Cheese-y Raw Vegan Swiss Chard Chips!

For the longest time the only veggie chip I heard people talk about was kale chips. While kale chips are nice, I find kale in my area to be VERY expensive, especially when I like to buy organic. So I adapted my kale chip recipe to fit Swiss chard! Everyone and their raw foods mother has a kale chips recipe it seems, this just happens to be my favorite. Raw, vegan friendly, gluten free, low calorie, and kid friendly. This recipe really does have it all. Its the perfect snack to eat when you’re tempted by worse. Not something I suggest eating everyday, but in moderation these little treats are heavenly!
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Ingredients:

2 large bunches Swiss chard (or any other dark leafy green, Kale or collard greens work well also), de-stemmed & washed WELL
1 cup cashews
2 medium/large bell peppers, seeded
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon pink salt
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon honey or other liquid sweetener (you can also use stevia with a splash of water if needed)
juice of 1/2 a lime or 1/4 of a lemon
*optional*
**1-2 extra tablespoons nutritional yeast for sprinkling
** chili peppers or cayenne pepper for a spicy chip

Directions:

In your blender or food processor combine your bell pepper, sweetener, salt, citrus juice, cashew, and any optional spices. Blend until your desired texture. I choose to leave mine a little chunky so you get bits of cashews on your chips, however, most people enjoy creamy topping on their chips.

De Stem & wash and completely dry your Swiss chard. Its VERY important your greens are dry otherwise your dressing will not stick to them. In a large bowl, combine your dressing and your greens. Toss to coat each piece. Get your dehydrator trays ready, teflex sheet is optional, but it does help in the cleaning process. Arrange your greens in an even single layer. Toss with additional nutritional yeast for an extra cheese-y flavor if desired! I tend to use 1 extra tablespoon per bunch, however you can adjust this to your taste.

Dehydrate them anywhere between 100-115 degrees for a minimum of 12 hours. I tend to go about 24, just because this is a “set it and forget it” recipe. Of course you could eat these right away, but try to resist that urge so they turn out like chips! =D

After 12-24 hours your chips will have shrunk a lot and will be very crispy and chip-like. Store in zipper bags or storage containers at room temp for 2-4 weeks, depending on your environment, but honestly I doubt they’ll last this long!

Makes: approx. 4-8 servings, Preparation: 15 minutes + 12-24 dehydrating hours (nutritional information shown is for 1/4 entire recipe)

dietary notes: this recipe is raw, vegan depending on the sweetener, gluten-free to my knowledge, low calorie, does contain tree nuts.

Chocolate Banana Granola

NOTE: This is a re-post of an OLD recipe from 2009-2010 on my old wordpress blog before I got my own domain. Since I like this recipe. I have transferred it here. Any images marked with faylinameir.wordpress.com are still property of www.faylinameir.com and myself.

original date: January 27th, 2012 at 5:16am

Chocolate Banana Granola

Ingredients:

3 cups oats, soaked
2 ounces nuts (soaking optional), chopped
3 bananas
3 tablespoons ground cocoa
1/2 teaspoon oil
sweetener, optional & to taste

Directions:

In a blender, (or food processor) blend the bananas together with the ground cocoa, oil, and if needed the sweetener of your choice. When mixture is smooth, dump into a bowl with your oats, and nuts. Mix thoroughly. Place in your dehydrator at 110 degree for 12-20 hours.About 6-8 hours in, go ahead and break up the granola, this not only helps in drying but helps in the final product. The time depends on your environment, so after 12 hours, start checking, if you think it needs more time then give it more time.

I personally prefer almonds, cashews, and pecans in this recipe, but the nuts are your choice. Optionally you could use seeds instead of nuts, sunflower or pumpkin are my personal favorites. Enjoy!

Makes: 3 cups granola, Preparation time: 2mins, Cooking time: 12 – 20 hours

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Nutritional Breakdown.
Serving size 1/2 cup

(click photo for full size, rather big, but detailed as usual!)