Banana chips are a wonderful, inexpensive, but healthy treat your dog will love! And so will you!
The cooler fall weather has finally arrived here in the Bluegrass! As a result Z and I have been spending even more time at the dog park on weekends. Z’s usual position after a trip to the park somewhat resembles this…
Longer trips to the dog park and picking up running again has left me with one tired pooch. And some mighty sore legs. Our venture back into a healthier lifestyle got me thinking about healthier treats for Z. Not that he needs them, I’m pretty sure Z burns off his food as he’s eating it. As for me, let’s face it, unless ‘healthy’ includes cupcakes, it ain’t gonna happen.
Unless it’s these homemade Banana Chips! It’s not that I don’t like banana chips that you can buy at the grocery store, but I never craved them. Z, of course, LOVED them! Anytime banana chips made it home, he would beg like crazy and end up getting half the bag. Z has some of the oddest favorite foods. He would do just about anything for a saltine. When I’m sick I can never be sure if he’s staying by side because I’m sick or because I’m eating saltines. I’ve certainly got a weirdo on my hands.
Store bought banana chips are not the healthiest though. They’re fried, not baked, and they are coated in sugar. Homemade banana chips on the other hand are simply dunked in lemon juice and then baked at 200° for a long time. They won’t look exactly like the store bought kind or taste the exact same, but I think they’re better! And so much healthier.
Z is nuts for these banana chips. He would eat them by the handful.
Not that I would allow such a thing.
Okay, maybe just a small handful.
Seriously, he’s not spoiled AT ALL.
When you’re making your own banana chips, the lemon juice bath is not essential. The chips will bake fine and taste the same, but they will turn much more brown. That’s really the only use for the lemon juice. It didn’t alter the flavor of my different batches at all.
Try to cut your bananas as evenly as possible. They don’t have to be perfect, but the more even they are the more evenly they will cook. I cut my bananas about a ¼” thick, maybe slightly thinner.
My banana chips baked for about 3½ hours at 200°. Yours may not take that long. I would take them out after 3 hours and if they aren’t getting crispy in the first 5 minutes, go ahead and pop them back in the oven for another 30 minutes.
Homemade banana chips are really easy to make, they just might make you wish you had a second oven. Best time to bake them is when you’re settled on the couch for your evening TV shows.
Also, just to clarify, Bean is Z. I’m not entirely sure when, how, or why I started calling him Bean, but it’s probably his most commonly used nickname, right up there with Z-wee and Bubba.
Bean's Banana Chips
- 2 Bananas
- 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
Preheat the oven to 200°.
Slice the bananas into 1/4" slices. Dunk each slice in lemon juice and lay on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 3-3 1/2 hours, flipping over after 90 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool. The banana chips should crisp up as they cool.
- 2 bananas will make about 1/2 cup of banana chips.
- For a little extra sweetness, brush the banana slices with honey before baking.
I love being able to share snacks with Z and with these banana chips, I can. And the bonus is that he has no idea that it’s good for him!