Our NEW favorite crumb coating done in 4 ways

by Lori and Michelle on September 10, 2010

Hello Friends,

As promised my us earlier in the week we said we would share our new ‘secret’ topping; well to us it is a secret 😉  Michelle and I have been enjoying our new favorite topping all week long in many different ways!!

First was the sweet potato fries

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What we did:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into strips
  • secret topping
  • coconut oil

Toss sweet potato fries in large bowl with topping and a little oil

sept blog 2010 106Place fries on skillet and cook on each side till soft

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Second was parsnip fries

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What we did:

  • 3 parsnips, skinned and cut into strips
  • coconut oil
  • our secret topping

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Toss roasted parsnip fries in secret topping!

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Third squash hash browns

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What you need:

  • 1 sweet dumpling squash, peeled and trim
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • coconut oil
  • secret topping

sept blog 2010 034We used a ‘cheese’ grater to grate our squash

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sept blog 2010 036We grated about 2 cups worth of the squash. Toss in bowl with chia seeds and topping.

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Form into patties and place on oil skillet over medium heat.

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sept blog 2010 055 Yummy and crispy! Yes just chia seeds holding it together.

Fourth ‘raw’ bacon (as we like to call it) with sprouted quinoa

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We placed one beet (peeled) slightly chopped into food processor along with our secret topping and some salt. Pulsed till small tiny pieces.

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Served our ‘bacon’ with some sprouted cooked quinoa with steamed patty squash.

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This was our dinner last night! A_M_A_Z_I_N_G

So colorful, flavorful, and wonderful! :)

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As you can see we are obsessed with our new secret topping. It may not really be a secret we just like calling it that! 😉

Time for our All-Time-Favorite-‘Secret’ -Coating

sept blog 2010 149Pure2raw Recipe: Twin’s Nut-n-Bit Coating

  • 2 tbsp raw cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • optional: pinch salt
  • Additional flavorings (above picture we added in fresh parsley)

You can either just stir all ingredients together or pulse a little in a small food processor.

Michelle and I fell in love with the bitter chocolate flavor from the nibs with the hemp seeds nutty flavor. YUM! Or maybe it is just because we love cacao nibs on just about anything 😉 We feel this is a great substitute for gluten free ‘breadcrumbs’ in our opinion! Please note: regular chocolate chips will not work because raw cacao nibs are not sweet, more bitter tasting; which works great sweet and savory foods!

We have a few more ways we plan on using this crunch coating, we will share them once we make them!

Do you like our name of the coating? Or do you have a better suggestion?

Other news:

Our Simple Summer Lasagna recipe was featured over at Crazy Sexy Life!!!!!

Till next time,


Pure2raw Twin

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 10, 2010 at 9:45 am

I thought I spied some hemp seeds in there. It sounds delicious. Congrats on the feature of your recipe!

Lauren September 10, 2010 at 10:06 am

Oh gosh, I’ll take one of each please! :) One PLATE that is! He he! I never thought to make SP fries in a skillet, I usually bake them. I will have to try your method! Have a great weekend ladies! XOXO

fartygirl September 10, 2010 at 10:11 am

Never would’ve guessed cacao! Nice one. Maybe call it cacao crumbs? I don’t know… nut n’ bit is pretty damn cute.

Kenzie (Healthy Purpose) September 10, 2010 at 10:32 am

i saw the cacao and hemp before reading the ingredients…damn i’m good! lol. great recipes– love the bacon!

Pure2 September 10, 2010 at 10:32 am

Lauren, thanks girl, we will be sending a plate your way here soon 😉 Yes I sometimes do my fries on skillet instead of baking, both ways work!

Pure2 September 10, 2010 at 10:33 am

Fartygirl, love the cacao crumbs name! xoxo

rachael September 10, 2010 at 11:01 am

Thanks for sharing! I officially have squash hashbrowns on the menu for next week! Have a great weekend!

Deby September 10, 2010 at 11:22 am

Wow, the cacao goes great!! I was wondering about the secret coating and as I was thinking about what could it be, i saw that you wrote the recipe hahaa

Really amazing work!!

Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 10, 2010 at 11:49 am

oh yum , I wanna try that secret combo! I’m all about learning new flavors since I’m relatively new to cooking…

Katie September 10, 2010 at 12:28 pm

That looks so good!!

Tamikko September 10, 2010 at 12:39 pm

yum yum yummy! I love the name. It’s adorable :)

MarathonVal September 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Haha I never would have guessed about the raw cacao. I think anything goes well on sweet potatoes!

Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch-free vegan September 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Ha! The cacao was very unexpected, but I can see how it would work well with savory foods.

Pure2 September 10, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Marathon Val, you are so right! We are loving sweet potatoes lately!

Pure2 September 10, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Jennifer and Jaclyn, we are a little obsessed cacao, so we love it with everything! LOL

Lori September 10, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I have have have to try this coating!! Love it! I especially like what you did with the sweet potatoes, hash browns, and chia seeds. Yuuuuum! Genius, as always.
I think I like the name Pure2Cumbs… or Twin’s Crumb Coating Or Twin’s Mix.
Just playing, I love the name you chose! But I love creating other names too. Anyway, great post! Love you girls! Happy Friday!

Pure2 September 10, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Thanks Lori! You are the best :) Hope you have a great weekend! HUGS

bitt September 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm

I thought it might have been cacao nibs but then I thought maybe chili flakes. That might be a nice addition too if you like heat.

Of course I like the name. 😉

Rebecca September 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm

i loveee parsnip fries! those sweet potato fries look good :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) September 10, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Ok so i was really wondering WHAT this secret coating is by the end of the post, glad you divulged!

# 2 tbsp raw cacao nibs
# 2 tbsp hemp seeds
LOVE that you used cocoa nibs…they are sooo bitter, i dont even cook/unbake w/ them just b/c for me they are too bitter in sweets. But in savory, i would love them i bet!

your sweet tater slices , first pics, they are works of food art!! I WANT Those!!!!

The name, it’s cute, :)

Pure2 September 10, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Bitt, chili flakes that is a good idea! Thanks

Pure2 September 10, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Averie, thanks! I will send you some sweet tater here soon LOL!

Ela September 10, 2010 at 9:50 pm

‘nut n bit’ is a great name! nib and nut would be good too!

Sounds absolutely yummy – and way to go with the suspense!

Have a great weekend.

Sarah @Gluten-free tries Vegan September 11, 2010 at 2:29 am

This sounds great! Although I may use chia or sesame seeds instead of the hemp (not s big fan). Hope you have a great weekend x

JoLynn-dreaminitvegan September 11, 2010 at 10:47 am

Interesting use of cacao nibs. The parsnip fries I must try and the squash hashbrowns looks delicious.
To Sarah @gluten-free tries Vegan, I’ve found that not all hempseeds are created equal. Try the right brand that works.

Pure2 September 11, 2010 at 3:15 pm

JoLynn, That is a great tip! Yes not all hemp seeds are treated equal!

Krissy September 11, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Yeah!!! I’m SO glad you gave your secret away!! can’t wait to try it! You girls inspire me each and every day – thank you SO SO much :) xoxoxo

hihorosie September 11, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Yummy girls! Hubby likes to add in cacao nibs to our veggie fajitas so a coating like this sounds like something else we’d love. Those hashbrowns still have me drooling!

ProcessofHealing September 12, 2010 at 5:44 am

What’s the secret topping?

Pure2 September 12, 2010 at 5:47 am

ProcessofHealing, it is the cacao nibs mixed with hemp seeds. I share it on the post.

Katie September 12, 2010 at 6:03 am

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm loving the secret coating! I LOVE to eat things with a crunch factor!!! Yummy!!!!!!!!

Congrats on the recipe feature too!

Hope you girls had a wonderful weekend! xoxo

Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 12, 2010 at 9:46 am

I’ve never had cacao nibs in anything but chocolate, but adding anything even remotely chocolate-tasting to foods instantly makes them delicious :) So creative!

Gena September 12, 2010 at 6:33 pm

How totally creative and delicious!

Anastasia@healthymamainfo.com December 13, 2011 at 12:09 am

All four look fabulous! I can’t even decide which one to do first!

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