175 Dehydrator Recipies You’ll love

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Have you just purchased your first dehydrator? Are you looking for new recipes to use with your existing machine? You’ve come to the right place, because we’ve compiled 175 incredible dehydrator recipes that are sure to please. Wondering how to make fruit leather in a dehydrator? We’ve got you covered with several examples. Not sure what to do with extra SCOBY, persimmons, tofu, and other unique ingredients? We’ve got recipes for those, too.

Learning how to use a dehydrator is a valuable skill. Not only can you preserve food to prevent waste, sometimes extending its life by months or years, but you also get to control exactly what goes into your body. A major problem with store-bought snacks and meals is that they’re loaded with so many unnecessary ingredients, including sugar, salt, preservatives, and chemicals. You don’t need these things, and you should have the freedom to choose foods that are free of them. When that option’s not available, it’s time to do things yourself.

The recipes you find here are suitable for all kinds of machines, whether you have an entry-level Nesco (we like this one if you’re on a budget) or a robust Excalibur 3926TB – this is the one I own and I love it. They’re also suitable for all skill levels, so don’t feel intimidated when you see recipes for Strawberry Rhubarb Fruit Leather, Chia and Sprouted Quinoa Crackers, or Raw Coconut Tangerine Granola—you can do it!

Give these recipes a try, and then let us know how they turn out—we’d love to hear your feedback! We’d also love to know if you’ve tried any other awesome dehydrator recipes that we should include for other readers to enjoy.

Dehydrated Fruit Recipes

If fruit is a big part of your diet, you know that’s it’s easy to find yourself with too much. And when there’s too much, you run the risk of it going bad before you have a chance to consume it. Whether you grow your own fruit or stock up every time you head to the grocery store, you can use these fruit dehydrator recipes to extend the life of your food so that you can enjoy it for months to come.

1. Caramel Apple Chips

Turn delicious green apples into even sweeter treats with this easy dehydrator recipe. Two ingredients are all it takes to create a chewy, irresistible snack that even kids will love.

 

2. Cinnamon Apple Fruit Leather

Use this raw apple fruit leather recipe to create tasty, healthy, natural snacks that you can store for up to two weeks. An easy dehydrator snack that makes a great lunchbox treat or low-calorie treat to satisfy those sweet cravings.

 

3. Dried Apple Slices

There are lots of apple dehydrator recipes, but even the most simplistic processes can create delicious results. Here’s a recipe that only takes 15 minutes to put together.

 

4. Dehydrated Asparagus

Looking for a way to preserve extra veggies? Give this dehydrated asparagus snack recipe a try. You can also use the dried veg in stews and casseroles. They contain both vitamins A and C.

 

5. Dried Bananas

For this dehydrator banana chips recipe, you only need one ingredient: bananas! After just six hours, you’ll enjoy sweet, chewy chips that contain no fat and will satisfy your sweet tooth.

 

6. Dried Blueberries

Too many blueberries? Dehydrate and can them, and you can enjoy these sweet, tiny treats all year long. Pop them as a snack or use them as a topping on your favorite cereal
 

7. Dried Cantaloupe

Preserve extra cantaloupe using a dehydrator. With this method, you’ll save on freezer space, plus have yummy fruit bits for topping ice cream, adding to granola, or eating as is.

 

8. Dried Cherries

Five easy steps are all it takes to create sweet, tart, dehydrated cherries. Add these to your next batch of granola for a bright explosion of taste or simply eat them as a snack!

 

9. Dried Cranberries

Not only are dried cranberries tasty and easy to make, but they’re also chock full of antioxidants and nutrients. They taste great added to your homemade muesli. Healthy and delicious—is there anything better?
 

10. Dried Figs

Wondering how to dry figs in a dehydrator? This recipe has just three steps, and if you leave the figs whole then your dried fruit can last up to two years with proper storage!

 

11. Dried Grapes

If you want a little sweetness but don’t want to eat candy, you’re going to love dehydrating grapes. This simple recipe yields about a pound of raisins that you can enjoy anytime.

 

12. Dried Kiwi

>Kiwi is such a versatile fruit, but what do you do when you have too much? Use this dehydrating recipe to create chewy, tangy snacks or harder, sour treats if you leave them longer in the dehydrator.

 

13. Dried Lemon Peel

Love cooking with lemons? Don’t throw away those rinds! Using a dehydrator, you can dry these peels to make a delicious powder for cakes, cookies, salad dressings, and your favorite meals.

 

14. Dried Mangoes

Mangoes are incredible, but store-bought snacks are full of unhealthy additives. This dried mango recipe uses only a dehydrator and three natural ingredients to create healthy yumminess.

 

15. Dried Orange Slices

You can do so much with dried orange slices. Add them to tea, make wonderfully flavored water and keep it cool in the fridge, up your dinner game, or just nibble on them as is.

 

16. Dried Persimmons

Persimmons are among the best foods to dehydrate. Dried persimmons are tasty on their own, but you can also add them to breads and teas for a flavor explosion.

 

17. Dried Pineapple

Using a dehydrator is an easy way to extend the life of fruits that you can’t get all year long, like pineapples. With this fun recipe, you’ll create chewy, sticky goodness that you can take anywhere.

 

18. Dried Plums

Love plums but not a fan of prunes? This lovely dried plums recipe produces a sweet, tart, chewy snack with none of the mushiness of bagged prunes. You can even store them in the freezer.

