Raw Vegan Pizza Spiced Almonds

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Raw vegan pizza spiced almonds! Did I get your attention? These pizza flavored almonds are so good, it’s hard not to demolish the whole batch. A very healthy alternative snack without sacrificing in the flavor department. I personally don’t really like to snack on plain nuts. Never was a mixed nuts kind of person, so plain almonds aren’t something I reach for on a snack table. But pizza spiced almonds? That’s a whole different story. It’s good for you and curbs your appetite for pizza! Well, at least for me. Don’t own a dehydrator? You’re in luck. You can bake these too. They won’t be raw, but still vegan and gluten-free.

First, you start by preparing the pizza sauce. Soak the sun-dried tomatoes in water for about an hour until they soften. Keep the soak water for blending later. Add in all the ingredients except for almonds into the blender and blend until smooth. Put the almonds into a bowl.

The almonds used here need to be in a dry state. If you have a dehydrator you can pre-soak and dehydrate them before using them in this recipe. If you are using the oven for this, just use it straight out of the bag and don’t soak the almonds.

raw vegan pizza spiced almonds
Mix in the pizza sauce and toss well until the almonds are evenly coated.

raw vegan pizza spiced almonds
Lay a mesh sheet, then a silicone sheet on a dehydrator tray. Spread the almonds thinly and evenly on the tray. Dry in the dehydrator at 115℉ (46℃) for about 18 hours until the almonds are completely dry.

raw vegan pizza spiced almonds
If you don’t own a dehydrator, you can bake it in the oven. Preheat the oven to 250℉. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the almonds thin and evenly. Bake for 1 hour and stir occasionally. Take out the baking sheet and slide out the parchment paper then bake for another half to 1 hour. Stir every 10-15 minutes to prevent burning. Once the almonds feel and taste dry, they are ready. 

raw vegan pizza spiced almonds
Done! Crunchy pizza-y goodness! Need I say more?

raw vegan pizza spiced almonds

Raw Vegan Pizza Spiced Almonds
 
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Cuisine: raw food, raw vegan, gluten-free
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 cups almonds
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon onion powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon coconut sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup soak water from sun-dried tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • A few cracks of black pepper
Instructions
  1. Soak the sun-dried tomatoes in water for about an hour until they soften. Keep the soak water for blending later.
  2. Place all the ingredients except for the almonds into a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Place the pre-soaked and dehydrated almonds into a separate bowl. If you are using an oven, you can use the almonds straight out of the bag.
  4. Mix in the pizza sauce and toss well until the almonds are evenly coated.
  5. Spread the almonds thinly and evenly on a silicone sheet over a mesh tray. Dry in the dehydrator at 115℉ (46℃) for about 18 hours until the almonds are completely dry.
  6. For a conventional oven, preheat the oven to 250℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the almonds thin and evenly. Bake for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Take out the baking sheet and slide out the parchment paper then bake for another half to 1 hour. Stir every 10-15 minutes to prevent burning. Once the almonds feel and taste dry, they are ready.
Notes
Store in an air-tight container. Keeps for 2 weeks.

 

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