Sunday, April 14, 2013

Raw Candied Almonds


One of my favorite healthy candied nuts is Hail Merry Vanilla Maple Nuts. These nuts are so delicious! I wanted to try and make my own version, and what I ended up with was a delicious and candy-like snack. I shared this recipe over a year ago, and have used it as a topping or ingredient with many of my sweet and savory dishes.

You will need a dehydrator. If not, you can try using the oven at very low heat. Hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

Raw Candied Almonds
Ingredients.
(note: Ingredient measures are not exact. Everything to taste.)
2 cup raw almonds (soaked for at least 8 to 10 hours, drained)
1 1/2 cup organic Grade B maple syrup
1 Tb organic non-alcoholic vanilla extract
1 Tb Lucuma powder
about 1/2 Tb Himalayan pink salt

Preparation.
Combine maple syrup, vanilla extract, Lucuma, and salt into a big mixing bowl. Whisk until well blended. Fold in the soaked almonds and mix well. Set aside for about 1 hour (preferably in the fridge) and let marinate. Pour nut mixture over lined dehydrator trays, making sure nuts are spread apart. Dehydrate on 115 F or slightly lower temp for about 24 to 36 hours. Check in between time to see how nuts are drying. They should not be wet, and should be like hard candy. Add more salt if desired.

Once dried, remove from trays and break nuts apart so that they are in individual pieces. Some may have syrup stuck to them like candy, but that’s what you want. Place in a container and stir them with a spoon to separate some more. Store in air-tight container in the cupboard for up to two weeks. Or keep in the refrigerator/freezer for longer storage.

Other options.
Use a variety of raw nuts and seeds.