What to make with zucchini? We have a fun idea for you: How about making dehydrated zucchini chips! When you find yourself faced with a major case of the munchies, zucchini chips are a great, healthy go-to snack! They can also be a fun snack for a get-together with friends. Zucchini chips are not a "junk food", but a healthy alternative to other types of chips, not leaving you feeling puffy, bloated, or guilty.
Besides the amazing health benefits of zucchini, the crunch, the customizable flavor, and the fact that you've made them yourself can be very satisfying! Here's how to make your own zucchini chips!
Zucchini chips are somewhat similar to potato chips. They are a crunchy snack made from a vegetable.
But one of their differences is these paper thin rounds of dehydrated zucchini chips are a healthy snack with no oil or other additives, except the flavoring of your choice! They are made from garden fresh zucchini that has been thinly sliced and dried in a dehydrator until they're crispy.
If you're wondering how to make zucchini chips, keep on reading! These low carb zucchini chips are so easy to make and a great way to use zucchini from the garden.
Is zucchini good for you? Yes, nutritional value of zucchini may be surprising! This popular, versatile summer squash is chock full of health benefits and nutritional goodness. If interested, check out our page on Zucchini Nutrition for some information that's quite interesting!
What does zucchini taste like? Zucchini is very mild and pleasant flavored with a little hint of nutty sweetness.
And, what do dehydrated zucchini chips taste like? Well, that's actually up to you! Because zucchinis are naturally very mild flavored, you can be creative in how to flavor them. You can make your dehydrated zucchini chips plain and unflavored, or just you can add a bit of salt. But we have to admit, it's a lot more fun to add spice or pizazz. You can flavor your zucchini chips with anything that tickles your fancy! Read on, we'll discuss flavoring them below.
We make our zucchini chips in a food dehydrator, but they can also be dried in the oven or in an air fryer. And if you happen to live in a dry, sunny climate, you can make sun dried zucchini chips!
Even though we will be focusing on using a dehydrator, the other methods wouldn't be much different. You'll find that making dehydrated zucchini chips is actually quite easy! Simply wash, slice, flavor, and dehydrate. And there's no blanching needed! Let's do it!
The sky's the limit when it comes to flavoring your dehydrated zucchini chips! The cool thing is that the mild flavor of zucchini allows you to be very creative!
For parmesan zucchini chips, you can simply sprinkle on the parmesan cheese before dehydrating zucchini chips. We enjoy a mixture of parmesan and herbs. Tex-Mex Seasoning is also nice.
Seasoning ideas for dehydrated zucchini chips could be:
Just remember to season your zucchini sparingly because a little bit of seasoning goes a long way!
Whether you're wanting some healthy nibbles while reading a book, or sharing with friends at a party, dehydrated zucchini chips are a delicious way to turn a crop of bountiful summer squash into a fun, healthy and satisfying snack all year around.
Since we use our dehydrator, we haven't tried making zucchini chips in the oven. But not everyone has access to a dehydrator and you might want to try using the oven. This recipe for Oven Baked Zucchini Chips looks yummy and has good ratings as well!
We also don't have an air fryer, so we don't have any experience making air fryer zucchini chips. But if you do, here's a recipe for breaded Air Fryer Zucchini Chips that look tasty as well. Enjoy!
Dehydrating zucchini chips can be done off grid as well! To make sun dried zucchini chips, follow the directions above. Without allowing them to touch, place the seasoned zucchini slices on a parchment lined baking tray. Place your trays of zucchini in full, direct sunlight for 2 or 3 days, until they are dry and crispy. (Bring them in overnight!) The time needed will depend on the weather. If you are dealing with any humidity, this may be challenging. If so, you may want to try drying by one of the other methods above.