Did you know almonds in the CSA are special and still hold their ability to sprout, unlike store bought? Find out why here!
Simple from Scratch:
Soaked Almonds- From School of Life Member Durga
Traditional cuisines (including Ayurveda) recommend that for digestibility, almonds should always be soaked overnight and peeled before eating-- blanching will not have the same helpful effects as soaking, during which they sprout a little "tail." Sally Fallon recommends soaking almonds and all nuts and seeds overnight in salt water (1 tsp per cup of nuts) and then drying them for 12-24 hours in a dehydrator or low oven (150 degrees.) The salt makes them "extra" digestible.
Almond Spread- CSA Member Elena
Soak raw almonds overnight, then toast in an oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Stir frequently to ensure they don't burn. Once the almonds are toasted, put in food processor. Chop until nuts are finely ground and begin to clump. Add oil of choice (olive is a bit heavy but makes it savory, sunflower is lighter) until desired consistency is reached. Add raw honey and ground celitic sea salt to taste. More of a spread than a butter. Ayurveda states that just seven nuts per day is a serving- so don't go overboard!
Soak almonds overnight. Peel and add to morning shake for a great source of protien and healthy omegas.
Nut Bars (gluten and sugar free sweet snack!)- From School of Life Member Durga
1-1/2 C. nuts and seeds
You can invent your own blend. I used:
Sunflower seeds-- 1/4 C
Pumpkin seeds-- 1/2 C
Sesame Seeds--1/8 C
Flax Seed--1/8 C.
cinnamon, 1 tsp or to taste
stevia or honey or maple or brown rice syrup, to taste-- I used a dropperful and a half of liquid stevia and it was wonderful
coconut oil or raw butter --1/2 C, melted
Soak the almonds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds overnight in salt water. Dry in low oven 12-24 hours stirring occasionally.
(By the way, they are delicious just like that, straight from the oven!)
When ready, put the above in a food processor, and add in the sesame and flax seeds, and cinnamon and salt. If you are using any sweetener other than stevia, you may add it now. Grind them up to granola bar consistency. Melt the butter/oil. If using stevia, stir it into the melted fat. Pour in to the nut mixture, and run machine to mix.
That's it! taste and adjust spices/sweet if necessary. Put in the fridge to harden.
This tastes better at room temperature than cold,so I always take it out of the fridge ahead of time