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Summer Savory Zucchini Chips

Did you have an abundant zucchini harvest this year? Here’s a great way to put it to use! Plus, these zucchini chips will keep for the months ahead. 

INGREDIENTS: 1) As much zucchini as you wish 2) oil of choice 3) sea salt plus any additional seasonings that you may like such as garlic, herbs, cayenne, etc.  

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Slice zucchini into 1/4 inch rounds 2) Lay rounds out on dehydrator tray or lined cookie sheet 3) lightly brush/spray with oil of choice 4) sprinkle with sea salt and any additional seasoning 5) dehydrate at 115F for 6-8 hours or until crisp and dry 6) let cool completely before storing 7) In-joy!


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Piña Verde Smoothie

Discovering a new green smoothie combo is always a delight! Here’s one with a bit of a tropical twist! And those farm fresh greens are still available at any farmer’s market or organic market near you!

INGREDIENTS: 1) 2 cups leafy greens 2) 2 stalks of celery 3) 1 cucumber, peeled 4) 1 1/2 cup pineapple 5) 1/2 cup fresh cilantro 6) ½ avocado 7) 1TBSP lemon juice 8) splash coconut water 9) splash of milk of choice

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Combine greens, cucumber, celery, cilantro, pineapple, avocado & lemon juice and blend until smooth 2) Add coconut water and milk until desired consistency is reached 3) In-joy!


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Green Peach Coconut Smoothie

If you couldn’t already tell, I try to take advantage of peach season as long as I can! And there truly is nothing like a fresh, local Colorado Western Slope Peach! This recipe is a great one to change up my daily Green Drink Ritual.

INGREDIENTS: 1) 3 cups fresh spinach 2) 1/2 cucumber, peeled & chopped 3) 2 ribs of celery, chopped 4) 1 1/2 cups canned full fat coconut milk 5) 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk 6) 4 cups of sliced peaches 7) 1/2 cup hulled hemp seeds (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Blend spinach, cucumber, celery with one cup of the coconut milk until smooth 2) Add sliced peaches (and hemps seeds too, if using) and blend again 3) Add the rest of the milks a little at a time until you reach the desired consistency 4) In-joy!


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Peachy Kale & Basil Salad

Before peach season ends and while the garden greens are still plentiful, try this Peachy Kale & Basil Salad. It’s another great way to live in flow with the abundance of fresh seasonal produce!

SALAD INGREDIENTS: 1) 2 bunches of kale, stems removed & roughly chopped 2) 1 red pepper, chopped 3) 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced 4) 2 small peaches, pitted and chopped 6) 1/3 cup pistachios

DRESSING INGREDIENTS: 1) 2 very ripe peaches, pitted & chunked 2) 1 1/2 TBSP raw apple cider vinegar

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Blend dressing ingredients in a blend until smooth 3) Pour 1/2 of dressing kale and massage 4) Toss in red pepper, onion, basil and peaches 5) Allow salad to marinate for at least 30 minutes 6) Add remaining dressing if desired 7) Sprinkle in pistachios and a pinch of salt 8) Serve & In-joy!


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Taste of Summer Salad

I love going to the farmers market to pick up the ingredients for the week! And you can do just that for this salad recipe- peaches, arugula and beets can all be found at Roaring Fork Valley markets around midsummer. If one of these ingredients is not to be found, improvise with the abundance of fresh produce that is ready for munchin’!

SALAD INGREDIENTS: 1) 4 cups arugula 2) 3 small peaches, pitted & chopped 3) 3 beets, steamed & chopped 4) 1/2 cup of roasted & salted almonds, roughly chopped

DRESSING INGREDIENTS: 1) 4 TBSP lime juice 2) 2 TBSP olive oil 3) 1 TBSP raw local honey or coconut nectar 4) 1/4 tsp sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) In a jar with a lid, add ingredients & shake until blended 3) Pour 1/2 of dressing over salad, toss and let sit 5-10 min. 4) If desired add remaining dressing 5) Serve & In-joy!


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Gluten Free Cherry Cake

Cherries are in season and they are delicious! I thought about sharing something really healthy like a sauce or a salad, but baking won out! Here’ s a gluten free Cherry Cake recipe inspired by Elena’s Pantry. It is excellent while still warm with a little butter and extra delicious with vanilla cashew milk ice cream.

