Raw Food Dehydrated Potato Pancakes

by Susan on October 21, 2009


What do you do when you are on a raw food diet and winter is setting in? You expand your repertoire of raw food recipes to include heartier, warm raw food! I left the sunshine and 80 degree temperatures in Boulder and arrived to  to rain and low 40’s in Minneapolis. It is cold and wet. I knew the last thing I wanted for dinner was all cold food. Time to get creative.

Spotting a beautiful, organic, home grown potato sitting on the counter, I got to work. Previously, I have never used white potatoes in my recipes. Actually, you don’t want to eat potatoes completely raw. Using the dehydrator solved that problem. When I started this dish, I wasn’t  sure how it would turn out. I threw some ingredients together and placed it in the dehydrator. 3 hours later, I was delighted with the results.  Warm out of the dehydrator, served with raw apple sauce, this makes a satisfying meal on a cold, wet night.

“Raw” Potato Pancakes with Apple Sauce
  • 1/3 C Pine Nuts (ground fine)
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 Lg Potato (I used a red potato)
  • Water
  • 1 T Celtic Sea or Himalayan Salt
  • 1/2 Purple Onion (or other mild onion)
  • 2 T Dried Rosemary
  • 1 T Olive Oil

Put pine nuts in food processor and pulse until fine. Set aside. With food processor running, drop in clove of garlic. Switch blades and grate potato. Put potato and garlic in a bowl filled with water and 1 T salt, let soak for 10 minutes, drain. Meanwhile, chop the onion. Combine drained potato and garlic mixture, onion, pine nuts, rosemary and olive oil. Place on dehydrator screens in pancake shapes, about 4″ across. Dehydrate at 145 for 45 minutes, then reduce heat and finish dehydrating at 116 for 2 more hours. You want them to be fully dry. Remove with spatula and serve with raw apple sauce.

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Amy Oscar October 21, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Looks amazing. Is there a way to make this w/out a dehydrator? Like, could I put it in oven at very low temp for a while? Or… could I “gently” cook it and still get food value?


pure2raw twins October 21, 2009 at 7:21 pm

I love it when I just throw things together and they turn out!!! Sometimes those make the best recipes!! Though sometimes they not turn out… oh the joys of playing in the kitchen. :)


karmalily October 21, 2009 at 8:55 pm

@Amy – I read somewhere that if you don’t own a dehydrator you could use your oven at the lowest temp. Although it would use quite a bit of energy.


Blaine October 21, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Hey Amy –

Just FYI, I don’t have a dehydrator either but I’ve had great results dehydrating many things with my oven set at the very lowest temperature and cracking the oven door open with something like a ball of foil or a rolled up dish towel. It takes less time to dehydrate, so you’ll have to adjust – but it’s a great way to get around recipes that call for a dehydrator!


Susan October 21, 2009 at 9:22 pm

The big problem is that you can’t control the heat. The whole idea with the dehydrator is that you keep the temp of the food under 116 degrees to maintain the enzymes and also the vitamins and nutrients. Using the oven can work but if it is getting done much faster, it probably is working at a much higher temp. But if you don’t have an option, you can use it.


Julie October 22, 2009 at 8:08 am

It is pretty cold up north where I am too, so I’m looking for warming but still raw vegan recipes. Never had raw potatoes before… perfect time to try it :) I have the feeling that this is a kid friendly recipe too, perfect! Thanks you :)


Gena (Choosing Raw) October 22, 2009 at 8:40 am

Gaaahhh! These look incredible. Tweeting them now!


Leslie @LaMamaNaturale October 22, 2009 at 8:47 am

Mmm…. Sounds wonderful- was just wondering about raw potatoes! Thanks for sharing. 😉


Julie K. October 22, 2009 at 9:47 am

Now those look deeeeelish! I’ve often thought about doing something with potatoes, but just wasn’t sure how they’d behave in a dehydrator, and like you said I wouldn’t want them to come out in the least bit raw. I love potato pancakes, and now you’ve given me incentive to try out a raw version with this fabulous looking recipe! I’ll bet it be great with sweet potatoes too :)

Julie K.


Sarah November 8, 2010 at 4:43 pm

The other day I was eating a batch of these with my family and my mom asked me how we were on a “raw” diet if we were eating these.. Well I had to explain to her what a dehydrator was. She didn’t know! Isn’t that crazy how I explained something to my mom..

Antique Jewelry


jean` February 15, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Hi Susan- Thank you a million. l didn’t find dehydrator recipes until l discovered your site. l made my own version of potato pancakes today: sweet potato, parsley as well as fresh rosemary, a touch of ginger because it tasted too bland before dehydration. DELICIOUS- and since it’s dry, a great portable snack!
Perhaps others will find this useful: l copy each recipe separately into an email l send to myself, then print it out. Quick & easy & l have a hard copy to work from.


Liz July 10, 2011 at 1:23 pm

my first thought when i saw the picture is: “that looks terrible” (thinking the stuff on the bottom was just red cabbage and the “glop” on the top was the potato), but after reading the ingredients and how its all made… it sounds much better… in fact it seems pretty darn good!!


Amanda September 24, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Hi Susan! I hope everything is going well with you. I LOVE your blog! Everything looks so yummy. I’m just beginning this raw lifestyle/diet, and I’m curious about oil. I’ve researched it and everyone says to purchase first cold pressed, but even so, how is that raw? Also, I never know which brand to purchase; I’ve looked up that information too, but it’s inconclusive and hard to tell where the olives come from. Can you help me out with this? Thank you!


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