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March 30, 2016 at 12:08 PM  •  Posted in Recipes we love by  •  0 Comments

I scream, you scream, we all scream for dry fruits. Yeah, we mangled that old saying but isn’t it true? As Indians, dry fruits have a long and almost sacred relationship with our tastebuds, being used as they are in rich dishes, sweets, as prashad and as gifts at festivals and occasions.

But dry fruits can make for great snacks as well. They come packed with concentrated doses of nutrients, Omega 3 fatty acids and more. They can lower your cholesterol, improve heart health, and give you instant energy. What’s more they’re convenient and portable.

Here are some quick recipes that you can whip up with hazelnuts, walnuts, peanuts, cashews, and raisins.

Nut butter

Peanut butter is one of our favourite things – except for the huge number of additives. But waking up and biting into nut butter has to be one of the best morning feelings ever. And nut butters are great for you. What’s more, you can use these in cakes and soups instead of dairy butter.

Ingredients: Choose from hazelnuts, walnuts or peanuts and even cashews. You’ll also need water and honey

Method: Soak them overnight if needed. Blend to a creamy paste, scraping all the parts that haven’t been blended. Add honey and water to turn into butter. Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

Cashew nut dip

While this recipe calls for cashews due to their creamy quality, you can also experiment with peanuts and walnuts. This dip goes well with raw veggies or even over bakes and as a dressing in salads.

Ingredients: Raw cashews, extra virgin olive oil, parsley or coriander, garlic cloves, lemon juice, water, salt and pepper to taste

Method: Soak the cashews in salted water, either overnight or for at least 4-6 hours. Blend all ingredients together, using extra olive oil for drizzling or for thinning out to use as dressing.

Cashew Snack Balls

This recipe uses apricots and dates. You can use any binding fruits or dry fruits you like for these energy-giving snacks.

Ingredients: Cashews, walnuts, or almonds, pitted dates, dried apricots, nut butter, sesame seeds, cinnamon and salt to taste

Method: Process the nuts and salt till coarsely ground. Add dates, apricots, nut butter, sesame seeds, and cinnamon and keep processing till the mixture starts to stick together. Make small balls of the mix and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Peanut Energy Bars

Hello little peanut. These little protein wonders also make for a great snack, during the day, pre or post workout.

Ingredients: Peanuts that are roasted and salted, sunflower seeds or other chopped nuts, raisins, rolled or instant oats, toasted rice cereal, peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract, olive oil

Method: Grease a baking pan with olive oil. Mix all the dry nut ingredients in a bowl. Melt the peanut butter and honey in a pan, add the vanilla extract and stir. Pour the melted mix over dry ingredients and mix to coat. Place the mix on the baking tray. Let harden over a couple of hours. Cut into bars and enjoy.

Honey-coated nuts

We love this simple snack that is ready in almost no time, yet is a sweet energy booster. You can also include seeds like sunflower and more, once you’ve mastered the basic technique.

Ingredients: Hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews – use exclusively or a mix, raisins, honey and nut butter or jaggery, cinnamon, cardamom, clove powder and salt to taste

Method: Heat butter and honey OR jiggery in a pan till bubbling. Add the ingredients and cook over medium heat till the nuts are golden if using butter, or coated in jiggery. Add raisins last. Let dry on a tray. Grab a handful as needed.

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