BATTER: 1) 2 cups almond flour 2) 1/3 cup of gluten free flour blend ( I like Pamela’s Baking Mix) 3) 1/2 tsp baking soda 4) 1/2 tsp sea salt 5) 1/2 tsp each of cinnamon, cardamon, ginger 6) 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup 7) 2 large eggs 8) 1 cup pitted cherries

TOPPING: 1) 1/3 cup coconut sugar 2) 1tsp each of cinnamon, cardamon, ginger

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Mix all batter ingredients 2) Blend in egg and syrup 3) Stir in cherries 4) Pour batter into 8x8 parchment lined pan 5) In separate bowl, mix topping ingredients together 6) Spring topping over batter 7) Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean 8) Let cool and in-joy!


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Vitamin C Boosting Hibiscus Tea

Even though it is not "cold & flu" season, summertime is still a great time to take your Vitamin C! Vitamin C more than just an immune booster. It lowers bad cholesterol, converts amino acids to serotonin, boosts mood and can help prevent allergic reactions. Try this Hibiscus Tea recipe either cold or hot!

INGREDIENTS: 1) 2 TBSP dried hibiscus flower 2) 2 cups boiling water 3) 2 TBSP honey *feel free to add more petals for a more tart flavor or more honey for a sweeter tea

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Pour the boiling water over the flowers 2) Let steep for 5 to 10 minutes 3) Add the honey 4) Stir, strain and drink right away or pour over ice 5) In-joy!


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Metabolism & Energy Booster Beverage

This beverage is one of my new favorites! It is yummy hot or cold and will naturally boost your metabolism, helping you have more energy throughout the day. In-joy!

INGREDIENTS: 1) 1 cup of warm water 2) 2 TBSP of raw honey 3) 2 TBSP lemon or lime juice 4) 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar 5) 2 TBSP fresh ginger, grated 6) pinch of cinnamon 7) pinch of turmeric 8) pinch of cayenne

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Mix honey in the warm water until honey is dissolved 2) add everything else and shake together in mason jar or do a quick blend 3) Drink hot or pour over ice 4) In-joy!


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Coco Pecan On The Go Trail Mix

Good Old Raisin and Peanuts aka GORP is such a practical and healthy snack for all outdoor activities but also for those of us who are on the go. Here’s my version of the snack with pecans, almonds and coconut chips!

INGREDIENTS: 1) 1 cup almonds 2) 1 cup pecans 3) 1/2 cup cranberries 4) 1 bag coconut chips ( I like the Carmel sea salt!)

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Mix it all up! 2) In-joy


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Vegan Sugar Free Mango Sorbet

Mango is a high fiber, low-calorie fruit that is good source of vitamins A, B6, E and C and is high in antioxidants. This recipe is compliments of our retreat in Isla Holbox, MX!

INGREDIENTS: 1) 2 mangoes 2) juice of 1 orange 3) juice of 1 lime 4) Pinch of salt 5) 1/2 cup full fat canned coconut milk

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Shake can of coconut milk before measuring out 1/2 cup 2) Add all ingredients to a blender & blend until smooth 3) Pour into a 8x8 pan 4) freeze 5) In-joy!


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Vegan Mayan Chocolate Pudding

Here’s one of the recipes from our retreat in Isla Holbox, MX in May! It’s filled with healthy fats, spices and a good dose of cacao! In-joy!

INGREDIENTS: 1) 1 ripe banana 2) 1 ripe avocado 3) 1/3 cup milk of choice 4) 1/2 cup cacao powder 5) 1 TBSP honey 6) 1/2 tsp cayenne 7) 1/2 tsp nutmeg 8) 1 tsp cinnamon 9) 1 tsp vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Put first 3 ingredients in blender & blend well 2) Blend in the rest of the ingredients 3) Taste and add more honey, spice or cacao if needed. 4) Eat right away or refrigerate 5) In-joy!


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Beets & Greens Greek Salad

All purple, violet and deep red fruits and vegetables have one thing in common: a high dose of an antioxidant called anthocyanin. This antioxidant promotes heart health, reduces inflammation, enhances memory and can help prevent age-related decline. Purple is also the color of the Third Eye Chakra. So go out and get some berries, beets, red cabbage, purple potatoes and red onion to nourish that mental energy center!