 

19. Dried Raspberries

There’s so much you can do with dried raspberries: add them to oatmeal, bake them into cakes, sprinkle them into trail mix, or even munch on them right out of the bag.

 

20. Dried Strawberries

Whether you’ve picked your own strawberries or just stocked up from the grocery store, dehydrating them is a smart and tasty way to preserve your haul. They add a flavorsome topping to your muesli.

 

21. Dried Watermelon

Dehydrated watermelon fruit leather is so delicious that many people just call it “watermelon candy”. This recipe produces a snack that can last up to four weeks.

 

22. Orange Peel Powder

Orange peels may not be the first thing you think of when you think dehydrator foods, but the powder you create can be added to so many recipes and it tastes great in fizzy water!

 

23. Cinnamon Sugar Pear Chips

Use Primal Palate’s cinnamon sugar cookie spice to add a savory, sweet kick to these dehydrated pear chips. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly!

 

24. Rhubarb Leather

It only takes 30 minutes of prep time and about 6 hours of dehydrating to create this incredible rhubarb fruit leather that’s sweet and tart without going overboard.

 

25. Spiced Pears

One of the best things about preparing these dehydrated pear chips is that the scents of cinnamon, ginger, or allspice will fill your space. They taste great as a snack!

 

26. Strawberry Rhubarb Fruit Leather

This strawberry rhubarb fruit leather recipe marries the perfect summer ingredients. Be sure to use a high-quality blender to pulverize those seeds and create a smoother result.

 

27. Sundried Tomatoes

Don’t overspend at the grocery store, especially when it’s so easy to make these delicious sun-dried tomatoes at home in your dehydrator. Great for adding to a salad.

 

28. Tomato Powder

If your garden is overflowing, take this tomato powder recipe for a spin. The powder takes up next to no room and can be used for so many things.

 

Dehydrated Vegetable Recipes

These dehydrator vegetable recipes allow you to continue using all kinds of veggies throughout the year—even when particular varieties have gone out of season. Add dry vegetables to soups or stews, use them to spice up your meals, or create healthy snacks that are made with natural ingredients.

29. Basil Wrapped Stuffed Mushrooms

Unlike a lot of dehydrator recipes, this one isn’t for preserving food—it’s for preparing a meal that you can enjoy in as little as two hours.

 

30. Beet Chips

Looking to kick your unhealthy potato chips habit? You can’t go wrong with beet chips from a dehydrator. They’re ridiculously easy to make and will satisfy your need for salty crunching.

 

31. Beetroot Powder

Dehydrators are amazing for preserving food, but did you know they can also help you create cosmetics and supplements? Check out this beetroot powder recipe to learn more.

 

32. Carrot Chips

Forget greasy potato chips, these dehydrated carrot chips are just as crispy, just as dippable, and so much healthier (hello vitamin A!) Give them a try with this simple recipe.

 

33. Carrot Greens

Did you know that carrot tops are edible? Simply dehydrate them per this recipe, and then use them in soups, in pesto, or as a garnish. They also made a delicious herbal tea.

 

34. Cauliflower Jerky

Cauliflower and jerky are two words that probably don’t seem to go together, but they definitely do thanks to this incredible recipe. Chewy and savory with a little kick? Yes, please!

 

35. Dehydrated Celery

If you love to make soups, you know that celery is often an essential ingredient. Use this dehydrator recipe to ensure you always have some of the good stuff on hand.

 

36. Dried Beans

Save freezer space by using this dehydrator green beans recipe. Store these beans in the pantry—they easily rehydrate in stews and casseroles when you’re ready to use them.

 

37. Dehydrated Hash Browns

If you like camping, you know that it can be difficult to enjoy your favorite foods while out in nature. This recipe allows you to bring hashed browns with you, no matter where you go.

 

38. Dehydrated Jalapeno Peppers

Don’t let your extra jalapeno peppers go bad! Dehydrate them for easy storage. When you need a kick for nachos or chili, just sprinkle a few in. Jalapeno peppers get hotter as they dry!

 

39. Dehydrated Peas

These dehydrated peas take up so little storage, that it’s easy to keep them on hand for delicious soups, casseroles, and other meals. Peas are a great source of vitamin A.

 

40. Dehydrated Scallions

The possibilities are almost endless when it comes to dehydrated scallions. You can even grind your dried onions into a powder that you can use anywhere. They taste great added to mash!

 

41. Dehydrated Lettuce

Did you know that you can dehydrate lettuce? It’s true, and it makes the perfect ingredient to add to your next yummy green smoothie. You can also freeze it and use it in soups and sauces.

 

42.Dried Onions

Dried onion is a pantry must-have, but you don’t always have to buy it at the store. Use this recipe to make your very own to make a delicious addition to soups and salads.

 

43. Dehydrated Peppers

Have lots of peppers and not enough time to eat them all? Pull out the dehydrator to extend the life of your peppers, whether they’re bell, green, chile, or something else.

 

44. Dehydrated Sweet Potatoes

Try dehydrating sweet potatoes the next time these delicious veggies go on sale near you. The resulting chips are irresistible—and safe for your pooch, too! You can also add them to soups and stews.

 

45. Dried Turnips

Keep unused turnips from going bad by trying this dehydrator recipe. Drying time is only 12 hours, and it only takes minimal prep to get started. They make a great snack!

