HNC Crunchy Nut Mix
I’ve gone nuts. Completely nuts for nuts! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten as much of them as I have since we began the transition to wholefoods. They are just a perfect snack that fills you up. The perfect addition to breakfast, dessert, morning and afternoon tea…. Making up a batch of sweetened granola, or my crunchy nuts, is a great addition to the pantry.
It will last in an airtight container for a week or two at a guess- it never really makes it past a week in this house! How do I use it? On porridge, on chia puddings, mixed through yoghurt, with some chopped up fruit for desserts, on top of icecream, as a snack in a zip lock bag, on top of a raw dessert – you will definitely find uses for this trust me!
2 cups mixed nuts and seeds (see below for suggestions)
1 cup flaked coconut (ensure this is sulphur free)
2 – 3 Tablespoons of chia seeds
2 Tablespoons of macadamia nut oil or coconut oil, melted
3 Tablespoons of rice malt syrup or 2 T of raw honey or maple syrup
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
2. Combine your nuts, seeds, oil and choice of sweetener on an oven tray. Give a good mix with your hands to coat them all.
3. Pop into the oven, and cook at 180 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes.
4. They will still seem soft at the end of that time – don’t worry the nuts will ‘crunch’ up as they cool. Oh – and another tip – get your spatula underneath them and give them a stir before they cools, and another as they are cooling, or the nuts will stick to the tray 🙂
5. Put them into an airtight container. Go nuts 🙂
NOTES ON NUTS
* I honestly use whatever I may have on hand at the time I decide to make it. Usually, in the seed department I use sunflower seeds, pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and chia seeds. In the nut department, almonds or flaked almonds, walnuts, hazlenuts or macadamia nuts. Anything works really!
* You decide how you like it. If you like it sweeter, add more sweetner. Mix some dried fruit in after it’s cooked. (Beware of preservatives in dried fruit – buy sulphur free) Sprinkle some cinnamon on it before you pop in the oven. The options are endless……
* If you find you have digestion problems after consuming nuts, you may wish to look into activating them. This breaks down the enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid in nuts and seeds, making them easier to digest and ensures all the goodness is absorbed properly. You can find out more about activating your nuts here.