INGREDIENTS: 1) 4 beets 2) 6 celery stalks, chopped 3) 4 TBSP olive oil 4) Sea salt 5) 1 cup arugula 6) 1/2 cup of spinach 7) 1 head of romaine, coarsely chopped 8) 1/4 cup of crumbled feta cheese 9) 1/4 cup kalamata olives 10) 5 TBSP of red wine vinegar 11) 1/4 cup red onion, minced 12) 1 TBSP fresh oregano, minced

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Scrub & peel beets. 2) Toss beets with 1 TBS of olive oil & salt 3) Roast for 45 minutes at 350° F, let cool and cut into wedges. 4) Toss the greens & celery together 5) Separately, blend olive oil, salt, vinegar, onion & oregano. 7) Top greens with beets, olives and feta 8) Drizzle dressing on top. 9) In-joy!


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Honey Rhubarb Crisp

Rhubarb is such a spring time treat and it is high fiber and is a great source of calcium, vitamin K (think strong bones!) as well a vitamin c, iron, and manganese. Here's a Honey Rhubarb Crisp to get a little rhubarb into your spring diet!

RHUBARB FILLING: 1) 1/2 cup honey 2) 3 TBSP cornstarch or 2 TBSP arrowroot powder 3)1/2 tsp cinnamon 4) 4 cups 1/2” pieces of rhubarb

CRISP TOPPING: 1) 1 cup certified gluten free rolled oats 2) 1/2 cup coconut sugar 3) 1 tsp cinnamon 4) 1/4 cup of cold, unsalted butter cut into small pieces (or coconut oil) 5) 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, pecans, slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds (or a combo of all!)

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Preheat over to 350F 2) Mix all the filling ingredients & pour into an 8x8 baking pan 3) In a separate bowl, mix oats, coconut sugar, cinnamon & butter 4) Stir in nuts & sprinkle topping over filling 5) Bake for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly 6) Let sit for 10 minutes before serving 7) In-joy!


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Super Spring Green Arugula Salad

One of the greatest things about Arugula is that it is a hearty green that is first to come into season in the spring. This bitter green is a great source of chlorophyll and vitamin K, A and beta-carotenes therefore supporting Heart, Eye, Bone & Digestive Health. And the best time to eat it is when it is FRESH!

INGREDIENTS: 1) 2 cups arugula 2) 1/2 cup pea greens 3) 4 thinly sliced radishes 5) 1/3 cup mint, chopped 6) 1/3 cup salted nuts/seeds of choice 7) juice of 1/2 of lemon 8) 2 tsp of olive oil 9) 1 tsp of honey 10) 1 small clove of garlic, minced 11) 1/4 tsp sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Mix greens, radish, mint and nuts in big bowl 2) In a separate bowl, mix of lemon juice, olive oil, honey, garlic, & salt 3) Pour over salad, toss & in-joy


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Spring Greens Heart Chakra Smoothie

It's time to gently transition a solid green drink into your weekly routine! This green smoothie is EXTRA special because it includes a handful of dandelion leaves. The nutritional profile of these greens includes high levels of vitamin K, A, B and C as well as calcium, iron, manganese and dietary fiber. But more importantly Dandelion greens can help regulate blood pressure, lowering inflammation and assist with detoxifying the body, preventing certain cancers, regulating diabetic symptoms and digestion, and strengthening bones... to name a few benefits! Be sure to get your dandelion greens from a location where you know they have not been sprayed!

INGREDIENTS: 1) 2 cups mixture of dandelion greens & other baby greens 3) 2 stalks of celery 4) 1 small cucumber, peeled & chopped 5) 1 & 1/2 cups fresh cubed pineapple 6) 1/2 cup cilantro 7) ½ avocado 8) 1 TBSP of lemon juice 9) coconut water 10) coconut milk or milk of choice

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Combine all fruit and vegetables in blender and blend till smooth for about 1-2 minutes. 2) Add coconut water and milk until desired consistency is reached. 3) In-joy!


Yellow Yum Solar Plexus Smoothie

I shared this recipe during the Spring Equinox and a Super Full Moon! It was a great day to check in with our sense of power, sense of security and self knowing- all of which is housed in our Solar Plexus Chakra! All things yellow can help bring this chakra into balance!

INGREDIENTS: 1) 1 yellow banana, chunked 2) 1 cup of fresh pineapple chunks 3) 1 cup of fresh baby greens such as spinach, chard & kale 4) 1/4 lemon, peeled  5) 1 cup coconut milk (or milk of choice) 6) Optional, for a little more pizazz add a little vanilla and cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Mix in blender until it reaches the desired consistency 2) In-joy!


