On a recent trip to New York City, I indulged myself on a variety of fabulous, though fattening foods.
I do this occasionally so that I can find amazing gourmet dishes and then make them over into healthier versions that are lower in Points, so they’ll be more Weight Watchers friendly.
At one restaurant, I had a banana crème brulee for dessert. Now, I’m not really a huge banana lover, but something about this dish really made me start craving bananas something fierce. I decided that some simple banana chips might be a good solution to the craving. But typical banana chips are fried and pretty caloric, thus high in Weight Watchers Points.
So, I decided to try baking them, and I was very pleased at how YUMMY they were – and they were so much better than the fried banana chips! Granted, the texture was more chewy than crunchy, but slow baking the banana chips allowed them to caramelize which made them taste like they were glazed with caramel. SO good.
Though I like to eat them straight up as a snack, they’d also make a great topping for oatmeal, ice cream or on toast with peanut butter. They do take some time to bake, so if you like them I’d suggest making a big batch and freezing some so that you’ll have some on hand in a jiffy if your sweet tooth strikes.
Baked Banana Chips Recipe
A healthy and delicious snack recipe, these Baked Banana Chips have a delicious caramel-like flavor that and is a great low Points sweet tooth satisfier.
- 1 large, firm banana, thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice (NOT the kind from a carton)
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Place bananas into a small bowl and squeeze orange juice over top, very gently tossing the banana slices enough to evenly coat with the orange juice.
- Lay banana slices flat on baking sheet, and bake for about an hour, flipping over slices about half way through.
Note that the texture will be a bit chewy, and not quite crunchy like fried banana chips.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 1 hour(s)
Diet type: Vegan
Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat
Number of servings (yield): 1
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
Entire recipe makes 1 serving
Serving size is 1 banana
Each serving = 0 Points
PER SERVING: 110 calories; 0g fat; 28g carbohydrates; 1g protein; 3g fiber