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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Air Fryer Banana Chips

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Learn how to make your very own air fryer banana chips! This crispy snack is made with just 3 simple ingredients plus a pinch of salt. These homemade banana chips are ready in minutes, are perfect for a healthy snack whenever you’re craving something crunchy, sweet, and salty!

healthy easy air fryer banana chips in a white bowl

Simple snacks are a favorite in our household – especially whenever it is a crunchy chip! While I love traditional banana chips, they aren’t exactly the healthiest option since they are deep fried and full of fat and calories.

Homemade banana chips made in the air fryer are a great way to make a healthier version of this deep fried snack, and to use up any leftover bananas you may have lying around! This easy recipe is great for any time of the day or when you need the perfect snack to satisfy your cravings.

I use my trusty air fryer all the time, because it’s a great way to create healthier versions of more indulgent treats!

This is an easy snack for anyone who loves sliced banana and who is looking for a better option than potato chips. This healthy recipe is packed dietary fiber, potassium, and Vitamin C. The crunchiness from these air fryer chips resemble the best part about potato chips – making them somewhat similar and totally desirable.

You can enjoy these homemade chips on their own, or alongside your favorite healthy smoothie for a quick and balanced breakfast or lunch. Banana crisps also work as a quick plant baed dessert after a main meal, or as a topping for this chocolate banana ice cream recipe!

This dehydrated banana chips recipe is great to take on the go, to enjoy mid afternoon, or for school lunches, picnics or camping. Making air fry banana chips is a fuss-free way to prepare a healthy snack from scratch for the kids or yourself. You’ll never get tired of these delicious, crispy chips!

👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Perfect texture
  • Super crunchy chips
  • Naturally vegan and gluten free
  • Kid friendly
  • Great healthy snack option, good for easy school snacks as well
  • Quick method – simple to make air fryer recipe
  • Sweet and salty snack
  • Satisfying crispy banana chips
  • Easy to customize!

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🥘 Ingredients

The ingredient list is basic and easy enough for all cooking levels! For the full measurements, be sure to scroll down to the recipe card.

ingredients for air fryer banana chips
  • Fresh Banana Slices: Ripe but still firm, peeled, and sliced plantains or sliced banana are what you will need for this recipe. You don’t want to use completely raw bananas, as they won’t taste as sweet, the same goes for healthy plantain chips – they’ll be more starchy and less sweet than a regular banana chip recipe.
  • Lemon Juice: Fresh lemon juice prevents these bananas for turning brown and gives them bright flavors!
  • Salt: A little salt allows these chips to have more flavor and brings out the natural sweetness of the banana.
  • Oil / Cooking Spray: Your choice of neutral spray oil for these healthy air fryer plantain banana chips. You can use different types of spray oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, or avocado oil.

🔪 Instructions

Crispy air fryer banana chips are the perfect family snack, are made with very few ingredients, and require little effort – which means it is a way for you to spend less time in the kitchen!

This balanced snack recipe is full of banana flavors that any banana lover will approve of. Here’s how to make banana chips in the air fryer:

Preheat Air Fryer, Prepare Bananas: Preheat the air fryer to 212 degrees Fahrenheit or 100 degrees Celsius. Next, slice bananas into thin slices.

sliced bananas on a cutting board

Season Banana Slices: Place the banana slices on a baking sheet. Coat the banana slices with lemon juice and sprinkle lightly with salt. Spray the banana slices with a little oil. Repeat.

banana slices on a baking sheet sprayed with oil

Air Fry Banana Chips: Place the banana slices in a single layer in the basket of the air fryer (this helps prevent sticking of banana chips). Place the basket into the air fryer and cook the air fryer banana chips for 40 minutes.

sliced banana in the air fryer

Check Halfway Through: Air frying banana chips will get you a crispy chip, but you have to check the chips at halfway through the cooking time and loosen the bananas from the air fryer basket if needed so that they don’t stick to the basket and cook unevenly. Once you have loosened the banana slices, continue to cook.

chips in the air fryer

Remove From Air Fryer: Finally, remove the thin chips from the air fryer and place on a cooling rack. Repeat the cooking process with the rest of the bananas slices. Serve these air fryer dehydrated bananas warm!

air fryer banana chips recipe on a wire rack

💭 Expert Tips

  • Chewy Chips Need More Cooking Time: These easy air fryer banana chips will become crispier as they cool. If you find the chips are chewy, then cook them in the air fryer for an additional five to ten minutes.
  • Don’t Use Overripe Bananas: The best bananas to use for this recipe are firm bananas. Overripe bananas won’t crisp up properly.
  • Don’t Increase The Temperature: Cooking on low heat will prevent these sweet banana chips from getting burnt. Preheating the air fryer ensures even cooking as well.
  • Thin Slices Are Key: For best results, be sure to thinly slice the bananas to ensure you get super crunchy banana air fryer chips. You can use a super sharp chef’s knife or even a mandolin slicer.
  • Don’t Forget The Salt!: The salt is optional; however, it does enhance the sweetness of the bananas. Feel free to toss the chips in a little bit of salt when they are done cooking for added flavor.
  • Enjoy Immediately: For best results, enjoy these crunchy banana chips immediately as they will lose their crisp over time. However, they will keep for a few days at room temperature!
  • Model: Cooking times will vary on make and model of the air fryer oven used. There are so many types of air fryers out there, and any model will work well for this recipe. Two of our favorites include the Philips air fryer and Cuisinart air fryer toaster oven.

