Cheesy Cauliflower Popcorn



Let’s make popcorn today! As a child I used to love popcorn, especially the sweet kind covered in caramel. As I grew older, my taste buds changed. I didn’t crave sweet popcorn any longer, but I did fall in love with crunchy salty snacks like salted nuts, rice crackers and potato chips. This cheesy cauliflower popcorn is just that: salty and crunchy. It was the beautiful raw food chef Dara Dubinet who inspired me to create this recipe. Definitely check out her video too!

Cheesy Cauliflower Popcorn

SERVES: 1 large cup of popcorn

EQUIPMENT: large mixing bowl, dehydrator (or a regular oven at the lowest temperature)


1 small head of cauliflower
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast
½ tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon of paprika powder (you can used smoked too)
¼ teaspoon of Himalayan crystal salt or sea salt
2 large pinches of turmeric
1 large pinch of chili powder (or more if you like it spicy)
5 drops of pure liquid Stevia (optional, or replace with 1 teaspoon of date paste)
2 extra tablespoons of nutritional yeast (optional)


  1. Cut your cauliflower into bite size pieces.
  2. Combine lemon juice, nutritional yeast, olive oil, paprika powder, salt, turmeric, chili powder and Stevia in a large mixing bowl. Stir well with a spoon. Add the cauliflower pieces and stir again, making sure that every single piece is covered with the marinade.
  3. Place the cauliflower pieces onto a dehydrator tray lined with a Teflex sheet. Sprinkle with the extra nutritional yeast to create a deep cheesy flavor.
  4. Dehydrate at 115°F for 8 hours or longer, until the cauliflower is nice and crispy. Your popcorn is ready!


  • This cauliflower popcorn will stay fresh for at least 5 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If you leave it to dehydrate until it is completely dry and crunchy, you can store it in a glass jar in a cool dark place for at least 1 month.
  • Turmeric, often called “the queen of spices”, has very powerful health benefits: it will deeply cleanse your liver, boost your immune system & metabolism, reduce inflammation and help your body to prevent healthy cells from turning into cancer cells. Curcumin has a vibrant yellow color and a strong, slightly bitter taste, so you don’t need much.

Now I would love to hear from you! What was your favorite salty snack growing up? Let me know by leaving a comment down below.

Cheesy Cauliflower Popcorn

Cheesy Cauliflower Popcorn


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