Recipe 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).

Re: measuring cauliflower, 4 cups of cauliflower is approximately 1 head of cauliflower. 

 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!

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Nutrition Facts

Nutritional score: 100 out of 100
  • This recipe is very low in Calories, Fat, 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.

Amounts per 228 g (8 oz) suggested serving

NameAmount% Daily
Calories 131 5 %
Protein 6 g 11 %
Fat 7 g 9 %
Carbohydrates 14 g 4 %
Dietary Fiber 5 g 17 %
Sugars 4 g
Calcium 58 mg 6 %
Iron 1.2 mg 9 %
Sodium 649 mg 28 %
Source: USDA, The Rawtarian

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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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Sandra's Review

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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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Deppi's Review

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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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ChrissiFisher's Review

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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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