Air Fryer Banana Chips Recipe

Homemade Banana Chips are a healthy, inexpensive, and easy snack the entire family will love. Fresh bananas are sliced and dried in a dehydrator, oven, microwave or air fryer!



The basic premise of making banana chips is to slowly dry out the bananas until they are crisp like a chip. You can do this in the oven, in a dehydrator, air fryer, or even the microwave!


To make these chips in the dehydrator, prepare a bowl with 2 cups of water and ½ cup lemon juice. Slice bananas evenly and add to bowl. Allow to soak for 5 minutes before adding to dehydrator tray. Dehydrate at 135 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 hours. After 10 hours flip the chips and dehydrate another 2 hours or until dry.

In the oven we prepare the bananas the same as the dehydrator, letting them soak in the lemon water five minutes before placing in a single layer on a foil lined baking sheet. Heat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 2 hours or until dry, flipping after 30 minutes.


Again prepare the banana chips as above, soaking in the lemon juice. Place in a single layer on a microwave safe plate and microwave for 1 minute. Flip chips and season if desired, then microwave 1 minute wait 30 seconds and microwave one additional minute. If bananas are not fully dry add 30 second intervals until they are the desired crispness.


With the air fryer I recommend using barely ripe bananas that are firm. Slice the banana thinly and soak the slices in lemon water for five minutes. Meanwhile preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees. Spray the inside rack with nonstick spray to make sure the chips don’t stick. Layer the chips in a single layer in the air fryer and fry for 12 minutes. Check and if not yet crisp fry an additional 3 minutes.

Regardless of which method you use, chips will crisp more as they cool.



You certainly don’t need to season the bananas before drying but there are a lot of fun flavors to experiment with if you choose!

  • sprinkle with cinnamon
  • add salt to enhance the sweetness
  • 2 parts garam masala & 1 part chili powder sprinkled over chips
  • sprinkle with brown sugar
  • sprinkle with powdered peanut butter
  • soak in water with salt & turmeric instead of lemon water
  • season with pepper

banana chips in white bowl


What kind of bananas do you use to make chips?

You can make banana chips with fresh or overripe bananas. You can even use plantains or green bananas that have yet to ripen.
If you use green bananas or plantains you will need to take an extra step of soaking the chips in water and lemon juice for 2 hours before drying. (Directions in recipe card below.)

How do you keep them from browning?

The secret to avoiding brown banana chips is to brush the chips with lemon water. This keeps them nice and fresh looking!

How to store banana chips

Store these chips in an airtight container up to two weeks.

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