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Green bananas. Coconut oil. Himalayan Pink Salt. That’s how you make homemade Jamaican banana chips! Simple and easy, right? And these fried banana chips are divine!
Oh, a skillet and a knife or slicer will come in handy as well. A mandoline slicer is preferable, that way when you make your own banana chips they are neat and evenly sliced. I’ve used this same slicer for years and never had to replace it or sharpen the blade. I use it for sauerkraut, slicing tomatoes, cucumbers and many other things. Do check it out by clicking here.
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. The Chippies brand was my favorite, very few ingredients and salted just right. This is similar to Chippies…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 homemade banana chips are healthier and taste better, too!
I can hardly believe I was so hesitant to give the processed version up! It’s great enjoying 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 should give this mashed green banana recipe a try… click here for the recipe–they make a great replacement for potatoes.
The fiber in green bananas helps 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 dried green banana chips just cannot compare. And you want green bananas–not kinda green, slightly green or even mostly green. GREEN.
Homemade Jamaican Banana Chips Recipe
- 2-3 green bananas
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (approximately)
- sea salt (to taste)
- 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.