November 30, 2019
If you are wondering what to do with the overripe bananas on your counter, these baked banana chips are the answer!
This tasty, sweet-salty snack is perfect for using in place of regular chips and much healthier since they’re baked! They make a terrific lunchbox add-on or after school snack.
And when you see how easy they are to make, I know you’ll be excited to make your first batch!
Of course, you could always make a batch of Oatmeal Banana Muffins, but I’m not always feeling so ambitious (meaning, I don’t feel like doing any dishes). That’s why this recipe is my go-to solution for creating a yummy snack with what I have available.
Kids love it as a packed lunch item to dip in salsa, guacamole or even hummus!
Yes, these banana chips are kid-approved just like the lunch ideas I share on this site and in my 101 Packed Lunch eBook. It’s full of delicious ideas that are easy to assemble and enjoyed by the entire family.
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How to Make Banana Chips
Preheat the oven to 250F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Make the lemon-water mixture
In a small bowl combine 4 parts water with 1 part lemon juice.
Thinly slice the bananas and place them onto the baking sheet. Lightly brush the slices with lemon water. Bake for 1 ½ to 2 hours until crispy.
Remove the banana chips from the oven and allow them to cool down to room temperature.
If the banana chips are still soft after coming from the oven, this is normal and they will harden as they cool down.
You can also use green bananas or plantains. In that case, soak the slices in a bowl with 4 parts water (4 tablespoons) and 1 part lemon juice (1 tablespoon) for at least 2 hours before baking as directed below.
How to Store Banana Chips
Banana chips are best stored in an airtight container or zip bag for up to a week. If they last that long! You can also season them with salt or a dash of cinnamon, making this snack even better.
More Healthy Snack Ideas
Want more healthy snack ideas you know your kids will want to eat? After you make these banana chips, try out one of these:
Homemade Baked Banana Chips
- 2 bananas
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 4 tablespoons water
- Kosher salt
- Preheat the oven to 250F. Line a large sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, combine 4 parts (4 tablespoons) water with 1 part (1 tablespoon) lemon juice.
- Slice bananas very thin, about ⅛″ thick coins, brush with lemon juice and water mixture. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
- Bake at 250F for about 1 ½ to 2 hours or until they are crispy, making sure to flip them over halfway through.
- Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool (the longer they cool the crispier they become).
- Use overripe bananas and sprinkle with cinnamon after brushing with the lemon water. Follow the baking directions above.
- Soaking the banana slices in the lemon juice-water mixture is optional.
More Recipes Using Bananas
Banana Oatmeal Muffins – If you love simple recipes that you can throw a bunch of ingredients in a blender and turn out delicious, these banana oatmeal muffins are for you!
Chocolate Banana Bread – Banana bread is always a great idea, especially when you have tons of frozen bananas in your freezer. The only thing better is adding chocolate, and this double chocolate banana bread is Epic.
Strawberry Fruit Leather – Whether you have frozen strawberries or fresh that are about to go bad, making strawberry fruit leather is super easy.