How to Make Healthy Crunchy Raw Croutons

How to Make Healthy Crunchy Raw Croutons

Do you have the urge to crunch on something?

Don’t you reach for those potato chips!  Instead reach for some flavorful nuts and seeds.

You can eat these zesty nuts and seeds in many ways.

Have them as a snack or sprinkle them on a salad.

If you are brave, you can even add them to a smoothie.

Spicy Almond/Cashew/Pumpkin Seed/Sunflower Seed Croutons

Soak raw almonds/seeds for 8-12 hours (overnight)

*Almonds should be soaked longer than seeds.

Rinse well.

Place in a bowl and add a little olive oil.  Just enough for coating.  Add whatever flavors you like (Mexican, Italian, Asian, etc).

Here are the spices I like:

cumin, curry powder (red and yellow), ginger powder, garlic powder, onion powder, Celtic salt or Liquid Braggs Amino.

Add seasoning to suite your taste.  If you want some sweetness, add a sweetener of your choice.  Make sure your nuts/seeds are thoroughly coated.

Place your nuts and seeds on a Telflex sheet and dehydrate at 105 degrees until crunchy and crispy.  This may take 2 days.

Once your croutons are ready, store them in a jar.  They will keep for a long time, if you don’t eat them first. 🙂


Recipe source from The Raw Transformation: Energizing Your Life with Living Foods

Your health is your wealth!

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  1. Michelle says:

    Wow, this sounds good. Do you think this could be done in the oven? I don’t have a dehydrator.

  2. Bernease says:

    Hey sis, oh my these look yummy!! Please send me a big jar of them LOL!!

  3. Tia says:

    I would never have thought to buy a dehydrator. So since I know almost nothing about cooking things like this, why do you have to soak them and then dehydrate them?

    • Evelyn says:

      Hi Tia!
      Raw nuts and seeds must be soaked before they can be eaten. If they are not raw, then they don’t need soaking.

      Soaking breaks down the enzymes in the nuts/seeds and aids in digestion. A raw vegan would dehydrate them, but someone who is not could put them in the oven. Dehydrating/cooking helps the flavor to penetrate.

      Good question, Tia!

      Take care!

  4. Fruitfulvine2 says:

    Nice snack. A dehydrator has been on my wish list for some time. Hopefully soon.

  5. Jean Sarauer says:

    These look and sound delicious. Now that I’m eating more raw foods I may have to reconsider my vow not to buy any more kitchen items and purchase a dehydrator.

  6. Moondancer says:

    A very healthy snack option, I like it.

    Those are definitely a great alternative to processed foods like chips or sweets when you have a snack attack.

    I also like kale chips, baked pumpkin seeds, roasted garbanzo beans, and vegetables cut up into bite size pieces for snacking.

    • Evelyn says:

      Hey Moondancer,
      Good to see you!

      I’ve never had roasted garbanzo beans..gotta check into that.
      Just made some kale chips and guess what…there gone. 🙂 (hmm good!)

      Take care!

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