Overview

These little cauliflower cheesy popcorn bites are fun, and once they're really dried out they won't even taste like cauliflower at all. A dehydrator is required for this recipe.

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. Break up an entire head of cauliflower into florets. Your sizes will vary, but think popcorn sized. :) Place florets into a huge bowl.
  • 2. Place all remaining ingredients on top of the cauliflower florets and stir gently and for quite a while to ensure that all of the florets are coated with the craycray delicious flavours.
  • 3. Line two dehydrator trays with parchment paper. Gently place the coated florets onto the parchment-paper lined trays.
  • 4. Dehydrate for an hour on high (140 degrees F). Then lower the temperature to 110F for another 8-10 hours. Florets will crisp up and shrink about half in size.
  • 5. Eat immediately, preferably in front of the TV while watching a good movie!

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

These are cauliflower cheesy popcorn craziness that explode in your mouth with fabulous popcorn and cheesy and buttery flavor.

If you're not sure how long to dehydrate these for, best to opt for "over-drying" versus "under-drying." They are more popcorn-like the drier they are. In this picture they still have some moisture left in them because I couldn't wait for them to finish before eating! I like it when they are super small and dried out best, though.

It's best to eat these immediately because they will lose their crispness quite quickly (because they will absorb the moisture in the air).

 PS: These also taste really good undehydrated, so feel free to make them and eat them totally raw (undehydrated). They taste different, but still good.

PPS: This recipe is dedicated to Gail B. who first introduced me to the idea of making cauliflower popcorn. Mwaw!

PPPS: Nice pics, huh??? I got the little popcorn container and everything. That's how much I wanted to share this recipe with you!

Nutrition Overview

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  • This recipe is very low in Calories, and Carbohydrates.
  • This recipe provides you with 100% of your daily Vitamin C, Riboflavin, and Vitamin B6.
  • This recipe is a good source of Vitamin K.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Protein, and Dietary Fiber.

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I find that some recipes that don't call for oil are missing "something". Oil is a flavor carrier as well as a calorie powerhouse. Our bodies react to fat / calorie rich food. So I did that even though I'm dehydrating something adding a little fat like olive oil or nuts makes the recipe whole.

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Thanks Ula. I know what you mean by that little "something!"

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Hi There. I'm relatively new to your site and recipes. Loving it so far! I'm wondering though. I notice that you use (olive) oil in some of the recipes that are dehydrated. I'm wondering why. It seems to me that would lengthen the drying time and maybe even prevent complete dehydration because the oil can act as a moisture barrier to the moisture inside the food that is trying to escape. Have you tried those recipes with AND without oil? Why is using oil preferred? (So far I've only tried your Kale Chip recipe in the dehydrator, but look forward to trying more!)

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Heidi's Review

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I was just looking at the zucchini and yam chip recipes. They both say to add oil and season after they are dehydrated. Why does this say to season before dehydrating?

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Hi Heidi. You want the chips to be crispy. If you add oil before dehydrating, they won't get crispy.

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hello :)
My partner and I are new to the dehydrating world so please excuse me if this is a silly question, but I was surprised to see this recipe start at 140 degrees! Isn't that too high a temp for the food to still be raw?
Thanks for all your awesome recipes!
Tara

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Hi Tara! As you know, when dehydrating raw food it is important to keep the enzymes alive by dehydrating at 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40.6 degrees Celsius) or lower.
However, I recommend turning your dehydrator on “high” (145 degrees) for about 1.5 hours when first putting food in the dehydrator, and then decreasing the temperature to 105 degrees after 1.5 hours or so.
I suggest this because the initial warmer temperature will help to take away a lot of the moisture at first, and the thinking is that it takes a while for your dehydrator to climb up to “high” and it also takes quite a while for the food to actually get to the temperature that the dehydrator air is at so it is still safe for raw foodists.
One of the best side-effects of setting your temperature higher at first is that it’s good at getting rid of the initial moisture quite quickly. Increasing the temperature at the beginning of cooking time is common practice in the raw food community. If you are not mindful about turning the heat back down after 1.5 hours, yes, your food will be heated above 105 degrees. However, this risk is warranted. That initial heat blast can really save you a lot of time and can accelerate the dehydrating process by quite a bit, even by 50% sometimes.
For me, I do strive to live a 100% raw lifestyle; however, I also make some slight tweaks to the “rules” in order to ensure that I can stay raw over the long-term.

