Classic kale chips and raw bloomin’ onion bread

Hiiiii 😀 How’s your Friday been? Hope you’ve had an amazing day <3

I just got back from a yoga class, which was pleasantly difficult. I love feeling like a yoga noodle afterwards, and we did all of my favorites: crow, dancer and LOTS of arm balances. Me likey.

Somehow, as always, I ended up at Whole Paycheck.


Most random trip ever: a baby watermelon, an intense green juice (all the greens + cilantro, ginger and garlic. You should have seen the Pilot’s face when he tasted it) + vanilla destined for macaroon glory

So today, I thought I’d share with you guys two of my all-time fave everyday raw recipes and my tips to take them over the top.

#1. Kale chips

kale chips

I always get so peeved when I see bags of kale chips in health food stores for $12. For real? They cost MAYBE $3 or $4 to make. If I could remember to get the ingredients, I’d probably make a batch everyday. They seem to disappear from the dehydrator before they’re totally done, though 😉

For the recipe, I use *this standard* one that quite a few peeps in the raw food world follow. It’s the best of the best and super easy.

You make the cheezy coating in a blender or Vita-mix,


Plop it into a bowl


Add one large bunch of organic kale (just pick chip-sized leaves off each stem)


And using your hands, distribute the mixture so that each chip piece is well-coated, and dehydrate.

kale chips

Tips to make them even better:

-To the cheezy coating, add more salt (optional), more nutritional yeast, 1/4 t chili powder and a big pinch of cayenne

-Before dehydrating, sprinkle a mixture of nutritional yeast and sea salt on top of the kale chips

salt and yeast

#2. Raw Sandwich Bread

*Warning: this is a lot of onion. If you aren’t an onion fan, I’ll post a bread recipe for you sometime soon!

In a mini food processor, add 1/2 small rough chopped onion, 1/4 C raw sunflower seeds, a generous sprinkle of sea salt, 1 T flax and 2 T water.


Pulse well, but make sure it still has some texture.

Plop the mixture onto a Teflexx sheet


and using the back of a knife (or if you’re fancy, one of those pastry spreader thingys), spread into your bread shape of choice.


Dehydrate for 4 hours at 115*, flip and continue to dehydrate for an additional 6-12 hours, depending on how crispy you like it.

The onion dehydrates extremely well –the flavor isn’t too overpowering- and gives it an almost buttery texture.


(AMAZING with eggplant bacon as a raw blt)

Tips to make it even better:

-Add in herbs and seasonings of choice. My favorite combo is chopped fresh rosemary or basil, oregano, and thyme.

Nutritional stats for both pieces of bread:


Full of incredible nutrients and 9.5g protein! Not too shabby.

I hope you guys found these tips helpful! <3

No worries if you don’t have a dehydrator- you can make these recipes in the oven, on the lowest setting and the door slightly ajar. If you’ve been lusting for a dehydrator, make sure to follow me on OpenSkywe’ll be picking a random follower Monday morning who will receive a shiny new Excalibur dehydrator.

The Pilot asked me out on a date… so I think I’ll go get ready 😉

See ya tomorrow!


*If there are any raw foods you’d like to learn how to make (besides macaroons, they’re a secret for now), please let me know!

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  1. Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing on April 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    I am so glad you shared the bread recipe! I will definitely be making that soon 🙂 Love onion, and can’t stop eating sunflower seeds lately…good combo!

  2. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty on April 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I’m pretty sure I should win that dehydrator! hehee

    Do you know, is there a good substitute for the flax for raw foods? Flax upsets my stomach almost as much as dairy… I’m thinking maybe chia?!

    Thanks for such an awesome blog!! I lurveeeeeeee it!!

    • Fitnessista on April 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      chia would be perfect
      thank you so much for reading!

  3. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table on April 8, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Man, I wish I had a dehydrator! I’d make the coolest stuff… like your bread… 🙂

  4. Allison @ Food For Healing on April 8, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    i cant wait to make kale chips in my new dehydrator, should be here in 6-10 business days 😛 Yay. too bad i couldn’t enter your giveaway.

  5. kate@ahealthypassion on April 8, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Love kale chips but have never tried them with cheeze sauce luckily I have both in the fridge maybe ill do a little dehydrating overnight! I would love more dehydrator recipes I hardly use mine!

  6. Maren on April 8, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    I have a dehydrator…the bf uses it to dehydrate game meat. (I live in the midwest, haha!) so I’ve had the urge to dehydrate some stuff lately! What temps and stuff do I use for fruits and veggies? And what are the best ones to do? Have fun on your date!

