Thursday, November 10, 2011

Banana Split Cookies and Everything You Need to Know About Freeze Dried and Dehydrated Bananas

There are two types of bananas that you might store in your food storage.  Dehydrated bananas often called Banana Chips and Freeze Dried Bananas. 

Banana Chips --  are  dehydrated  and  fried  in  coconut  oil.  If you have eaten trail mix you have probably had these. I personally don’t like them, but lots of people do.  

How to use with Dehydrated Banana Chips
Add them to yogurt parfaits
Sandwich a little peanut butter between two banana chips to create tiny banana sliders.

Banana Chip Costs 
based on the Fall 2011 Shelf Reliance Price list
Banana Chips Cost per cup:  $0.82
Banana Chip Cost per serving $0.20

Banana Chip Recipes You Might Enjoy

Freeze Dried Banana  Slices  are  light,  airy, with a clean banana taste.  I always think that bananas have a weird aftertaste these banana slices do not.  There is nothing  added,  no  sugar, no preservatives.  They are great in smoothies, perfect for babies and  baby  food.

Freeze Dried Bananas
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Add FD bananas to cool water and allow to sit 7-10 minutes until soft.  Drain.

Cost based on the Fall 2011 Shelf Reliance Price list
Freeze Dried Banana Slices cost per cup $2.12
Freeze Dried Banana Slices cost per serving $0.53

My Favorite Freeze Dried Banana Recipe:

Banana Split Cookies

-These cookies are chewy and fruity.
Do NOT over bake!!
3 ½ cup THRIVE fudge brownie mix (or 1 boxed complete brownie mix)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon powdered eggs plus 2 tablespoons water (or 1 egg)
1 tablespoon water
1 cup freeze dried banana slices broken into smaller pieces
½ cup freeze dried strawberries
½ cup freeze dried pineapple broken into small pieces
½ cup chopped maraschino cherries, or dry cherries (optional, but delicious)

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Prepare cookie sheet by lining with parchment paper or spraying with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine brownie mix, oil, eggs and water.  Stir to combine.  The dough will be stiff.  Stir in bananas, strawberries, pineapple and cherries.
  3.   Drop a heaping tablespoon of dough onto the prepared cookie sheet.  Flatten slightly with your hand. 
  4. Bake 12 minutes until just set.  Do not over bake.  Cool slightly on pan and the transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Other Freeze Dried Banana Recipes you might like: