Recipe: Oven Dehydrated Strawberries and Bananas

As my daughter and I were preparing for the epic 18th birthday Disneyland celebration (here's the shirt), I gathered up the snacks for our little road trip adventure. Of course road trips always mean splurging on some junk food, but healthy treats can be yummy, too. (Insert teenage eye roll here!)

I thought about buying some dehydrated fruit, but when I saw the gorgeous, fresh strawberries on sale for $0.87, I decided to just make my own.

Yes, dehydrating fruits in a food dehydrator is probably the quickest method, but since I don't have one I made my dried strawberries and bananas in the oven. It's still pretty easy.

Ingredients


  • 1 lb of fresh strawberries
  • 5 small bananas
  • lemon juice
  • water

  • Directions


    Preheat the oven to 200F. Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper.

    Tip - The use of parchment paper is not required, but it makes it a lot easier to get your dried fruit of the pan. You'll be thanking me later.
    Wash your strawberries.
    Blot your strawberries to remove the excess moisture.
    Cut the strawberries into 1/4-inch thick chips.
    Place the strawberry chips on your parchment lined baking sheet so they are not touching.
    Slice your bananas into 1/4-inch chips.
    Mix 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice (fresh or bottled) with 1-2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl.

    Gently toss the banana slices in the juice. This helps prevent excessive browning.
    Place the banana chips on your parchment lined baking sheet so they are not touching.
    Put the fruit into the oven and bake for about 5 hours, rotating the pan placement every hour for even heating.

    You may also want to turn the fruit slices over about halfway through the baking process.
    When your fruit is nice and dry, remove it from the oven and let it cool completely. For long term storage, it's best to put your fruit loosely into a non-plastic container and give it a little shake from time to time to mix it up. However, since we're taking ours on the road and it doesn't need to be preserved for an excessive number of days, I'll be tossing it all into a large Ziplock bag. Yum!


    Since the shirt is made and the snacks are ready, it's time for us to hit the road. I can't wait to ride Big Thunder Mountain!!
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