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Hi

I am loving your site! Thank you so much :) Just wondered if you have any ideas as to what I could use for that cheesy flavour given I am dairy and yeast (and gluten) intolerant!?!
Bit of a tall order, I know!
Any ideas welcome! I am going to try this with curry spices for now.. mmmmm!
Ever tried that?

Thanks!

Becky

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Hi Becky!

It is a tall order :( Nutritional yeast is definitely the best cheesy-flavor that I've come across so far -

Curry would probably be tasty in this recipe, although I haven't tried myself.

Also, balsamic vinegar is NOT raw but it might be good too, so give it some tang. Not cheesy, but something to explore!

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YUM! I could hardly wait for it to be done. This would be great to use as croutons on a salad.

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Excellent idea, Janace! :)

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We live in South Africa and our electric is so expensive here....I found that I actually eat these without "cooking" them. Delic! I think I could put them in the oven but then you loose the raw advantages.

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Glad you enjoyed these without 'cooking'! Whatever works!

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I am dying to try your dehydrated recipes but I don't own a dehydrator! I saw you recommended a food processor to someone, any chance you could recommend a reasonably priced dehydrator?

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Hi Flymighty,

General principles: 8-to-10-trays are ideal, and do not get a round dehydrator because they don't circulate air properly.

Best dehydrator is 9-tray Excalibur, hands down. But... it is expensive! http://tinyurl.com/ah6o3qt

For the budget-conscious, you can also get a Vegikiln - they are cheaper, white, not as "reputable" but they get the job done if price is a big factor. The main difference is that this one doesn't have a door that closes all the trays in (which isn't a big deal unless you want to dehydrate taller items and have to remove trays, but you can cover the holes with aluminum foil if need be): http://tinyurl.com/avb59e3

Hope this helps!

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Hi Flymighty. I have an excalibur dehydrator now but I started out with a Nesco. It was about $50 at Bed, Bath and Beyond. But you can find them for around $35 too! Its something to start with at least. Just google dehydrators. You can get an idea of all the different cheaper ones out there!! :)

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Thanks for the tips, Lori!

xox

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i dehydrated until crunchy (which took a really long time) but still didn't really break apart upon chewing - kinda hard to chew. Also 1 tablespoon of onion powder was way too much for me it just tasted like I was eating dried onions.. Too bad - I was really hoping I would like this. Maybe I did it wrong.

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Hi Sandra, Thanks for your feedback. It's comments like yours that make this place such a great resource :) I might tone down the onion powder a titch in the recipe -- originally I had 1 tbsp, but I will reduce down to 3/4

also, it definitely depends on the amount of cauliflower too

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Hey Laura-Jane, Kudos to You for helping to make the world a better place. Found Your site from thehealthyfamilyandhome.com. I am new to raw/vegan ideas so I'm not sure about the 'rules' so please forgive me if my ignorance is glaring or worse. ;-) I see many recipes using onion powder or garlic powder; why would I not want to use finely minced onion in this or other recipes instead of powder. I am new to raw but very much a whole food purist so... just getting a feel for things. Much blessing upon You & Yours for continued prosperity and health. Newbie, Becky

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Hi Becky!

I don't use garlic powder myself, but I do use onion powder in some recipes because it has a very different taste and texture than fresh onion.

In short, it depends on the recipe.

For example, in this recipe, you don't want to use fresh onion since the flavor is just WAY different, and also, the instructions would be different, since you can't just sprinkle chopped onion in the same way that you would sprinkle onion powder.

But in other recipes, for example, if you're blending a salad dressing, you could use 1 tablespoon fresh onion for every 1 teaspoon onion powder. But again, the taste will be different.

Hope this helps!

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Just popped a small batch of this in the dehydrator and used raw Hemp Seed oil instead of olive for that sweet nutty flavor and a little extra nutrition...also added a little garlic powder...cannot wait for these to be done so my 2 year old and I can eat them together for movie night!

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Great substitution, Rebekah. I hope you both enjoyed!

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Er... I started to make this recipe and decided to try taste some raw cauliflower and it tasted so deliciously sweet and juicy iv nearly finished it. . Something must be happening to my taste buds. ..

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LOL, I wonder what it could be... ?

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Great recipes! Thank you!

I was just wondering about the yeast in the popcorn. Is there an alternative? Is it necessary or can I just leave it out? (I'm not vegan or vegetarian) Is some kind of powdered cheese or something possible? Just curious.

Thanks

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Hi Nula,

I love your name! It's on my list of favorite names. (Yes, I have a list!) I think it became a fave of mine because I love a movie called The Secret of Roan Innish, which has a character called Nula in it.

But anyway, on to your question!

The nut. yeast really lends a lot of the flavor to this recipe, so without it it won't taste very cheesy (or like much of anything). I would say some kind of non-raw powdered cheese would be a good alternative.

Hope this helps!

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I have some in the dehydrator right now. I did two separate batches. One with the nutritional yeast and one with some sweet curry powder for a different taste!! Can't wait till it is done. By the way, I love your website!!!

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Thanks, Lori.
The sweet curry version sounds delish!

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It was the best snack I have ever tasted! I used garlic powder because that's what I had available and it turned out great. The only downside: it's almost impossible to share with someone... I ate a whole head of cauliflower by myself!!!

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Lol sharing is over-rated Deppi. Nice work eating a whole head of cauli on your own!

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Is is possible to make this snack without a dehydrator. Can I use the oven instead and set it to the low temp?

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Hi Krystal,

You don't have to dehydrate them, but they are better dehydrated.

I have never tried them in an oven, but it won't be the same as a dehydrator since an oven isn't set up to dry out - it's for cooking/roasting

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I'm five starring the idea of the popcorn, I didn't use this recipe because I'm on the fence about nutritional yeast for myself. I wanted to have popcorn so badly and needed it to be savory. Wondering how I could get the taste I wanted and then thought ...*insert lightbulb* ....the raw ranch dressing!. Cool Ranch Popcorn is crazy delicious! I used a head of cauliflower, had florets in a bowl (2-3 times the size of regular popcorn so they didn't shrink down to crumbs while dehydrating), tossed in about 1/4 cup or more of the dressing (coated and then tasted it, added more if needed) . Then I added an extra tsp of onion powder, dill, salt, and then 1/2 tsp of garlic powder. Followed the dehydrating directions for the buttery popcorn. CRAZY GOOD! I'm gonna need to buy stock in a cauliflower farm ;) haha

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Chrissi, you are da bomb. Yes, ranch popcorn! genius.

And I often have 1/2 batch of raw ranch dressing sitting in the fridge getting ignored, a perfect way to use it up!

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I think I might have left mine dehydrating too long. It was a bunch of crumbs....tasty....but not much to bite on. Maybe I broke the florets into too small of pieces??

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Hmmm yes! But well done on being patient!!

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Its in the dehydrator! My cauliflower only made 2 cups, so its a small batch.

I omitted the onion powder since I hate onions and I used coconut oil instead of olive oil because I like the taste of it better.

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Can't wait to read how they turn out, Rhinda!

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I bought my cauliflower! Can't wait to try the recipe!

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Oooh, jealous! Can't wait to hear what you think about it :)

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These were AMAZING!!!' So yummy and good!!! I think I could have dehydrated them a little bit longer; they were not as crispy as I would have liked. But still a success! Thanks for a great recipe! :)

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Yup, Sara, I feel you. This is the hardest challenge ever. I have yet to really dehydrate them properly because I can never wait that long. "Bad, Laura-Jane, Bad!"