 

46. Jalapeno Cheddar Kale Chips

If you like the idea of kale chips but not how boring they are, this recipe will change your life. The addition of cheese and heat really do change the game. A great choice of something both sweet and savory.

 

47. Marinated Dried Eggplant

It’s going to sound crazy, but one taste of these marinated dried eggplant chips, and you’ll understand why some people call them eggplant bacon. Use them as a dip or just on their own!

 

48. Potato Flakes

Is there anything more convenient to prepare than instant mashed potatoes? Ditch store-bought by making your own potato flakes in a dehydrator.

 

49. Zucchini Chips

Imagine potato chips, but they’re full of vitamins and nutrients. That’s what you get when you make these super easy dehydrated zucchini chips.

 

Dehydrated Meat and Fish Recipes

Lots of people see a dehydrator and immediately start thinking about jerky recipes. But beef isn’t the only protein that you can dry. These food dehydrator recipes will show you how to prepare pork, lamb, salmon, and more to enjoy as long-lasting, take-anywhere snacks or ingredients for preparing your next meal.

50. Beef Jerky

Dehydrators are amazing for veggies and fruits, but if you’re looking for something meatier, there’s nothing more satisfying than beef jerky.

 

51. Candied Bacon Jerky

If you’re one of those people who think that a recipe with bacon can’t be wrong, you’re going to love the idea of adding some brown sugar and a dehydrator.

 

52. Cajun Jerky

If you like things spicy, take a peek at this cajun jerky recipe. The dehydrated jerky recipe makes use of cayenne pepper and Tabasco sauce for a hearty kick.

 

53. Chicken Jerky

One of the best things about this fantastic and delicious dehydrated chicken jerky recipe is that your four-legged friends can enjoy it as much as you do.

 

54. Corned Beef Brisket Jerky

The next time you see corned beef on sale at the grocery store, pick up an extra and see what you think of this corned beef brisket jerky recipe.

 

55. Dehydrated Turkey

Not getting through the sliced lunch meat fast enough? Found some on sale? Extend the life of your extra turkey slices with this dehydrated jerky recipe.

 

56. Habanero Tabasco Jerky

Did someone turn up the heat? This yummy and really spicy easy dehydrated jerky packs some serious flavor, but it’s also hot, hot, hot! Not for the faint-hearted!

 

57. Hamburger Rocks

Hamburger rocks may not look very appetizing, but once you reconstitute them with water, it’s just like cooking with ground beef. Great for survival or camping prep.

 

58. Kentucky Bourbon Beef Jerky

If you’re a fan of bourbon, this Kentucky bourbon beef jerky should be right up your alley. The little bit of sweetness balances the strong taste of the liquor perfectly.

 

59. Kombucha Scoby Jerky

This kombucha SCOBY jerky recipe makes use of extra cultures you have from making tea. It creates an interesting snack that’s free of sugars and preservatives.

 

60. Korean Beef Jerky

This Korean beef jerky explodes with flavor, without the need for the processed ingredients you typically find in store-bought variations. A healthy long-lasting snack that tastes great.

 

61. Lamb Jerky

The next time you’re in the mood for jerky, mix things up by trying this savory, oregano-infused lamb jerky recipe. A great alternative to beef that’s easy to make.

 

62. Malaysian Style Pork Jerky

Salty, savory, and sweet—this delicious, chewy Malaysian-style pork jerky combines the perfect ingredients to set your taste buds aflutter.

 

63. Mexican Heat Beef Jerky

If this beef jerky had a motto, it would be “bring on the heat”. It uses serrano peppers to deliver a kick you won’t forget. Nice and hot!

 

64. Mexican Lime Jerky

Imagine a margarita in beef jerky form. Okay, so maybe this recipe isn’t quite like that, but it does bring lime and alcohol together for an interesting twist.

 

65. Salmon Jerky

Salmon jerky is exciting because it’s not chewy like beef jerky. Instead, it’s got this wonderful crunch that goes perfectly with dips. Get a little adventurous with your dehydrator!

 

66. Smoky Cola Beef Jerky

There are millions of ways to prepare this delicious jerky, but this one involves cola, so it’s definitely among the more unique recipes you’ll find.

 

67. Spicy Herbed Beef Jerky

If you’re tired of carb-heavy store-bought jerky, you’re sure to find this spicy snack to be a welcome and unique departure from other jerky you have tried.

 

68. Sweet and Spicy Purim Themed Beef Jerky

Traditional beef jerky not sweet enough for you? This interesting recipe uses maple syrup, brown sugar, and honey to satisfy your sweet tooth.

 

69. Sweet Heart Jerky

Sweet heart jerky gets its name from the fact that it’s made from beef heart. It’s a unique way to prepare a cut that some people may be unfamiliar with.

 

70. Sweet Pork Jerky

Fish sauce, five-spice powder, soy sauce, and sesame oil—this popular Asian snack is one of those jerky recipes that you can taste before you even get started.

 

71. Teriyaki Jerky

The flavors of pineapple, citrus, and teriyaki in this jerky recipe will have you feeling as if you’re in the islands. Use the marinade on beef or just about any other protein.

 

72. Venison Jerky

Dehydrating venison is a smart and economical way to store extra meat. These recipes offer lots of flavor combos so you have plenty of snacking choice.

 

Dehydrated Snack Recipes

Dehydrated snacks are among the best kind because in addition to skipping preservatives, you can make many without added sugar, sodium, or fat. Some of these recipes are so tasty that you may never opt for a store-bought version again.

