Juice Pulp Crackers (no dehydrator required!)

[Got extra pulp after making veggie juice? These Juice Pulp Crackers are vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.]

vegan, grainfree, sugarfree, candida juice pulp crackers

As soon as I graduated from nutrition school, I ran out and bought myself a 9-tray Excalibur dehyrdator (and also a Vitamix, and also an Omega single gear juicer,  and also a sprouting jar, and also about 1842 assorted supplements).

I just figured I’d be using that dehydrator regularly. I mean, one of my favorite teachers, a raw foodist at the time, used it to whip up recipes like raw walnut-based burgers, raw flaxseed wraps, raw cookies, or (duh) raw kale chips. I mean, I LOVE kale chips!

As it turns out, I wasn’t quite ready for regular dehydrator use in 2004. Instead, I spent my time teaching cooking classes, starting a blog, being diagnosed with candida and altering my diet beyond recognition, writing cookbooks, and generally eating mostly cooked foods.

The machine sat idle in my kitchen, pretty much just an additional surface on which to set plates or packages that couldn’t fit on the already-full countertops.

So, after a few months, I sold the dehydrator to another nutrition student. Little did I know I’d be buying that exact dehydrator again a few years later!

candida diet, sugar-free, vegan veggie pulp crackers

But being diagnosed with candida changed things for me. Unable to eat many starchy foods (and eventually cutting back on most grains, too), I found that I began to crave things like raw crackers and my beloved kale chips. Sure, I could go out and buy them, but who wants to spend an extra $493 per month on raw food crackers and snacks? (Okay, I  just made up that number. But believe me, pre-packaged raw foods are pricey!).

So a couple years ago, I purchased a new dehydrator. . . Yep, another 9-tray Excalibur. I started using it regularly for kale chips, dehydrating soaked nuts and seeds, and my beloved kale and seaweed crackers.

Even once I began to drink fresh juice on the regular, I never quite understood the impetus to drink the juice and then find a way to eat the pulp. I mean, after all, if I was taking the time to extract the juice and drink it separately, wouldn’t consuming the pulp afterwards be kind of counter productive? If I was going to consume both juice AND pulp eventually anyway, why not just eat the damn vegetables whole?

Raw vegan veggie juice pulp crackers recipe on rickiheller.com

In fact, there may be method to that madness. Juicing is a great way to concentrate and extract the vitamins and minerals in your veggies (and fruits, if you include them), sort of like a blood infusion that can get you quick results. After I started juicing regularly recently, I found that my energy increased and my mental clarity sharpened considerably.

In addition, juicing is a great way to alkalize your body, since veggies and most fruits are highly alkaline. Again, for me, this is a huge plus.

On the other hand, the pulp provides a hefty dose of fiber that can certainly be consumed at some later time.  And when it’s combined with even more veggies, seeds and seasonings, it becomes one of the most flavorful veggie crackers I’ve ever had (seriously).

These crisp green crackers remind me of harvest veggie crackers of my youth. And, a bonus: they’re also a healthy way to keep you regular with all that fiber (just be sure to drink even more liquid along with your crackers!).

I love these Juice Pulp Crackers slathered with a bit of homemade cashew cream cheese, but any spread, such as nut butter or hummus, works beautifully, too. Or, if you’re eating low-carb and missing chips, break these up into smaller pieces and use as a dipper for guacamole.

vegan, candida, sugar-free veggie pulp crackers



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  1. Tricia Roderick says:

    Hello Ricki,
    Happy October!
    These crackers sound great, I’m always on the lookout for healthy crackers.
    You mentioned that you use pulp from mostly veg juice but I don’t see any note and was wondering if you could share the juice you make for this pulp.
    Thanks 🙂

  2. Tricia Roderick says:

    Thank you, Ricki. I would love to make this juice and the crackers straight away but first I really need to get a better juicer, any recommendations?

    • I liked the Omega, but I haven’t owned one in a while. I wouldn’t recommend the one I have now (Hurom). This is a great topic for a post, though–I will compile the info and post about it! 🙂

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