No-Cook Hors d’oeuvres-Raw, Vegan and Waistline Friendly

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I’ve been making these like crazy lately since we’ve been going to a lot of gatherings. There’s rarely ever raw and vegan friendly options at these parties so I’m sort of stuck bringing my own food. Funny thing is, our friends are eating these up! These are people who love their southern comfort food so I’m pleasantly surprised that they’re such a huge hit! And since they are, I thought I’d share them with you!

Things You Will Need:

  • A dehydrator or an oven
  • A small heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Parchment paper
  • A food processor

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup of raisins or dates
  • 1/3 cup of flax-seed
  • 2 Tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1/4 of a white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup of grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 1-2 cups of ready-made hummus
  • 1 cup of baby leaf spinach
  • 8 grape tomatoes, halved

Directions:

  • Note: If using an oven, set to 165 degrees F at this time.
  • Put almonds and raisins into a bowl and then cover with water and set aside to soak.
  • Mix flax-seed, chia seed, onion, garlic, 1/4 cup of chopped grape tomatoes in food processor.
  • Drain almonds and raisins then add to food processor and mix until it resembles a thick paste. You may need to push the mixture down on the sides of the processor so it is evenly combined.
  • Form into two-inch balls and flatten on parchment paper.
  • Use your cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes in the “dough” then place on bottom shelf of your dehydrator or on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet on the middle rack in your oven. You will need to crack your oven door for the air to circulate and mimic a dehydrator.
  • Dehydrate for 4 hours.
  • Spoon small amounts of hummus onto the tops of your hearts.
  • Add a single spinach leaf, folded.
  • Top off with a drop more of hummus and a halved grape tomato.

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Be sure to let me know what you think of this recipe when you try it! I look forward to hearing from you!

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