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How to Make Vegan Raw Brussels Sprout Chips

Updated on March 18, 2016
These Brussels Sprout chips are very tasty and SO easy to make!
These Brussels Sprout chips are very tasty and SO easy to make! | Source
2.8 stars from 4 ratings of Brussels Sprout Chips!

Raw Vegan Snack Chips

I don't eat raw as a general rule but I do like to dive into any type of food that is tasty and good for my body. Especially when it takes less than two hours, including the time in the dehydrator. That's what I found the first time I made these.

It was finale night for a couple of my favorite television shows and on those special nights, a snack of some sort is in order that can be enjoyed while watching the final pieces of the puzzle fall together on my favorite two shows. I have eliminated a lot of the junk food out of my diet and out of my house so potato chips and other snacks just weren't an option.

I opened the fridge door and saw a lovely package of brussels sprouts sitting on the shelf. I'm thinking kale chips. Kale and brussels sprouts aren't even close in their natural forms but after looking closer, I decided that this is doable. I'm glad I did this because these chips are fantastic!

The television show season endings were as fantastic as I imagined they would be. The brussels spout chips were the perfect snack for munching while watching the suspense unfold. These chips are crunchy. They have a really nice fresh taste to them and the spices were just right to create a bit of a zing.

Best of all, they are good for you. Since they are dehydrated instead of cooked, all of the good things are still present. There is very little oil used and the spices can be catered to your liking. It doesn't hurt that they are quick, only requiring about 90 minutes in the dehydrator to be ready to devour.

I love these chips and hopefully you will too.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 45 min
Yields: About 5 cups of chips.

Ingredients for Vegan Raw Brussels Sprout Chips

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, adjust to your taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, adjust to your taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, adjust to your taste, optional

How to Make Raw Vegan Brussels Sprouts Chips in Photos

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Cut about 1/4" of the bottom of each sprout off.This will release the leaves.A cut sprout.  You can see where the leaves have been released from the bottom of the sprout.Peel off the leaves.  The larger sprouts will result in more leaves.A burssels sprout heart.  All of the usable leaves have been removed.The undried chips waiting for seasoning in the bowl.Coat the chips with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and the herbs.  They start to smell fantastic at this point.Seasoned brussels sprout chips on the dehydrator tray.Space the chips about 1/8" to 1/4" away from each other.Turn the dehydrator on.  After 45 minutes, rearrange the tray order to ensure even drying.  After 90 minutes, the chips should be done.Brussels sprout chips fresh out of the dehydrator.Put them in a bowl and enjoy!
Cut about 1/4" of the bottom of each sprout off.
Cut about 1/4" of the bottom of each sprout off. | Source
This will release the leaves.
This will release the leaves. | Source
A cut sprout.  You can see where the leaves have been released from the bottom of the sprout.
A cut sprout. You can see where the leaves have been released from the bottom of the sprout. | Source
Peel off the leaves.  The larger sprouts will result in more leaves.
Peel off the leaves. The larger sprouts will result in more leaves. | Source
A burssels sprout heart.  All of the usable leaves have been removed.
A burssels sprout heart. All of the usable leaves have been removed. | Source
The undried chips waiting for seasoning in the bowl.
The undried chips waiting for seasoning in the bowl. | Source
Coat the chips with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and the herbs.  They start to smell fantastic at this point.
Coat the chips with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and the herbs. They start to smell fantastic at this point. | Source
Seasoned brussels sprout chips on the dehydrator tray.
Seasoned brussels sprout chips on the dehydrator tray. | Source
Space the chips about 1/8" to 1/4" away from each other.
Space the chips about 1/8" to 1/4" away from each other. | Source
Turn the dehydrator on.  After 45 minutes, rearrange the tray order to ensure even drying.  After 90 minutes, the chips should be done.
Turn the dehydrator on. After 45 minutes, rearrange the tray order to ensure even drying. After 90 minutes, the chips should be done. | Source
Brussels sprout chips fresh out of the dehydrator.
Brussels sprout chips fresh out of the dehydrator. | Source
Put them in a bowl and enjoy!
Put them in a bowl and enjoy! | Source
Brussels Sprouts!  YUM!
Brussels Sprouts! YUM! | Source

