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Chinese Spiced Pecans: Roasted or Dehydrated

These Chinese Spiced Pecans make salads truly incredible. This recipe calls for baking them, but you can prepare them in a dehydrator, too. Dehydrated or roasted, try Chinese Spiced Pecans with mixed greens, sunflower sprouts, dried cherries, dried blueberries and a simple balsamic vinaigrette. Wow.

Coffee Grinder (optional, if you don’t have one, make sure to buy all spices already ground)
Baking sheet
Unbleached parchment paper
Glass Bowl
Small glass container with secure lid (ie: spice or jelly jar)

Try to buy everything organic. Here’s why.
*Buy ground spices unless you have a coffee grinder.
1/2 cup organic pecans
2 tbsp maple syrup (can substitute honey or brown rice syrup)

Chinese Spice
1/8 tsp fresh ground ginger root
1/2 tsp szechuan pepper
1 tsp anise seed
1/2 tsp fennel seed
1/2 tsp clove
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp fine ground sea salt
1/4 tsp white pepper

Let’s get started.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Preheat oven to 350°F.

If you have a coffee grinder, grind your spices well. If not, you’ve bought pre-ground…

Chinese 5 Spice

…toss them all into a bowl and mix well. You only need 2 tbsp of Chinese Spice Mix for the pecans. Store the rest in a small glass jar with a tight lid in your pantry. I make a funnel out of a piece of parchment to get the spice into smaller jars.

Add your pecans, sweetener and 2 tbsp of Chinese Spice Mix to a glass bowl and mix well. Place coated pecans 1-deep on parchment-lined baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes.

If you want to prepare Chinese Spice Pecans in a dehydrator, just place them on a teflex screen and dehydrate at a temp of 95-100°F for 5-8 hours until desired dryness is achieved. The sweetener will harden once cooled.

Store in an airtight glass container in your pantry, or the fridge. Enjoy!

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