This year I struggled with finding something for the men on my Christmas list. I was tired of wrapping up gloves, ties, motor oil, and aftershave.
I recall back in October, I made a dehydrator full of candied pumpkin seeds. I really had to stop my husband from devouring them in one sitting. So, this weekend I decided to fill my dehydrator with candied pumpkin seeds and walnut pieces. The men on my list will each receive a jar full of these crunchy and heavenly sweet snacks. A healthy gift of good protein, antioxidants, zinc and Omega 3s.
One of my favourite raw food books is “Raw Food Real World” by Mathew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis. (This book is signed by Sarma herself, having met her at The Seed in NYC last Spring! You see, I don’t get all giddy and star struck over rock stars. Rather, I find myself adolescent-like when I meet vegan chefs!) I followed Mathew and Sarma’s recipes for candied pumpkin seeds and candied walnuts with a couple of minor alterations.
CANDIED PUMPKIN SEEDS
- 2 cups pumpkin seeds, preferably soaked for 4 hours or more, drained and rinsed well
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 maple syrup powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Toss all ingredients very well in a medium bowl. Spread on a dehydrator tray and dehydrate at 112 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 24 hours, or until dry and crisp.
If you are using an oven instead of a dehydrator, bake at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour and a half until dry and crisp. * Check seeds and walnuts often, as time may vary.
CANDIED WALNUTS – follow recipe above
Fill glass jars or containers with candied pumpkin seeds or candied walnuts or a mixture of both. Reserve a wee bit for yourself, as these nuts and seeds are awesome thrown in a mixed green salad.