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Broccoli Chips

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Don’t click off! Really! you are going to LOVE these broccoli chips, even if you think you aren’t into broccoli.

When it gets warmer and produce is plentiful (and cheap) at the Farmer’s Market, we get our dehydrator going. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can make these in a low-temp oven, but the results will be a little different. Dehydrators are amazing tools – and you can pick up a small one at many chain stores for as little as $25. What can you do with a dehydrator? Make your own kale chips for a fraction of the price of store-bought! Make homemade fruit and veggie “leather” snacks. Try other raw recipes like zucchini chips, raw crackers and more. Loads of blogs have hundreds of free dehydrator recipes.

Anyhow, we love these crunchy broccoli snacks. They’re so fun to eat, you completely forget it’s something healthful! Yeah, we’ve even fed them to kids, who willingly consumed them! This recipe is raw and gluten-free with SOS-free options.

 

Broccoli Chips

2 lbs. of broccoli florets

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (no oil kind)

1/8 cup almond meal

1/8 cup flax seed meal

1/8 cup apple cider vinegar

2 Tbs. garlic powder

1 Tbs. smoked paprika

1 Tbs. olive oil (optional, can use more water)

2 tsp. liquid aminos (optional, can use more water)

1 tsp. turmeric

1 tsp. onion powder

up to 1 or 1 1/2 cups water, as needed

 

Wash and trim broccoli into bite-size florets. They will need to fit into your dehydrator. Place florets into a large mixing bowl.

In a blender or food processor, combine oats, nutritional yeast, sun-dried tomatoes, almond meal, flax meal, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, smoked paprika, olive oil, liquid aminos, turmeric and onion powder. Process a few seconds until oats are broken down, then add 1/2 cup water. Process again, adding another 1/2 cup water. If needed, to develop a smooth paste, add more or less water.

Pour paste onto broccoli florets and use your hands to really get in there and make sure all the veg is coated in sauce. The most delicious bites later will be the ones with the most saucy goodness rubbed into the florets. Next, to the dehydrator (or oven).

Dehydrate at medium-low or around 145-degrees for 8 to 10 hours until the florets have shrunk and are crisp to the bite. In the oven, bake on lined sheets at 200 (or as low as your oven will go), checking every two hours to stir. Bake about 5 to 8 hours in oven until crispy.

Store in a closed container at room temp for about a week – if they last that long!

ExpoFinds: Emmy’s Organics Macaroons

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During our annual trip every summer to the Ithaca/Watkins Glen area, we always look forward to eating some Emmy’s Organics Macaroons. We usually pick them up at the Green Star Natural Foods Co-op. These little treats come in lots of flavors: Chai Spice, Chocolate Chili, Chocolate Orange, Coconut Vanilla, Dark Cacao, Lemon Ginger, Mint Chip, Mocha, Coconut Vanilla Chocolate Dipped, Dark Cacao Chocolate Dipped, and Chocolate Chip.

It’s tough to pick a favorite – it really depends on our moods and what we’re eating them with. If you have a hot cup of tea, Lemon Ginger, Chai Spice and Coconut Vanilla are perfect. But if you love chocolate like the Dirty Hippie, you’ve got the hook-up with Chocolate Chili, Chocolate Orange,  Dark Cacao, Mocha and Chocolate Chip.

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We have no problem at all sitting down to eat and finishing two or three bags in one sitting. Emmy’s macaroons are delicious: flavorful and tender; sweet but not too sweet; wholesome but without tasting like health food. Yup – we look forward to Emmy’s macaroons every summer – so imagine how excited we were to see Emmy’s Organics with a huge display at EXPO – there were piles of her delicious macaroons (all are raw, vegan and gluten-free)! But there was so much more ~ superfood cerealschocolate sauce and fudge, as well as mini-macaroons and chocolate-dipped macaroons. The line from Emmy’s has really grown!

The company is named after co-founder Ian’s mom, Emmy. It was in Emmy’s kitchen that Ian and Samantha(the other co-founder) started cooking together after they met in 2008. This adorable 20-something couple both shared a passion for raw food, healthy eating and natural wellness. When they made Ian’s macaroon recipe together one night, they knew by the next morning they wanted to go into business and sell their coconut treats.

We’re so glad they did!!  Cuz these macaroons are darn delicious!! Emmy’s Organic Macaroons are already available at locations all over the country. Just use the store locator online to find a retailer near you. All of the products are also available online via Emmy’s website.

Oh – Samantha also keeps a blog we love – try her recipe for Mini Pumpkin Pies with Chai Spice Macaroons, or adorable Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwiches.