Easy Seed Snacks with Beetroot Hummus

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These crispy seed snacks are super easy and quick to prepare.
The inclusion of dried Dillisk (Dulse) gives them an extra dimension, being a valuable source of iron and vitamin B-12. Maple syrup provides a subtle sweetness which makes them an ideal energy trail snack or, surprisingly, as a partner to hummus or Guacamole.

Here they are served with beetroot hummus which made a very interesting combination of texture, colour and flavour.

Ingredients

Easy Seed Snacks

Beetroot Hummus

  • 1 medium beetroot
  • 100g cooked chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp. tahini
  • juice of a lemon
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 small fresh red chilli or ½ tsp. dried chilli flakes

Method

Easy Seed Snacks

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set the oven to 220 c.
  2. Shred the dillisk into small pieces with a sharp knife or snip with scissors; the pieces should be roughly the size of the larger seeds.
  3. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with a spoon until the seeds are completely in contact with the syrup.
  4. Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet and pack it flat or if you wish, use metal rings to make individual rounds.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, being diligent not to let them burn.
  6. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares and store in an airtight container.

Beetroot Hummus

  1. Cook the beetroot. I prefer to bake the whole beetroot, wrapped in foil; this retains the potent juices that will tend to bleed away if boiled.
    It is also preferable to remove them from the heat before they become too soft so check them after 30 minutes or so; it will depend on their size and the oven.
  2. Peel the cooked beetroot and roughly cut it into chunks.
  3. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until it reaches a creamy consistency. Add a splash of water if the mix is too thick but the beetroot should provide quite a bit of moisture.
  4. Season with sea salt to taste.

Serve as a dip or spread with raw vegetables or crackers.

Naturally, these easy seed snacks go well with a ton of recipes. Here we have teamed them with beetroot hummus. This version on the classic hummus is a visual delight with its intense crimson colour. Here its earthy creaminess is laced with chilli and cumin to accompany the crisp seedy crackers.

Alternatively, you can add any number of toppings onto these seed snacks. Pesto, tahini, almond butter, peanut butter, cheese, smoked salmon, vegetable spreads.. the list goes on!

They’re also a great little extra to your salad or snack plate. Take them on picnics, hikes or walks. They’re also handy to have on hand when you tend to get peckish around 11 but your not quite ready for lunch.

Additionally, if you’re hosting any kind of party or event, these seed snacks make great bite-sized delights to offer hungry guests and friends.

easy seed snacks
easy seed snacks

Beetroot is a member of the same family as chard and spinach. You can eat both the root and the leaves of this nutritious plant. The root is incredibly nutrient-rich, being choc-full of vitamin C, magnesium, folic acid, potassium and fiber. The leaves, on the other hand, are packed with calcium, iron and vitamins A and C.

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