📖 Variations

  • Add Savory Spices: For additional flavor and depth, try adding chili powder, paprika, turmeric powder, curry powder, or cumin to this great snack!
  • Air Fryer Salt And Black Pepper Chips: Sprinkle these chips with salt and pepper for a classic combination of flavors!
  • Kerala Banana Chips: Turn this air fryer banana chips recipe into a popular snack from South India simply by adding 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric and a little more salt to these chips!
  • Lime Juice: For extra bold flavors, add some freshly squeezed lime juice to the chips!
  • Sweet Spices: Turn this banana chip air fryer recipe into a dessert by adding a sprinkle of granulated sugar, coconut sugar, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground cardamom or even pumpkin pie spice to make these chips sweet and spicy!
  • Homemade Plantain Chips: Instead of using ripe bananas, try using ripe plantains for this airfryer recipe! You can easily make tostones (air fryer plantain chips) by substituting the same amount of plantains for the bananas in this recipe. Plantain bananas are part of the banana family, but they are typically larger and thicker than bananas, and slightly more savory than sweet.

❓Recipe FAQs

How long does it take to dehydrate bananas in an air fryer?

It will take 6 hours to to make air fryer dehydrated bananas. Just arrange the banana slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket, select the dehydrate function and set your time to 6 hours. Personally, I think actually air frying the chips is the way to go because it’s so fast, but dehydrating will work as well!

How long does it take to dehydrate bananas in a food dehydrator?

It takes anywhere from 6-12 hours to fully dehydrate fresh banana slices! We like this banana chips air fryer recipe because it doesn’t take nearly as long.

How thick do you cut bananas for dehyrdrating?

You will want the banana slices to be about ¼-inch thick! This size is not too thin or thick which means the chips will cook evenly.

Why are my banana chips not crispy?

If you make banana chips in the air fryer and they turn out to be soggy or just not very crispy, here’s what probably went wrong: 1) You didn’t cook them long enough (try popping them back in for 5 minutes and see if they crisp up!) 2) You added too much oil.

Are banana chips good for you?

The answer is – it depends! Some brands of dried banana chips add oil and sugar, which makes them more of a dessert and not healthy for you. But if you are buying dehydrated banana chips or making this air fryer banana chips recipe, then you will end up with a low calorie and low fat snack option!

Keep in mind: if you follow a low carb lifestyle or are keto, then you will want to avoid these chips, or eat them in moderation. This is because all banana chips are high in net carbs, making them not keto-friendly.

How to store air fried banana chips?

Let the banana chips cool completely, then place them in an airtight container. These easy air fryer plantain chips will keep at room temperature for up to 4-5 days.

banana chips on white plate

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healthy easy air fryer banana chips in a white bowl
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Air Fryer Banana Chips

Learn how to make your very own air fryer banana chips! This crispy snack is made with just 3 simple ingredients plus a pinch of salt. These homemade banana chips are ready in minutes, are perfect for a healthy snack whenever you’re craving something crunchy, sweet, and salty!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 53kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 2 firm bananas We used Lady Finger bananas and they worked well
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • spray oil
  • salt just a pinch

Equipment

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 212 degrees Fahrenheit or 100 degrees Celsius while preparing the bananas. Next, slice the bananas into thin slices.
  • In a small bowl, coat the banana slices with lemon juice and sprinkle lightly with salt. Spray the banana slices with oil. Flip the slices and repeat.
  • Place the banana slices in a single layer on the base of an air fryer basket. Place the basket into the air fryer and cook the air fryer banana chips for 40 minutes.
  • Check halfway through the cooking time and loosen the bananas from the base of the basket if needed. Continue to cook.
  • Finally, remove the chips from the air fryer and place on a cooling rack. Repeat the cooking process with the rest of the bananas slices.

Notes

  • Extra Cooking Time: The banana chips will become crispier as they cool. If you find the chips are chewy, then cook them in the air fryer for an additional ten minutes.
  • Crispy Results: Make sure to use firm bananas for this recipe for best results. We used Lady Finger bananas and they worked well.
  • Slow Cooking: Cooking on low heat will prevent the banana chips from getting burnt.
  • Thin Slices: Be sure to thinly slice the bananas.
  • Optional: The salt is optional; however, it does enhance the sweetness of the bananas.
  • Balanced Cooking: Preheating the air fryer ensures even cooking.
  • Enjoy Immediately: For best results, enjoy the banana chips immediately as they will lose their crisp over time.
  • Model: Cooking times will vary on make and model of air fryer used.

Nutrition

Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g

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Who can resist a good snack? From easy, healthy vegetarian snacks, to kid-friendly finger foods, to perfect party dishes, my plant based snacks are an amazing way to pack a lot of flavor into a little bite.

Try my air fryer tofu nuggets, these peanut butter bliss balls, delicious corn fries, instant pot popcorn (or for a kid friendly twist – unicorn popcorn!)

Skip the pre-packed grocery store snacks! These healthy snacks are fun and easy to make at home with good-for-you ingredients.

20 responses to “Air Fryer Banana Chips”

  1. When I was little my mom made banana chips using an old Ronco food dehydrator. I’ve had them from the store before but they aren’t the same.5 stars

  2. What a great idea! I’ve been using my air fryer to dehydrate lots of fruits, but have not tried bananas yet.5 stars

  3. I absolutely love these! Thank you for giving me an air fryer recipe for it:) They are very addictive and will def try making them at home from now on!5 stars

  4. I ate so many banana chips when I was on honeymoon. I really must try making them myself and this air fryer version looks amazing.5 stars

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