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Raw Food Dehydrated Potato Pancakes

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 cup pine nuts (ground fine)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 large potato (I used a red potato)
  • water
  • 1 tablespoon celtic sea or himalayan salt
  • 1/2 purple onion (or other mild onion)
  • 2 tablespoons dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  1. Put pine nuts in food processor and pulse until fine. Set aside.
  2. With food processor running, drop in clove of garlic.
  3. Switch blades and grate potato.
  4. Put potato and garlic in a bowl filled with water and 1 tablespoon salt, let soak for 10 minutes, drain.
  5. Meanwhile, chop the onion.
  6. Combine drained potato and garlic mixture, onion, pine nuts, rosemary and olive oil.
  7. 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.
  8. Remove with spatula and serve with raw apple sauce.
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  1. Amanda wrote on September 24, 2014

    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!

  2. Liz wrote on July 10, 2011

    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!!

  3. jean` wrote on February 15, 2011

    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.

  4. Sarah wrote on November 8, 2010

    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

  5. Julie K. wrote on October 22, 2009

    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.

  6. Leslie @LaMamaNaturale wrote on October 22, 2009

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

  7. Julie wrote on October 22, 2009

    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 :)

  8. Blaine wrote on October 21, 2009

    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 wrote on October 21, 2009

      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.

  9. karmalily wrote on October 21, 2009

    @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.


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