How To Dehydrate Bananas

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I’ve been dying to teach everyone about dehydrating bananas for healthy snacks. I wish you could see how fun these are to dehydrate. Dehydrating bananas is actually easier than anyone thinks! With my tutorial, you will be dehydrating bananas in no time and enjoying a healthy snack with the family.

What to Do with Dehydrated Bananas

Although dehydrated bananas taste good and are a healthy snack, that is not all they are good for. You can add them to any ingredients that would require a banana. You can also add dehydrated bananas to trail mix, granola bars, and even banana bread!

How to Dehydrate Bananas

The first thing you do is peel your bananas, cut away any bad spots, and slice them 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. I use this stainless steel banana slicer that slices them about 1/4 inch thick and they are all uniformly cut.

If you want to keep your bananas less brown, make a solution of one cup of water to one cup of lemon juice. You place your sliced bananas in the solution and then move them to the trays. Keep in mind you don’t have to use a lemon solution, you can dehydrate bananas without it.

Tools Needed For Dehydrating Bananas

  • A dehydrator
  • Knife or banana slicer
  • Lemon juice and water
  • Medium size bowl

I have an Excalibur Dehydrator with an automatic timer which helps me because I always have several projects going all the time. The Excalibur book said to set the temperature at 135 degrees.

Then I set it at 4 hours. I checked them every 2 hours, but other than that, you set and forget them. The time it takes to dehydrate your sliced bananas will depend on the humidity in the room where you are drying them and the temperature your dehydrator suggests to be used.

These took about four hours to dehydrate to get to the stage I call leathery. Just perfect for my liking. Please keep in mind that dehydrating our own food is not for long-term storage. These will store safely for one year in air-tight containers.

How To Condition Your Fruit or Vegetables

If you live where it is HUMID: “To condition the fruit, take the dried fruit that has cooled and pack it loosely in plastic or glass jars. Seal the containers and let them stand for 7 to 10 days. The excess moisture in some pieces will be absorbed by the drier pieces. Shake the jars daily to separate the pieces and check the moisture condensation.”

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I live in the DRY DESERT: I set my fruit and vegetables on my countertop for 5-7 days. Ten days is even better to make sure everything is dry before using your FoodSaver unit.

I store them in mason jars using my FoodSaver. These are the white Ball Lids you see above. They come in wide and regular mouth. If you need the White Sealing Lid this comes with both sizes and the accessory hose.

Dehydrating Bananas

What Are the Benefits of Eating Bananas?

One of the best things about bananas is that there are a lot of health benefits. Bananas are good for your skin, they give you lots of energy too! If you deal with any type of gastrointestinal issues, bananas can help with that.

Are Dehydrated Bananas Good for You?

Just like anything else you eat, you may be wondering if dehydrated bananas are good for you. When you eat bananas this way, you are getting food that is low in cholesterol and sodium. You also get potassium and lots of dietary fiber in your diet.

How Long Do Dehydrated Bananas Last?

When it comes to making dehydrated bananas, you may be wondering how long they last. When these dried out bananas are properly stored, they can last almost a year. Six to twelve months is the average! The bananas need to be stored at normal room temperature.

How Do You Know When Dehydrated Bananas Are Done?

Looking at dehydrated bananas, you may not even know when they are done dehydrating. When a banana is done dehydrating, it will be leathery and dry. However, they may also be a little sticky to the touch.

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After they are done, they should not rip apart easily. Also, make sure the bananas are stored in an airtight container.

Is Dehydrated Food Healthy For You?

For the most part, any dehydrated food still has all of its nutrients. However, the air and heat can kill some nutrients like Vitamin A and C. Because of the nutrient concentration, dried foods may also have more calories per weight.

Here are the other Dehydrating Posts I have done:

Final Word

I hope you try dehydrating bananas because they are so easy and they make great snacks. Plus, if you can see you can’t eat those bananas sitting on the counter, dry them for later. Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world, Linda

9 thoughts on “How To Dehydrate Bananas

  • December 9, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Hi Linda,
    Great post. It has been quite a while since I dehydrated bananas. Might need to do that soon. I really do not like the taste of lemon very much. So, when I did dehydrate bananas, I dipped them in pineapple juice to keep them from getting brown instead of the lemon juice and water. It works just as well.

    • December 9, 2019 at 8:50 am

      I use citric acid (like when canning) You could also use fruit fresh, they’re about the same but the FF has extra ‘stuff’ in it.
      Just read the directions, it’s something like 1 tbsp in a qt of water. 15 to 30 second soak is about all it takes.
      I use this for apples so they don’t get brown, whether I’m dehydrating or just taking them as a addition to the party snack table!

      • December 9, 2019 at 9:57 am

        Everybody has variations. I prefer to use natural solutions rather than chemicals if at all possible.

    • December 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm

      Hi Harry, oh that sounds yummy! I love pineapple juice! Happy Holidays my friend, Linda

  • December 9, 2019 at 10:04 am

    Love the post – reminds me to get with it and get some healthy snacks done for the grandkids!

    What I do to keep soft fruits from turning brown is to use a spray bottle and just spritz the fruit top and bottom. I use a solution of 1 tablespoon lemon juice to 1 quart of water. Hasn’t let me down yet. It also doesn’t leave a lemony taste either. I use this on apples, pears, bananas and anything else that I don’t want turning brown. The only thing it has not worked for in the past is apricots and that fruit is a different ball game!!

    Also, spritzing the fruit doesn’t leave the fruit so wet that you need to pat the slices before dehydrating – cuts down on the time.

    Bruce, spritzing doesn’t leave a lemony flavor to the fruit.

    • December 9, 2019 at 2:02 pm

      Hi Leanne, I love hearing everyone’s tips on dehydrating! Great comments today! Linda

  • January 23, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    I would like to know what kind of Food Saver you have.I really like it and would like to have one .I enjoy all your replies and all the people who respond to the great tips. Thank you.

    • January 23, 2022 at 3:32 pm

      Hi Carol, I have the FoodSaver brand. Mine is at least ten years old. I wish I could go into a store and see how the “newer” one works. Some have the old white tubes like mine and some have green tubes to remove the air. I called FoodSaver and they are NOT interchangeable. Thank you for your kind words. I need to do some research on this Carol. Thanks for reminding me. Linda


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