, it is much cheaper than buying banana chips from the shop and you can take pride in using your banana leftovers to make banana chips rather than creating food waste.
Can You Air Fry Banana Chips?
Yes, you can. I often refer to them as my air fryer oven banana chips because the brand of air fryer oven I have has a dehydrate setting.
It’s the Power Air Fryer Oven and it makes amazing air fryer banana chips and is the same banana chips recipe I am sharing with you today.
But if you don’t have the Power Air Fryer Oven, note that any air fryer with a dehydrate function or an air fryer that will go as low as 55c/130f is perfect for air fried banana chips.
Are Homemade Banana Chips Healthy?
Yes, they are. The ingredients in banana chips are healthy ingredients and is much better for you than regular potato chips, or as us Brits call them “crisps”.
You can also add in favourite seasonings to your air fryer dehydrated bananas.
Ingredients For Dehydrating Bananas In Air Fryer
Air Fryer Oven – I recommend this air fryer oven for dehydrating fruit, and it is fantastic because there are three shelves, and you can do a small batch or a large batch of dehydrated bananas.
Storage – You need a plan of action of where you plan to keep your dried fruit. You can keep it simple by eating them all straight away (yes I do that), use a zip loc bag (I prefer this one) or you can opt for traditional pantry containers (like this one).
Bananas – I prefer to use soft bananas as they have a quicker cook time and its also a great use of your banana leftovers, but you can use just bought bananas too.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – I recommend that you spray your banana chips with extra virgin olive oil prior to adding your stevia. This helps the stevia stick to the fruit but also prevents them from going hard when they are dried. As there is nothing worse than hard as nails banana chips.
Stevia – I love my dehydrated bananas with stevia. It gives a wonderful sweet flavour to the banana slices as they dry. You just give the banana slices a sprinkle with stevia as you place them in the air fryer.
That is, it! You probably think that are complicated ingredients and accessories to make air fried banana chips, but there isn’t. It is also a fantastic easy recipe for air fryer beginners.
How To Prepare Bananas For Dehydrating?
Take a look at this picture of dehydrated banana chips:
If you saw a dehydrated banana chips recipe that looked like that I am sure you would run a mile.
Then take a look at this picture below:
The difference between the two air fryer banana chip recipes, is that one was tossed in lemon juice prior to air frying and the other wasn’t.
Its important that you have a bowl of lemon juice like this and add each banana slice prior to dehydrating, otherwise your banana chips will look awful.
How To Dehydrate Bananas In An Air Fryer?
- Prep. Slice your bananas into similar size chunks. We recommend a professional slicer (like this one) for this and other dehydrated fruit as it can give an even cut.
- Lemon. To prevent your bananas from browning, toss each of your banana slices in a bowl of lemon juice and place onto the air fryer shelves.
- Add. Once the banana slices are spread out, add extra virgin olive oil spray, sprinkle with stevia prior to air frying.
- Air fry. Load your shelf (or shelves) of bananas into the air fryer oven and air fry for 3 hours on 55c/130f.
- Store. Remove from the air fryer and allow to cool before placing into your preferred storage container.
How Long Does It Take To Dehydrate Bananas?
If you are wondering how long to dehydrate bananas and if it is faster than other fruits, then you will love that the dehydrated banana chips cook time is JUST 3 hours.
When I first made banana chips in the air fryer, I did them for way too long assuming that they would have a long cook time.
Making it ideal for doing on a Sunday when you are cooking your Sunday dinner and have leftover bananas to think about.
How To Preserve Banana Chips?
This depends on where you have stored them. Your banana chips can last a year if they are sealed in a mason jar in a dark cool pantry.
However, if you are storing your dehydrated bananas in a zip loc bag in a warm house, then expect them to last up to three months.
What Can You Dehydrate?
There are lots of food you can dehydrate and its not just about bananas. In fact, this recipe is number #5 in a summer theme we are running of fruit to dehydrate in the air fryer. Last week it was dehydrated pineapple, the week before it was dehydrated raspberries, and we can’t wait to carry on the theme.
As well as these you can also dehydrate most fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. There is also the option to dehydrate other foods such as marshmallows, potatoes, and beef jerky. Though, those are the dehydrated foods I think of first as there is so much choice.
I recommend that if you are a beginner to dehydrated foods that you start with dehydrated fruit recipes from the berry family.
How To Dehydrate Bananas In The Air Fryer
- Air Fryer Oven
- Peel and slice your bananas to the same thickness.
- Load the bananas into a bowl with lemon juice and gently toss, making sure you don’t break your banana slices. Then use a spoon to remove them so that they don’t break.
- Load the banana slices onto the air fryer oven trays, making sure none are on top of each other. Spray the bananas with extra virgin olive oil and then sprinkle with stevia.
- Place in the air fryer oven on the top shelf (or use all shelves) and air fry for 3 hours at 55c/130f.
- Allow to cool before transferring to storage containers for later.