Raw banana bread recipe
Posted in: Dehydrated Raw Sweets
5 large ripe bananas (must be ripe because ripe bananas are sweeter than unripe bananas. Ripe bananas have small brown speckles on the banana peel.)
1 2/3 cups roughly chopped carrots (peeled)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup dates
1/2 cup chia seeds (can substitute flax seeds instead, but chia seeds will leave better flavor) (you must use chia or flax in this recipe because they are necessary for this recipe to stick together) (do not omit)
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnam
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch sea salt
Reserve: 1 cup raisins
Reserve: 1/2 cup chopped pecans (or chopped walnuts)
Reserve: 1/4 cup sesame seeds
1. Get out a large mixing bowl. Place raisins, pecans and sesame seeds in bowl. Set aside for later.
2. Place water, peeled bananas, vanilla, cinnamon and sea salt into your high speed blender. Once blending, add chopped carrots and dates. Mixture will be pretty thick. Try to avoid adding any extra water (besides the initial quarter cup). Blend until nicely combined and smooth, like a smoothie.
3. Try to do this step quickly: Add chia seeds to blender mixture and blend well. Since the mixture is already quite thick, your chia seeds might get stuck at the top of the mixture. If so, turn blender off and create an air pocket down the side of the mixture. Also, use your Vitamix tamper (big tool for mixing, like a big spoon) if you have one. Start blender on low again and increase speed. (Remember that chia seeds will thicken the mixture even more so work fast!)
3. Once your mixture seems as smooth as you can get it, find the mixing bowl that you set aside in step 1. Now, pour/spoon blender mixture on top of rasins, pecans and sesame seeds. Mix with a spoon. This should now resemble regular, Standard American Diet (SAD) banana bread batter.
4. Line two dehydrator trays with parchment paper or teflex sheets. (Do not use wax paper! It'll stick and be a disaster!)
5. Pour half of raw banana bread batter onto each tray. Smooth batter out with the back of a spoon (or with a palette knife/cracker spreader). Batter should be a 1/4 of an inch thick or a bit less. The thinner the batter is the better it will dehydrate, although you don't want it too thin because you want some moistness in the middle like "raw banana bread slices" not like dried out "banana crackers or cookies" if you know what I mean!
6. Dehydrate on high for 1.5 hours. Reduce temperature to 105 degrees and dehydrate your banana bread for another couple of hours. Once it seems to be holding together and drying out, score lines into the crackers with a knife so that you can more easily break them up later.
7. Keep dehydrating. At some point once they appear to be holding together very well you’ll want to remove the parchment paper, flip them over and finish dehydrating them. (You want to remove the parchment paper so that the air can flow around better without being blocked by the parchment paper.)
8. One you've flipped over your banana bread slices, keep monitoring based on how dry/moist you want your banana bread slices to be. Dehydrator times and temperatures can vary greatly so I urge you to check this raw banana bread recipe quite frequently. Don't be afraid to taste test, especially if you are new to dehydrating.
9. Once your banana bread is done, remove from dehydrator. Eat some right away, and let the others cool. If you want some extra excitement for your banana bread, you can top it with a cream-cheese like spread made from cashews. Enjoy this raw banana bread recipe!
The Rawtarian's Thoughts
Raw banana bread recipes are comfort food for me. I was raised on banana bread, carrot cake and zucchini bread, and I love all those tastes. So I've been enjoying recreating my favorite childhood flavors, starting with this raw banana bread recipe.
This is basically an easy raw banana bread recipe in terms of procedure--just blend everything together, add the "mix-ins" (raisins, etc) and then dehydrate. However, timing is very important because this raw banana bread blender mixture is pretty thick, and when you add the chia seeds the mixture will thicken even more, so you have to work fast to make this work. Don't be intimidated, it's very easy. You just have to be aware that you need to work a bit faster than normal when making this raw banana bread recipe, for example, have all your ingredients out on the counter and don't clean up until everything is in the dehydrator.
You can certainly serve this banana bread recipe on its own, or topped with almond butter or honey, or even topped with a delicious raw white icing that resembles cream cheese icing.
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