Okay, let me confess something… If there is no kind of sauce in my house – there is nothing to eat! Maybe because I am a savoury person I would much rather choose hummus and crisps instead of chocolate or a piece of cake. Don’t get me wrong, I do a bit of cake here and there but I do not find myself craving it.
In last few years I found this amazing thing that I would like to share with you – raw vegan nut sauces. First of all, it is super nutritious, easy to make and it is very rich in taste! Of course, it is quite high in kcal because it is nuts after all, but if you decide to give it a shot very quickly you will realise that a bit goes a loooong way and a small teaspoon will definitely jazz up your meal. Also, keep in mind that popular sauces like mayonnaise have almost 1400kcal per same amount of product and absolutely no nutrients. Let’s stop counting kcal and feed our bodies all the natural goodness!
This recipe is something I came up with when I had a lot of cashews and nothing else. I just wanted to put something on my salad and here we go – Raw vegan red “melted cheese” sauce was born! You can use it on everything – lasagne, vegetables, quinoa, cauliflower, even pizzas! Just let me add that it does not taste as good if it is heated. Also, once it is heated – it starts losing its’ nutrients.
Shall we start? Let’s go!
Time: 5min (plus 8-12 hours of soaking the cashews)
- 2 handfuls of overnight soaked cashew nuts
- 2 small cloves of garlic
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/5 cup of water (add more if you wish to make it more liquidy)
- 0.5 tsp smoked paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp sprouted buckwheat (optional)**
- How to soak cashews – get two handfuls of nuts, put it in a bowl and cover it with water. Place a side plate on top of the bowl (so nothing yucky gets in), let it sit in room temperature for 8-12 hours. The longer you soak – the easier it will be for you to make it a sauce.
- Place all ingredients in a small blender (see picture)* and blend until it gets sauce consistency.
- That’s it! Put in a jar and keep in the fridge up to three days. It usually does not last that long…
*You can use a normal blender or food processor but it will not blend it until it is completely smooth and might contain tiny pieces of nuts. That is why I recommend to use a “small blender” which in the normal world has a name – blender mill attachment. However, if you like your sauce to have a bit more “texture” – use a regular blender.
**Sprouted buckwheat is an amazing food because it tastes like a grain but is actually gluten and wheat free and not a grain at all. It is one of the most complete sources of protein on the planet, containing all eight essential amino acids. This makes it perfect for diabetics and those who want to cut down on their sugary carbohydrates and to balance their blood sugar levels. It is also known to lower high blood pressure. Read more about why sprouted buckwheat is amazing on here