Cheesy Chili Broccoli Bites

I still remember the first time I tried raw broccoli. Simon & I were studying to become professional raw food chefs and staying at the Living Light Inn with some of the other raw food chef students. Since we didn’t have a stove to steam our broccoli, we decided to eat it raw. After a few bites, it felt like I had a rock in my stomach. My body clearly wasn’t digesting the raw broccoli very well! Nowadays, my stomach has well adapted. However, I can imagine that this might not be the case for you. This recipe for Cheesy Chili Broccoli Bites will show you how to create a softer ‘cooked’ taste & texture without actually cooking the broccoli. You can always choose to steam your broccoli and use the marinade as a cheesy topping too. As long as you enjoy your broccoli, I am happy ☺

Cheesy Chili Broccoli Bites

SERVES: 4 people

EQUIPMENT: chef knife, cutting board, large mixing bowl, dehydrator (or regular oven)


2 large heads of broccoli
½ cup of nutritional yeast
¼ cup of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of paprika powder
½ teaspoon of Himalayan crystal salt or sea salt
¼ teaspoon of chili powder
Fresh chili pepper, to taste (


  1. Combine nutritional yeast, lemon juice, paprika powder, salt and chili powder in a large mixing bowl. Stir well with a spoon and set aside.
  2. Cut each head of broccoli into small florets.
  3. Strip away the outer layer of the broccoli stems and cut them into fine slices. Broccoli stems usually taste very sweet!
  4. Place the broccoli florets and slices in the mixing bowl. Use two spoons or your hands to cover the broccoli with the chili cheese marinade.
  5. Place everything on top of a dehydrator tray lined with a Teflex sheet. Dehydrate at 115°F for 2 hours or longer to create a ‘cooked’ taste & texture.


  • These Cheesy Chili Broccoli Bites will stay fresh for at least 3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Broccoli is very high in nutrients such as vitamin A, E & K, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, potassium… The list is endless! It is also a great source of plant-based protein and dietary fiber. • Want a ‘richer’ result? Replace ½ of the lemon juice with olive oil.

Now I would love to hear from you! What’s your favorite way of preparing broccoli? Let me know by leaving a comment down below.

Cheesy Chili Broccoli Bites

Cheesy Chili Broccoli Bites



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