Za’atar Toasted Almonds and Maple Cashew Dates

Za’atar Toasted Almonds and Maple Cashew Dates

Za’atar Toasted Almonds

My clients from Pilates ProWorks are so hard core. This weekend I taught a special hour and a half Holiday Boot Camp and I ended up kicking my own ass too (ladies, anyone’s hamstrings as sore as mine?). Because of their awesomeness, I wanted to share a few nutrient-dense, high-protein snacks- AND we all needed a calorie replacement after our workout. By the way, both of these recipes make great hostess gifts or as an addition to a holiday gift basket: unique, tasty, and healthy bite-size treats.

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 I got a small box from Whole Foods and I’m sure you could find it from other grocery stores. I’m clean out, however, because I’ve used it in chicken marinade, sprinkled it atop roasted squash and homemade popcorn, and added it to a Greek yogurt dip.

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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. 

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Maple Cashew Stuffed Dates

Ingredients: 
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
Pistachios

Directions:
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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