Can you use an oven instead of a dehydrator? (And a kale chip recipe)

So many people who are new to raw food ask me about using an oven instead of a dehydrator.

I get it.

Kale chips are too good to miss ๐Ÿ™‚

…And you might not have the space or resources to get a dehydrator right now.

Or you might be new to raw food and not sure if you want to commit to a dehydrator for life.

I want to show you how to date your oven for the purpose of raw food in the meantime.

Then you can decide if the dehydrator is the one.

I’ll talk you through it in the video, plus I’ve posted a really awesome recipe for kale chips that’ll work every time.

Delicious kale chips ahoy!

Za’atar Kale Chips

  • 1 bunch organic kale
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp za’atar or other favourite spice blend
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Destem the kale, saving the stems for juicing. Combine the remaining kale leaves with all the other ingredients and massage well by hand.
  2. Arrange on a dehydrator tray and dehydrate for 12 hours at around 115 degrees F or 46 degrees C. This can also be done in a fan-assisted oven on a low temp. I have done this in my oven at 80 degrees C for 4 hours.
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July 15th, 2014

10 thoughts on “Can you use an oven instead of a dehydrator? (And a kale chip recipe)”

  1. Thanks for including instructions on how to make with an oven! When I’m making kale chips in the oven, I make a tin foil “snake” that leaves the oven door open just a little so the steam can escape. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Sarah, could you please describe how this is done and what it looks like? Do you use a gas oven?

  2. Tahini is used in the video but is not on the ingredients list. How much is needed please?

  3. LET ME TELL YOU the obvious……not only are these nutricious in a hundred ways these are deLICIOUS mmmmm and fun to create…..

  4. I have tried to watch the video today Friday March 27, 2015 14:13 UK time /16:13 Israel time.
    Unfortunately I could not do so neither in Exlorer nor in Chrome.
    The space of the video clip is completely blank (and white as the background of the present page) in Explorer and it is black in Chrome. I found it odd as I have watched here few moments ago, another video clip (specifically the young coconut yogurt one) and I had not problem with the above browsers nor with my ‘flash’.
    I will appreciate if it is possible to check this matter up. I have done everything, but rebooting my computer, so this is my next option. But I will not do it right now and following my message.
    Thank you for the pleasure of visiting your website and having the videos…I really feel like making some of the things, though I found it bothering that many of the ingredients are quite pricey here or impossible to find: young coconut, apple cider vinegar etc’, Kale… etc’
    Thank you.

    • Strange, because I had that problem too, but it seems not everyone does, as there’s watching stats appearing for the video every day.

      Anyway, I reembedded, so you should be able to see now.


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