This winter got addicted to home made nuts n’bolts. I loved eating this savoury snack, though felt guilty eating store bought cereals laced with preservatives and whatever else. So had been racking my brain for alternatives.
When I picked up the puffed rice package off the shelf in the grocery isle, I read only 2 ingredients, one being puffed rice, and the other some short abbreviation for something so didn’t think anything else about it…thinking I was going to make a delicious snack that I finally didn’t have to feel bad about eating….until awhile later when I looked at the package again, and read the ingredients once more:
(1) puffed rice
My initial thought was “no big deal” until I stopped and decided not to be lazy and look up what exactly those 3 letters stood for.
So…I started to think about what else I could use to make my savoury snack instead of anything store bought and found out about “popping” whole grains!
Whole grains such as:
rye, oat, spelt, buckwheat, short brown rice, quinoa & sushi rice.
The kernels are quick to pop taking only a minute or two, shaking the pan as the grains heat.
Some grains take longer or shorter to pop, and some grains pop bigger than others.
So far I found I liked the popped spelt the best. It popped nicely and has a lovely nutty flavour!
I was also surprised with how quickly and easily the short grain brown rice popped and how deliciously crunchy it became!
I had to use a pot with a lid to pop the oats, as the kernels were popping right out of the pan!
Though the oat kernels popped very well, they tasted rather bland.
I had popped 5 cups of various grains during this first trial.
I decided to use parts of my original nuts n’ bolts recipe for this trial so then added:
1 cup of roughly chopped raw almonds
1/4 cup raw sunflower
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup raisins
In a measuring cup, add and mix together:
2-3 T avocado oil (the kernels don’t absorb like cereals but the spices adhere to the kernels with the help of the oil).
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp Himalayan sea salt
2 T balsamic vinegar
Drizzle over grain mixture, stirring thoroughly.
When cooled, store in an airtight container.
Old jam jars work great!
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