73. Apple Cinnamon Fruit Rolls

There are several ways of drying apples in a dehydrator, but if you’re looking for something chewy rather than crunchy, fruit leather is the way to go.

 

74. BBQ Kale Chips

Who says that kale chips have to be boring? A delightful dressing of mustard, vinegar, chili flakes, and liquid smoke offer the perfect hint of BBQ.

 

75. Carrot Pulp Crackers

Save the pulp the next time you make carrot juice, and use it make these crunchy chips that are full of useful vitamins and fiber – or just finely grate some carrot!

 

76. Cauliflower Popcorn

Looking for a way to mix up your healthy snack routine instead of boring vegetables? It’s time to make good-for-you cauliflower popcorn in the dehydrator!

 

77. Cheesy Garlic Dehydrated Kale Chips

If you’ve never had kale chips before, then this wonderful recipe with cheese and garlic might be the perfect introduction to this delicious snack.

 

78. Chia and Sprouted Quinoa Crackers

Gluten-free and packed full of Omega 3s, these chia and quinoa crackers are great for dipping in hummus, or for eating just the way they are.

 

79. Cinnamon Walnut Crunch

Unlike sugary, carb-laden cereals, this cinnamon walnut crunch only contains natural ingredients and requires no bowl. Ideal for breakfast on the go!

 

80. Clementine Cranberry Coconut Macaroons

Eating healthier doesn’t mean giving up on the sweeter things in life. Create a tasty treat that’s packed with nutritional goodness when you give this recipe a try.

 

81. Coconut Bacon

The name coconut bacon may seem a little misleading, but once you try these yummy, smoky coconut chips, you’ll agree that the name is perfect.

 

82. Coconut Sesame Cookies

This Indian cookie recipe only has four ingredients, but they come together to create a sweet and savory treat with an incredible glaze that you will find irresistible!

 

83. Corn Chips

Making corn chips that rival those you find in the grocery store isn’t hard. But beware: Once you try these, you may never go back. Deliciously crunchy!

 

84. Crispy Parmesan Tomato Chips

Chips are great, but they’re full of carbs. That’s where crispy parmesan tomato chips can save the day. Use thick slices for the best results.

 

85. Dehydrated Marshmallows

Hot chocolate isn’t the same without tiny, crunchy marshmallows. Thankfully, it’s easy enough to make them at home with your dehydrator. You can also use them as cereal snacks.

 

86. Dill Pickle Kale Chips

Say goodbye to salt and vinegar potato chips, because these tangy and crunchy dill-pickled kale chips are sure to become your new favorite.

 

87. Watermelon Candy

Imagine the mouth-watering flavor of watermelon in chewy form. That’s what you’ll get when you take this delicious watermelon candy recipe for a spin.

 

88. Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups

No matter what kind of fruit you find yourself overloaded with, you can use it along with gelatin to create healthy fruit rolls. Kids and adults will love them!

 

89. Crunchy Sprouted Buckwheat Granola

If you’re not a fan of plain yogurt, consider this crunchy granola recipe. It’s got a little bit of sweetness and doesn’t get soggy when added as a topping.

 

90. Gourmet Raw Vegan Pizza

This yummy pizza requires a dehydrator and takes some time to put together, but the results are definitely worth it. A great choice for vegans.

 

91. Zucchini Gummy Candy

Zucchini may not be the first ingredient that comes to mind when you think of making candy, but this recipe manages to make it a great one.

 

92. Habanero Kale Chips

If you like your snacks on the spicy side, say hello to these habanero kale chips. They tangy, hot, and so they dry out really well and become crispy.

 

93. Lacto-Fermented Fruit Leather

This interesting dehydrator recipe will help you and your family work more beneficial bacteria into your diets. It’s so tasty that you may forget it’s supposed to be healthy.

 

94. Kombucha SCOBY Candy

Here’s another great way to use up extra kombucha SCOBY. Best of all, it only takes two ingredients to create these candies. Marinated, these candies are full of flavor.

 

95. Lemon Cookies

A really simple recipe, if you’ve got these four ingredients and a dehydrator, you can make these tart and crispy lemon cookies—no baking required.

 

96. Lemon Goji Truffles

If you finish off these tasty lemon goji truffles in the dehydrator for a few hours, you’ll enjoy a wonderful macaroon-like texture with a delicious zesty lemon taste.

 

97. Lemon Pepper Potato Chips

Potatoes are yummy, but frying them to make chips destroys their nutritional value. This recipe, though, brings you the goodness of chips without sacrificing the good stuff.

 

98. Mini Raw Vegan Carrot Cake

If you’re on a raw diet and thought cakes were off-limits, pay special attention to this yummy vegan carrot cake recipe. Easy to make too!

 

99. Mushroom Onion Yam Burgers

This veggie burger is quite unique—it’s made of sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and tomatoes! It also “cooks” in about six hours and stays really juicy!

 

100. Paleo Skittles

You won’t mistake these colorful drops for being candy, but there’s a good chance you’ll come to prefer them once you give them a taste.

 

101. Potato Pancakes

If you’re not a fan of completely raw potatoes, this potato pancake recipe gives you an easy and delicious way to warm them up while maintaining your raw diet.

 

102. Prawn Crackers

Prawn crackers are crispy and savory, and while they do take a little work to prepare, they can be ready to eat in as little as three and a half hours with your dehydrator.

