Smile and be happy! – 100% seed crunchies

I have been very, very lucky lately.

I’ve had 3 instructables that I posted chosen to be featured on their front page, and 1 even became a “popular” post. (Still very happy!)

I was chosen to taste test some raw chocolates for The Raw Chocolate company, and I won one of their t-shirts (and a bar of chocolate!)

I won a fantastic cookbook from InSpiral, (which I love) – I even followed a recipe from it, which I never do! (I’ll review it soon!)

I won a shopping bag from Real Foods, and I think they’re even letting me review one of their products (excited!)

I won (again!) when I entered my fig pizza into a vegetarian meal contest, and won a free veg box from the fantastic Abel & Cole!

I’ve had so much amazing feedback from the recipes I’ve entered into the Raw Food contest on Instrucatables. (Still waiting on the results, but very exciting!)

I’m also VERY excited about volunteering at the raw Fruit fest in just a few weeks!! Really can not wait!

And it was my lovely partners birthday last week, and I got to spend the bank holiday weekend with him, his daughter and my family <3.

I’m a very lucky person!

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This is the birthday card I drew for him – He’s my Sunshine, I’m his Rainbow, and his little one is our Silver lining. I know, I know.. Awww……!

In light of all this loveliness, I’ve decided to take part in a 100 days happy challenge! Basically, every day for 100 days, you take a photo and share it with the world, showing something that made you happy that day. The idea isn’t to rub your happiness in peoples faces – it’s to make you notice the little things in life that make you smile each day. Because even though I’ve been extremely lucky lately, I still notice the little things each day that I’m thankful for.

A conversation with a friend that makes me smile.

The sun shining from behind a cloud.

Finding this little guy hiding on my craft room window..

Look at those colours! How gorgeous is he?
Look at those colours! How gorgeous is he?

Something which made me happy yesterday, was when I wandered down to my local organic food truck (I know, I’m also VERY happy that I’m lucky enough to have an organic food truck visit my town once a week!). I popped in to buy some fruit and veg, and the guy who was running it offered me a free strawberry! Such a small gesture, and one which he probably didn’t think twice about, but it really made me smile :). And I ended up buying a punnet of strawberries for myself!

It’s amazing how even small gestures can make a difference :).

So many things made me happy today.

I phoned my mum to ask something about work.. and wound up talking about dehydrator recipes and other raw goodies! Having someone to share my raw passion with is very special to me, and this really made me smile 🙂

Dehydrated leafy chips.. Mmm...
Dehydrated leafy chips.. Mmm…

Another thing which made me very happy, was my breakfast this morning..

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Raw ice-cream, made with frozen bananas, fresh strawberries, and hemp milk. Served with more strawberries, blueberries

And these amazing seedy crunchies..

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These were a happy little accident. I’d soaked some seeds for a few hours to activate them (soaking them before eating them washes off the enzyme inhibitors, and makes it easier for your body to absorb all of their wonderful goodness). I then dehydrated them overnight to dry them out again, so I could store them to use in future recipes…

 

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When I came downstairs this morning, I was very pleasantly surprised! My seeds had transformed into delicious, crunchy seedy clusters!

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The perfect topping for raw ice cream! These are also amazing as salad toppers, to sprinkle over yoghurt, or just by the handful..

And you don’t have to worry about added sugar, oil, or other nasties!

The secret? Flax seed. This unassuming seed is fantastic to use. It’s high in Omega 3’s (which are good for your heart), high in lignans, and contain insoluble and insoluble fibre, making them great for digestion. They’re also a good source of Antioxidants, vitamin B1, copper, manganese, magnesium, and selenium! (Not a seed to be sniffed at!).

When mixed with water, this gorgeous little seed forms a gel, which works amazingly in many vegan recipes, and makes these 100% seed crunchies possible!

Give them a try and let me know what you think!

And whatever you do, don’t forget to be happy!

Pixie <3

~ What little things make you happy?

Mixed Seed Crunchies

By Pixie Produce Published: May 29, 2014

    Super quick mixed seed crunchies

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    1. Add all of your seeds to a bowl, and cover with water. Leave to soak for between 2-4 hours.
    2. Using a fine sieve, drain off the water from your seeds. (If you don't have a fine sieve, an icing sugar sieve, a nut/cheese bag, muslin cloth, etc will do the job!). Your seeds will have an almost slimey feel to them. This is normal!
    3. If you have a dehydrator, use it :). Line a tray with non-stick paper, and spread your seed mixture onto the sheet. Pop in the dehydrator overnight, or for 12-14 hours, until dry. Gently prise off the sheet, and enjoy the clumps of gorgeous, crunchy, seedy goodness!
    4. If you don't have a dehydrator, don't fret! Just complete steps 1 & 2. Then line a baking sheet with non-stick paper, and spread your seeds on your baking tray. Cook on a very low heat in your oven for a few hours, until the seeds are dried out and crunchy. The lower the temperature, the more nutrients you keep in your seeds. But if you don't mind losing some, you can up the temperature to cook them quicker :). (Also - if you're lucky enough to live somewhere hot, or you're having a very hot day, you could always try popping these out in the sun! Sun-dried seed crunchies would be fantastic!).
    5. Enjoy your gorgeous oil free, sugar free crunchy seeds! Now you've got the basics, feel free to add in extra flavours! Cinnamon, mixed spice, black pepper, chilli.. go wild! And let me know what you come up with 🙂 Pixie x

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