Guys,* is it just me, or are nori snacks exploding in popularity? It seems like every store has them now- I’ve even seen them at Costco! It’s nice to see seaweed gaining popularity. There are so many great benefits of sea vegetables!! But the prepackaged convenience snacks from the store often have a lot of poor quality oil and salt added in too- and seriously- seaweed grows in the SALTY ocean! Do we really need to be adding more? No. Good thing it is ridiculously easy to make your own sea snacks at home.
Remember those sesame snap bars? My mom and I loved those things back in the day. Super brittle and sweet. There was always a secret stash in a kitchen drawer somewhere. Well, these are kind of like those, minus the corn syrup, and instead amped up with nature’s finest. Loaded with sesame seeds, almonds and nori these babies are super jam packed full of calcium and iron, amongst other good things. Sweetened naturally and balanced with just a bit of good quality shoyu, they are the perfect sweet, salty, crunchy and chewy. There’s a reason Hubs has named these crack snacks!
I’ve adapted these slightly from a recipe in The Milf Diet by Jessica Porter. If you’re allergic to nuts you could replace the almonds with pumpkin or sunflower seeds, or both. These would also be yummy with pecans or other nuts, or a combination! The next time I make these I’m going to experiment with various spices… curry, cumin or garam masala, or for sweet, maple or almond extract w/ cinnamon… if you try something that you love, let me know!
* It doesn’t matter if it’s a group of men, women, or both… usually I just say an all encompassing “Hey, Guys!”
** also – super thanks to Michelis Contractors for letting me shoot in their gorgeous reno!! That kitchen is a DREAM!!