If you’re sitting there with overripe bananas on your hands, you can make a tasty sweet treat that not only kids, but adults alike will LOVE – that is… provided you don’t have a strong dislike for bananas or anything banana-flavored!
Now I’m sure that you can make banana fruit leather using a standard oven but I’ve not yet PERSONALLY tried it so I can’t honestly speak on it, however; I have made it using a dehydrator and that’s what I’m going to be sharing with you today…
How to Make Banana Fruit Leather:
The Dehydrator Recipe
What you’ll need:
1 bunch or at least 4 bananas (the more ripe they are, the better. Over ripe, brown spotted bananas work especially well!)
a blender or food processor
Peel and blend your bananas in your blender (or processor) until smooth. As you can see here, I used a VERY basic blender, the Ninja Drink Maker.
Once blended well, pour the banana puree onto a dehydrator sheet that you can lightly oil with a natural oil such as coconut oil. Spread with a rubber spatula. Try not to spread it too thin (harder to peel off and may turn out crispy) or too thick (takes longer to dry).
Dehydrate at 110 degrees IF you want to preserve most of the nutrients – this means you would need a dehydrator with a temperature control.
Many models such as the Ronco, do not have one. I use the Nesco Snackmaster that does have one.
(If you notice the one when you click on the link looks a little different, it’s because mine is an older model that I’ve had for over 10 years!)
It may take anywhere from 8-12 hours depending on a number of factors such as your climate, the temperature in your home, etc. Keep checking it every several hours.
Again, test your leather for doneness every few hours or so. You can see my finger indent in this batch from testing it before it was fully done. Pay no attention to that ‘little’ torn off area on the side there, though! LOL!
And here is what the finished product looks like once it’s done and you’ve peeled it off of the sheet!
You can now cut or tear this up into pieces or “squares” and roll them up. Keep stored in an airtight container. As long as it’s totally dry, it will keep for a while… I can’t tell you how long though because it always gets eaten up QUICKLY in my house!
You can also make other variations such as strawberry banana fruit leather, blueberry banana fruit leather and more… be creative!
I love to spread almond butter on it… YUM! But it’s good all by itself too.
I’ve been making fruit leather for years since my days as a raw fooder, and it was such a pleasure sharing this recipe with you today!
Try it and let me know what you think!