Air Fryer Banana Chips (Sweet or Spicy)

Koti Beth Designs
by Koti Beth Designs
2 servings
30 min

Learning how to make banana chips quickly makes for a delicious and healthy snack. You can make air fryer banana chips sweet or savory by changing the seasonings.

My kids love banana chips. I freeze dry some for snacks and dehydrate them. However, both of these methods take a long time!

Air fryer banana chips are delicious and much quicker than dehydrating. They make a healthy snack, and you can make them sweet or savory.

When it comes to selecting bananas for chip-making, it's crucial to choose ripe but firm fruits. Look for bananas with yellow skin and a few brown spots. This stage of ripeness ensures a perfect balance of sweetness and texture in your chips.

Avoid using overly ripe bananas, as they might become too soft during the cooking process.

Once you have chosen the ideal bananas, it's time to prepare them for slicing. Start by peeling the bananas and using a sharp knife to trim off the ends. This will make it easier to slice the fruit evenly.

It's important to note that the thickness of your slices will affect the texture of your chips, as we will explore in the next section. So, let's move on to slicing techniques for achieving perfect banana chips.

When it comes to slicing your bananas, you have two main options: thin and crispy or thicker and chewier chips. Both styles have their merits, so let's weigh the pros and cons.

Thin and crispy banana chips are achieved by slicing the fruit thinly, usually around 1/8 inch. These chips offer a delicate and crunchy texture, reminiscent of traditional potato chips. They are ideal for those who enjoy a lighter and crispier snacking experience.

On the other hand, thick and chewy banana chips are achieved by slicing the fruit to around 1/4 inch. These chips retain more moisture and have a denser texture. They provide a satisfying chewiness that some snackers prefer.

To ensure consistent chip thickness, consider using a mandoline slicer. This handy kitchen tool allows you to adjust the thickness settings, resulting in evenly sliced banana chips.

Remember to exercise caution when using a mandoline slicer and follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid any accidents.

You can also cut your bananas by hand. Simply use a sharp knife to slice the bananas into rounds. This method provides a charming homemade touch to your banana chips, with each slice offering a unique texture.

Flavoring Your Banana Chips

Classic Cinnamon Sugar Banana Chips

One of the most beloved flavor combinations for banana chips is the classic cinnamon sugar. To achieve this delightful taste, simply sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon and sugar over your sliced bananas before air frying them.

The heat from the air fryer will caramelize the sugar, creating a delectable coating that perfectly complements the natural sweetness of the bananas.

Savory Flavors

For those with a savory palate, consider exploring flavors like sea salt or chili powder for a spicy banana chips recipe. Lightly sprinkle these seasonings over your banana slices to create a savory twist on this sweet treat. The contrast between the natural sweetness of the bananas and the savory notes of the seasonings will surely satisfy your taste buds.

Sweet Variations

If you prefer a sweeter flavor profile, try drizzling your sliced bananas with raw honey or maple syrup before air frying them. These natural sweeteners will enhance the taste of your banana chips and add a delightful caramelization to the final product.

Storage And Shelf Life

Once your air fryer banana chips are perfectly cooked, it's important to store them properly to maintain their freshness. Allow the chips to cool completely before transferring them to an airtight container. This helps preserve their crispness and prevents them from becoming stale.

To maintain the crunchiness of your banana chips over time avoid storing them in a humid environment. Moisture can soften the chips, compromising their texture.

Additionally, refrain from mixing them with other snacks that have high moisture content, as this can also impact their crispness. Enjoy your banana chips as a standalone snack or follow the serving and pairing ideas we will discuss next.

Air Fryer Banana Chips (Sweet or Spicy)
Recipe details
  • 2  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 2 green bananas
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp salt

Peel bananas and cut off the ends. Cut into very thin slices.
Add banana slices into a mixing bowl. Add oil, paprika and salt and combine until banana slices are thoroughly coated.
Lay out coated banana slices in a single layer in your air fryer. You may have to work in batches.
Bake in the air fryer for 17 to 20 minutes in 350 degrees F, until crispy.
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  • WyldSage WyldSage on Jul 23, 2023

    Sounds great but I don't have an air fryer. Please provide me with instructions for using my oven.

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    • Linda Abernathy Linda Abernathy on Aug 16, 2023

      If you don't, you are certainly missing out. Makes the best wings, fries, easy and quick!

  • Marci Pascuzzi Aderiye Marci Pascuzzi Aderiye on Jul 24, 2023

    The recipe says green bananas but your text notes yellow with few brown spots. Which is correct?