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Thought you had to give up deep fried foods in order to eat healthy? You can now satisfy your cravings for crunchy onion rings and not think twice. With BBQ Zucchini Chip batter, I coated onion rings and cauliflower florets, and sent them off to the dehydrator. Oh yeah! These came out fabulous! This recipe HOTTTT-T, so adjust the ingredients to suit your taste buds. Try spreading on other veggies or cracker blends...and enjoy the smoky goodness. Don't have a dehydrator? Don't fret. You can make these in a LOW temperature oven too!

Smoky Hot Onion Rings
4 medium onions, thinly sliced

BBQ Sauce Ingredients

1 cup filtered water
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 Tablespoons sunflower seeds
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
4 sun dried tomato (soaked and chopped)
1 Tablespoon onion powder
2 Tablespoons maple syrup (grade B or your favorite sweetener)
1 1/2 teaspoons cilantro, dried
1 teaspoon basil, dried
3/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon hot red chili powder (SPICY)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne (eliminate if you want this less spicy)
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional - but really gives the BBQ authentic flavor)

OPTION : Instead of liquid smoke - try using smoked paprika or smoked sun dried tomatoes.

1. Add ingredients to blender and mix until sunflower seeds and tomatoes are completely processed.
2. Thinly slice onion rings.(Cauliflower and other veggies work great too)
3. Dip into BBQ Sauce, coating well, and place on mesh dehydrator tray.  (Double up mesh trays, if you have extra).
4. Dehydrate 10 to 12 hours at 110 degrees F. Option: Halfway through, flip onion rings and brush more BBQ sauce on, return to dehydrator.
5. Suggestion: put a drip tray or large sheet of parchment paper in bottom of dehydrator to catch drippings.

Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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Comment by Silmiriel on January 20, 2013 at 8:25pm

Sounds delish!  Thanks for sharing the recipe... looking forward to trying it!  :)

Comment by Barbara (Rawfully Tempting) on January 19, 2013 at 1:25pm

The cauliflower was especially yummy!!

Comment by Brandi! on January 19, 2013 at 12:33pm

I want these!!

Comment by Barbara (Rawfully Tempting) on January 18, 2013 at 6:39pm

Hi sorry about that...actually there was not supposed to be any link..I copied and pasted the recipe..and forgot there was a link in the text. It must have picked up when I pasted it...this recipe is complete as is. The link was to the same recipe done on zucchini, that's all. I"m still recovering from a concussion...and it's really frustrating..I'm just not able to do things that I normally did...and make lots of little thanks for catching it. Hopefully, my head will heal SOON!!! 

Comment by Penni on January 18, 2013 at 4:22pm

So awesome!!  Thanks so much for sharing a recipe with us here at RFR, Barbara!  I did remove the outside link to the batter, (see Community Ground Rules), so if you'd like to share that to make the recipe complete that woud be amazing! 

If you are wanting to link back to your original recipe post at your website/blog, you can add recipes to our Kitchen - which is our recipe central! It is okay to post the recipe there and include a link to your original post. I appreciate your understanding & if you have any questions, please let me know!

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