Nut-free raw crackers without a dehydrator or any special equipment

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Yes it is absolutely possible to dry your crackers without a dehydrator and not use any fancy equipment at all – you’ll just need a spoon, a bowl and a tray for this recipe!

Gluten free sunflower seed raw vegan crackers without a dehydrator

I came up with this recipe to help people who keep coming to my workshops and saying, “oh I wish I had a dehydrator, you can make such fancy things with it”. Thing is, you CAN make cool stuff without a dehydrator, you just need to use your imagination a little bit.

Makes: 1 tray

Ingredients for the gluten-free sun crackers:

  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 shallot (tiny onion) – finely minced
  • 1/3 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. provincial herbs (mix of oregano, basil, thyme etc)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Any herbs you like to change the flavour (optional)

How to make raw crackers in the sun:

  • Finely chop the shallot.
  • Feel free to crush the sunflower seeds in a food processor or with a knife beforehand if you so desire, but whole ones are fine too. I wanted to make this as easy as possible, so I used them whole.
  • Just mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well with a spoon or your hands.
  • Spread the mixture over a baking sheet on top of a tray (here’s a great post to read about the different kinds of cookie sheets out there) or on a non-stick dehydrator sheet, making it as thick as you like. Mine was enough for one Sedona dehydrator sheet.
  • Now you have 2 options: if you don’t have a dehydrator, just leave the tray in the sun for a few hours until they are done or in a dry shady place in your house if you have no sun (this may take longer). If you have a dehydrator, then dehydrate at 42ºC for 4-8 hours. Here in Spain in the summer, it’s actually faster doing this under the sun!


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  1. Nicolette August 9, 2019 at 6:56 am - Reply

    Use the lowest heat setting on the oven for a few hours if in the Uk or a cool damp country

    • Anya Andreeva August 30, 2019 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      Indeed, it’s very easy to do this in a conventional oven

  2. marina dominguez tracey March 2, 2019 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    hi! this recipe is very easy! thank you! but i wonder if is better to soak the seeds first?

    • Anya Andreeva March 12, 2019 at 7:44 pm - Reply

      Absolutely do so if thats what you wish! But if you soak them first then it may be a little harder to dry without a dehydrator, thats why I made this a very basic recipe. And the taste/texture may be a little different.

  3. cis February 1, 2019 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    Sorry but… living in England, this is really not much help.
    Sun? Dry place? In January?
    I wonder if my oven can go as low as 50 degrees perhaps?

  4. Dimple October 20, 2018 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    This is great! I don’t own a dehydrator and these are just the instructions I was looking for! Thank you!

    • Anya Andreeva October 22, 2018 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      Thank you! I hope you live in a warm place to get enough sunlight in October 🙂

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    I am quite sure I will learn many new stuff right here!
    Good luck for the next!

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