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The pictures are amazing looking, well done. I love anything that has a lot of nutritional yeast so this is a big winner. :), the caramel flavor sounds great too.

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Thanks Sam!

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A few comments:
1) To those of you who did not get crispy "popcorn", you are not dehydrating it long enough. You really have to let it go until it's crispy. That ususally is an overnight effort for me, but, I have an excalibur.
2) Try different spices, I just used the marinade that I use for eggplan bacon on the cauliflower and it was amazing. Like bacon bits!
3) I just made "caramel" corn last night:

Cut up the cauliflower into florets. Make a date paste from water and pitted dates, blend in a blender, add some sea salt to taste. You can add any flavoring you want; vanilla, maple etc.

Pour the "caramel" over the florets, mix them all up so they are covered. Dehydrate for several hours (It's taking much longer than my usual popcorn, 36 hours to achieve crispy caramel corn.

It's really good....really! Oh yeah, I added some nuts to the mix (prior to dehydrating) and made cracker jacks

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Gail, you are genius with the caramel popcorn!!!!!!!!!!

Great tips about dehydrating, I must admit I get so impatient that I don't let them dehydrate long enough either lol

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Sarah_BandB's Review

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Love it. I found mine didn't crisp up very much, but they were still tasty. I wonder if they would be better done on the 'holey' sheets. Definitely a 'do again' recipe.

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Hi! How long did you have them in your D? I find I never leave them in there for long enough because I get too impatient :)

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About nine hours? Perhaps I should have left them in longer but it would have been way too late to eat them. Next time I'll start them earlier!

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Aah, you did better than I normally do. :) Probably weren't likely to get too much crisper than that for length of time. Less oil might make them more likely to crisp up too.

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gloria's Review

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ten stars rating for this popcorn,it is awesome,i love love love popcorn but now i want this popcorn instead too good for words,this popcorn made it worth getting a dehy..thank you so much LJ

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So good, right??

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i am waiting for my orange rinds to come out of the dehyd and my popcorn is waiting to go in,i am such an impatient person so i find this new gadget very slow:)) i know its gonna be good because i have not made one recipe of yours that i didnt like,no that i didnt love, so i hate to have to wait till this gets done to try it..maybe i will just eat it like it is...LOL..just kidding..i will wait and then enjoy

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I feel your pain :). I have a family of 9 at home right now and just 1 dehydrator is NOT cutting the mustard! We are planning on getting another one and eventually i'd like 3 of them!

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Lol patience is a virtue! Yes, dehydrating is not exactly the speediest thing lol

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Hi There. I'm relatively new to your site and recipes. Loving it so far! I'm wondering though. I notice that you use (olive) oil in some of the recipes that are dehydrated. I'm wondering why. It seems to me that would lengthen the drying time and maybe even prevent complete dehydration because the oil can act as a moisture barrier to the moisture inside the food that is trying to escape. Have you tried those recipes with AND without oil? Why is using oil preferred? (So far I've only tried your Kale Chip recipe in the dehydrator, but look forward to trying more!)

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I find that some recipes that don't call for oil are missing "something". Oil is a flavor carrier as well as a calorie powerhouse. Our bodies react to fat / calorie rich food. So I did that even though I'm dehydrating something adding a little fat like olive oil or nuts makes the recipe whole.

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Thanks Ula. I know what you mean by that little "something!"

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Hi JoAnne, you are totally right that adding the oil will lengthen the dehydrating time. In some recipes though - complete dryness isn't the ideal texture, because sometimes some moistness in the recipe is nice. Great point though, and sometimes no oil is preferred depending on the recipe. Glad to have you here. Great question!

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Marion's Review

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What a great healthy treat. Love it and your photos . Thanks :-)

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Thank you Marion. Isn't the raw popcorn deelish?

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Can't wait to try this!

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It really is tasty, Elisa. I am not over-hyping :) If you do try it, I'd love to know what you think :)

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