Homemade Jamaican Banana Chips Recipe

Green bananas. Coconut oil. Himalayan Pink Salt. That’s all you need to make this tasty treat: Homemade Jamaican banana chips!

Homemade Jamaican Banana Chips
A healthier alternative to store-bought chips.

Oh, a skillet and a knife or slicer will come in handy as well.

I could eat these all day. I used to eat the store-bought versions all the time… I grew up in Jamaica and they are one of the most popular, if not the most popular, snacks there. It is almost a delicacy!

When we visit Jamaica we usually bring back huge bulk packs of banana chips, but I’m pretty sure we won’t be doing that anymore! They are too easy and inexpensive to make. And they taste better! I can hardly believe I was so hesitant to give the processed version up! It’s great having a favorite snack and not having to worry about rancid, GMO oils and processed, possibly iodized, and sugared salt!

Green bananas are a staple in Jamaica. We eat them in many ways, not just as chips. And it’s not just because they grow in abundance there…green bananas have multiple health benefits! You can also give this mashed green banana recipe a try by clicking here–they make a great replacement for potatoes.

The fiber helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and colon cancer. They sooth the stomach lining and help to expel bacteria that may cause ulcers. They contain the prebiotic fructooligosaccharide, which helps to feed beneficial flora so they can proliferate, nourish and protect us.

Green bananas contain indigestible (to humans) short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that are a favorite food of the cells that make up the lining of the intestines. When these cells are well-nourished and healthy, the body’s ability to absorb nutrients such as calcium can increase dramatically. – WHFoods

They are not the same baked or dehydrated, by the way. And you want green bananas–not kinda green, slightly green or even mostly green. GREEN.

Homemade Jamaican Banana Chips Recipe

Use 2-3 bananas per person
Course: Snack
Keyword: Paleo
Servings: 1 person
Author: nourishingtime.com

Ingredients

  • 2-3 green bananas
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (approximately)
  • sea salt (to taste)

Instructions

  • Put approximately 1/4 inch of oil in your skillet and heat oil to medium low (350oF)
  • Peel green bananas
  • Use a mandolin to slice even thin slices
  • Put banana slices in skillet once oil is hot enough to fry (don’t overcrowd, you may need to fry in batches if you’re making plenty)
  • Move around periodically to ensure even heating and avoid burning your fries
  • Your chips are ready once the middle and edges begin to brown
  • Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon, and put on a paper towel to absorb excess grease.
  • Toss with a little sea salt and mix to distribute evenly.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Peeling green bananas: It is helpful to cut off each end of the banana, then score the skin length-wise. Basically you want to cut through all the skin on at least once side but try not to damage the white flesh of the banana itself. It should be easy to peel off the skin afterwards. You can oil your hands to prevent too much sap from the bananas sticking to them. It can stain, so try to avoid getting it on your clothes.

So there you have it, these homemade Jamaican banana chips are healthy, quick and easy to make. Go ahead and try them, and then let me know what you think!

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