My son has been pretty hit and miss on eating bananas lately and there are only so many loaves of banana bread that a person can eat, so I decided to see what his thoughts were on one my favorite Trader Joe’s snacks, Bananas Flattened. (Man, do I miss having a Trader Joe’s right down the street!) I am also always looking for “car friendly” snacks and as I found out one day, bananas, a 2 1/2 year old, and a black interior do not mix! But these delicious little bananas, or “banana candies” as my son calls them, are perfect for packing on the road! They get so deliciously sweet in the oven that you will find the first batch gone almost immediatly, so it’s best to plan ahead for more!
Cinnamon Banana Leathers
- 2 large ripe bananas, sliced lenthwise 1/8 inch thick
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line a half sheet pan with a silicon baking mat. Using a filet knife (they are thin and flexible), slice bananas lengthwise 1/8 inch thick. If necessary to make it easier to control, slice each banana in half first so that your strips will actually be only 1/2 of a banana long. Lay slices on a silicone baking mat or very lightly greased parchment paper. (you don’t want greasy bananas!) Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 2 hours. Turn oven off and let remain in the oven for 8 hours. This step may not be needed, but it I it allows for extra drying in case your slicing wasn’t the most even and works well with my busy lifestyle because I can either leave them in the oven over night or while I am work. Remove the pan from the oven and carefully peel the bananas off of the baking mat. They should have a slight bend and chewiness to them. Store in an airtight bag. Enjoy!