Za’atar Toasted Almonds and Maple Cashew Dates

Za’atar Toasted Almonds and Maple Cashew Dates


What’s za’atar? 
It’s an interesting Middle Eastern herb blend that commonly contains oregano, thyme, sumac, salt, and sesame seeds. You can make your own mixture with a mortar and pestle, but also find it a Whole Foods or other specialty stores. It’s worth picking up some, however, because you can use za’atar seasoning in chicken marinade, sprinkled atop roasted squash and homemade popcorn, and added to a Greek yogurt dip.

3 cups raw almonds
1 egg white
2 tsp. za’atar seasoning
2 tsp. sea salt
Zest of 1/2 lemon
1 Tbs. olive oil

1) Preheat oven to 350
2) Whip egg white until it becomes frothy, then add za’atar and sea salt. Add the almonds and combine thoroughly.
3) Spread almonds evenly on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Bake for about 15 minutes, then remove from heat, add olive oil, stir, and bake for 5 more minutes (or until they are fragrant and toasted).
4) Remove from oven and immediately zest lemon over hot almonds. Stir and let cool. 


Maple Cashew Stuffed Dates

3 cups raw cashews
1 Tbs. coconut oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbs. pure maple syrup
Pinch of sea salt
Lots of dates, pitted and cut in half

Put the cashews and coconut oil in a food processor and blend for several minutes, scraping the sides periodically. It may take 5-7 minutes for the nuts to turn to flour, then into butter consistency. Add the vanilla, maple syrup, and sea salt and blend thoroughly. Transfer to an airtight container or jar. Put about a teaspoon into each date half then top with a pistachio. 

Yes, it’s that easy. Enjoy!


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