So you’re around a campfire with friends. And you’re well acquainted with the 80/20 rule, understanding that it’s about what you do MOST of the time that counts, not ALL of the time. And yet, being the health saavy foodie that you are, you know that there is nothing redeeming about putting a charred mess of sugar goo on a sugary cracker into your mouth. And so you pull out your supplies to make THESE healthy puppies instead! Oh, you clever thing, you!
These are not S’mores, and they’re not going to taste exactly like S’mores, but they ARE a fun, healthy, and totally delicious treat that you can make around the campfire, still participating in the tradition of cooking a delightfully gooey element amidst the glowing coals and flames. This recipe mimics the classic chocolate-on-sweet-goo-on-cracker campfire treat, and that is good enough for me.
Surely there are recipes to be found for homemade graham crackers that would be healthier than the store bought variety, however, I decided to keep this recipe completely grain-free with a raw cracker.
Alt. S’mores Cracker
½ cup ground flax seeds
¼ cup hemp seeds
¼ cup sesame seeds
1 tsp cinnamon powder
½ tsp vanilla powder
pinch sea salt
- In a mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a fork.
- Once a fairly smooth goo, add in all other ingredients and stir.
- IF YOU HAVE A DEHYDRATOR: spread mixture onto 1 or 2 dehydrator sheets and use a rubber spatula to spread it smooth and even, and then score. Dehydrate at about 110 or 115 degrees for approximately 4 hours. Flip and remove the sheet, and continue to dehydrate for another 4 hours, or until dry but still pliable.
- IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A DEHYDRATOR: Line a baking sheet with non-bleached parchment paper. Pour the mixture on top and use a rubber spatula to spread it smooth and even, and then score. Bake on the oven’s lowest setting. If your oven goes as low as 100 or 115, great! Most ovens only go as low as 200, in which case leave the oven door slightly ajar while baking. Baking time will vary oven to oven, but check on it after 2 hours and see if it is ready to flip over. Flip, remove parchment paper (and please reuse or recycle it) and continue baking until dry.
Alt. S’mores Filling
(make one of these for each person)
1 banana, unpeeled
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp lacuma* powder (optional but delicious)
½ tsp cinnamon powder
- In a small bowl, combine the coconut oil, honey, lacuma, and cinnamon until well mixed.
- Use a sharp knife to slice the peel of the banana lengthwise. Pull open the peel gently and spoon the mixture into the peel, on top of the banana.
- Carefully reseal the banana somewhat. It won’t close all the way again and that’s okay. Just try to keep most of the mixture inside the peel.
- Wrap the banana in tinfoil.
- Once your campfire is going, use tongs to place your banana somewhere in the fire pit, ideally against some nice glowing coals.
- Let your banana cook in the fire for about 10 or 12 minutes, or until you hear it sizzling.
- Remove banana from the fire with tongs.
- After giving it a minute to cool, unwrap the banana from the tinfoil and, once the foil has fully cooled, try to spread the tinfoil flat, wipe it with a damp wash cloth and see if you can reuse it before recyling it. Tinfoil is generally best avoided for environmental reasons, but I don’t know a way around this one. Tinfoil can often be reused many times if stored flat (I keep used pieces laying flat on a stored baking sheet).
*LACUMA is a sweet fruit native to Peru. It can be used as a low-glycemic sweetener and also offers some solid nutrition, being a source of nutrients such as beta-carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, and calcium. It has a delicate, unique taste somewhat akin to maple syrup. It is lovely and comes highly recommended by us. Add it to desserts and smoothies!
Alt. S’mores chocolate
Make one recipe of our delicious raw chocolate bark!
Given that this bark will be used in this alternative s’mores cracker, I didn’t add any fruit or seeds to mine. I recommend keeping it simple with either nothing, or a simple spice, like a pinch of cinnamon, cayenne, vanilla, or salt.
Before placing the chocolate bark in the freezer to set, it helps to score it with a spatula into s’mores-sized squares.
- Make the cracker and chocolate bark in advance.
- Fire-cook the bananas as per above instructions when it is time to enjoy this treat.
- Use a spoon to scoop out some of that delicious hot banana goo onto a cracker.
- Set a square of raw chocolate bark on the banana. The heat from the banana will start to melt the chocolate.
- Either place a second cracker on top to eat like a sandwich, or take advantage of the cracker’s pliability and eat it like a s’more-taco!
- Be sure to get some melted chocolate on your fingers for the full effect. Make indulgent smacking noises as you lick it off. YUM!
Summer is still happening, friends! There’s still time for alternative s’more-tacos! Make it happen! Enjoy and HAPPY SUMMERING to you!!
Stay finger-lickin’ good, friends.