Next to my blender, my favorite kitchen appliance is my dehydrator.
I use it on the daily, and couldn’t imagine my life without it! Seriously!
When I was in kindergarten, I remember snacking on these fruit leather things that were so delicious! I loved everything about them, their texture, taste, and pliability. They were a little gritty in texture also. Maybe you remember the name of them…?
Fast forward years later, here I am wanting to eat some favorite childhood snacks!
So, here it is!
I’ll introduce you to my version of one of my childhood faves. I call them Cosmic Crisps!
When I originally created these, I was consuming oil at the time. The addition of coconut oil to this recipe created a pliability that made them like a giant fruit leather. Now, since oil is no longer apart of my diet, the crepes have now become crisps, which I’m actually happy about! Just another energy rich & easy snack to take on an adventure 🙂
Have you ever had astronaut food? If not…imagine eating the most amazingly fruit bursting, flavored, thin styrofoam. This is literally what the Comic Crisp is like! Oddly cool, huh?
Because of their higher sugar content from the banana, this is a great snack to enjoy after 3p. Eating higher sugar fruit after 3pm helps to sustain, utilize, and manage blood sugar.
The addition of chias allow this snack to be another source of Omega-3; healthy fats that also assist in sustaining energy while supplying the brain, nerve, eyes, and heart with what they need to thrive.
And of course, bananas. We know them to be great sources of potassium and several other minerals that are required for several metabolic processes within the body.
This recipe (like others I’ve featured) specifically calls for wild blueberries.
Why wild blueberries instead of regular organic?
Wild blueberries have been shown to have a heightened total antioxidant capacity (TAC) for trapping free radicals. Dr. Guihua Cao, a physician and chemist at the USDA Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in Boston discovered this through his lab research procedure called Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity or ORAC.
Time to get crispin 🙂
6 – 8 hours at 115º
High speed blender & dehydrator
Makes 1 small mason jar
2 large organic bananas
1 cups of organic wild blueberries (frozen okay)
1 Teaspoon of Vietnamese Cinnamon
1/8th Tsp air dried pink salt
4 Tbsp of black chia seeds
Lime juice (squeezed from 1 full lime)
Place all ingredients into your high speed blender
Once done blending, all of your ingredients should be like a very thick smoothie, like banana ice cream if you’ve made it!
If it becomes challenging to blend, you can add a bit of water, or better yet, some more lime juice!
Before spreading it out on your dehydrator tray, take a taste and see if you need anymore lime juice. With just the right amount, it tastes like a Starburst candy! If not enough, just add more! Limes are rich in Vitamin C and bioflavenoids!
Pour contents over your flat dehydrator tray. The layer should be no thicker than 1/2 inch. Set dehydrator to 110- 115 degrees and let dehydrate for 6-8 hours.
If you want to ferment your Cosmic Crisps, set your dehydrator at 95°.
You can let your crepes dehydrate over a period of 24 hours if you drop the heat to as low as 95 º. Since this recipe calls for a natural anti-pathogenic (Vietnamese cinnamon), it’ll have the ability to fight bad bacterial growth during its dehydrating/ fermenting time!
You’ll know your crisps are ready to eat when you can break them apart. It may be slightly sticky in texture, but there should be no “goopiness.”
This is a great snack for all ages! Just another adventure snack to throw into your backpack 🙂
“Tear it up!”