Thursday, October 20, 2011

SeedWeed Snacks

So last month we featured these tasty little snacks we happily stumbled upon while road-tripping and we were immediately inspired to head to the test kitchen and try out a version for ourselves. We wanted to add a few LoveLife twists including using the least amount of sweetener by removing the brown rice syrup and sticking to the more flavorful maple as well as upping the seed factor. 

Easy to throw together, the end result is a crunchy, satisfyingly sweet and salty combo that makes for a great portable snack. The seaweed lends a briny spin and increases the overall mineral content while the seeds really work to satiate hunger and provide a pop of energy. Bring them on the road, the hiking trail or to work for a quick nut-free snacking solution.

If you have a dehydrator at home, even better! You could soak the seeds (all but the flax and chia) overnight and dehydrate the mixture for an even more nutritiously rocking snack.

Makes about 1/2 baking sheet
  • 3 large, raw Nori Sheets (seaweed)
  • 1/4 cup each of:
    • Flax Seeds
    • Chia Seeds
    • Raw Sunflower Seeds
    • Raw Pumpkin Seeds
    • Sesame Seeds
  • Scant 1/4 cup real maple syrup


Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Mix together all the seeds with the maple syrup until all seeds are coated and the consistency is slightly tacky. 

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. With your hands (a bit of olive oil on the fingers makes for easy cleanup) press the seed mixture onto the parchment paper. We went with about 1/4 of inch thick. You could also use cookie cutters or form into thicker bars; the latter would require a longer baking time.

Pop the baking sheet in the oven. Because most ovens don't bake evenly you'll want to rotate the sheet about 15 minutes. Within 30-45 minutes you should start to smell the maple syrup permeate the house and the seeds turn a light golden brown, this means they are done. Remove from the oven and cool completely - this is where the crunchiness will really set in. 

Using a knife you can cut neat little crackers but we decided to use our hands to break apart the final result, more fun and just as tasty! 

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