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Spiced Pistachio Lattes

Have you ever tried Pistachio Lattes? This recipe is one of my NEW favorites! Pistachios are one of the most vitamin B6-rich foods around and supports blood sugar regulation and the formation of hemoglobin, a molecule that carries oxygen in red blood cells. So take a deep belly filling breath with every sip!

INGREDIENTS: 1) 2 cups toasted pistachios 2) 4 pitted dates 3) 2 1/2 cups macadamia nut milk 4) 1/2 TBS cinnamon 5) pinch of sea salt 6) couple drops of vanilla extract 7) sweetener of choice

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Soak pistachios & dates over night in macadamia nut milk; liquid just covering the top of the nuts. 2) When the sun comes up, place mixture into a blender & add cinnamon, pinch of sea salt, couple drops of vanilla in to the rest of the macadamia nut milk. 3) Blend until smooth. 4) Filter through fine-mesh sieve until all liquid is extracted. 5) Heat liquid at simmer on stove top then transfer to mugs. 6) Add coffee and/or sweetener if desired. 7) In joy!


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Green Coconut Carrot Soup

Carrots are one of the best foods for grounding above and below. The root, or what we usually think of as the carrot, energetically brings us stamina, endurance and strength, thus grounding us on all levels. The green carrot tops bring in the energy of spring or freshness and life. Try this recipe that uses both the orange root and the green top!

INGREDIENTS: 1) 5 large carrots with tops 2) 1 small onion 3) 2 inch ginger root 4) cooking oil of choice 5) 1 cup full fat coconut milk 6) 2 cups water or stock of choice 7) salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Preheat oen to 400°F 2) Separate the green tops from carrots and set aside 3) Chop carrots and onions 4) Cut ginger into 2 pieces 5) Place carrots, onions and ginger in an oven pan and coat the veggies oil, rubbing with ginger. 6) Cook until tender 7) While cooking, wash and finely chop carrot tops 8) Simmer in water/stock until softened 9) Remove veggies from the oven and place in blender to the coconut milk and stock with tops 10) Blend till smooth and creamy. You may have to do I two batches 11) Pour into saucepan, season with salt and pepper and warm gently before serving 12) In joy!


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Protein Packed Living Greens Drink

One of the benefits of drinking green juice daily is it is rich in antioxidants, including vitamins C and E and more! The greens you include in your juice, especially those that are cruciferous, support a healthy liver and are therefore can help facilitate detoxification!

INGREDIENTS: 1)3 cups mixed green, semi-packed 2)1/2 medium cucumber, chunked (peeled if non-organic)
3) 2 ribs of celery, chunked 4)1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or water 5)1 cup water or unsweetened apple juice
6)1 cup of water 7) +/- tablespoons of fresh lemon juice 8)1/2 cup of seeds of choice or 3/4 cup of nuts

INSTRUCTIONS: Blend all ingredients until it is a consistency that you like and enjoy! This recipe will give you enough juice for two days (Makes about 32 ounces). Store in an air tight container such as a ball jar.

HELPFUL TIPS: The best way to keep your smoothie fresh is to store it in an airtight container. Fill the container up as high as you can so there is minimal air in the container. Put the lid on and store in the back of your refrigerator. I like using 8oz or 16oz mason jars. This way I have a good amount to drink and the smoothie is not exposed to air for long.


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Spiced, Creamy Turmeric Chai Latte

Do you ever just need to press the reset button? Try this dairy free Turmeric Chai Recipe. Turmeric is a body and liver detoxifier, it boosts immunity by improving liver function, cleanses and purifies the blood, eases symptoms of coughs and colds and reduces inflammation and improves circulation. And it will definitely help you get a good night’s sleep!

INGREDIENTS: 1)8 ounces unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice) 2)1/2 teaspoon turmeric 3)dash of cayenne pepper 4)1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon 5)1/4 teaspoon ginger powder (or 1/2 inch ginger root, peeled and finely chopped) 6)1/2-1 teaspoon of coconut nectar or other sweetener

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Gently warm milk. 2) In a mug, combine the rest of the ingredients. 3) Drizzle a little of warm milk into mug and mix until liquid is smooth with no lumps. 4) Add the rest of the milk and mix well. 5) Sit back, relax and enjoy.