 

103. Pumpkin Bread

The ingredients in this raw pumpkin spice bread scream autumn, and once you make it, you may find yourself eating it at all times of day (it’s really that good!)

 

104. Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Just because you’re following a paleo diet, it doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of sweets. These pumpkin spice cookies will fit into your diet perfectly.

 

105. Raw Banana Bread

If you need an excuse to make this yummy raw banana bread, keep in mind that it’s high in potassium and offers fiber and protein, so it’s good for you, too.

 

106. Raw Butternut Squash Cookies

Need cookies that fit in with your gluten-free diet? These raw butternut squash delights fit the bill, and they are full of vitamins and nutrients as well.

 

107. Raw Carrot Cashew Bread

This mouth-watering bread is delicious on its own, but you can also smother it in honey or nut butter for an extra kick of flavor. Sweet, spicy, and savory!

 

108. Raw Chocolate Chip Cookies

If I had to pick my favorite type of dehydrator recipe, it would have to cookies—and of course, a chocolate chip cookie recipe takes the top spot.

 

109. Raw Chocolate Log with Cinnamon Cream

The perfect dessert for wrapping up the perfect meal, this raw chocolate cake log looks exquisite and tastes just as good. Great for your sweet cravings!

 

110. Raw Tangerine Coconut Granola

The addition of citrus to this crunchy granola really takes it to another level. Give it a try if you’re looking for something that’s gluten and sugar-free.

 

111. Raw Coconut Wraps

Change up your breakfast or dessert game by trying this raw coconut wraps recipe. The finished product is perfect for putting together delicious crepes.

 

112. Raw Hot Cross Buns

You won’t find any eggs in this version of hot cross buns. They’re raw, vegan, gluten-free, and very tasty. Made with a delicious lemon flavor cross on top.

 

113. Raw Lemon Scones with Chia Seeds

We all have cravings, and if yours involves doughy baked goods, you’re going to be thrilled with this alternative. These raw lemon chia scones are so dense and sweet.

 

114. Raw Christmas Stollen

Have you been dreaming of Christmas stollen? This version “cooks” in a dehydrator and will leave you circling the machine, just waiting for it to finish.

 

115. Onion Rings

You probably won’t mistake these raw onion rings for the deep-fried kind, but you will agree that they’re a yummy healthier alternative and a fab way to use your dehydrator.

 

116. Raw Sprinkles

Sprinkles are not a necessity in any dish, but they sure are fun. This unique recipe uses various fruits and a dehydrator to create colorful flakes that are perfect for desserts and more.

 

117. Raw Vegan Kofta

This is another recipe that takes a little time, but the end result is so tasty—and it’s fun to eat. Gorgeous flavors and served with a mint cashew yogurt.

 

118. Raw Veggie Burger

Burgers are popular raw vegan dehydrator recipes, but this one’s got unique ingredients that create an interesting but tasty result. Serve with delicious homemade ketchup!

 

119. Mexican Savory Crackers

Simple and flavorful don’t always go hand in hand, but they do in this yummy cracker recipe that combines flaxseeds, chia seeds, and lots of spices.

 

120. Tamari and Sesame Almonds

These salty, crunchy almonds are the perfect topping for salads. Plus, they’re packed with tons of vitamins and incredibly easy to prepare.

 

121. Dastony Sesame Seed Butter Macaroon Bites

When you need a boost of energy, turn to these delicious macaroon bites. They’re healthier than store-bought options because they’re not loaded with sugar.

 

122. Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips

If we’re being honest, potato chip alternatives a great, but sometimes you just want some potatoes. This recipe will help satisfy your cravings and they are packed with flavor.

 

123. Sour Worms

These sour worms look nothing like the candy you see in the store, but they’re just as delicious and much healthier. They’re incredibly easy to make.

 

124. Spicy Sriracha Tofu Jerky

You probably won’t mistake this spicy tofu jerky for the traditional beef variety, but it’s flavorful, delicious, and perfect for those who do not eat meat.

 

125. Raw Vegan Strawberry Coconut Granola Bars

There are lots of raw dehydrator recipes for sweets, but this is definitely one you should try to fit into your repertoire. It’s fruity, wholesome, and healthy.

 

126. Taco Chips

Corn, cheese, and peppers come together in this amazing taco chips recipe. They’re perfect for dipping in salsa, cheese, or anything else you’d like.

 

127. Toasted Coconut Chips

Toasted coconut flakes are so versatile. You can snack on them as they are, or you can use them as a garnish or topping in other recipes.

 

128. Vanilla Cinnamon Buckwheat Crispies

Crunchy and light, these flavorful buckwheat crispies only take about 10 hours to prepare. Try them as a quick breakfast or a snack any time of day.

 

129. Raw Vegan Barbeque Zucchini Chips

These dehydrated zucchini chips are coated in a DIY barbecue sauce and dried at a low temperature to preserve the healthy goodness. They taste delicious!

 

130. Veggie Wraps

The best thing about this veggie dehydrator recipe is that it uses all your scraps and leftovers to create delish wraps. Serve with your own dips!

 

131. Wild Garlic Dehydrated Chia Crackers

This chia cracker recipe can pull double duty: dehydrate longer for a crispy finish or pull them early for a flexible wrap. The strong garlic flavor is amazing!

 

Dehydrator Herbs and Spices Recipes

Why consider dehydrator spices over store-bought varieties? The biggest benefit is that you get to control exactly what goes into the bottle. That means no anti-caking agents, no artificial colors or flavors, and no preservatives—just clean, natural spices.

132. Chili Powder

A dehydrator is a smart and economical way to make your own spices. When you do it yourself, you know exactly what’s going into your spice jar.

 

133. Dehydrated Milk

Too much milk? Save it for later by using a dehydrator. When it’s done, store the powder in a jar until you’re ready to use it. Great for going on trips!

 

134. Dehydrated Chives

Dried chives have a slight onion flavor, which makes them perfect for garnishing veggies or adding to soups and stews. They make a great addition to omlettes!

 

135. Dried Rose Hips

There are a few steps to this dried rose hips recipe, but when you’re done, you’ll have enough to make tea for an entire year. Sweet and warming!

 

136. Dried Sweet Basil

If you love cooking with basil, you know that it’s pricey. Grow your own and use a dehydrator to dry extras so you can enjoy it for months to come.

 

137. Homemade Garlic Powder

If you can’t get enough garlic in your diet—it’s so tasty!—take a peek at this dried garlic recipe. Spend a little time today to cut time on future meal preparations, without sacrificing taste.

 

138. Ginger Powder

Dehydrator spices are almost always better than what you can buy in the store because you’re using the freshest ingredients and skipping the fillers. Tastes better too!

 

139. Citrus Salts

If you haven’t tried citrus salts before, you don’t know what you’ve been missing. Use these tangy seasoning on potatoes, salads, and anything else that needs a kick.

 

140. Onion Powder

Experiment with different onions when making this onion powder to create tasty variations that you can use in all your cooking adventures. A great way to save money too!

 

141. Peppermint

If you’ve got peppermint in your garden, you know it dies off come winter. Save the leaves for year-round use by dehydrating them. Great for cooking in a range of recipes as well as making tea.

 

142. Dried Rosemary

Dried rosemary has so many uses. Dry it in the dehydrator, and you can use it all year long in your salad dressings, soups, and even hair care products.

 

Other Dehydrated Recipes

Here’s an assortment of food dehydrator recipes that don’t really belong elsewhere. They include dog treats, baking ingredients, and other tasty mix-ins and meal bases.

143. Bean Bark

Blending and dehydrating vegetarian beans offers you a long-lasting way to later create sauces or add bulk to stews and soups. It rehydrates really easily!

 

144. Bread Crumbs

When you make your own bread crumbs using a dehydrator, you get to control everything, from the size of your crumb to the flavor. Great for a topping to chili.

 

145. Carob Flour

Did you know you can make a flour from the carob pods that fall off trees? It’s an easy process and makes great use of something that’s usually wasted.

 

146. Coconut Flour

Turning coconuts into coconut powder is an easy way to preserve the flesh so you can later make coconut milk or use it anywhere that calls for coconut flour.

 

147. Dehydrated Cheese

Don’t let excess cheese go bad. Dehydrate it for a crunchy, yummy mid-morning snack, something to add to your next batch of trail mix, or add to soups and sauces.

 

148. Dehydrated Cottage Cheese

If you never seem to finish off a container of cottage cheese, give this dehydrator recipe a try. When you reconstitute the cheese, you’ll never know that it was previously dried.

 

149. Dehydrated Eggs

When your fridge is overloaded with eggs, turn to the dehydrator. Grinding them after drying will help you save even more space. Ideal for when you go camping and really want eggs for breakfast!

 

150. Dehydrated Rice

If you’re a backpacker, you can change your trail food game by including dehydrated rice. It reconstitutes beautifully to give you more cooking options and makes meals more flavorsome!

 

151. Flax Crackers

There are so many things you can do with these flax crackers. They’re super crispy and hold their shape, so you can dip them in or top them with just about anything.

 

152. Natural Food Coloring

All you have to do is take a look at the ingredients list of store-bought food coloring, and you’ll realize that making your own is a much better choice.

 

153. Buckwheat Granola

Raw buckwheat granola is such a healthy alternative to sugary cereals. It goes wonderfully with yogurt or with a splash of milk, it’s not heavily processed, and it tastes amazing!

 

154. Raw Vegan Bread

On the hunt for new dehydrator vegan recipes? Try this yummy raw bread. Almond and flax seeds are the main ingredients of this deliciously dense creation.

 

155. Tomato Sauce Leather

An awesome base for preparing spaghetti and meatballs or pizza while camping or traveling, this tomato sauce leather reconstitutes instantly with some boiled water.

 

156. Traveling Bone Broth

This traveling bone broth recipe allows you (and your dogs) to get all the delicious and healthy benefits of broth, even when you’re always on the go.

 

157. Onion Bread

This onion bread is really easy to make. It makes a great raw pizza crust or with a slice of avocado and tomato. Keeps well in the fridge for up to 10 days, if you can keep your hands off it for that long!

 

158. Raw Zucchini Bread

Strong, soft, tasty, and bread-like, this raw dehydrator bread with zucchini, red capsicum, and buckwheat is gluten-free and makes fabulous sandwiches without falling apart.

 

159. Raw Carrot Sandwich Bread

A bread for just about anyone, this dehydrated walnut bread is raw, vegan, paleo, and keto, and sugar-, dairy-, and gluten-free! You can even experiment and add your own twist easily.

