Sweet & Salty Banana Chips

Brown sugar and black pepper banana chipsAs I mentioned yesterday, I am on the hunt for healthy snack ideas. I used to absolutely love plantain chips. I went through a major plantain chips phase while I was living in Los Angeles about four years ago. I haven't found any at my local grocery store here in southern Missouri (if you local folks know of some, leave me a comment please!), so I thought I'd try making my own. I couldn't find any fresh plantains either. Sigh. So I tried banana chips instead.Sweet and salty banana chipsI don't know all the differences between plantains and bananas. But I do know that plantains are a lot firmer and therefore a little easier to cook with. To try and compensate I decided to buy bananas that were still a little under ripe, a little green around the edges. I also thought that since bananas are naturally a little sweeter I might try adding a contrasting flavor, such as black pepper. I am happy to report that these are absolutely delicious and nearly sweet enough to call them dessert but still super healthy.How to make banana chipsSweet & Salty Banana Chips

2 under ripe bananas
1/4 cup brown sugar
coarse grain sea salt + black pepperBrown sugar rubFirst slice your bananas thin. Next coat them in a little brown sugar on both sides. You really don't need a lot of sugar here. And be sure to watch out for clumps. Lay the dipped banana slices on a baking sheet lined with a silpat mat and a little olive oil. Now sprinkle on the coarse grain sea salt and cracked black pepper.Healthy banana chip recipeBake at 400°F for 16-20 minutes. Every oven is a little different so be sure to keep an eye on these! You want the edges to begin to get crispy but the centers will still be a little soft and chewy. It would be very easy to burn or undercook them (mushy, no good!), so be sure to keep an eye on them.Homemade banana chips recipeThese are best (and the most crisp) the day they are made, but you can store any leftovers in an airtight container for a day or two. No need to refrigerate. Enjoy and happy snacking! xo. Emma

P.S. Want other delicious fruit-based recipes? Check out: fruit cobbler (three ways!), baked fruit, bourbon apple pie, ice cream made from bananas, citrus bars (three ways!) and citrus salad

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