SUBTLE VARIATIONS:

Add 2-3 whole cardamom pods while boiling
Add 2-3 whole black peppercorns
Add 2 tablespoons coconut oil
Add more honey or maple syrup to sweeten
Add vanilla extract to taste


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Power Packed Greens Soup

You, like me!, might find that it can be hard in the winter to drink a cold (but trusty) green smoothie first thing in the morning. Thus the invention of this warm and savory version. I like to make a big batch (4x) at once and then store the extras in a mason jar in the refrigerator. And, of course, if you can’t commit to soup for breakfast, than make this for a daily dinner appetizer!

TIP: When multiplying, start with a little less of the spices (i.e. 3/4tsp turmeric instead of quadrupling) and then add more to taste.

INGREDIENTS: 1) 1 cup chicken bone (or veggie) broth 2) 1/3 cup full fat canned coconut milk 3) 1/4 cup lightly steamed cauliflower & broccoli florets 4) 3 cups baby greens or super greens 5) 1 clove garlic, minced 6) 2 TBSP fresh ginger, peeled and minced 7) 1/4 tsp turmeric 8) One pinch each of cayenne, white pepper, sea salt to taste 9) squeeze of fresh lemon

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) On stove top, heat up broth and coconut milk 2) Add broccoli and cauliflower if using frozen 3) Once hot, place mixture in a blender along with all the other ingredients and blend until preferred consistency is reached 4) In-joy!

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lavender bath salts

Treat yourself or make this lovely concoction as a gift.

Ingredients

2 cups epsom salts
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup dead sea salt (optional)
30 drops of lavender essential oil
10 drops of peppermint essential oil
2 Tablespoons oil of choice (coconut, almond, jojoba, argan, etc)

Instructions

Mix all ingredients in a medium size bowl.
Store in an air-tight jar and use 1/4 cup per bath.


Gluten Free Cranberry Chocolate Granola

Cranberries are rich in fiber and vitamin C and thus great for boosting immune function. They have an abundance of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and more.

INGREDIENTS: 1) 3 & 1/2 cups of nuts and seeds 2) 3/4 cup apple juice sweetened cranberries 3) 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or grapeseed oil 4) 1/3 cup honey or coconut nectar 5) 1 tsp vanilla extract 6) 1/2 tsp sea salt 7) 1/2 cup chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Preheat oven to 325°F 2) Roughly chop larger nuts to the size of a pumpkin seed 3) Place all ingredients in mixing bowl and mix until all is combined 4) Firmly press mixture into an 8"x8" parchment lined pan. To help the bars stay together press for at least a minute 5) Bake 20-25 minutes 6) Cool bars completely before cutting. You can speed this process up by placing slightly cooled pan into refrigerator. These are best stored in airtight container in refrigerator 7) In-joy!


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Dairy Free Cranberry Smoothie

Add cranberries to some of your holiday snacks or meals to add some small but mighty health benefits to your week. The fiber, vitamins, and minerals found in cranberries support urinary tract health, help improve digestion, improve dental health, may reduce bad cholesterol and may help improve cardiovascular health!

INGREDIENTS: 2 cups of fresh spinach or mixed super greens, 2 ribs of celery, 2 carrots, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice), 1 cup unsweetened apple juice, 2 TBSP of hemp powder or 1/4 cup hemp seeds, 2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 cup fresh/frozen cranberries, 1/4 avocado.

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Combine greens, celery, carrot, almond milk, apple juice in blender and blend to desired consistency. 2) Add in cinnamon and cranberries, blend well 3) Blend in avocado 4) In-joy!


Dairy & Gluten Free Chocolate Orange Cookies

Certain special food are eaten during the 16-day Chinese New Year festival for their symbolic meaning. I am all about the Good Fortune Fruit, symbolizing fullness and wealth! These fruits are generally tangerines and oranges, and pomelos. Here's a Gluten & Dairy Free Chocolate Orange Cookie Recipe to celebrate your rich life! Happy Chinese New Year to you!

INGREDIENTS: 1) 1/2 cup softened coconut oil 2) 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey 3) 3 cups almond flour 4) 1 tsp baking soda 5) 1 tsp sea salt 6) 1 TBSP of orange zest 7) 2 eggs 8) 2 tsp orange extract 9) 1 cup chocolate chips 10) 1 cup cashews

INSTRUCTIONS: 1) In bowl blend together butter or coconut oil and maple syrup or honey. 2) In a separate bowl mix together almond flour, baking soda, sea salt, orange zest. 3) Add to butter mixture and blend. 4) Then mix in to mixture eggs and orange extract. 5) Add chocolate chips and cashews. 6) Bake 350F for 7-10 minutes until edges become golden brown. 7) In joy!