 

160. Raw Herb and Seed Bread

This raw herb and seed dehydrator bread is filling, nutritious, tasty, and vegan. Serve with your favorite topping or enjoy with soups and sandwiches.

 

161. Raw Vegan Banana Bread

Dehydrator banana bread? Delicious! It’s so quick and easy that anyone can make this vegan dehydrator recipe. The best part? It tastes fabulous and is bursting with goodness.

 

162. Dehydrated Pasta Sauce

Save time, money, and space with this awesome dehydrated pasta sauce recipe. It’s a great way to reduce waste and use up your leftover pasta sauce.

 

163. Cauliflower Wraps

Dehydrated cauliflower wraps only take a few minutes to make and are a great alternative to wheat tortillas. These are vegan, gluten-free, and raw, so they’re super-versatile.

 

164. Sunflower Bread Recipe

This gluten-free bread recipe is filled with goodness. It’s a great way to use up gluts of zucchini too. High in fiber and nutrients, this sunflower bread is sure to be a winner.

 

165. Sourdough Croutons

There’s just something special about good croutons – and these dehydrated croutons are among the best and easiest. Crispy, flavorful, and simple.

 

166. Walnut Rosemary Bread

A bread for just about anyone, this dehydrated walnut bread is raw, vegan, paleo, and keto, and sugar-, dairy-, and gluten-free! You can even experiment and add your own twist easily.

 

167. Essene Bread

For those fans of sprouted seeds, why not try this unusual dehydrated sprouted bread recipe? It only uses 4 ingredients, is easy to make, and freezes well.

 

168. Onion Nut Dehydrator Crackers

Need some paleo dehydrator recipe inspiration? These grain-free onion and nut crackers are perfect! Easy to whip up, they taste great and make a fab alternative to traditional crackers.

 

169. Peanut Butter and Banana Chips for Dogs

If your kitchen is overrun with overripe bananas, it’s time to pull out the dehydrator and create some tasty snacks for man’s best friend. Or yourself!

 

170. Mint Sweet Potato Chews for Dogs

If you’ve been wondering how to make dog treats in a dehydrator, let this recipe be your first. It’s simple, inexpensive, and tasty. And a great healthy treat for your pups!

 

171. Liver Dog Treats

If you’re on a mission to create healthier dog treats, you can’t pass up this dehydrated liver recipe. Super healthy and super tasty! Your dog is guaranteed to love ’em!

 

172. Fruit and Veggie Leather Dog Treats

Not all dogs like fruits and veggies, but there’s something about creating chewy leathers that pups can’t seem to resist. A healthy chewy snack packed with nutrients.

 

173. Chicken Jerky for Dogs

Dogs love jerky, but buying the store-bought stuff can be dangerous since you don’t always know where it comes from or how it’s made. The solution is this recipe.

 

174. Dehydrated Apple Treats for Dogs

Save money dehydrating apples for your pet. Not only will it save you wasting food, but the apples are also nutritious and your dogs will find that they taste delicious!

 

175. Beef Jerky for Dogs

This recipe is great for your dog’s teeth. It will also keep them entertained for a while. Adding ingredients like salmon oil is good for their joints as well as skin conditions!

 

Do you have any tried and tested recipes we’ve missed? Let us know and, if we haven’t got them and think they’re awesome, we’ll add them here. Get yourself a good dehydrator – even something budget-friendly but with a solid performance like the NESCO Snackmaster Pro, and see just how much money you save and by how much you reduce your household food waste.

What are the best foods to dehydrate?

It really depends what you like! The best foods to dehydrate are the foods you (or your pets) really enjoy and that store well. I dehydrate red meat, like venison, beef, and lamb, as well as offal for my dogs, because it makes fantastic, cheap, healthy treats that my dogs would do anything for. You can get the easy beef jerky for dogs recipe here.

For the kids (and for us adult-kids, too), I often make fruit leather or even fruit leather lollipops as it means I can buy fruit when it’s cheap and dehydrate it to make healthy, really yummy candy-like snacks. It’s easy to make vegetable chips, too, for when you want a crunchy snack. The options are limitless. Bananas and apples are both easy as long as you coat them with lemon or honey (or both) so they don’t go brown while they dry. I dehydrate a lot of stuff straight from the garden so I don’t waste any seasonal produce, and I get stuff on sale and in bulk from the grocery store and do the same thing. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

Is dehydrated food healthy?

It depends. Yes, dehydrated food is generally healthy. However, if you’ve dipped it in oil or smothered it in refined sugar, then no, it’s definitely not as healthy. It’s like any other food – the more garbage you add to it, the less healthy it becomes. However, you can still make healthy treats. For example, if you’re making fruit leather or healthy “Skittles” candy, you can sweeten them with agave nectar (this one is good value) or honey, which are far healthier options than refined sugar.

Generally, assuming you haven’t added too many unhealthy extras, then yes, dehydrated food is healthy, because it retains the majority of its nutrients which are normally destroyed when you cook at higher temperatures.

What are the disadvantages of drying food?

There really aren’t that many disadvantages to drying food, but there are some – most of which can be overcome with experience.
1. Dried food tastes different that fresh, and the texture is different too. This isn’t really a problem, but it’s worth noting. However, some things, like dried vegetables, can be added to soup mixes where they rehydrate during the cooking process.
2. If you don’t dehydrate a food fully and there is moisture left inside, it can significantly shorten the shelf life of your dehydrated goods and can cause them to spoil and go moldy.
3. Over-dried foods can be exceptionally hard – to the point where you can’t bite into them and they are so hard that they can’t even be softened by boiling or soaking them.

