These are delicious and way better than ordinary salted nuts. You can use any combination of nuts and seeds, I used walnuts, cashew nuts and
pumpkin seeds but almonds, hazelnuts, pecans would work well too.
Nuts are a great source of protein, good fats and minerals and seeds are packed full of antioxidants, protein, calcium and magnesium.
Put the nuts and seeds in a bowl and add the tamari, oil and all the spices and mix well until the nuts are coated in the mixture.
Empty the nuts and seeds onto a lightly greased baking tray, spreading them out into a single layer
Bake in the oven at 180C for around 10 to 15 minutes, shaking the tray to make sure they don't stick.
Cool then serve in paper cones or in a Jar for a really nice foodie Gift!
These are a delicious sweet and crispy treat with a coffee and perfect for unexpected guests! You can make them more special by drizzling them with melted dark chocolate!
These would also make a lovely vegan Christmas gift for a foodie friend!
• 375g plain flour
• 1½ tsp baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 150g light brown or coconut sugar
• 3/4 cup smooth unsweetened applesauce or 3 flax or chia eggs *
• 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted
• Zest of one organic, un-waxed orange
• 1 teaspoon mixed spice
• 1 cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
• ½ cup dried cranberries
*to make applesauce just blend a couple of washed and cored eating apples in a blender or food processor. You don’t have to peel or cook them.
*To make one flax or chia egg, use 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds or chia seeds to 3 tablespoons water. Just mix and let sit for 10 minutes.
1. Preheat oven the 325°F/170C
2. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
3. In a large bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder, mixed spice and salt.
4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, applesauce or flax eggs, oil and orange zest.
5. Stir the sugar mixture into the flour mixture, add the nuts, cranberries and bring it together into a dough with your hands.
6. With floured hands, shape the dough into three, 3-inch wide “logs” about 3/4 inch thick, with the ends squared off.
7. Place these on the baking trays.
8. Bake the logs for about 25 minutes.
9. Remove the trays and reduce the oven heat to 300°F/150C
10. Cool the logs on a rack for 30 minutes.
11. Cut the logs carefully with a sharp knife straight across into 1/2 inch wide slices. A bread knife or serrated knife works best.
12. Place the slices cut side down on the cookie sheets.
13. Bake 5-10 minutes, or until golden on the bottom.
14. Turn the slices over and cook 5-10 minutes more, or until golden on bottom.
15. Cool on racks, then store in an airtight for up to two weeks.
I bought some great bargains at Holland and Barrett yesterday, among them, two bags of lovely dried Lerida Figs!
I absolutely love fresh figs but dried ones are also delicious and perfect in chutneys and this fabulous Fig & Olive Tapenade.
An intense sweet and salty at the same time, totally versatile, delicious, packed with nutrition and containing two fermented products, olives and apple cider vinegar, this is well worth making and its so simple.
Just remember to buy preservative free olives. I used black Kalamata from Aldi and green olives from Lidl, both delicious and a great price but if you want to push the boat out and splash out on some more expensive deli olives, then go right ahead!
Olives are a great source of monounsaturated fats, minerals, vitamins, fibre and various powerful antioxidants. I think we are all aware that the Mediterranean diet is an extremely healthy one, olives and quality olive oil are consumed in large amounts, along with plenty of seasonal colourful veggies and locally caught fish. Not forgetting regular consumption of red wine which we all know has various benefits for our health!!
Figs are a brilliant source of calcium and magnesium for strong bones, fibre which provides a laxative effect and balances blood sugar, and lots of other trace minerals.
This is a great wee accompaniment to tapas style food and pairs particularly well with goats cheese on toasted sourdough bread or to accompany a cheese board.
It has a really intense flavour so a little goes a long way.
This would make a lovely gift, in a nice glass jar with a hand written label!
On that note, this is so good I'm off to make another batch!!
Here is the simple recipe.....
FIG & OLIVE TAPENADE
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