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05-30-2005, 11:41 PM
Hi everyone. I am sure that this may have come up in the past but I have a problem. I made the banana crepes and when I opened the dehydrator to take them out this morning intending to serve them to other possibly later this evening I found that the bananas had turned brown. yuck. They taste great but the color omg not a good thing to serve to non raw foody people. So I made the batch anyway and put them in the fridge. 12 crepes for myself to eat over the next couple of days. What a bummer. Anyone have a suggestion here? Thanks
05-30-2005, 11:46 PM
Hmmm. I've not had that problem with drying bananas. Might try addin lemon juice to them.
05-30-2005, 11:52 PM
Thank you that is a good idea. I used 6 bananas how much lemon do you think I should use. Maybe like a tsp?
05-31-2005, 12:18 AM
Can't tell you exactly. Hard to determine although somebody else might know. Start w/ a teaspoon and then maybe taste a bit and see if it's got it on all over? If not, add a bit more ~ little by little. Don't want to make it too juicy obviously.
05-31-2005, 12:27 AM
Yes ,try the lemon ,also if you want to create a nicer presentation may I suggest using blueberries and/or mint leaves as a garnish?
05-31-2005, 01:53 AM
Or add an orange or juice of an orange. My banana-orange smoothies hold their color well.
05-31-2005, 07:12 AM
Maybe it's just me but isn't it inevitable that they will turn brown?
I mean, even Alissa's crepes, the banana "wrappers" were not "banana-whitish" in color - the picture in the book nor on the DVD. In fact, I can distinctly remember one of the ladies jokingly saying that the banana leather that Alissa pulled out of the dehydrator looked just like the Teflex sheet that she peeled it off of- which was...brown-ish.
I don't think your non-raw friends would mind once you get them filled with the cream filling and pour the strawberry sauce on top and they ESPECIALLY won't mind once they TASTE it! ;)
Mine have always turned in color and I didn't really expect them not to due to oxidation, period.
In fact, here is the picture of the crepes from Alissa's webpage and from what I can see, they're brown:
And here's a thread started a while back by one of our older members, Analeah, who made the crepes. She has pics of hers in her post and hers are brown too:
05-31-2005, 09:36 AM
Uh duh!!! I guess spending the day at the beach, in the sun, addled my brain. Yes, I've made them and yes, they do turn brown ~ as they should. For some reason I was thinking of a filling which seems as though it "should" be white, not the outside. My bad! :o
05-31-2005, 10:57 AM
Ok thanks everyone. I just checked the picture again and they are a nice banana yellow. Maybe she did something to them to make them look so pleasing for the photo. Mine did look like the teflex sheet actually. So I guess what I have to do is really cover them in sauce and add the garnish. Thank you for all the help. I am going to try the lemon juice though and see if it makes a difference. I was also thinking about adding cinnamon and vanilla to see if it added a dimension to the crepe wrapping part.
05-31-2005, 11:37 AM
Only thing I can say is that it must be the lighting. I don't know if you have the DVD or not, but she didn't add anything but bananas and it turned out brown. I see brown when I look at the photos, not banana yellow.
Oh well, try to enjoy your crepes anyways.
06-01-2005, 01:16 AM
I make banana leather, banana crepes, and banana taffy, they are alwasy the teflex brown in color.
If it really bothers you, then you might try the lemon juice, but I think you'd need alot to keep the banana whitish, so it would definitely change the flavor, which might be ok, or not depending on what sweetener you are using.
The banana leather will soften ALOT when you pour the strawberry sauce over it, if you place them in the fridge, or on the counter, with the sauce on them, they turn quite soft, not chewy at all.
So, it's best to try them out, chewy, and covered in sauce before you decide to serve them.
Also you can use other fruits, instead of strawberries, but I think they are the prettiest.
Anyway, the brownish color of the banana wraps, make them the same color as the wheat/egg mixture that cooked crepes are made out of.
I add macademia nut whipped cream to the top of mine, and they are sooooo beautiful, with a mint leaf or two,
VV--good garnish suggestion.
08-22-2005, 10:29 AM
I made this recipe over the weekend. It tasted better to me the second day, but I really like this recipe. It calms my sweet tooth.
My crepes are brown in color, just like Alissa's!!
08-22-2005, 06:10 PM
Oh, aren't they the best?
Alissa outdid herself with this recipe.
I know Rawveganmom makes them with a tangerine sauce, and I've made them with a lemon filling and lemon sauce, so you can change them any way you choose.
My hubby eats the banana leather by itself, before I can make crepes, so I always have to make tons of the banana leather when I want to make the crepes, or I won't have any to use. LOL
He is getting more and more raw each day, how fun is that?
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