Sunday, March 11, 2012

Cauliflower Popcorn


Continuing on my path to raw, I have been collecting snack recipes. Raw cauliflower popcorn was a recipe I'd heard about, but never could bring myself to make. Mostly because the ingredients list usually included nutritional yeast and I had no idea what that was, or where to get it. As it turned out, nutritional yeast was easy to find—I happened across it in the organics section of my local grocery store. 



It has become part of my daily food routine, as, since starting to eat it, my energy level has significantly improved. I don't know if its directly linked to the yeast, or its substantial amounts of B12, but whatever, I feel better, and it is delicious.

Anyways, I finally made cauliflower popcorn, and ate two batches of it in one weekend. I actually don't advise eating that much of it, but I do recommend making it. It does not taste a lot like popcorn, but it is crunchy and flavourful—James & I took it with us to the movies as a popcorn stand-in. Any seasoning amounts and combinations are possible, but I present to you the recipe I love.


Cauliflower Popcorn
(adapted from Guiding Instincts)

Ingredients:
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 20 grams olive oil
  • 12 grams nutritional yeast (or to taste)
  • 2 tsp cumin (or to taste)
  • 2 tsp chili powder (or to taste)
  • a few pinches of sea salt (to taste)
Instructions:
  1. Cut cauliflower florets into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Toss with olive oil until coated.
  3. Add spices, salt and nutritional yeast and toss again until coated.
  4. Eat immediately, or dehydrate at 115F until desired texture—I usually put it in the dehydrator before I go to bed, and take it out the next morning (so about 8-12 hours)

Cauliflower popcorn was even worth Tilly's constant begging.

23 comments:

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  2. Tillyyyyyyyyyyy

    It looks so crunchy and I love cumin!

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  3. Wow, this is such a great idea. Looks like the perfect healthy snack!! Move over Kale chips and baked chickpeas!

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  4. Oh boy! This will definitely be put on my "to make" list! Looks fantastic, and I LOVE nutritional yeast! I'm new to it, but it was love at first taste!

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  5. Those pictures...my goodness. They look so tasty!

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  6. Okay, now I will need to go on a search for nutritional yeast because this sound like a fantastic mid-afternoon snack. Lovely photos!

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  7. Ok that's it..I am buying a dehydrator! That looks great.

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  8. I have seen Mimi Kirk use nutritional yeast. What does it taste like? P.S. this recipes looks awesome! Makes me actually want to eat more veggies!

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    1. I really have a hard time comparing nutritional yeast to something, though a lot of people say it tastes cheesy. I guess I'd have to agree...but that's not exactly it. I wish I could think of something—if you try it, let me know what you'd compare it to!

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    2. I think it is a bit like cheese its. It has a sort of wheaty cheesy taste.

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  9. So good! The cones that you used are the perfect colour for your photos too!

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  10. Those are really nice pictures. Love the dog

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  11. This look delicious I def need to try it although I am not on a "raw" diet. I find it hard to find organic popcorn kernels that are gluten free so this would be an awesome stand in! Thanks!

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  12. Hi, I was wondering what consistency the cauliflower ends up for you. On my first try, it was a little underdone and still wet in parts. So the next time I made it, I dehydrated it much longer, and it was dry I think, but very chewy (like stick-in-your-teeth chewy). If I dehydrate it longer, will it be more crunchy?

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    1. Hi,

      It has been a few months since I've made this, but as I recall, the florets do get crunchy, but the stems of the cauliflower tend to stay chewy. It you want all crunch, maybe you could just use the tops? I would typically dehydrate mine for up to 12 hours, but I suppose that longer might make it crunchier, though it will never have the same crunch as popcorn.

      Good luck!

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  13. Can this be made only with a dehydrator? Is there a different method using oven??

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    1. I've never tried any method but with a dehydrator, though I've read that using a low oven, with the door left slightly ajar can simulate a dehydrator.

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  14. eerm...yeast is not a good option ..this may be of interest
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/rawanddelicious/doc/432360723467723/

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  15. This isn't ACTIVE yeast. It's a different thing, it's super crazy healthy and works well in recipes that need a "nacho" taste (which this is.) I wouldn't say it tastes or smells "good" plain...kinda like cheese powder mixed with fish food. It's kinda half pleasant half gross. But when used in the right recipes it's great and incredibly healthy. I sprinkle it on my dogs homemade dog food, they LOVE it and it's a great way to get B12.

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  16. I don't have a dehydrator, so perhaps I can find another source...but your dog is just lovely!!!

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    1. you can try you oven on the lowest possible setting, and watch it carefully for the desired texture. Perhaps 4-5 hours I would start checking. Most ovens come on at 180°F and the dehydrator is about 160°F. So the time would be slightly shorter in the oven.

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  17. I love nutritional yeast, and was also surprised to find it in the grocery store in my small town.

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