Bananas make a great snack. They are portable and have a creamy texture that hits the spot. Dehydrating bananas is way to preserve those bananas and banana chips make a sweet treat that can be packed in lunch boxes, added to trail mix, or just eaten plain.

Things You'll Need

Slice the bananas into approximately 1/4-inch pieces. You can peel the banana first if you wish or slice through the peel and then remove the peel before dehydrating.

Place the banana slices in a bowl of lemon or pineapple juice for about 5 minutes. This helps prevent the bananas from turning brown. It will not affect the taste.

Place the banana chips into a food dehydrator. Be sure the bananas are not touching.

Dry on medium heat for 12 to 24 hours until they are pliable. Turn off the dehydrator and leave the chips on the trays to cool.


  • Optional: place banana slices on a cookie sheet and dry in a 250 degree oven for about 12 to 18 hours until they are pliable.

  • If desired you could sprinkle the banana slices with cinnamon before dehydrating.

References and Resources

The Dry Store: How To Dehydrate Foods