Happy first day of spring! Hopefully it is nicer outside for everyone else than it is here..
We have a high of -1 today and it’s still snowing.
On Friday, I had blogged about some nuts that Mark and I have been making for snacks lately. As we made some more over the weekend, I thought it would be perfect to share the recipe with you guys.
First up for this recipe is to soak the nuts in water. For almonds and seeds, you should soak them for about 8 hours. Cashews should only be soaked for 5. Mark and I have been using pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and almonds. As such, we prep them before we go to bed and then when we wake up, the necessary time has passed.
Part of the reason you soak the nuts is for flavour. When you soak nuts and seeds, the dust, residue and tannins wash away, and leave the flavour much smoother. There are also health benefits to soaking them before consuming. Benefits of soaking your nuts include increased enzyme activity, greater absorption of the food’s nutrients by the body and increased digestibility. When soaked, nuts and seeds will begin the sprouting process which bumps up their nutrient profile considerably.
For more info on why you should soak your nuts and seeds, here is a great reference
After you’re done soaking the nuts, drain the water (DON’T use it in other recipes, as all the dust, residue, etc. that have come off the nuts are now in that water). Spread out the nuts/seeds on a baking tray and sprinkle some salt and pepper on top.
Turn your oven onto the lowest heat possible and bake them for 12-18 hours. We’ve been putting ours in for closer to 12 hours, but we have an extremely hot oven.
Let them cool and then put them in a sealed container for storage. They last for around a month. After a month you can still eat them, but they’ll start to taste old.
- 4 cups of nuts and seeds (mix of almonds, walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc.)
1) Pour the mixed nuts/seeds in a bowl and add water until the nuts are completely covered. Add a tablespoon of salt to the water. Let soak for a mix of 5 (if cashews)-8 (for all other nuts/seeds) hours.
2) Drain the water. Spread out the soaked seeds on a baking tray and bake for 12-18 hours at the lowest temperature.
3) Allow to cool. Then eat by the handful.
Mark and I have been eating this snack like crazy lately. It might be becoming my new favourite snack.
If you had to pick one food, what would be your favourite snack?