I love banana chips. They are great to munch on as a little snack or when I'm craving something sweet. Most of the store bought ones I can find here in Germany are usually fried in vegetable oil and then coated with either sugar or honey. I have actually found some from Ann's House of Nuts that are fried in coconut oil, but they too contain extra sugar.
I've tried to make my own banana chips three times following a different recipe each time. My problem seems to be the same no matter how I try to make them - my German stove just doesn't get hot enough to properly fry the banana slices. They always turn out extra soggy, and quite frankly, are pretty gross. I'm just wondering if using a Fry Daddy with coconut oil would work for this purpose. Making sweet potato fries in the FD would also be great, along with occasionally frying up some other veggies when the mood strikes.
I have used my fry daddy for sweet potato fries, white potato fries, potato chips and even "fried" chicken. The skin gets crispy on its own in the fry daddy without the use of any flour. It definitely works well. Coconut oil is rather expensive to use but lard and/or beef tallow work quite well.
Best to soak any starch before deep frying and some suggest twice frying but I have never done that. Also make sure if you plan on using the oil again that you strain after you are done and refrigerate it. It will keep a lot longer that way.
There is some controversy regarding the acrylamide issue when frying starches but my research suggests that it is dose dependent and difficult to reach a harmful threshold.
I use refined coconut oil in my Fry Daddy, and I used to use virgin coconut oil in it (very expensive, and husband didn't like the coconut flavor). It works fine, but I recommend keeping the oil a bit below the fill line.
I've also used a blend of coconut oil and bacon grease which was AWESOME- but it foams up much worse than either coconut oil or bacon grease alone. It actually ran out over the top, which was kind of not good. :-/
I use coconut oil in my fry daddy all the time, I have had no problems frying with it. The only time I have foaming is when I over fill the fryer with to many fries or fish or anything else I use in it. The oil has no coconut taste it is just like I used vegetable oil or canola. If you use any other fryer do not over heat past 350 degrees.