Raw Banana Crackers for Healthy Snacking


In my pursuit of a ‘high-raw’, vegan nutrition plan, I have been exploring healthy, raw snack ideas.  I came across some ‘banana crackers’ in the natural food store (which were terribly over-priced) and got inspired to make my own.  They turned out beyond amazing and simple to make.

Raw Banana Crackers Recipe:

Mash in a medium sized bowl 2 (very) ripe bananas, then stir in 1/2 cup of unsweetened dried coconut, 1/4 cup of flax seed, 1/4 cup of raw sesame seeds, and 1/4 cup of raw hemp hearts.

This is the base of the recipe – you can add in other ingredients to modify the flavor and texture.  I added a tsp of orange rind to this first batch.  You can also prepare this recipe in a food processor, but I found using a bowl and a couple of utensils just as quick and effective (and less cleaning afterwards).

Once well combined, spread the mixture on a teflex sheet until it is evenly spread to 1/4 inch thick and, then, place on dehydrator tray.  You can ‘score’ the crackers in advance for easy separation later.  Dry for about 24 hours in a dehydrator ‘oven’ at 115 F.  After the first 12 hours (or once the entire sheet starts to feel moderately crisp), flip the teflex sheet and gently peel off the sheet (so you can dry the underside of the crackers).  Once the entire sheet feels completely crisp and has no ‘flexibility’, the crackers are done.  You can speed up the drying process by setting the dehydrator on a higher setting (ie 145 F) for the first hour.

Makes one full sheet.  Multiply recipe for larger quantities. Store in an air tight container.

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4 thoughts on “Raw Banana Crackers for Healthy Snacking

  1. I don’t have a dehydrator, but I’m going to try this in a 200 degree oven on parchment paper with some cinnamon added. They look so good!!

    • Hi Suzanne,
      You could experiment with only light baking at 200 F for about 15-20 minutes and then turn off oven keeping door closed. There should be enough heat retained for a few hours. If the oven cools off and the crackers aren’t done, give it another quick shot of low heat and repeat. Let me know how it goes with the oven method. The orange rind really made this sing. I plan to experiment with other ingredients in this base: carob, sunflower seeds, chopped raw nuts, maybe some maca or chlorella powder.

      Cheers,
      Kreg

      • Hi Kreg,

        The oven method worked fine, however, I did have to turn it on for three rounds, and I could have probably gone one more to get them a little crispier. Nevertheless, they were really good! Next time I’m going to try some of your other ideas. Thanks for this versatile recipe!

        Suzanne

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