This crunchy, grain-free, gluten-free,
dairy-free delight can be made in a
dehydrator or low oven.
Note: These directions assume you are using a dehydrator. If you don’t have one, you can still make these crumbles. When it is time to “dehydrate,” instead turn your oven to its lowest temperature. Spread your crumbles on a few cookie sheets and place in oven. After about 30 minutes, flip the crumbles over to ensure even cooking. Come back 30 minutes later and check. See section below on taste-testing to determine when yours are done. Total cooking time could take a couple hours.
- 4 cups raw organic almonds (non-organic and roasted/unsalted could be used)
- 1 tablespoon unrefined sea salt
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 3/4 cup unprocessed cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
Makes approximately 2 quarts (3 to 4 dehydrator sheets, or 2 to 3 cookie sheets).
Think about two days ahead for this recipe. If you want it available for snacking by Monday morning, start the recipe on Friday night or Saturday morning. Place the almonds and salt in a large bowl. Cover completely with filtered or purified water and soak for 12 to 24 hours. Strain, rinse, then place in food processor. Pulse several times until almonds reach the desired size and consistency you want.
Place almonds in large bowl. Add additional ingredients and stir well. If doubling or tripling this recipe, you may have to combine in a very large bowl or stock pot.
Place mixture on dehydrator sheets and spread to 1-inch layers, covering the sheets. (See note above if you don’t have a dehydrator).
Dehydrate on 115 degrees Fahrenheit for about 24 hours.
When the 24 hours have elapsed, allow the crumbles to sit in the dehydrator until they cool to room temperature. Taste to see if they’re done. They should be crunchy — not stale or damp. If they don’t taste quite right, turn the dehydrator back to 115 degrees Fahrenheit and let the crumbles dehydrate for another 2 to 3 hours.
Store in canning jars on the counter for a quick snack or sprinkled on top of homemade ice cream. Consider topping your morning yogurt with crumbles and banana slices as well! Or, maybe you want to gift these culinary gems. Enjoy!
Full tutorial here!