Want to save this recipe?
Just enter your email and get it sent to your inbox! Plus you’ll get new recipes from me every week!

One of Kenya’s favorite snack foods is Trader Joe’s “Nothing But Bananas, Flattened”. As the name clearly states, there’s nothing in them except for bananas. As much as I truly adore Trader Joe’s, I wanted to see if I could save a little money and make a similar version to this treat on my own. When I tell you my attempt took no effort or time, I mean it. All I did was slice the bananas, lay them on a cookie sheet and bake for just over an hour. It was so easy and I think they’re even better than the Trader Joe’s version.

But, don’t take my word for it. Let your family do a taste test and see for yourself. When Kenya saw these come out of the oven, he proceeded to eat the entire tray’s worth. Good thing I had more bananas on hand to make another batch!

P.S. This is a great teething snack for babies.


Banana Leather

These are exactly like a favorite treat from the store!
No ratings yet
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 strips
Cook Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes



  • Preheat oven to 250°F.
  • Slice the bananas lengthwise into 1/8 inch strips.
  • Place the banana strips on a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet and cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Cool and serve.


Calories: 20kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g
Did you make this recipe?Mention @Weelicious or tag #weelicious!

About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. […] potato and kiwi, then put the sliced bits in a dehydrator. If you don’t have a dehydrator, this banana leather version is easy to make in an oven – and doubles as a yummy snack for older […]

  2. Is it possible for a 16 year old to make money out of blogging?. . I have no idea what a blog is or how they work.. . I know that it can make money though. . Thanks!.

  3. I live outside the us so I don’t know have trader Joes. Is this suppose to come out crispy? I’ve been actually trying to de-hydrate plantains in the oven but have been struggling with the right temp, how ripe a plantain to use – all in an attempt to re-create this amazing super sweet and super crispy dehydrated plantain chips my relatives send me.

  4. I love oranges, kiwis, and more, but my hbausnd won’t move beyond the apple and banana regimen, so I hardly ever buy anything but that, because it’ll go bad before I have a time to eat it. I need to get better about buying smaller quantities.

  5. Hi KB,

    I haven’t made these yet but do you think it could be the banana was too ripe, or not ripe enough? Maybe experiment with that. Also, you could try putting a very light coating of coconut oil on the paper first? I’m going to try making these this week!

  6. Is there some trick to keep them from sticking to the parchment paper? I’ve made them twice and getting them unstuck was a dreadful process. I ended up with a sticky mess of shredded parchment paper, but the ones that I did unstick were delicious and my teething baby loved them.

  7. This banana leather looks so yummy! I know my little guy will love it (Mommy probably will too)! I want to try this today, but I’m out of parchment paper. Will they turn out on the baking sheet without parchment? I love, love, love your website! Thanks for all the great recipes!

  8. If he loves to chew on things this would be great! Definitely watch him closely when you’re first introducing any new food, flavor or texture!

  9. my son is six months, has no teeth yet, but has been teething for about 2 months. is he too young for these?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating