Saturday 7 March 2009

Spicy Nuts II

No sooner have I discovered that a meringue is the best way to stick the spices to nuts, than I discover another way...

I'm going to a dance festival, and it's being held in Glastonbury. And it looks as though there are going to be a lot of people there who eschew the flesh of our fellow creatures. So I was looking for a nutritious snack to take with me to give me lots of energy (I have a teensy suspicion I am going to be out of my depth in the workshops) that I would be able to share with others of a less omnivorous persuasion.

And I discovered that flaxseed can be used to make a pretty effective eggwhite substitute. Who would have thunk it?

Vegan Wasabi Nuts

2tbs flaxseed, ground quite finely in a mortar & pestle
2tbs cold water
1tbs caster sugar (one that isn't refined on animal bones!)
2-3 tbs wasabi paste
600g mixed nuts

Mix the ground flaxseed in the cold water and allow to sit for a couple of minutes. Strain the resultant gloop into a large bowl (I wasn't too precious about that bit - if I was using it in a cake I would be more careful), whisk in the sugar and wasabi paste and then mix through the nuts.

When they are all pretty well coated, tip them onto a silicon paper lined tray and bake at 130C for about 40 minutes. It took much longer to get them nicely roasted than it did with the eggwhite coating. When they have cooled they will be nicely crunchy and caramelised with a good kick. And perfect with a drink.


Esi said...

I hope you survive the dance festival :) Either way, I must try one of your spiced nuts recipes

Heather said...

oh yum! those sound delicious! i just adore a good spiced nut mix!

hungryandfrozen said...

Ooh. Always up for more ways to incorporate flaxseed into my life (I find them strangely compelling...) these nuts look delicious. hope the dance festival is good, it sounds like great fun!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

These nuts sound absolutely delicious. Wasabi paste? Neat idea my friend.

NKP said...

I love wasabi peas, these sound great!
Caster sugar is refined on animal bones??? Who knew?

Alicia Foodycat said...

Esi - survived, but my abs are telling me all about it!

Heather - they were good, but needed more wasabi I think.

Laura - the festival was great! Saw some inspiring stuff, took some amazing workshops.

Teresa - thank you!

Natashya - I am also a huge fan of the wasabi pea. Not all sugar, but a lot of sugar is refined through charcoal made from animal bones, so it isn't vegan or vegetarian friendly.


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