Healthy Dehydrator Snack Ideas

Unlock the potential of your food dehydrator by creating a variety of healthy, homemade snacks. This guide provides you with a list of fruit, vegetable, and meat snacks, complete with preparation tips and estimated drying times.

Fruit Snacks

Apple Chips

    • Preparation: Thinly slice apples.
    • Estimated Drying Time: 6-8 hours at 135°F (57°C).

Banana Chips

    • Preparation: Slice bananas, optional lemon juice dip.
    • Estimated Drying Time: 6-10 hours at 135°F (57°C).

Fruit Leather

    • Preparation: Puree fruits, spread thinly.
    • Estimated Drying Time: 4-6 hours at 140°F (60°C).

Strawberry Slices

    • Preparation: Hull and slice strawberries.
    • Estimated Drying Time: 7-15 hours at 135°F (57°C).

Mango Strips

    • Preparation: Peel and slice mangoes.
    • Estimated Drying Time: 8-12 hours at 135°F (57°C).

Vegetable Snacks

Kale Chips

    • Preparation: Tear kale into pieces, season.
    • Estimated Drying Time: 4-6 hours at 125°F (52°C).

Zucchini Chips

    • Preparation: Thinly slice zucchini, season.
    • Estimated Drying Time: 5-7 hours at 135°F (57°C).

Sweet Potato Chips

    • Preparation: Thinly slice sweet potatoes.
    • Estimated Drying Time: 7-11 hours at 125°F (52°C).

Carrot Chips

    • Preparation: Thinly slice carrots.
    • Estimated Drying Time: 6-10 hours at 125°F (52°C).

Beet Chips

    • Preparation: Thinly slice beets.
    • Estimated Drying Time: 8-10 hours at 135°F (57°C).

Meat Snacks

Beef Jerky

    • Preparation: Slice lean beef, marinate.
    • Estimated Drying Time: 4-6 hours at 160°F (71°C).

Turkey Jerky

    • Preparation: Use lean turkey, marinate.
    • Estimated Drying Time: 5-7 hours at 160°F (71°C).

Chicken Jerky

    • Preparation: Thinly slice chicken breast, marinate.
    • Estimated Drying Time: 5-8 hours at 165°F (74°C).

Pork Jerky

    • Preparation: Slice lean pork, marinate.
    • Estimated Drying Time: 4-6 hours at 160°F (71°C).

Note: An important consideration in the dehydration of meats (like beef jerky) is the 'kill step,' a food safety practice aimed at eliminating harmful bacteria. This step involves heating the meat to a temperature that is high enough to destroy pathogens such as E. coli or Salmonella. Typically, this means pre-heating the meat to 160°F (71°C) for beef or 165°F (74°C) for poultry before the dehydration process. Some food dehydrators can reach these temperatures to perform the kill step during the dehydration process itself. However, if your dehydrator does not reach these temperatures, it's crucial to pre-cook the meat to the recommended temperature before dehydrating. This precaution ensures that the final dehydrated product is not only tasty but also safe to consume, especially important in homemade jerky and other dried meat products.


With these recipes, your food dehydrator becomes a gateway to healthier snacking options. The key is experimentation – try different fruits, vegetables, and meats to discover your favorites. Remember, the estimated drying times can vary based on the thickness of the slices and the specific dehydrator used, so always monitor the process.