Flavored Nuts Recipe

So you are now a pro nut activator and you are looking at adding some divirsity to the repertoire. How about flavored nuts recipes?

Most of us have experienced the delicious delicacy of spiced nuts whether it be salted, chili flavored or caramel coated. Most of us love them all and cannot get enough of them.

But as per the previous article, this also seriously increases the fat, sugar or salt content of the nut; taking it from a healthy snack to an unhealthy snack.

Instead of going without flavored nuts, I have decided to lend a helping hand and provide you with some simple, healthy flavored nuts recipes.

Maple and Cinnamon spiced nuts

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Ingredients

2 cups of Mixed nuts

1 tablespoon of Maple syrup

1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of ginger

cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt

Method

Soak nuts and seeds as per their specified time.

A good mix includes: walnuts, almonds, cashews, pepitas and pecans.

Once soaked dry them thoroughly

Combine 1 Tbsp of maple syrup, 1-2 tsp of cinnamon, 1tsp of ginger and a pinch of cayenne pepper

Pour the mixture over the nuts, mix making sure all are well covered

Place on the tray and follow the specified dehydrating process

Tamari Almonds

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Ingredients

2 cups of almonds

2 tablespoons of tamari

1 teaspoon of sesame oil

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Method

Soak almonds as per the specified time

Once soaked dry them thoroughly

Combine 2Tbsp of Tamari or traditional soy sauce, 1tsp of sesame oil, and 1tsp of olive oil

pour the mixture over the nuts and mix so all are covered

place on a tray and follow and dehydrate as per the instructions

Activated Masala Chai granola

Who doesn’t love a good granola? It can be used as a healthy breakfast topper to a bowl of fruit, yogurt, smoothie or just a nice healthy snack. I personally am a granola lover and have tried multiple recipes and purchased various brands.

One thing I can take away is that homemade is always the best. Not only because it tastes better and fresher, you also know what is going into the granola. Granola is often overrated and misconstrued as a health food much of the time. Especially for some store bought brands. You may as well be eating a whole block of sugar with the amount of sugar concentrated in them.

If you are going to purchase granola from a store I would advise you to read the ingredients list very carefully. Sugar isn’t just sugar anymore. It comes in a whole array of forms. Some definitely worse than others, but all sneaking into our daily diet causing a wide variety of health issues.

With all this in consideration I now opt for making my own. I suggest you do too. Especially if you have access to a bulk food store where you can purchase your chosen nuts and seeds in the quantity you desire (this also helps reduce waste). If however, you don’t have access to a bulk food store most health food stores will stock the ingredients.

As stated previously I am a granola enthusiast and have made many varieties, this particular one is my personal favorite. Having traveled extensively through India and Sri Lanka my sense of taste has been heavily influenced by their use of herbs and spices. I have fallen in love with the vibrant food that both countries have to offer.

There is the classic Masala Chai, a sweet flavorsome beverage that warms the soul. This is a recipe inspired by this taste.

Masala Chai Granola

Ingredients

2 cups of mixed seeds and nuts

1 teaspoon of green cardamoms

½ teaspoon of cloves

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

¼ teaspoon of fennel seed

½ teaspoon of pepper corn

½ teaspoon of nutmeg

1/3 cup of coconut oil

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

Method

This recipe require 2 cups of mixed seeds and nuts, for example: sunflower seeds, pepitas, buckwheat kernels, almonds, cashews, walnuts, Brazil nuts and pecans

Once soaked dry thoroughly

Combine star anise, green cardamoms, cloves, fennel, cinnamon, peppercorn and nutmeg ground together and mix with 1/3 cup of coconut oil and 2 Tbsp of maple syrup

Note: instead of making your own masala chai, you can source a pre made version, however make sure there are no added sweeteners

coat the nut and seed mixture mixing thoroughly

place it on a tray and dehydrate for specified time

The Ultimate Cracker

Crackers and dip, to name a better combination! Not only the ultimate snack but so darn tasty too. However, as with most store bought foods there are plenty of unnecessary additives, sugars, salts, processed carbohydrates and fat added to this delicious snack. So why not make your own?

Your homemade crackers will be a less expensive alternative. You decide what goes in them, and it is easy to make tasty crispy crackers right in your own kitchen.

Using only 5 ingredients (one being water), this will be one of the easiest recipes you will ever attempt. These crunchy delights will most likely become a household staple in no time.

Below I have given the ingredients and method. The spices can be easily adapted to whatever your tastes desire. For example if you are after a cheesy-cracker lover, use 2 teaspoons of nutritional yeast flakes.

Maybe you prefer something with a little kick. Then use turmeric, chili, salt and cayenne pepper. This recipe is one of my personal favorites. Super simple to make and an instant hit with everybody.

Ingredients

1 cup of flax seed

2 teaspoons of flax seed meal

1 teaspoon of rosemary salt (see instructions)

3/4 cup of water

2 teaspoons of maple syrup

Method

Mix the flax seed and flax seed meal in a bowl

Combine the water, rosemary salt and maple syrup so everything is thoroughly mixed

Pour the mix over the flax seed mix and stir thoroughly

Leave to sit for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring regularly, until the mix becomes thickened, but not too stiff

Spread mix thinly over one dehydrator tray and score once spread

Dry for 12-36 hours at 40-45°C, flipping crackers once after 5-6 hours (optional)

Break crackers along score lines and store in an airtight container

Rosemary salt

Place 2 sprigs of rosemary into the oven until slightly brown and crispy, then combine 1/3 cup of Himalayan salt and the oven roasted rosemary in a blender and blend until combined.

There you have it. Several of my favorite recipes for spicing up Activated Nuts. I have developed them over time experimenting with different flavors. So don’t be afraid to go rogue. If there is a flavor combination you are intrigued by, go for it be creative too. The more flavor the better. Please keep in mind this is meant to be a healthy snack. Steer clear of any unnatural flavorings, or adding too much sweeteners or salts.

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