Banana-Rama

I love how easy it is to use one cheap ingredient to make many amazing things. From time to time I make a big batch of banana leather to have on hand for various uses. It makes the best raw crepes (something that I learned a few years ago from Alissa Cohen), and is especially great for travelling. Cut the leather into squares, top it with some almond butter and berries - you've got a banana nut butter sandwich!

Here is a quick crepe-like dessert that will "wow" (perfect for entertaining) when you've got some leather on hand.
First, how to make the leather: Simply blend as many bananas as you want, until completely smooth. Pour onto a teflex sheet and evenly spread. Then dehydrate at 115F for about 6-8 hours or until you are easily able to peel the bananas away from the teflex. Flip onto the mesh screen and continue drying a little longer until both sides are dry but the entire sheet is still very pliable.
Ok, now cut the leather into squares (size is up to you - the length from corner to corner will determine how long the rolls are).
Roll up from one corner, diagonally to the other corner, to create a tube.
Now hold them for a minute or two to "set" the roll up (to hold their shape). These can now sit for as long as you want like this until you are ready to fill them.
Here comes the fun part. Deciding what fillings and toppings you'd like to use! In mine I've used the vanilla cream from my cookie post, paired with chopped strawberries and strawberry sauce. You could use a chocolate filling or puree berries into the vanilla cream, and then top with your choice of fruit.

Vanilla Cream
1 1/2 cups cashews
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup coconut butter
1/3 cup agave
2 tbs pure vanilla extract
1 tbs lecithin
1/4 tsp sea salt

Blend all ingredients until completely smooth and creamy. Chill for a few hours to firm.
With a piping bag, pipe your filling into the tube, and then let it sit a little while to soften. Top with your garnishes and voila! Ready to eat. Honestly its easier than it looks when I write it down. Keep the tubes on hand and whenever the urge hits, just fill and eat!
How about a banana caramel tarte? Mmm...First,
choose a nut crust of your choice and press it into
tart shells or muffin tins. Dehydrate until you are able to remove the crust, keeping the shape intact. Continue dehydrating until slightly crisp (or desired texture is reached).

For the filling, spread either some vanilla cream, or chocolate cream into the bottom of the tarte. Now top with a layer of sliced bananas and drizzle with a sauce of your choice. I've made a dark caramel sauce using dates/soak water/vanilla. I also sprinkled a light layer of shredded coconut in between the bananas and filling.

But of course, the best bananas are the ones eaten freshly picked from the trees. This time last year I was surrounded by banana trees in Fiji, ahhh....wish I were back there now...
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15 Comments
  1. sarah
    February 8, 2008 at 06:35
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    This sounds so yummy...these are times when I wish I had a dehydrator. :-(

  2. February 8, 2008 at 13:29
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    These look awesome!!

  3. February 8, 2008 at 15:19
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    I'm addicted to bananas - love the desserts you incorporated them into!! the crepes are ESPECIALLY divine-looking!!

  4. February 9, 2008 at 10:09
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    Oh my god! I'm in love with your blog. I'm juice feasting right now (day 27) but I stumbled upon your blog and it has really inspired me to go raw after this. My first attempt at raw didn't go too well (2 months and then... meh!). But wow... if I can make yummy stuff like the recipes on your website, I'm sure it'll work this time :)<br /><br />- Ben<br /><br />PS: You were at the Simply Raw food festival in Ottawa? I was too! Too cool! Are you in Ottawa?

  5. February 11, 2008 at 12:51
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    Looks good! I just got a dehydrator and will have to try this!

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    February 11, 2008 at 16:14
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  7. February 13, 2008 at 15:23
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    Amazing glories once again - these look absolutely delectable, so its a good thing I awarded you a creative blogger award! I was sure you would have received this already! Thanks for all you do!<br /><br />come check it out at: americanasomatica.blogspot.com<br /><br />thanks!<br />Lindsay

  8. February 17, 2008 at 20:43
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    mmmmm these crepes are so delicious, i can't remember if they were one of the breakfasts we made at her trainings (us girls in the kitchen made so many incredible dishes- it's hard to keep them straight!). . . but i've made them on my own and have to say. . . they didn't come out quite as lovely as yours- something about your presentation always looks so mouth-wateringly perfect!!<br />xx jenny

  9. February 18, 2008 at 17:08
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    beautiful. you and your food. beautiful.

  10. February 22, 2008 at 21:39
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    Thank you everyone for your kind comments! I really love how easy it is to turn a simple banana into a masterpiece :)<br /><br />Ben - congrats on the juice feast! I admire anyone who does it. Neat that you were at Simply Raw. Are you going again this year? I want to enter the pie contest again :) Will you enter it too?<br /><br />Lindsey - thank you so much! I must go to your site. Yes, ive been awarded by Shannon and Carmella, and am ashamed to say I havent awarded anyone yet...thank you for the reminder. I must do it!

  11. February 22, 2008 at 21:52
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    What a great idea...banana as a crêpe. I find all raw recipes very imaginative. I will use some of them for sure in my web about the Seignalet diet.<br />Thanks for sharing!<br /><br />www.dietaseignalet.wordpress.com

  12. February 24, 2008 at 13:31
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    Thanks so much for the recipe, I've got to try it out it looks so good.

  13. November 24, 2009 at 15:44
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    I have used this recipe a number of times, and taken it to family gatherings where they are totally not into the raw mindset let alone healthy. And people go bananas for it. Really. I do have a question i you want it to last for more than the day you make it, How do you store them so they don't get soggy?

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