Spicy, Salted Banana Chips Recipe

Homemade Spicy, Salted Banana Chips
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Salted banana chips are one of my favorite snacks. The salty and crispy nature makes me love them even more. These sweet plantain chips are easy to make. You require only 3 ingredients to prepare them. I use cooking oil- vegetable or coconut oil, raw green plantains or bananas, and salt. You may season with spices such as paprika, chili, garlic or lime.

Banana plantain chips are gluten-free and a vegan snack. if you’re a vegetarian like me, and you’ve run out of snack options, here is a simple and easy-to-make recipe. I used to hate bananas until my friend introduced me to plantain chips.

I also came to learn that there are several varieties of bananas. some are great for making mashed potatoes, and matoke, some are good for toddlers, and others for making chips and crisps.

Salted banana chips

It’s a weekend, not in the mood for the regular popcorn, and am about to watch a new movie series in the next 30 minutes. So, grab your raw green plantains, cooking oil, and salty and get in the kitchen with me. You will thinly slice the bananas using a knife or a mandoline slicer. After slicing them dip them into hot oil until golden brown and crispy. Drain excess oil and season with salt.

These chips are often served as a snack or appetizer. They can be enjoyed on their own or with dips like guacamole, salsa, or chimichurri. They provide a crunchy and savory alternative to traditional potato chips, and are appreciated for their unique flavor and texture.

These sweet plantain chips can be prepared in three main methods baking, air frying, and frying.

Homemade Salty Banana Chips Recipe

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Spicy, Salted Banana Chips Recipe

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 15 mins
Cooking Temp: 150  °C Servings: 1 Calories: 165
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

Description

Banana chips are a delightful tropical twist on traditional potato chips. Made from thinly sliced unripe green bananas, they offer a unique blend of sweetness and starchiness. The natural sugars in bananas caramelize when they're cooked, resulting in a subtly sweet undertone. Add some spicy seasoning to that, and you have a snack that's out of this world.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Slice the Bananas

    Start by peeling the green bananas and slicing them as thinly as possible. A mandoline slicer works wonders here, but a sharp knife will do the trick.

  2. Heat the Oil

    In a deep frying pan, heat vegetable oil to around 350°F (175) The plantains should be fully submerged into the oil.

  3. Fry 'Em Up

    Carefully slide a batch of banana slices into the hot oil. Don't overcrowd the pan; you want them to have room to fry evenly. Fry until they're golden brown and crispy, which usually takes around 2-3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove them and let excess oil drain.

  4. Season to Perfection

    In a separate bowl, mix together your salt, cayenne pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. While the banana chips are still hot, sprinkle this seasoning mix over them, tossing gently to coat evenly. The heat from the chips will help the spices stick.

  5. Cool and Enjoy:

    Allow your spicy salty banana chips to cool down for a few minutes to let the flavors meld. Then dig in! The combination of the sweetness from the bananas and the kick from the spices will leave you craving more.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 27.8g Servings: 1 

Servings: 1 Serving Calories: 150 kcal Total Fat: 8.9  g Saturated Fat: 3.9 g Sodium: 208.9  mg Potassium: 261.1  mg Total Carbohydrate: 16.7  g Dietary Fiber: 0.2 g Protein: 0.6  g Calcium: 288.9  mg Iron: 8.9  mg Vitamin D: 2.2  IU 

Note

  • Use green, unripe bananas for making salty banana chips.
  • For uniformity, use a mandoline slicer or a sharp knife to cut the banana slices into thin rounds. Consistent thickness ensures even cooking.
  • When frying, avoid overcrowding the pan. Give the banana slices space to fry evenly by working in batches.
  • Sprinkle salt over the hot banana chips immediately after removing them from the oil. The heat helps the salt adhere to the chips.
  • To keep the chips crisp, store them in an airtight container. If stored properly, they can remain crunchy for several days. Adding a desiccant packet can help reduce moisture and prolong their shelf life.
  • While salty banana chips can be a delicious snack, they are often fried, which can make them high in calories and saturated fats. Be mindful of portion sizes and enjoy them in moderation.
  • Salted banana chips can be enjoyed on their own or used as a garnish for salads, desserts, or as a topping for yogurt or ice cream. They are also great for dipping in various sauces and dips.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are salty banana chips?

Salty banana chips are a popular snack made from thinly sliced green, unripe bananas that are deep-fried until crispy and then seasoned with salt or other spices to create a savory and salty flavor.

Are there different types of bananas?

Yes, there are different variations of banana chips. Some are sweet and coated with sugar, while others are salty and seasoned with salt or spices. Sweet banana chips are often referred to as "banana crisps."

Can I use ripe bananas to make banana chips?

It's best to use green, unripe bananas to make salty banana chips. Ripe bananas are too soft and sweet, which can result in a different texture and flavor.

How do I prevent banana chips from becoming soggy?

To prevent banana chips from becoming soggy, it's crucial to drain them on paper towels or a wire rack after frying to remove excess oil. Storing them in an airtight container also helps maintain their crispiness

How long can I store banana chips?

Properly stored in an airtight container, banana chips can remain crunchy for several days. Adding a desiccant packet can help reduce moisture and prolong their shelf life.

Are salty banana chips a healthier snack option?

While they offer some nutritional benefits, such as being a source of potassium, it's important to note that banana chips are often fried, which can make them high in calories and saturated fats. Moderation is key when enjoying them.

Can I use an air fryer to make banana chips?

Yes, you can use an air fryer to make a healthier version of banana chips with less oil. Simply coat the banana slices with a small amount of oil and seasonings, then air fry until crispy.

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