Banana and cocoa pancakes (and how to make crepes with a dehydrator)
The dehydrator is useful for much more than making dehydrated fruit chips for a snack or dehydrating onions, garlic, mushrooms and aromatic plants to always have them ready for your stews. With this recipe for dehydrated banana and cocoa crepes I hope to shed light on the possibilities offered by the air dehydrator, and of course I hope that with them you will enjoy some of the healthiest, most energetic and tasty breakfasts.
Preparing this crepe batter takes two minutes (if not less), and the dehydrator will do all the work.
Making fruit pancakes is an easy task: you introduce the ingredients with which you are going to make the pancakes in a blender or a food processor, apply the resulting mass in the trays of the dehydrator and dry. Nothing else, let's see it!
With what ingredients to make dehydrated and healthy pancakes or crepes
Today we make these pancakes only with banana (I will leave you the recipe below), personally it is one of the fruits that I use the most to make pancakes because it provides energy, sweetness (so I do not have to add additional sugar) and you get a fairly dense texture, which allows you to form pancakes without difficulty, since it does not slip, it maintains its shape.
But apart from using banana as a base to make the dough, you can make the pancakes with:
- With fruits , from apples to cherries, bananas, pears, blueberries, figs..., or mix several of them. Do not forget the coconut, or the dehydrated coconut that we always have so close at hand if it suits you better.
- With nuts , which mixed with the fruit will provide energy, basic oils for the body and the most wonderful flavors. From walnuts or hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, or raisins, dates... Add your favorite nuts to mash them with the fruit and obtain the base of your pancakes.
- You can certainly add cereals , from oatmeal to chia, flax seeds, etc.
Remember that you can add honey, maple syrup or sugar to your mixtures (without going overboard or without it, since the fruit is already sweet in itself), but using bananas and dates in your recipes ensures an important contribution of sweetness and more natural and healthy way.
How to make dehydrated crepes or pancakes
The idea is as simple as grinding the ingredients with a mixer or a food processor and spreading the resulting dough on the dehydrator trays, on baking paper and ensuring that air circulates. You let the dehydrator work for a few hours.
As a result, you get a kind of crepes or pancakes that will be more or less elastic depending on the thickness and drying time you wanted to make them, and I assure you that they are the most ideal for breakfast, for a snack or to surprise with a healthy and guilt-free dessert
Keep in mind that depending on the ingredients you use, you will get a more or less dense dough. If it is dense, you will be able to make pancakes (apply thicker layers), and if it is a more liquid dough, the result will be more like a crepe, like the ones I bring you in today's recipe.
If you prefer, or the day you want a crunchy snack or if you want to make some decorations for your dishes, you can make very thin sheets, to obtain thin and crispy sheets and decorate your meat and fish dishes, salads... or leave on the table to nibble along with a spreadable cheese or hummus.
Also remember that the WMF dehydrator comes with a bar mold, precisely to take full advantage of the dehydrator's possibilities: you can make fruit and muesli bars or whatever you fancy: mix, apply in the mold and put it in the dehydrator to desiccate
Recipe to make dehydrated banana and cocoa pancakes
For the crepes:
- 5 or 6 ripe bananas
- 2 heaping tablespoons of pure cocoa*
*If you have pure quality cocoa and apply two or three very full tablespoons, you will get a very intense cocoa flavor. If you use pure cocoa, I recommend that you apply two level tablespoons of cocoa to the first pancakes you make, so as not to overdo it in the crepe.
To accompany these banana and cocoa crepes, I propose several options, although I am sure that you will have other delicious proposals:
- Banana Slices and Maple Syrup – The end result of the pancakes is already sweet considering the banana base, but perfect for banana lovers.
- Banana slices and raspberry syrup or liquid chocolate: You can reduce the sweetness by adding more cocoa to the mixture, or instead of honey or maple syrup accompany the pancakes with syrups that generate more contrast than honey and that do not sweeten them as much, such as raspberry syrup, apricot jam or intense liquid cocoa.
- Raspberries or cherries and icing sugar
- Orange, raspberry, peach jam or your favorite flavor.
- Nuts, such as chopped hazelnuts or almonds, along with fruit, jam or icing sugar.
- Peel the bananas, cut them thick and put them in the Magimix glass blender .
- Add the tablespoons of cocoa powder.
- Blend for a minute and remove.
- Line the WMF Air Dryer trays with parchment paper, applying a generous tablespoon to each tray. With a spatula, spread the dough in a circular and thin shape, one millimeter thick. Fill all the trays, place them in the dehydrator and program 70 ºC for 2 hours, and later lower to 50 ºC for 5 hours.
- Ideally, rotate the trays from time to time, to ensure that they dry at the same time (normally it would not be necessary, but when applying the baking paper it will be better to move them in case there is not a homogeneous distribution of air... although you will see that it will still all the pancakes are dehydrating and the house smells fabulous).
- When serving, remove the crepes from the trays and serve on a plate with your favorite accompaniment.
- Leftover crepes can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container.
If you don't have a food dehydrator yet, you'll find that it's a very simple device. You just have to control the temperature and time you want the hot air to circulate that will dry the food, and press the power button. Practice makes perfect, but remember that the dehydrator already comes with instructions and a guide of ideal times and temperatures to use it, but you will see that in very few uses you won't even need it).
I hope you are encouraged to try making these crepes and explore the world of dehydrated pancakes. They are a resource of the healthiest, tasty, practical and infinite.