Raw Chai Macadamia Nut Crunch

Raw Chai Mac Nut Crunch
Having a party or just the ladies over for a movie night? Here’s an easy to make raw food recipe that you can serve as snacks for the your next ladies night in. I use macadamia nuts in this recipe because that’s what I can get locally here in Hawaii (and they’re just so darn good!), but you could make this with pretty much any nut or seed of choice. Be sure to soak your nuts overnight to increase digestibility and remove the nut’s enzyme inhibitors (take note about soaking mac nuts mentioned below). Remember though, that nuts and seeds have many health benefits but they are still higher in fat content, so a little really goes a long way. These should be treated as a ‘special’ raw food treat, not necessarily to be munched on all day!

Plan to make these at least the day before your gathering of choice – these take at least 10 hours in the dehydrator to get nice and crunchy.

Raw Chai Macadamia Nut Crunch Recipe

Kitchen Essentials

All you need is a dehydrator for this raw food recipe. If you don’t have a dehydrator, it is possible to turn the oven on really low, under 115 degrees and slowly dehydrate them that way, but a dehydrator will definitely work better because it dehydrates really evenly. I recommend the Excalibur Dehydrator. A dehydrator is one of the top 4 raw food kitchen essentials I recommend stocking your kitchen with.

Raw Ingredients

In a large bowl, mix together:

  • 4 cups soaked macadamia nuts (soaked for 10-2 hours)

Rinse the soaked mac nuts well and shake off most of the water. While they are still wet (or damp) add the following list of powdered ingredients so that it sticks nice and easy to the nuts. I would recommend you let this marinade in the chai mix for an hour or so and then place the nuts in the dehydrator.

  • 1/3 c + 1 Tablespoon of raw organic coconut sugar (grind down to a fine powder in my herb (coffee) grinder
  • 2 t of garam masala. This is an indian spice blend that consists of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, black pepper and coriander. You can find garam masala on the spice shelf of pretty much any grocery or health food store. I don’t have a major preference, but I currently have ‘Frontier”s brand of garam masala stocked in my kitchen. You can also use any chai spice mix that you might have or get creative and make your own.
  • 3/4 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t salt (Update: I no longer consume salt or use it in my recipes. Giving up salt was one of the best dietary changes I’ve made. Want to know more? Download my free report on salt and learn how it might be getting in the way of your weight management efforts)
  • 2 Tablespoons of liquid vanilla extract

I like to start my dehydrator for an hour on high (around 150) and then turn it down after an hour (don’t forget!) to 115 degrees. I don’t have any hard steadfast rules about how long my recipes should stay in the dehydrator. For this, I would say over night. It’s up to you, but I like my nuts pretty crunchy, so I keep them in there until I reach my desired crunch-levels.

I usually don’t soak my macadamia nuts for as long as I do my other nuts because they are quite soft nuts to begin with. Soak the 4 cups macadamia nuts for no more than 2 hours. The mac nuts that I have here are very fresh so are already very moist, so I would soak for even less time. But if you have older, harder make nuts, you may have to soak for longer, about 3 hours. Also, be sure that you are buying RAW, organic nuts and seeds. Most nuts and seeds you buy in the store have already been roasted or irradiated – sad but true, so be sure to buy from a trust-worthy source.

I like to start my dehydrator for an hour on high (around 150) and then turn it down after an hour (don’t forget!) to 115 degrees. I don’t have any hard steadfast rules about how long my recipes should stay in the dehydrator. For this, I would say over night. It’s up to you, but I like my nuts pretty crunchy, so I keep them in there until I reach my desired crunch-levels.

Hope you enjoy this easy to make raw food snack for you and your friends!

Have a wonderful day!

Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii,

Laura Dawn

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