I adapted their recipe for “gluten-free granola” last night and turned it into a snack for Banjo Man by not chopping the nuts, which made putting this together even faster.
Here’s the link to Purely Primal’s recipe (and I thank them very much for this!), and here’s what I used:
1 cup walnuts
2 cups cashews*
1 package (maybe 1 cup) of macadamia nuts
1 cup almonds
1 cup pumpkin seeds
You can also add 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut and 1/2 cup of unsalted sunflower seeds (I didn’t have any). The recipe calls for about 6 cups of ingredients (including the coconut and sunflower seeds) so you can use what you want as long as it totals about 6 cups.
*I had to use slightly salted cashews, because I couldn’t find unsalted ones. The rest of the ingredients are supposed to be unsalted. You know, because this is supposed to be healthy for you.
Now beat an egg white until it puffs up a bit and add 1 TBS cinnamon, 2 tsp. vanilla extract and 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup. Pour it over the nut mixture and mix until it’s all coated. It will all look very brown.
Bake on 2 parchment-lined cookie sheets at 300 degrees for about 25 minutes. Let cool completely, then pour into Ziplock bags. The folks at Purely Primal strongly suggest using parchment paper to avoid the whole mess sticking to the pans and I happily took their advice. You can do what you want, especially if you like scrubbing cookie sheets, but I wanted to sit on the couch and watch The Bachelor in HD.
Banjo Man recently bought a ton of plain pumpkin seeds–he’d read they were a healthy snack–but I thought they tasted like soap chips and he wasn’t that crazy about them either. So for some weird reason he went out and bought more. I’m going to mix up the egg white/cinnamon/syrup/vanilla mixture and roast those pumpkin seeds tonight.
From my initial calculations, a 1/4 cup serving of this snack is about 275 calories. So tread carefully. I’m going to try sprinkling a little on my yogurt (plain, non-fat Greek) in the morning, along with the blueberries and apples and steel-cut oats and flax meal, for a change of pace.
Actually, the yogurt-and-healthy-stuff concoction is really lunch. I doubt I could choke all that down at 5 or 6 or 7 AM.
Just a note: we had a surprise mini-snowstorm this past weekend.
Very pretty, now go away.