In addition to cereals and cookies, there are many raw snacks and nibblers you can make in your dehydrator. Above is pictured Peanut Butter Buckwheat Clusters starting with a shot of the buckwheat after I sprouted it, then the mixture as it was dehydrating, and finally the crunchewy, high fiber, high protein, and tasty snack when it was done. Yum! This snack is not only raw but gluten free and vegan as well. It's one of my favorite snacks to make in the dehydrator.
*Peanut Butter Buckwheat Clusters*
3 cups of buckwheat sprouts
1 cup sunflower seeds, sprouted or un-sprouted
1/4 cup un-hulled sesame seeds
1/2 to 3/4 cup raisins
1 large ripe banana
1/2 cup pitted and chopped soft dates
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup of raw honey or maple syrup
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
pinch of sea salt
In large bowl combine buckwheat, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and raisins. In food processor, process into a smooth paste the remaining ingredients. Mix well with first ingredients and spoon onto teflex lined dehydrator sheets. Dehydrate at 115 for about 12 hours or until crunchy (raisins will still be chewy). Stir a couple hours into drying and flip about halfway thru drying time and remove teflex to allow it to dry on the screens.
While dried fruit on it's own is great to eat or as an addition to trail mixes it can also be turned into the above Dried Hemp Honey Apple Slices. I didn't have the white chia so I used the black variety. These are chewy, sweet and a fabulous source of fiber. Kids love them!
If you keep a variety of these healthy snacks on hand you will soon forget about those chips and sugary snack-cakes. Seriously, I don't even miss them!
I sincerely hope that everyone is enjoying a wonderful and safe holiday season!