Mmmm, sweeeeet!

I've never been a big nut brittle person - come to think of it, the last time I ate brittle, I was a child. However, when I saw the photo and recipe for a raw version in the holiday recipe section on RFC, by Cherie Soria , I couldn't help but want to try it. Not to mention the fact that I had a bazillion ripe bananas sitting around!

I decided it would be the perfect addition to my recent "Sweet-A-Thon" dehydrator day, where I was making cookies and bars up the ying yang. Oh boy oh boy. The smell comin outta the D was heavenly!

Banana Nut Brittle

2 1/2 cups pitted dates
8 bananas - peeled
3 cups almonds or other nuts - roughly chopped
3 cups dried, shaved coconut, optional

1/4 cup flax meal

1. Blend bananas, dates, and flax meal until smooth.
2. Stir in nuts and coconut.
3. Evenly spread 4 cups of mixture on a dehydrator tray lined with a non-stick sheet. Score into the size and shape you want. (I like 4x6 to create 24 rectangles)
4. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 12 hours, then flip them over and continue dehydrating for another 12 hours or until crispy.
5. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 4 months.

Heathy's Notes:
-I did not add the coconut...for me personally, that flavour didn't fit into the recipe.

-I'm not sure how she possible managed to score the mixture before dehydrating it, as it is very wet, then again Im sure it's a lot more dry with the coconut added. That said, after 12 hours of dehydrating the sheet, I flipped it over and dried it a bit longer, then cut it, and then continued drying it.

- After what seemed like forever of the brittle being in the D, it was starting to become crispy, but definately not like brittle. I took it out anyway and stored it in the fridge. This made a huge difference and the brittle crisped up quite nicely. It's even better out of the freezer as long as it's eaten quickly. I've found that once it sits a little while, it softens up a bit.

-The batter for this was extremely delicious and would make a great pudding or smoothie!

Overall Rating: I give this recipe a 6/10.
The flavour is alright, the texture could be better. I probably wouldn't make this again but the idea is good. I'm going to see if I can find another use for all this brittle. I'll report back if I come up with anything great!

Next up! Mac Macs, from Carol Alt's, The Raw 50, created by her sister, Christine.

After a friend of mine made and shared a few of these with me, I just had to try them myself. Coconut isn't my favourite flavour and I never like coconut macaroons, so when I first saw this recipe is the book, I bypassed it pretty quickly.

Without giving the recipe straight out of her book, here are the ingredients:

dried coconut
macadamia nuts
almond flour
vanilla extract
coconut oil
sea salt

Overall Rating: 9/10.
Absolutely delicious and I recommend making them even if you have a chocolate tooth more than a coconut one. These are sweet, dense, and crunchy - my kinda cookie!

So, give one or both of these a try for the next time you've got a sweet craving! They are both recipes that need to be dehydrated, but both batters could easily be enjoyed without dehydration.

Until next time in Sweetie Land...

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  1. January 9, 2008 at 15:24

    I've never been that keen on brittle either; but oh my goodness, Banana-Nut Brittle?? that sounds AMAZING!! and those Mac-Macs look scrumptious as well :0)

  2. January 10, 2008 at 01:23

    Hey Veggiegirl,<br /><br />I reeeeally recommend the mac macs!

  3. January 10, 2008 at 18:20

    It's my new friend. Hi friend :-)<br /><br />My husband loves nut brittle, so I've gotta try this one. I wonder what can be done to make it crisp like the real deal. I'll take that one to my kitchen laboratory. Thanks :-)

  4. January 10, 2008 at 22:14

    Hey "Friend" lol<br /><br />Yeah you'll have to see what you can do with it to get that proper crisp texture. I mean, right outta the freezer its super crispy...but then...

  5. January 11, 2008 at 21:09

    I am totally trying the mac macs!! Awesome post. I have tons of bananas right now...I buy them 40 # at a time! I will try the looks yummy...<br /><br />Jayna'<br />

  6. January 14, 2008 at 01:19

    Thanks Kristen!<br /><br />Janya, you'll totally love the mac macs! I'd say, double the batch if you have cooke/coconut lovers around :D

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