Savory nuts and seeds
These delicious snacks are perfect to keep on the desk, in your handbag or in a jar in the kitchen ready for when the hunger pangs hit! Be warned they can be seriously addictive!
What you need:
- I cup of almonds,
- 1 cup walnuts,
- 1 cup pecans,
- 1 cup brazil nuts
- in fact any nut you fancy except cashews and peanuts
- 1 cup sunflower seeds,
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
- 1 -2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamon
- In fact you can use any spice and dried herb combination you like!
What to do:
First off all we are going to soak and activate our nuts and seeds, this will bring the enzymes in the nuts and seeds back to life and improve the nutritional quality of our delicious snack.
- Put the hardest nuts (almonds, brazil, hazelnuts ect) into a bowl and cover with water, allow to soak in cold water over night, seeds and softer nuts like walnuts, pecans, macadamias etc require 2-4 hours soaked.
- Drain off the water and rinse. You can repeat this process a few times, you can even sprout your nuts and seeds by repeating this action until they sprout!
- Give them a good shake off to remove excess liquid.
You can of course skip the activation and sprouting stage if you choose to.
- Place the nuts and seeds in a bowl and add the wet ingredients, you want to add slowly and mix the nuts and seeds so that the liquid coats them rather than a marinade. You can keep your nuts and seeds separate of combine.
- If using dried spices once you have coated the nuts and seeds lightly in oil add the dry ingredients. Again you want enough dry spice to lightly coat all of the nuts and seeds rather than smother them as this will burn.
- Put the nuts and seeds onto a large cookie tray or oven tray and spread into one single layer, leave excess liquid in the bowl.
Your cooking options
- If you have taken the time and effort to activate and sprout your nuts and seeds gently warm these in the oven at its very lowest setting. If you can get it to less than 50oC that’s perfect, you might even leave the oven door open slightly.
- Leave for anywhere between 4-8 hours until they have a little crunch.
- Give the tray a few shakes along the way.
- Remove from the oven and let them cool.
- If you have not activated or sprouted your nuts you can choose to use the above option or bake in a medium heat oven about 150oC for 30-45 minutes until the nuts and seeds are dry and have a crunch.