Three years ago I met Deanna Mutzel on Instagram and never looked back. She is a wiz at all things dehydrating with a passion for nutrient dense food and healthy eating. And by wiz I mean wizard because she takes raw onions and turns them into artisanal flat bread, raw kale into taco shells, red pepper and carrots into sandwich wraps, spinach into crackers, cauli into pizza crust and it doesn’t stop there! Beets, fennel, Kraut, raw chipotle, turmeric, zucchini, garlic, chard….all raw, all healthy, all turned into substitutes for your conventional starches. How? Three words friend; Raw Veggie Bread.
I’m not joking when I say Deanna’s raw veggie bread will change your life. My husband loves veggies but he hates the idea of a salad or a raw sliced pepper. I mean don’t even mention the word celery stick. He just won’t do it. And then he feels guilty about not eating his veggies. Welp, raw veggie bread to the rescue because I can make a batch of raw kale, spinach, carrot and red pepper bread and he will easily plow through the whole thing in one day. Wrap some eggs in the morning, make a chicken salad sandwich for lunch and dip some hummus for an afternoon snack and poof.
Not that I’m full of restraint. The other day I wolfed down an entire batch of onion bread for breakfast..I couldn’t stop. I mean guys, I basically ate TWO RAW ONIONS upon waking. Who does that!? Well, I guess I do thanks to Deanna Mutzel.
Adding raw veggie bread into your daily is great for anyone who wants to get more veggies in and for people who don’t like salads. It’s also great for those who are trying to reduce their gluten intake or for people who are gluten-free. In addition, it can improve gut health too especially when you add fermented foods in like Kraut! Oh, and it’s great for anyone with kids. Deanna has so many kid friendly recipes including:
- Raw Cheesy Sweet Onion Bread
- Raw Coconut Berry Crackers
- Raw Banana Bread
- Raw Apple + Cinnamon Flat Bread
- Coconut Cream Pudding
Raw Veggie Bread E-Course
So here’s the scoop. Deanna has a Raw Veggie Bread e-course that I have been working through. She’s included videos, recipes, how-tos and more. It includes everything you will need to be successful at making raw veggie bread in the dehydrator. And I know because when I started making her breads 3 years ago, I would get some awesome batches and I would get some crappy batches that would just crumble apart. It was basically a huge crap shoot every morning when I woke up and checked my dehydrator to see if “it worked” or if I just ruined all my produce. Well not anymore. Literally after watching just her first video for 3-4 minutes, I am officially a pro.
So her introductory video will take you through, step by step, how to assemble veg bread. It’s a quick foundations video that demonstrates consistency, portions, ratios and tactics to making it all come together. For me this was everything I needed and then I jumped to her 70+ recipes and started digging in.
But that’s not all. Her course also includes:
- 103 page e-book
- Recommended tools you will need to get started
- 7 detailed videos on how to make different versions of raw veg bread
- What eating raw means + benefits
- Pantry list
- How to prep nuts before adding them to breads
- Substitutes for nuts to make these breads allergy-friendly
- Workarounds to get kids eating more veggies
- Additional recipes for making fruit bars, raw crackers, dressings, kale chips, pestos, protein packed nut butter and MORE! Vanilla Cinnamon Cashew Cream anyone!?
The course sells for $79 which works out to less than .25 a day over the first year! And because this course never expires it’s kind of a no brainer. Plus, you can download the ebook with all the recipes to your phone for easy access. A total steal and a the best investment you will make in your health this year. Check out the course here!
So the biggest barrier to getting started for me was purchasing a dehydrator. Yeah, you need a dehydrator. They are not cheap but worth the investment if you are ready to get cookin’ raw. I have an Excalibur 9 Tray I bought it on Amazon “used” for just about $165. And for the recored it wasn’t actually “used” it was just returned unopened and the box was damaged so…SOLD! (Amazon Used is a great place to score deals – make sure to check there!) My friend also found the same one at Home Depot for $185 so check there too.
I like the 9 tray because I can do two batches of bread at the same time. Or do a batch of bread and add in some zucchini chips. I always recommend the 9 tray because you would rather have more room than less – especially when we are talking a 10-12 hour “cook” time – you want to make the most of it.
