Banana Chips

March 15, 2011
Banana chips are deep-fried and/or dried slices of banana. They can be covered with sugar or honey and have a sweet taste, or they can be fried in oil and spices and have a salty and/or spicy taste. Variants of banana chips may be covered with chocolate instead.

Usually, the chips are produced from underripe bananas, of which slices are deep-fried in sunflower oil or coconut oil, which are then dried, and to which preservatives are added. These varieties of chips can be very oily, due to the deep-frying process.

The dried chips are a more ‘wholesome’ product. They too are eaten as a snack food and are often added to cereal mixes such as muesli. The chips can be dried without any additives or they can be coated with a syrup or honey dip prior to drying which gives a sweeter tasting, higher calorie and possibly more attractive looking product. Chips made by drying have a longer shelf life (up to 6 months) as long as they are dried to a low moisture content and stored in a cool dry place.

Bananas can also be dried whole or in long strips until they are leathery and chewy. They have a higher sugar content and are not crispy like the dried chips. They are sometimes referred to as banana figs.