Friday, February 22, 2013

pinspired recipe: super simple banana chips

Football season is over, I'm a [not so] solid ten pounds heavier than last summer, and I've eaten enough junk/dine-out food to last me a decade. I looked at Pinterest for healthy things and went straight to the grocery store.

I'm a huge fan of all fruit and most vegetables, so it's not hard for me to eat healthy, but I do like to switch things up. The banana chips pin looked like they came straight out of a dried fruit bag and seemed simple so I tried it.

When I first pulled them out of the oven, I'm not going to lie to you, I damn near took them straight to the trash. They were so brown and unappealing, and really not that dry. I tried them anyway, and they were good! I just couldn't look at them while I picked them out. 

  1. Slice up a bunch of bananas. [I did two, and they lasted me about 3 minutes.]
  2. Spritz or sprinkle some lemon juice on them
  3. Bake for an hour at 200 degrees
  4. Flip and bake for another hour
  5. The longer they sit out afterwards, the dryer they'll get.
They say the riper the banana, the sweeter they'll taste, and as far as I can tell, that's true. I also saw some variations where you sprinkle cinnamon [without sugar] on them, or drizzle chocolate for a dessert. I will definitely be trying the cinnamon next time. 

Some things to know: 
  • The slices will shrink significantly
  • They will get much more brown than when you started
  • The thicker the slice, the more soft they'll be coming out of the oven
  • Lemon juice isn't necessary

I'll probably be filling you in on lots of Pinspired recipes I try, if they come out differently than I imagined. If not, I'll inform you on Twitter how delicious they were.


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