RAW FOOD DEHYDRATING CLASS
On Sunday, February 6, 2011 in Nanaimo, BC I held a raw food dehydrating class and we all had such a great time! I always enjoy meeting and connecting with people who are interested in taking their health to the next level whether they are new to raw foods or have been experimenting with them for a while.
We are all on our own journey. Some may want to eat a high raw diet and some are just looding to incorporate more raw foods into their diet but are basically happy with their present way of eating. I found raw food by looking online for new and interesting healthy recipes. When I came across fantastic sites and blogs with amazing, fresh, beautiful pictures of raw food, I was hooked!! I have always loved healthy foods but I have to say that healthy foods cooked do not look as vibrant, colorful and wonderful as raw food dishes do.
It is easy to incorporate more fresh, raw veggies into your diet, but I was a lover of crackers, granola (I would make my own) and all things crunchy! I loved crisp toast and crunchy crackers and cereals so I knew one of the first raw food appliances I would need (besides a good blender) would be a dehydrator.
Dehydrated food is not as pretty or vibrant as fresh fruit and veggies, but for those of us that love bread, muffins, biscotti, crackers but want to get rid of gluten, cooked grain products and sugar, raw food dehydrating recipes are the way to go!
I do not eat a lot of dehydrated food. Most of my diet consists of fresh, raw food but I do add it when I crave the crunch or I feel like something savoury and heavier like pizza or a burger.
I have posted the recipes for some of these raw food treats below.
Here are some delicious raw burgers (made from carrots and pecans, etc). They were great wrapped in a lettuce wrap with a bit of mustard, cashew cheese and some veggies.
These would also be great crumbled into a salad or on some raw pasta.
Usually when I make pizza I use a buckwheat cracker (which is the pizza base) and use fresh ingredients and sauces and do not dehydrate it. For this class I did the works and served a pizza that was warm and topped with cashew cheese, marinara sauce and marinated veggies. It was so good and it truly tasted like a “cooked” pizza. Anyone would love this.
As you can see so far, raw food is not boring. One thing I love about making dehydrated goodies is the creativity involved. I love experimenting and blending ingredients and coming up with fantastic creations of my own. If you are someone who loves to cook then you would probably love raw food prep because the combinations and recipe ideas are really endless.
- 1/2 C whole flax
- 1/2 C sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds combined
- 1/4 C sesame seeds
- 4 Tbsp thick chia gel
- 1 tsp agave nectar
- Sprinke of black sesame seeds
- Himalyan salt (a few shakes)
- Pepper (a few shakes)
The sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds were soaked first then rinsed. The whole flax seeds were soaked.
I combined all ingredients into a food processor and mixed until combined. You could also just put them in a bowl and stir.
Place on Teflex sheets and dehydrate until you are able to peel the mixture off the teflex sheets. Flip over and place on mesh sheets. Cut the crackers into shapes. Dehydrate until they are as crispy and crunchy as you like.
Lemon Sesame Hemp Triangles
- 3/4 C Sesame Seeds
- 1/2 C Hemp hearts
- 4 Tbsp Chia gel (thick)
- 3 Tbsp lemon zest
- 1/2 Lemon squeezed in
- Salt to taste
I got the idea for this recipe from the book “Thrive” by Brendan Brazer. These crackers are great for snacks. You would not top them with anything as they are so full of flavor on their own. A great thing to bring to work, while travelling or keep in your car when you are on the road. Kids would probably love them for their lunch also.
Combine all ingredients, stir and spread on teflex sheets. Follow same instructions as above for seedy crackers.
- Almonds ground in food processor
- Sesame seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Chopped nuts of your choice (I used walnuts, pecans and almonds)
- Coconut chips
- Sprouted Buckwheat
- Dates, raisins, figs (use all or some of these)
- Soaked dates and honey (this will be blended to add to mixture)
- Cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla
Soak all nuts, seeds, raisins and coconut first. Sprout Buckwheat. Use buckwheat after it has been sprouted and rinsed or you can also use buckwheat crisps which are sprouted and dehydrated buckwheat.
After soaking the nuts, seeds, coconuts and raisins, rinse and drain.
As shown in ingredients I ground some soaked almonds in food processor, they were still a little chunky.
Cut the other nuts you are going to add to your granola. Place nuts, seeds, raisins (or chopped dates or figs) and sprouted buckwheat into a large bowl.
Take soaked dates (soaked for about 1 hour) and put in food processor with some honey and filtered water (not much water to start). Blend that until creamy. Add water if to thick. This will be the mixture that holds all the ingredients together into chunks.
Pour the above day/honey and water mixture into the bowl with the ingredients, add the spices and stir and mix until well combined and coated.
Place on mesh dehydrator trays and put in dehydrator. Turn trays as it is drying. Dehydrate until the mixture is as crispy as you want it. Note that it will soften a bit once out of dehydrator and sits in bowl for a while. If you want to keep it really crunchy, store in paper bag.
You can add dried fruit to this or anything you want. The options are really endless! Try goji berries, cranberries, apple pieces, dried banana, etc. This granola is also great for a snack. Put some in a container or a snack bag and bring with you to snack on. Very tasty!
I hope you try the recipes and please feel free to change them up and make them your own! I would love to hear how you did with them or what you came up with. Let me know!
Also if you have a dehydrating recipe you would really like, leave me a comment below or contact me and I would be happy to post it.
I am leaving February 10th and will be back February 22, 2011. I am going to Panama and Costa Rica. In Costa Rica we will be staying at a Raw Food Retreat called Finca de Vida. I will be taking video of Finca de Vida and another farm we will visit called Jewel of the Sun. They are both very close to each other and Eric Rivkin, a Raw Food Chef is the owner of Jewel of the Sun and creates beautiful raw food. His web site is www.vivalaraw.org. Check these sites out! I would LOVE to do a Raw Retreat in the future and where better than in a tropical paradise where they grown their own food on their land.
I can’t wait to tell you all about it!