Trader Joe’s Dried Baby Bananas

Trader Joe's Dried Baby Bananas

Before I get into talking about Trader Joe’s Dried Baby Bananas, I should probably acknowledge by absence lo, these last 4 months. After posting twice a week, every week for the last 4 years, I just got tired. That, combined with a new ad revenue sharing model implemented by WordPress (“Thanks for the increased traffic – we’d like to start paying you half as much.”) meant that a short Christmas hiatus turned into a long-term indefinite hiatus.

Ranking: 4 stars 4 star rating

What it is: Super tasty, tiny, dried bananas.
Price: $1.99 for a 6 oz. bag
Worth it: More than worth it.

And honestly, that indefinite hiatus would probably still be going on if it wasn’t for two factors – first, Trader Joe’s started all but taunting me with some of the stuff they’ve been stocking, but more importantly, I received some very touching, very concerned e-mails from fans of the blog. I certainly wasn’t expecting that – and it simply melted my heart. Sure, I could get by without the blog, but how could I deny you, the reader, of my rambling, unprofessional, knee-jerk screeds? That’s what really kept me up at night.

So anyway, I’m back. I’ll be making a couple tweaks in the weeks to come – in particular I’ll be posting only once a week going forward, and maybe making some changes to the format, but really when Trader Joe’s comes out with whole baby bananas, dried into tiny, chewy brown fingers, the time has come again to weigh in.

These whole, dried bananas showed up a couple months ago, but I simply can’t get them off my mind. When it comes to dried fruit, I tend to think that there aren’t any real advances to be made in the field since, say, the Babylonians. It’s dried fruit – once they figured out you could dry fruit for storage it probably took them all of an afternoon to explore every available option. You wanna put apple slices in there? Sure, why not. Apricots? Orange slices?  Mango? Pretty straight forward stuff. Maybe someone remembered to try persimmons a day or two later. This is low tech, elemental stuff.

So why have I never before in my life seen whole dehydrated bananas? It’s certainly not because they’re not delicious, because these dehydrated baby bananas are the very definition of nature’s candy. Starting with whole baby bananas out of Thailand, Trader Joe’s simply dries them until they wrinkle up into desiccated, little brown fingerlings – a few inches long, and about half an inch wide. The sugar in the banana concentrates down as the bananas shrink, resulting in that mild, mellow banana sweetness and taste, only sweeter and stronger. Think jelly belly compared to jelly bean – more flavor in a smaller package.

The resulting texture is still soft, but also vaguely leathery and chewy – making them extremely enjoyable to snack on. This, combined with the wrinkled, flaccid, tanned appearance is perhaps a bit off putting. I’ll admit that the notion that this must be a little bit what munching on a mummy’s fingers would be like did flash through my brain on more than one occasion while eating these – however they’re so tasty and snackable that they easily overcome any reservations about texture or appearance.

Trader Joe’s suggests that these make an excellent snack for “little hands and large hands alike”, which only reinforces the whole “I’m eating fingers” thing, but still makes a good point. You may only get about 20 of these baby dried bananas per 6 oz. bag, but they satisfy so well, and are so cheap, that they should last a a whole carful of munchkins, or an office of inquisitive co-workers.

The Breakdown

Final Synopsis: Delicious, tiny, dried bananas – nature’s answer to the fun-sized candy bar.

Would I Recommend Them: Absolutley.

Would I Buy Them Again: I already have.

Trader Joe's Dried Baby Bananas - Nutrition Facts


13 Comments on “Trader Joe’s Dried Baby Bananas”

  1. Natalie says:

    Yay! I’m glad you’re back! I’ve missed your posts.

  2. Mara says:

    Ditto the first commenter! I’ve honestly missed your posts. Even when they’re ones like this, where I just can’t get on board with an item you like so much. But I did give them to someone who I knew loved dried bananas, and they were a revelation to her, so all is not lost.

  3. Courtney says:

    So glad you are back!! I have been checking weekly for an update and was thrilled when I saw this new review 🙂

  4. Rachel says:

    Long time reader, first time commenter. (Commentor? Commentator?). I check maybe four blogs regularly, and this is one of them. I was sad to see pannetone French toast greet me for so many months. Welcome back. 🙂

  5. Melanie says:

    Just commenting to echo the sentiments of everyone above me. So glad you’re back! And if revenue is dipping, well, I’m sure I’m not the only one who’d wear an “Eating at Joe’s” tee with pride.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I’m SOOOO glad you’re back! Certainly understand the wish for a break – but I’ve been missing your posts and checking your site frequently hoping you’d post again. Yahooo! I agree, these dried bananas are delightful and not often in stock… sadly.

  7. Tamara says:

    Glad you’re back!

  8. Anonymous says:

    As I’ve been doing, for the past few weeks, just checked to see if there were new posts.
    So happy to know that you are okay, and back in the saddle!

  9. Ken says:

    I knew you’d return. I never took your decal off of my car.

    • Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. That one got me right in the heart 🙂

      • Ken says:

        I used to work the demo counter at a TJ’s 5 miles outside of Washington DC. Was able to play around with all the great products, and came up with a lot of great ideas thanks to your blog. GREAT to have you back. Now, they’ve been out of Mummy Fingers for a month. I was told they’d return this month. I’m buying 20 bags. They are crack.

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  11. Danielle says:

    Just bought these for the first time a few days ago. I opened the bag and almost threw them out! No wonder they come in opaque packaging. Seriously. They look bad. But I put them in the fridge and thought I’d give them a try when they were cold and chewy. Good call. I love them.

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