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      115 is the temp you want to stay under for it to be “raw”, but if that isn’t a factor, i’d crank it up to 135 for fruits and veggies

  7. Sana on April 8, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    No gov shut down!!!! Enjoy your date 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm


  8. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on April 8, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Love the kale chips recipe and that’s pretty much what I do and you’re right, what tons of others in the sphere do, too.

    Yoga noodle after arm balances, indeed. Glad you found that nice push into noodleland but still have enough energy to go out on your date 🙂

    The bread..that’s a lotta onion going on! haha! Better make sure everyone in the room was feasting on that one.

    You two kids have fun tonite 🙂

  9. Leanne on April 9, 2011 at 12:53 am

    You should sell macaroons!

  10. caronae on April 9, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Ahhh, the yoga noodle feeling is the best feeling ever! I like it more than any other post-workout feeling.

  11. Stefanie @TheNewHealthy on April 9, 2011 at 1:19 am

    I love the raw sandwich idea – I definitely want to try that! 🙂 Hope you and the pilot had a great date night!!

  12. mi-an on April 9, 2011 at 2:08 am

    that raw sandwich looooks goood!! i’ve made kale chips in the oven and it was good too however i so need a dehydrator!! p.s. i’ve been sorta mia bc i was in la all this week then heading to buenos aires tomorrow!!! i shall be back in 10 days!! xx

  13. Gabby on April 9, 2011 at 2:52 am

    Aahh…I’m glad you asked. Recipes for the following please:

    – root veggie chips-like Terra Chips-but at a fraction of the cost
    – raw chocolate chip cookies, well any cookies
    – lemon bars, pb bars, just about any type of bar
    -macaro… I kid! I kid!

    Thanks for the great blog!

  14. Jenna on April 9, 2011 at 3:43 am

    Thanks for the bread recipe, I can’t wait to try it! I would love to see any raw recipes using a dehydrator with zucchini! 🙂

  15. Emma (ecoprincess) on April 9, 2011 at 4:11 am

    I’d love to know how to make that tart that you used to make quite often, it always looked and sounded SO good!

  16. Lauren on April 9, 2011 at 7:01 am

    I’m def gonna try these in my reg. oven (fake dehydrator style) 🙂 Just followed you on open sky, I’ve never heard of it before your blog but really cool concept.

    PS- loved the blog about moving/stability.. just what I needed that morning.

  17. Heather (Heather's Dish) on April 9, 2011 at 7:36 am

    i so want a dehydrator now…everything sounds amazing!

  18. chocolate-covered katie on April 9, 2011 at 8:09 am

    LOL Gina, I can only imagine how NUTS the blog world is gonna go on the day you give out your macaroon recipe! 😉

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      hahah it’s on lock down 😉

  19. Pure2raw twins on April 9, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Dehydrator is the best! haha
    Oh kale chips and onion bread two classics and soooo good!!! Though it has been forever since I have made some, I better get on that! xoxo

  20. Amber L on April 9, 2011 at 8:35 am

    aaahh you made my lust for a dehydrator to make kale chips (among other things) even greater now! They look so yummy! Hope you had fun on your date! 😉

  21. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on April 9, 2011 at 8:42 am

    WOW, I never would have thought you could make bread out of an onion! I hear ya on the price of store-bought kale chips. NO idea why anyone would ever pay that when they’re so easy to make yourself! I don’t have a dehydrator but I usually just make mine in the oven using the broil setting, some kale, olive oil, sea salt and pepper. I’m going to have to try this cheesy coating of yours!

  22. Theorist on April 9, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I think the same thing when I see the kale chips at the store!!! They also have some macaroons (like 6) for the same price (I hope you have considered selling yours! At those prices Bella could live like the queen she is LOL!).

    I would like to know more about the raw nut “cheese” folks talk about.

  23. Jennifer on April 9, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Everytime I see those kale chips they look so amazing I have got to try them! The bread looks great too, reminds me of bruschetta with the tomato and such on top yum!

  24. Chelsa on April 9, 2011 at 9:20 am

    wow I don’t think I could handle juiced garlic! all the healthy power to ya though

  25. Lynn (The Cream Filling) on April 9, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Do green juices taste good? Are they sweet/salty/or…? I am scared to try one because I worry that it will taste yucko

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm

      i would try a sweet one for your first time:
      spinach, green apple, parsley, lemon and cucumber is always good

  26. kaila@healthy helper! on April 9, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Now I want that dehydrator even moooore! I have seen raw bread in the super market before but I have always wanted to make it myself…not to mention I love kale chips! I might have to go get a dehydrator even if I dont’t win!

