Spearmint Experiment

I was an occasional gum chewer before SCD, but after many years without any, I kinda wanted some. Since any gums are illegal on the SCD I decided to try fruit as a vehicle for that minty payload. I mashed some SCD ripe bananas, added some dried spearmint that I had powdered in a coffee grinder then dried the concoction in a dehydrator.

The resulting fruit leather resembles jerky more than gum, but the flavor is sure there. It’s not as sweet as the gum I remember, but I consider it a successful experiment.

I didn’t measure when I was making it, but I think the ratio of banana to mint was 7-10 bananas to 2-3 Tbs spearmint. Note that peppermint will taste completely different.

2 Responses to “Spearmint Experiment”

  1. 1 Cathy Graham July 12, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Hi Paul,
    I’m a longtime reader, first time commenter. 🙂
    I tried this recipe, and I agree it is delicious! I tried dehydrating my own bananas, and also tried it on Trader Joe’s dried bananas. (Though I’m not absolutely positive the Trader Joe’s are SCD legal.) One problem I encountered when dehydrating bananas was their tendency to really stick to the dehydrator, even when I put them in the fruit leather plastic insert. Do you have any tips about this problem? Thanks again for the recipe!

    Arlington, MA

    • 2 Paul Stocker July 19, 2011 at 8:43 am

      Hi Cathy,

      I’m glad to hear from you!

      Before the tip, I’d advise avoiding buying any commercial dried bananas. Even if they are unadulterated by illegals, I would bet that they are not SCD ripe when they are dried.

      Now for the tip. I dried my spearmint banana leather on parchment paper. It worked fine, with no problems removing it.


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