Archive for the ‘Snacks’ Category

Asian Kale Chips

This is a recipe for Asian flavored kale chips. It is fairly low in calories, gluten free and dairy free. It is made in the same way as the Southwest Kale Chips posted here at the website (see recipe index). You will also need a big mixing bowl – about 8 quart capacity. This recipe uses raw almonds, but you can substitute with raw almond butter if preferred.

Asian kale chips are easy to make with a food processor and a dehydrator. Always try to find good quality organic ingredients whenever possible – especially the soy sauce and miso paste. These two items are made with fermented soy and soy is one of the big GMO crops. So make sure to select only organic miso paste and soy sauce to avoid GMO soy.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is a recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. This recipe has a nice malty flavor because it uses dry malt extract (DME) which is available from a homebrew beer making store. Dry malt is malted barley that has been heated with water to convert the grain starch into fermentable sugars, then has all the water and grain removed. It adds a nice flavor to the cookies.

If desired, you can substitute 2 eggs for the two egg replacers.
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Southwest Kale Chips

Crispy kale is a hugely popular snack with many varieties available in stores and with many recipes online. This recipe is a fairly low calorie snack and it is also vegan. There is no gluten or dairy. This recipe has a tangy, “cheesy”, southwestern flavor, with some spicy habanero chili pepper. It contains some nutritional yeast which gives it the cheesy flavor.

This crispy kale recipe is easy to make. You will need a food processor and a dehydrator. Try to use good quality organic ingredients whenever possible. Insist on organic miso paste to avoid GMO soy. You can adjust the spicy hot flavor by using more or less habanero pepper. Habaneros come in small sizes if less hotness is more desirable.

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Homemade Almond Butter

Homemade almond butter is easy to make in a food processor. Almond butter is a very healthy snack. When you first start grinding up the almonds with a food processor you get almond meal, but after about 15 minutes it turns into creamy almond butter.

This recipe uses raw almonds. I always use raw nuts – never roasted. Roasting introduces trans fats, which are not healthy for you. I buy raw almonds from Trader Joe’s here in Southern California. At this time, they go for about $4.49 per pound. One pound of raw almonds will make one jar of almond butter. Not only is this fresh almond butter very tasty, but also it is very economical. A similar jar of raw almond butter will go for about $8.00 or $9.00 in a health food store.

This is an updated recipe. I used to add a little almond oil when making almond butter (available from a local health food store). However, I find that it is not necessary to add any oil as long as you let the food processor run long enough to achieve a smooth consistency.

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