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5 Ways to Go Nuts about Nuts

Check out these simple and easy recipes to incorporate nuts and dry fruits in your diet!

They are packed with protein, healthy fats and micro nutrients, are fun to munch on, and add  a classy twist to recipes. Junk the deep-fried nuts, try these yummy tried and tested recipes with nuts.  


Nutty Pops
Made with almonds, pistachios and sesame seeds, this recipe is an excellent source of calcium. Coconut, honey and fennel add freshness to the flavor. Replace your kids chocolates and candies with the healthier nutty pops. 


Ingredients:

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¼  cup chopped pistachios

¼ cup chopped almonds

1 tbsp roasted fennel seed powder

¼ cup  sesame seeds

¼ cup honey

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1 cup melted dark chocolate

1 cup dessicated coconut 

1 tsp refined oil

Method:
Dry roast pistachios, almonds and sesame seeds. Remove from flame and transfer the contents in a bowl. 
Add fennel seed powder and honey and mix well. 
Smear your palms with some oil and make lemon sized balls out of the mixture. 
Coat each ball with melted dark chocolate and roll them on coconut powder. 
Freeze for 1 hour in the refrigerator. Your nutty pops are ready to eat!


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DIY energy bars
Why buy processed and artificially flavoured energy bars when you can easily make them at home sans preservatives and artificial sugars. Chomp on these calorie-dense bars on days when you are too busy to have breakfast. 

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped Hazelnuts 

1 cup chopped Cashews

5-6 dried figs

1 cup deseeded black dates

½ cup amaranth seeds

½ cup Cantaloupe seeds

2 tablespoon ghee

2 tbsp dink (edible gum)

1 tsp cinnamon powder

Method
Soak dates and figs in warm water for 3-4 hours. Heat ghee in a pan and fry the edible gum. In the same pan, roast hazelnuts, cashews, amaranth seeds and cantaloupe seeds until they leave aroma. Keep the mixture aside. Blend the dates and figs into a paste and transfer this paste into the pan. Cook until the paste thickens. Add the dried fruits-nuts- seeds mixture and the edible gum and gently mix everything together. Lastly, add cinnamon powder and transfer the mixture is a square tin. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours, till the mixture sets. Now cut into 4X2 inch bars. Your sugar free energy dense bars are ready!

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Homemade Granola Mix
Granola is a crunchy breakfast mix that contains an assortment of oats, nuts and dried fruits. Here’s an easy recipe for you to make at home. Toast it in the oven and store in an air-tight container, and snack on it between meals or during the 4 pm hunger craving at work. 


Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup chopped almonds

½ cup raisins

½ cup dried cranberries

½ cup chopped dried dates

½ cup pumpkin seeds

½ cup honey

2 tbsp coconut oil/ flaxseed oil

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp salt

Method
Line a baking tin with butter paper.

In a bowl, add all the ingredients and mix well, till they all come together. 

Transfer the mixture in the baking tin and spread it evenly. Bake in a preheated oven at 120 degrees Celcius for 20 minutes or till it appears golden. 

Let it cool completely, then transfer it into an airtight container. 

Eat it plain, with milk or yoghurt.


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Omega 3 Spread
When dairy comes together with dry fruits, it is a powerhouse of Omega 3. Use it as a dip and eat it with nuggets, fries or vegetable sticks. You can also store it in refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

Ingredients

1 cup hung curd

2 tbsp grated cheese

1 tbsp flax seeds

1/4th cup powdered walnuts

1 tbsp chopped celery

1 tsp chilli flakes

½ tsp black pepper

2 tsp olive oil

Salt to taste

Method
In a bowl, add hung curd, cheese, flaxseeds, walnut powder, celery, chilli flakes, black pepper and salt. Mix well. 

Add olive oil and give a gentle mix. 

Use this spread to add a zing of omega 3 to your sandwiches or rolls. 


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Power-packed Protein Powder
Finding it hard to reach your daily protein requirement? Make your own protein powder by simply blending together these easy to find recipes. You can replace almonds with hazelnuts if you like. 

Ingredients

½ cup quinoa seeds

¼ cup almonds

¼ cup pistachios

2 tbsp watermelon seeds

½ cup skimmed milk powder

Method
Dry roast quinoa seeds, almonds, pistachios and watermelon seeds till they appear light and toasted. 

Add the roasted mixture in a blender and add skimmed milk powder to it. Blend it in a powder.

Store it in an airtight container and add it to smoothies or soups to add a dose of protein. 

Make it kid friendly by adding two tablespoons of cocoa powder to the above mixture.



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