Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Snack time!

With all this cold weather, I've been inside staying warm by the fire and playing in the kitchie! Time to make edible Christmas pressies this week so I've had my dehydrator out. I made four different kinds of seasoned nuts and seeds. They're very easy to make as long as you've got a dehydrator. The first step is conjuring up flavour ideas, second is soaking your nuts and seeds of choice before throwing it all together. Curried seeds are another one of my faves that I've made in the past...the possibilities are endless.

Garlic & Dill Seeds - Sunflower seeds with dill, garlic, Himalayan salt, and apple cider vinegar - I especially love these!
Chili Chipotle Seeds - Sunflower seeds, chili powder, garlic, lemon juice, chipotle powder, tamari
Teriyaki Nuts - Almonds with pure maple syrup, tamari, garlic, ginger, and dates

Wasabi Seeds - Sunflower seeds, wasabi powder, kelp powder, tamari, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, ginger, garlic

Maple Cinnamon Nuts - On the sweet side: walnuts, pure maple syrup, palm sugar, cinnamon, mesquite, salt

Due to a great sale on kale (hehe, that rhymes!), I stocked up and decided to make a treat for the family - cheesey kale chips. You might remember that I had fun making a big batch of these chips in Florida recently, and have made them one more time since then. I just can't get enough! The cheese was a creamy mixture of cashews, water, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, himalayan salt, and garlic. Dehydrated to crispiness!


In addition to seasoned nuts, I made three different granolas for gifts. Cafe Gratitude's Apple Cinnamon, Raw Food Real World's Maple Cranberry, and a Coconut Crunch (no recipe). I've made each of these a few times already. I like CG's recipe because it's cost effective, while still tasty, but I have to say I prefer the maple cranberry. I chose to sub raisins and dried cherries for the cranberries.

Maple Cranberry Granola

1 - 3 apples cored and chopped
1 1/2 cups date paste (dates soaked and then processed until smooth)
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp orange zest or ginger powder
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, soaked 2 hours or more
2 cups almonds, soaked 4 hours or more
3 cups pecans, soaked 2 hours or more
1 cup pumpkin seeds soaked 2 hours or more
1 cup dried cranberries or raisins or dried apples

1. In a food processor, place the fresh apples, date paste, maple syrup, lemon juice, orange zest, vanilla, cinnamon, salk and 1/4 of the sunflower seeds and grind until completely smooth. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl.

2. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of
sunflower seeds, the almonds, pecans, and pumpkin seeds to the food processor (you don't need to bother rinsing the bowl in between). Coarsely chop the nuts and seeds in a few quick pulses. Add them to the bowl with the apple mixture, add the cranberries and combine well.

3. Spread the granola on a Teflex lined dehydrator trays and dehydrate at 115 degrees for 6 - 8 hours. Flip the granola over onto the screens and peel away the teflex. Continue dehydrating for another 8 to 12 hours, or until the granola is crunchy. Break into pieces and once completely cooled, store in an airtight container. To maintain freshness longer, store the granola in the refrigerator for up to a few weeks.

The apple cinnamon granola is a combo of apples, almonds, sprouted buckwheat, dates, cinnamon, and sunflower seeds.
Are you making any edible Christmas gifts?

18 comments:

TheFitnessFreak said...

Oh yum, yum, yum! Thanks for all of these great recipes!! I will be making them for sure : )

The Voracious Vegan said...

Oooh I would love to get any of those scrumptious treats for Christmas, edible gifts are always the best. Thanks for the ideas!

Frances said...

You make raw food so much fun, thank you so much for this post and your blog!!

HippieMom said...

OhLaLa! This are great fun recipes!healthy gifts! Love it.Thank's.
(It getting more & more urgent to get a dehydrator)

XoXo.

Donna (Healthy Recipes) said...

Wow, you have been busy in the kitchen! They all look sooo delicious! I have been meaning to make some flavored nuts, thanks for all the inspiring ideas. Your raw granola looks yummy too. And I totally know what you mean about not being able to get enough of kale chips. I made some great cheesy kale chips a while ago when the kale was still growing in our garden - wow. I eat at least half of them before they come out of the dehydrator! I didn't use cashews in my recipe, I bet it's nice though :-)

barefoot_and_frolicking said...

Heather!! Such beautiful ideas for Christmas gifts. I've also been making a few gifts: some vanilla chai spice, raw chocolate date truffles, lemon-coconut bars. I'd like to make some more chocolates as well. Also, the grawnola is such a great idea for a gift:-)

VeganLisa said...

My dehydrator has been working over time as well. I made a decadent chocolate, cherry buckwheat granola for my mom (more to top ice cream than for breakfast), I have three loaves of sprouted kamut bread in the dehydrator right now and I made 60 vanilla almond macaroons for an upcoming cookie exchange. I love that the dehydrator can create gifts while I'm at work!

princessvalecia said...

oooohhh looks so yummy!

Dairy Free Betty said...

yummy!! Everything looks so good!! I have never thought of spicing seeds!

I made a bunch of peanut butter cups to give away, and chocolate dipped marshmallows dipped in coconut!! fun!!

kelli said...

they all look so yummy! i'm making raw chocolates for christmas gifts. i already did a practice run and they were delish!

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

What wonderful snack and granola ideas! Thank you for sharing them =)

Sheryl-Anne said...

That's it! I'm cranking up the ol' D tomorrow! Those seasoned seeds and nuts are just what my salads need. Thanks Heathy! xx

ReChel said...

These are great recipes! I've made vanilla cinnamon maple walnuts and cranberry maple granola before but too scared of the outcome of spicy treats. I think I will try a couple of your recipes! I will let you know how they came out! Great Post!

ItVeganAtGenesis said...

Thank you so much for sharing these recipes and inspiring me to dehydrate more goodies (without combining fruit with nuts)!

muddy footsteps said...

all of these snacks look so delicious! the garlic dill seeds are grabbing my attention. i'm definitely going to try those out soon! thanks for the inspiration!

Raw GastroGnome said...

Hi Heathy!
I made your both of the sunflower seed recipes as well as Matthew Kenney's curried cashews to take to my family Christmas to ensure some raw snacking. I agree - the dill and garlic seeds are fantastic! You gotta try Matthew's cashews as well (from Everyday Raw) - my boyfriend has absconded to work with the last of them.
Thanks for your continuing inspiration!
xo
Jess

Eduardo said...

Hello,

Are the recipes for your Christmas Truffles and Fruit and Nut Choccie Squares in your Just Desserts book?

Good eats!
Eduardo

Raw Goddess said...

Thanks guys, so glad you enjoyed these ideas. Dehydrated goodies are certainly great to carrying around for snacking at any time (I always keep a little something in my purse!)

Raw GastroGnome - thanks for the curried cashew suggestion!

Eduardo - The base chocolate recipe is in Just Desserts and I just added fruits and nuts to it. The truffle recipes are new... so will probably be in the next book!