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    I freaking LOVE banana chips, but most of the prepackaged kinds contain corn syrup or too much sugar. I'd like to try making my own, either sugar-free or with a small amount of honey. Anyone here try this? I'm just wondering if coconut oil would be good to use and whether I should just lay the banana slices out on a baking sheet or whatever (I don't have/want a deep fryer), and if so, how high to set the temp....

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    I've made plantain chips just by frying in coconut oil. It wasn't terribly difficult.

    There's a brand at Walmart that is an all natural banana chip (salty too). Can't remember the name of it off hand. It was a white bag with green text though.
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      I would try just frying them in olive or coconut oil as mentioned above.

      However, I do want to mention that I do not agree (respectfully, I hope) with recommending Walmart as a place to buy anything, let alone Primal/Paleo foods. There are many reasons that make Walmart Grok's worst nightmare, and I am commenting because I do not think this is talked about enough, not to be mean or cause drama.

      Food prices are a big deal, and they become even more of an issue for those of us trying to eat primally, as a major pillar of eating primally is local and organic food sourcing. So I recognize that the low prices at Walmart can be very appealing. However, I think reiterating Mark's point about re-prioritizing food costs is the most step. But I recognize this can be an issue, and I also recognize that there is no easy solution, but I don't think many people become Primal simple for the ease of the lifestyle.

      Walmart is a company built on the idea of destroying local and small businesses. (The stores that Primal eaters support and depend on throughout the world.) Their business model is specifically to enter a region, undercut local prices and drive out or shutdown local competition until they become the only shop in town. This is not only highly unethical, but it is unhealthy economically, and health-wise.

      Also, Walmart is one of the worst (next to big oil) offenders of destroying our planet. Whether it is the Palm forests in Asia or many other sensitive natural resource areas throughout the world, Walmart consistently drives further destruction through over production, lax regulation, and overall blatant disregard for our planet. None of that sounds like stuff "Grok would do" to me.

      Again, I do not mean to be overly critical, but I think this is an important issue (ethical business and food shopping) that needs to be talked about more. I would love to hear/read/see a discussion around this, both opinions and potential solutions to avoiding companies like Walmart.

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      Jason

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      • #4
        All the banana chips I've bought have coconut oil or palm oil in the ingredients. if you want "authentic" banana chips i.e. not like plantain/potato chips then I think baking is the only way. They all come with a kind of glaze though so I think sugar (or honey at the very least) is an essential ingredient. it is probably responsible for them being so crunchy as well. Basically it is going to be a case of experimentation or trial and error to try to get the right result. Please report back if you try!!

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        • #5
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          Originally posted by EyeOfRound View Post
          I freaking LOVE banana chips, but most of the prepackaged kinds contain corn syrup or too much sugar. I'd like to try making my own, either sugar-free or with a small amount of honey. Anyone here try this? I'm just wondering if coconut oil would be good to use and whether I should just lay the banana slices out on a baking sheet or whatever (I don't have/want a deep fryer), and if so, how high to set the temp....
          Not sure if you are still checking this but have you considered investing in a food dehydrator? I make banana chips. You just place slices of the banana on the tray set temp to 135 and check on them. No oil needed. I have a Nesco I got on amazon when I ordered pb 21d book and journal.

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          • #6
            Dehydrated bananas are delicious, but a totally different mouth feel. They are my preference but they are more of a banana leather than a crunchy chip. The hardest part is not eating too many of them!
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            • #7
              I make banana chips from just bananas in a dehydrator, and they turn wonderful. Mine are mostly crunchy (I dry them out for a long time and at 145 degrees, rather than 135).
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