The one area that we struggle with in our eating is finding
tasty healthy snacks. I keep searching for different things to try and once in a while something great comes along.
We have been buying raw almonds now for a few years as a snack option. We do enjoy them, but never really thought of them as something outstanding or really desirable. They were “just there”.
Well, the other day I met up with our friend, Tayla, who is a great chef and raw food enthusiast, and she had me taste some teryaki almonds she made. I tried to steal the whole container, but I wasn’t allowed, as they were for a gathering she was heading to later . Thankfully, she did leave me with the recipe, and it is so easy to make, I had to jump right on that!
The recipe came from a book she purchased called I Am Grateful.
2 1/2 cups soaked almonds
1/2 cup well packed, chopped dates
1/4 cup Nama Shoyu
1 1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
1 tsp finely minced ginger
That’s not a lot of ingredients, and I only made one substitution. Instead of Nama Shoyu, I used Bragg’s Amino’s – my friend Tayla used tamari. If you have none of these 3, plain old soy sauce will do!
I didn’t chop the dates before, I just threw everything in the Nutribullet and let it handle it.
Then I added them to the almonds (that were soaking overnight)
That’s really it for prep! So, I had like 3lbs of almonds, and so I decided to make two other flavors. These I just made up, but it was worth it :-).
First, I went with a “Chipotle Almond”. Let me just say, I had no chipotle powder, but I couldn’t think of what else to call it :-). I used the juice from one lemon, 1/4 Bragg’s Amino, 1 T minced ginger, and 1 tsp. each of chili powder, cayenne powder, and taco seasoning. This one turned out okay, but I may not make it again.
Finally, I went with a cinnamon sugar….hmmmm. I had a couple different ways to attempt this. I used 1 cup of sugar, 1 tsp. of sea salt, 1 T of vanilla, 1 tsp. of cinammon. I went with mixing the ingredients in the pot until it becomes syrupy, and mix the almonds in it.
After these were done, I placed them on a tray of parchment paper, and let them dehydrate for 48 hours..
We have been indulging (not over-indulging ) for over a week now, and we are really ENJOYING them! Almonds aren’t boring anymore!
Do you make roasted or flavored treats? What easy and healthy snacks do you make for your family?
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