  27. Nicole @ Fresh & Fit on April 9, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Your kale chips are beautiful. The bread looks amazing too! I definitely need a dehydrator now!

  28. Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo on April 9, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Do you have any ideas for raw dips for veggies that don’t use a VitaMix? I have a mini food processor, and I tried to make raw hummus, but it turned out a lil’ too chunky for my tastes…

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      i really think that raw hummus is one of those things that isn’t worth it.. cooked is much healthier and tastier, in my opinion 🙂
      try a raw sundried tomato spread: soaked sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, dried garlic and oregano, olive oil, sea salt and pepper

  29. Stephanie on April 9, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I LOVE kale chips. But I’ve never found a raw bread that I like. They’re all just…kind of yucky. The only cracker or bread-ish raw food that I like is corn chips. Honestly, it was the lack of an enjoyable savoury bread that kept me from staying raw when I was experimenting a few years back.

  30. Sarah on April 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Hey Gina! I am all over that bread recipe! Also I have been looking for a cookie recipe that isn’t all nut a chocolate chip cookie. Also A tortila chip recipe would be amazing:) Love the blog

  31. Ana on April 9, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I love cheesy Kale chips too! I make mine in the oven though as don’t have a dehydrator yet.
    I have been following you on Open Sky for a while already, do I need to do anything else to be able to participate in the dehydrator giveaway? I am never sure if I need to enter my e-mail again as if I were subscribing or if just by being a follower I am eligible to participate.
    What a nice raw bread recipe, totally cool! I would love to see the one with less onions too, please post! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      nope that’s all you need to do! all followers will be included 🙂

  32. Imwaytoobusy on April 9, 2011 at 10:45 am

    That may be the greenest smoothie I have ever seen 😉 I included you in my “Blogs I Love” post this morning: – You truly are one of the best!

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      left a comment but wanted to say thanks again for the shout out 🙂

  33. Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble) on April 9, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I LOVE my dehydrator. I’ve only had mine about a month but I think it’s already paid for itself! I love making kale chips (cheezy are the best), almond pulp crackers and dried fruits. Mmm 🙂


  34. Katie on April 9, 2011 at 10:53 am

    LOVING the kale chip yummies!!!

    Hope you and Pilot had a hot date night! I love date nights! Happy Weekend love! xoxo <3

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      happy weekend to you too, friend!

  35. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on April 9, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I love onions so that raw bread sounds perfect to me!

    Hope you had a great date night! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      i love onions too 🙂

  36. Dynamics on April 9, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Crackers. I would love a tried and true recipe for crackers. Thanks for sharing your bread and kale recipe.

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      oooh i have a good one! maybe i’ll post it next week 🙂

  37. Carolyn on April 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Get in my belly chessy kale chips. 🙂
    Hope the date with the Pilot was HOTT!! wink, wink.

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      you have no idea 😉 hahah
      next time i see you, i’ll bring some kale chips!

      • Carolyn on April 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm

        That would rock my kale loving socks off!

  38. Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife on April 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I got to get me one of those dehydrators! Or you could just pick me on Monday 😉

  39. Lisa on April 9, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    How do you make eggplant bacon!?

  40. Lili on April 9, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Wonderful timing! I just bought my first bunch of kale (a HUGE bunch for $3! baller!) at the Farmers Market today. I keep dreaming of kale chips but figured I would need to find a different use for my kale since I don’t have a dehydrator. I can’t wait to try them out in the oven. Thanks Gina!

  41. Linda on April 9, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    What’s the name of the funky green drink (Ginger, garlic) that you got at Whole Foods? Thanks!

  42. Stephanie on April 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I’m allergic to cashews (I know, I know…it’s the only nut I can’t eat!). What nut would you recommend in place of them?

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      try soaked peanuts or raw coconut meat

      • Fitnessista on April 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm

        ps i’m sorry you’re allergic! 🙁

        • Stephanie on April 11, 2011 at 9:24 am

          Thanks! Me too, it leaves out a lot of Larabars. Boooooo!

  43. chinye on April 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    thanks for the recipes gina! how long would you leave the onion bread in the oven if ur not using a dehydrator?

    • Fitnessista on April 11, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      just make the bread when you’ll be home for a while- it should only take a few hours

  44. Lisa @ Fresh Spinach on November 21, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Oh man, I need a dehydrator!

  45. mary on September 1, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I’ve made kale chips but it cracks me up that for the calories in a cup or two of cashews, you could just eat a bag of potato chips, pretty much! I’m sure the kale ones have much better nutrition, though.

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