Tammy from our Lismore store has been bringing in her home activated nut & seed mix since she started working with us last year and they have been the topic of many a back room conversation. She is quite the master when it comes to activating and was the inspiration behind this recipe and the blog we just published titled ‘Why Activate Nuts & Seeds?’

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I’ve been making this pesto for years now and absolutely love it. It uses the traditional pine nut that gives it that distinct ‘Mediterranean’ flavour you just can’t beat. I sometimes mix it up a bit using cashew nuts or macadamias, but always keep coming back to this one. Simple, beautiful, delicious.

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This month we worked on a recipe collaboration with Janessa from @glutenfree_sugarfree. Janessa specialises in gluten & sugar free baking and made for us this tasty homemade granola with the star ingredient being peanut butter – one of this years (decades) biggest trending foods. Peanut butter has made a real come back of late, especially in foodie circles being a popular ingredient in sweet baking, smoothies and even raw food desserts.

Big thanks Janessa for sharing with the Affordable Wholefoods blog.



Preheat oven to 175c and line a baking tray with parchment.

In a food processor, blitz the peanuts, coconut and dates until they reach a crumb like consistency. Pour into a large bowl and add the quinoa puffs. Stir to combine.

In a small saucepan, add peanut butter, honey, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Stir over a low heat until all ingredients have incorporated. Allow to cool slightly then add into dry ingredients and stir to combine.

Spread mixture out onto baking tray to form an even layer. Place into over for 10 minutes then remove and flip all of the mixture (if there are bits browning quickly on the edges, move them into the centre, trying not to break up the clusters) place in oven for a further 5 minutes and gently move the browning edges into the centre again. Repeat this process in 2 minute intervals until all mixture is nicely browned. (Depending on your oven this could take 6-8 minutes)

Remove from oven and allow to cool, mixture will become crunchy on cooling. Try not to touch the mix until it has cooled so you don’t break up the yummy clusters!

Store in an airtight container in a cool place or the fridge for up to 3 months.


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