Go’in Nuts!

We’ve been shelling a bunch of walnuts lately. It’s actually not too bad of a job, especially when we shell first thing in the morning, listen to NPR, and drink coffee. Here’s what the set up looks like:

hand walnut crank

There’s been some nuts with worms, disease, or some other issue and those are discarded with the shells. We throw the shells and unsalable flesh to the chickens and they LOVE to scratch around in the nuts and eat the worms and flesh. I’m guessing our eggs right now are really high in omega-3’s from all the walnuts they’re eating!

the mighty walnut!

With all the walnuts around I was trying to think of something new and simple to make with them. I decided to combine 1 nut, 1 seed, 1 fruit, and 1 grain + water.

Approximate amounts:

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds soak in 6 tablespoons water for 30 minutes
  • 1 cup prunes
  • 1 1/2 cups oats

Put prunes, presoaked chia seeds and all the water they soaked in (should be a gelatinous texture), and most of the walnuts into a blender and blend the mixture to your preference. Mine was fairly mash-like. Add to the oats and hand mix until the oats are thoroughly mixed in. Oil a loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Cool, cut, and enjoy. It’s a work in progress and may need a ripe banana or some applesauce added if it’s too dry when trying to mix with the oats. Cooking, and especially baking is all an experiment 🙂

***Update: Chia seeds originated in central America. The Aztec and Maya used the seeds as “survival food” because 1 tablespoon of chia seeds will keep a person alive for 24 hours. Chia seeds have high levels of omega-3’s, protein, fiber, calcium, and many trace minerals. Chia seeds also function as a wonderful binding ingredient, which helps your digestive track stay very regular. Learn more about chia seeds here.

homemade energy bar

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