Did you know that dehydrating bananas is a quick and easy way to make great banana chips for on-the-go munching? When re-hydrated: Voila! Banana pudding! It's a great way to use up bananas, as we all know they turn brown so fast!
The longer you let your bananas "go," the sweeter they become. And softer. And then it's time to dehydrate them! But for those bananas that are "too far gone", consider using them in smoothies—the riper, the better!
NOTE: Check out this fantastic recipe for healthy Banana Cinnamon Rolls and pretty much "fat free."
If you're dehydrating bananas for our banana cinnamon rolls recipe, note they are a good source of vitamin A, Choline, vitamin C, vitamin K.
Bananas also contain trace amounts of Niacin, vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Betaine, and Thiamine.
Mineral-wise, bananas are loaded with Potassium, followed by Magnesium, Phosphorus, Calcium.
There's trace amounts of Fluoride, Selenium, Manganese, Iron, Zinc and Copper. Bananas contain Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids too.
Bananas are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. They're also low in calories and fat.
Eating bananas can help you regulate your blood sugar levels. This is especially important for people with diabetes.
Bananas can also help you stay hydrated. This is because they're more than 70% water by weight.
Go to grab a bunch—or two—and when you're ready, chill your bananas first before dehydrating bananas.
It makes the bananas much easier to slice—without them going all mushy!
There are many different types of bananas that can be used for dehydrating. However, some varieties are better than others.
For example, Cavendish bananas are the most popular type of banana in the world. They're also the type of banana that is typically used in commercial banana chips.
However, Cavendish bananas can be difficult to find in some areas. If you can't find them, you can use another type of banana for dehydrating.
Some other good options include plantains, Lady Finger bananas, and Red Dacca bananas. Experiment and see what type of banana you like best!
Bananas are fairly easy to grow, but they do require some special care. For example, they need to be planted in an area that receives full sun. They also need to be watered regularly.
If you live in an area with a tropical climate, you may be able to grow bananas outdoors all year round. However, if you live in a cooler climate, you'll need to bring the plants indoors during the winter months.
Bananas are great any way you slice 'em, but dehydrated bananas are fantastic in granola, banana bread, pudding, cookies... and baby food!
Bananas sliced lengthwise are great for our Banana Cinnamon Rolls.
(Don't fully dehydrate the sliced bananas at the start...)
Learn more about classically trained Chef Alicia Ojeda and how she uses raw food in her diet and dishes such as the banana cinnamon rolls, shown below.