Does dehydrating food destroy nutrients?

Yes, dehydrating food does destory some nutrients, but less so that cooking aat higher temperatures. Dehydrating at lower temperatures takes longer but results in fewer lost nutrients. Dehydrating removes up to 90% of moisture to prevent mold and bacteria growth, and therefore significantly reduces overall volume and concentrates the nutrients and calories.

Is there any nutritional value in dehydrated vegetables?

Yes. While there is some nutrient loss during the dehdrating process, far more nutrients are retained than when vegetables are cooked at higher temperatures. Do note, however, that if you blanch vegetables before dehydrating them, you will destroy most of the vitamin C. Similarly, you’ll lose a lot of the thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin if you blanch the vegetables, although this can be compensated for by retaining the blanching water (because that’s where these nutrients end up) and drinking or using it as stock.

Do you have to blanch onions before dehydrating?

No, you don’t have to blanch onions before you dehydrate them. However, it should be noted that dehrdrating onions really smell! The smell is intense, to say the least, and blanching them first helps to reduce the odor. But of course, this will destroy some of the nutrients so, if you want to retain as much goodness as possible but can’t bear the unique fragrance of the dehydrating onion, start them off outside or in your garage or shed for the first few hours until the potent scent fades.

How long do dehydrated foods last?

It really depends on the food and how well you dehydrated and stored it. In theory, if you remove around 90% of the moisture while dehydrating and store in airtight containers away from direct sunlight and in a cool, dry place, some dehydrated foods will last for between 5 and 10 years. So you can see why dehydrating is a popular option for laying away emergency supplies.

Katy Willis

Written by Becky Britton

Becky has been living green for more than a decade. She's a small-scale homesteader who is always learning new ways to make life a little greener.

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15 Comments

  1. Ray Priestley

    Without trying to blow my own trumpet,I have a First Class BSc.Honours and a Ph.D in Food Technology.I also have a dehydrator a vegetarian wife and 3 dogs plus a neighbors table boarder dog [ie comes to us for food,treats and walks while his owners/servants are working-we work from home].This has been a magic website and very accurate in its technology.I really thank you very much for putting all these recipes together-fantastic!Many more recipes than I would have expected to be possible.

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    • Katy Willis

      Glad you found this useful. I love my dehydrator – particularly for dog treats!

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  2. Anonymous

    Thanks for all info here! ?

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  3. thatguywithstories

    This is interesting for all those who are into making recipes as an amateur or a professional. I am sharing this post onward so that people interested in dehydrating their recipes learn something new. Great post.

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    • Katy Willis

      Glad you found it useful. We love dehydrating our produce – it’s a great way of reducing waste.

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  4. Mommy Queenelizabeth

    Oh! This is interesting! Didn’t know about this before. In fact its my first time to hear/read about dehydrator foods. And those were a lot!

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  5. jayresa03

    Cool! I can search plenty options on what is available in our pantry. I love mangoes so I think I will be doing that. Thanks for the recipes.

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  6. mariaisquixotic

    I honestly did not know that there is such thing as dehydrating fruits and vegetables! I only know of juicing and blending as processes done with food. I actually am amazed with technology nowadays. Dried mangoes and dates are familiar to me but the other fruits and vegaetables are like uncharted waters. This also a great way of lessening the food waste! I get mad at myself whenever I throw away food.

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  7. momi berlin

    this is awesome. seriously haven’t heard of a dehydrator before and its use. i like the idea of zero waste management and the cool way it could preserve food. something really new to me and i wish this is something affordable. would also like to try it at our household.

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  8. Amila Wickramarachchi

    I only new about sun-dried food as we use to do that.Otherwise it is always we buy dehydrated food items from grocery stores.I never thought or heard of dehydrating with such equipment which is easy to use at home.I will check the suggested dehydrators.It is really nice if I can make dehydrated fruits and vegetables at home in a healthy way!

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  9. Nadine Smith

    I have never even heard of a dehydrator before, but it sounds like an amazing kitchen tool! I want to get my hands on one of these. It’s so amazing how you listed down all the possible kinds of treats you can produce just by using a dehydrator. You can even use it for doggie treats! So cool! I’m trying to have a “zero waste” lifestyle by making sure that everything in the kitchen is used up, and I think a dehydrator would be a good way to support that lifestyle.

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  10. Clarice of My Metro Lifestyle

    Hi Katy! We are actually considering the use of dehydrators since we are shifting to a greener lifestyle. We like the idea of minimizing food waste. Thank you so much for these recipes. Saving this one for future reference.

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  11. Thelittlelai: Beyond limits

    Wow, I couldn’t believe that there’s such a thing as this. I have just heard about dehydrator and seemed to be really interesting as you have elucidated it clearly and really in detailed. I also love that you have provided us a long list of recipes where we can get an idea and would love to try it as well. This is just truly a new concept of preserving food without a waste. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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  12. Karla

    wow, the things that you can do with a dehydrator is just amazing. I didn’t think of it. It proves to be really useful

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  13. Indrani

    Dehydrator is the latest trend I have read. Interesting how this concept helps in preserving food. The strawberry leather strip looked yumm to me and many other products looked new to me. Mangoes and dates are common here , I hope other dehydrated products hit the shelves here soon.

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