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How to Make Brussels Sprout Chips

  1. For each brussels sprout, you will want to cut the bottom 1/4" off to release the layers.
  2. Peel off as many of the layers as you possibly can. Larger size sprouts will usually give you 5 to 10 nice sized pieces. Put the layers together in a bowl.
  3. Put the hearts into another bowl so you can do something with them later.
  4. Repeat the process with each sprout until all of them have been cut and peeled. It sounds like it takes more time that it really does.
  5. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the sprout chips in the bowl. Toss the sprouts chips until they are lightly coated with the oil. You should not need more oil than this because we aren't cooking the sprouts, the oil is only used so the herbs stick to the sprout chips.
  6. Once each chip is lightly coated in the oil, you will want to add your herbs. Sprinkle the herbs on the chips and toss to distribute the herbs evenly throughout the brussels sprout chips.
  7. Place the chips into a food dehydrator. Arrange them in a single layer on each try with about 1/8" to 1/4" space in between each chip to allow the air flow to go through. If you do not have a food dehydrator, these can also be done in a 200 degree oven for about an hour, turning the pan at 30 minutes to make sure the sprout chips dry evenly.
  8. It will take about 90 minutes for the chips to dehydrate. You will want to rearrange the trays at the 45 minute mark to ensure that they are all drying evenly.
  9. Check the chips at 90 minutes and if they are dry and crunchy, they are done! If they are still pliable, put them back into the dehydrator and check them every 30 minutes until they are crispy.
  10. Once the chips are done, pour them out of the dehydrator trays into a bowl and try not to eat them all. They really are fantastic!
  11. If you do have any left over, put them into a sealed container. They will keep for a couple of days stored out on the counter top.

Steamed Brussels Sprout Hearts

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What Can I Do With Brussels Sprouts Hearts?

After making the chips, I had all of the brussels sprout hearts left over. There's no way I was just going to toss them in the trash! Worst-case scenario, I could feed them to my chickens and they would have loved to have them. I decided that I should steam them but they could also be cut up and used in a salad if you are eating a raw diet.

Don't just throw them away because the hearts are tender and flavorful. Almost cabbage like in texture but with a really nice, fresher flavor. After all, brussels sprouts are members of the cabbage family so the taste is really no surprise but it is quite yummy.

How to Steam Brussels Sprout Hearts in Photos

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Fill a steamer with a few inches of water and let it come to a boil.  Once the water has started boiling, put the brussels sprout hearts in the top rack of the steamer.Allow the sprouts to steam for 5 minutes.  They will still be crunchy but slightly cooked through.They will turn an even brighter green when they are done.Remove the sprouts from the pan into a bowl or onto a plate.  Season to taste and enjoy!
Fill a steamer with a few inches of water and let it come to a boil.  Once the water has started boiling, put the brussels sprout hearts in the top rack of the steamer.
Fill a steamer with a few inches of water and let it come to a boil. Once the water has started boiling, put the brussels sprout hearts in the top rack of the steamer. | Source
Allow the sprouts to steam for 5 minutes.  They will still be crunchy but slightly cooked through.
Allow the sprouts to steam for 5 minutes. They will still be crunchy but slightly cooked through. | Source
They will turn an even brighter green when they are done.
They will turn an even brighter green when they are done. | Source
Remove the sprouts from the pan into a bowl or onto a plate.  Season to taste and enjoy!
Remove the sprouts from the pan into a bowl or onto a plate. Season to taste and enjoy! | Source

How to Steam Brussels Sprout Hearts

  1. Fill the bottom of a steaming pot or other pot with a few inches of water.
  2. Bring the water to a boil.
  3. Put the brussels sprout hearts in the basket or on the tray that you are using as a steamer.
  4. Let them steam for about 5 minutes.
  5. You will notice that the green parts that are left will become a brighter shade of green. At this mark they should be perfectly steamed and not mushy.
  6. Remove them from the steamer. Pour into a bowl or onto a plate then season to your taste. I like to eat them plain but you can dress them up with different herbs just like we did with the chips if you want.
  7. ENJOY!

© 2014 Helena Ricketts

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