I saved some money too by getting the Excalibur 9 Tray without the timer. And to be honest I wish I didn’t cheap out on this. It takes 10-12 hours for the bread to “cook” so turns out, without a timer, the only time I can really make bread is overnight. And my energy level at the end of the night is ZILCH so it’s easy for me to say “I’ll do it tomorrow” which turns into next week. But if I had a timer I could throw it in at 3pm and set the timer to shut the machine off at 3am and I would be golden.
The other option too is you can buy a timer that plugs into your wall – for about $10 – that will shut off the dehydrator when the time is up.
Why haven’t I bought this yet?! Totally just ordered this on Amazon, HOLLA! Dreams do come true.
The other thing you will need is a food processor. I think most people have one of those but if you don’t this is the one I have and like it. Deanna recommends getting a 14 cup one.
So I also got a chance to sit down with Deanna (through email) and pick her brain a little bit more about who she is, why veg bread, and more. Meet Deanna!
Deanna has been a practicing chiropractor for 18 years. She is originally from Canada and competed running for the Canadian Cross County and Track team from Ontario. She came to the US when she was 19 to attended the University of Michigan on a running scholarship which ultimately lead her to chiropractic school. After experiencing numerous injuries and over-training she decided to specialize in functional nutrition. After this, she opened her first chiropractic wellness center with her twin sister in Denver, CO in 2001 which is still running today! Deanna still works part-time as a chiropractor in Bellevue, WA.
Along the way she started an Instagram account for fun and 4 years ago it became a business called Real Food Lab. You can order from her website too. All of her treats are paleo friendly, ketogenic friendly, gluten-free, diary-free and KID APPROVED by her 5-year-old-daughter. Also, she just launched…wait for it…cookie dough. Thank you. Here’s more with Deanna.
What are the benefits of eating raw?
Eating most things (within reason) raw is best to preserve food enzymes and nutrient density.
How did you learn how to cook raw?
I was raw-vegan in 2004 as more of an experiment. I learned the art of preparing raw veggies in many different ways, as well as other processes such as germinating, sprouting and fermenting. I was on a mission to learn everything I could from books and other famous raw-vegan international chefs.
Although I loved many things about being raw-vegan, I began to miss meat and decided to add it back. I focus now on consuming mostly organ meats and only grass-fed (preferably locally hunted) meats.
Raw bread making was always such a fun project for me. My very first raw bread was an onion bread that I had tried by Matt Amsden – from his book Rawvolution which is still one of my favorite books. I became obsessed with making all different types of bread – and that’s when my own creations began. I wanted to perfect all different breads, wraps, crusts, crackers…you name it! Oh, and raw vegan cheese and desserts too.
Will kids eat raw?
They will if you start them young. If you’re late to the game, start with green smoothies adding in a wee bit of fruit and then slowly add different varieties of veggies including ginger and turmeric. Raw Bread is perfect for kiddos because you can make delicious sandwiches that look fun and kids love that! Most kids wont eat a plate of salad – nor will most adults. (Has she met my husband!?)
What dehydrator do you like and why?
What else can we do with the dehydrator?
You can make raw cheeses, soups, desserts, granolas, dry sprouted nuts and seeds….so many things! I have 2 dehydrators and they are always being used. They remain on my counter top. I also use it to make chocolate and raw coco butter and coconut butter treats.
How long does veggie bread last?
It lasts a long time in the fridge. Keeping it on the countertop is fine too if it’s a “dry” bread. [So she means the less you dehydrate a bread, the more malleable it will be like a wrap – keep these in the fridge or freezer because they still have a bit of water left in them. But if you continue to dehydrate it, it will be totally dry and wont bend – you can leave this kind on the counter]. They are fabulous straight out of the freezer too. Dehydration is a form of preservation. When you take the water out at a low temperature, food enzymes are preserved so it remains nutrient dense and won’t go moldy.
Do you need a lot of experience to make veggie bread successfully?
Anyone can do this. My 5-year-old helps me all the time. It’s a great way (other than making soup) to use veggies in your fridge that need to be eaten.
Who are some other people to follow for inspo on cooking raw?
I love all food “artists” – they are all different and inspiring. Not all are completely raw-vegan.
What are you working on now? What’s next for Real Food Lab?
We are expanding our business and creating more products. My passion is to create! I am hiring more to make my creations and having a blast!
Do you have a dehydrator? What do you love making?
For more real food ideas, check out my nut-free lunchbox gallery!