Spreadable Almond “cheez” round

20181108_1835137767990080476201773.jpgAs I became more vegan and less vegetarian (i.e. no eggs and dairy), making charcuterie boards for my guests became a sad-side instead of a happy-side of hosting friends for meals.  I used to make boards bursting with so much meats and dairy cheese, it often became the main course for some.  I realize that was probably excessive, but now that I

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am more grounded in less excess and more healthy options all around, I felt it was time to give a cheese board a try… with a soft cheese to add to the robust, denser baked almond cheese I just made and loved (previous post).

And yaaassss!

Ingredients:

  • 1&1/2 cups non-dairy mylk
  • 1/2 soaked and skinned wild soil almonds
  • 1/2 Tablespoon salt of choice (I used red Hawaiian)
  • 1 teaspoon fine nutritional yeast powder
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon agar agar
  • 2 teaspoon tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • various herb mixes to dip outside of round form (I show one with paprika and cumin based mix and another mixed herb
  • optional–try a smidge of miso and less salt for savory umami-ness

What to do:

  1. Prepare your mini cake tins by lining bottom with a bit of brown parchment paper to ease movement after it is chilled and set20181108_1828338995176687588686455.jpg
  2. Put everything in a strong blender except your herb mixes to dip the round in to decorate and blend up
  3. Pour into saucepan, let boil for a second, reduce to simmer… YOU MUST GENTLE STIR THIS NON STOP FOR 5 MINUTES
  4. Pour promptly into tins/molds
  5. Let set in your refrigerator overnight or 45 minutes
  6. Do you best to gently roll the sides only in your choice of herbs
  7. Enjoy!

VEGAN ALMOND “CHEESE” -baked

20181108_1459023450186803027513305.jpgAs I have weaned myself far and away off refined sugars, my palate has become more prone to desire savory satisfaction, so when a Chef Gustavo from Cancun made this cheese, I had to try my hand at it.  It is a bit different, but not too different and as he told me, it was rather easy to make.!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups of soaked or blanched wild soil almonds (I prefer this over even organic.)
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon of Hawaiian red salt (or use sea salt or Himalayan)
  • 2 Tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
  • dash of fresh black pepper

WHAT TO DO:

  1. soak almonds overnight20181107_0715295053096485032927901.jpg
  2. peel skin off them (save the skins and lightly toast for a fun salad topping!)
  3. put all ingredients into power blender until smooth
  4. use as little water as possible …only enough to facilitate blending
  5. wrap it up in a nut mylk bag or similar over a strainer and let sit overnight to let the flavors marry and the excess liquid to drain
  6. heat oven to 350 degrees
  7. spread mixture into a pan or use a silicone baking pan like I did
  8. bake up to an hour for driest and firmest texture (I like it this way)
  9. let cool and slice up to serve as you wish or eat plain
  10. 20181029_1809262911323544025596063.jpgGustavo likes to drizzle olive oil and sprinkle coriander atop–it’s delicious that way!
  11. What I did at home is put the vegan cheese on top of a raw cracker with red beet hummus to hold it all together… so flavorful!
  12. Enjoy~

Happy Independence!!! A Pretty Simple Paleo Bread – w/ 2nd version!

CELEBRATE AMERICA’S DO IT YOURSELF #DIY NATURE… WITH THIS AWESOMELY EASY #PALEO BREAD RECIPE!

My first attempt... it looks so nice!!! yay!

My first attempt… it looks so nice!!! yay!

I have been buying Paleo products to give my carb cravings some room in my life… higher protein, lower sugar spikes… yummy, perfect tooth-chewy delights… BUT I wanted to skip the $15 dollar sticker price for one Paleo bread loaf and I made my own!  It’s about $17 for an organic 3/4 loaf in the store!

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This loaf recipe is much easier than you might think … and 3 finicky tasters said it was a very good bread and enjoyed that there was a good deal of fiber and protein without having to add any nut butter… Great grab and go snack that can be made gorgeous for guests!

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Do something good for you and try this one:

(I did a second version, so scroll all the way down for another go at it, but my first version is more buttery in flavor.)

INGREDIENTS:

1 3/4 almond flour (blanched if you want it light in color)

3/4 cup arrowroot flour

1/4 cup flaxseeds ground (golden if you want your loaf light in color)

3/4 teaspoon himalayan salt (or sea salt of choice and only 1/2 teaspoon if you prefer less savory)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

4 large eggs

2 teaspoons honey (3 if you want it a bit sweeter)

1.5 Tablespoon warmed coconut oil

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste

DIRECTIONS:

1- mix almond flour, flax, arrowroot, salt, and baking soda

2- in separate bowl, blend/whip eggs with mixer until light and frothy (5 minutes or so)wpid-20150708_134750.jpg

3- add honey, warmed coconut oil, and vanilla into the eggs

4- add dry ingredients and combine thoroughly

5- fill coconut oil greased bread loaf pan

6- bake 35 minutes at 350 degrees

7- let cool and slice with serrated knife.

Eat warmed, toasted, or straight out of the loaf pan!  This was a simple, delish delight!

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THE SECOND OPTION:

Amend the ingredients to 5 eggs, 1.5 Tablespoons of coconut oil, 1/4 cup coconut flour, 1 Tablespoon honey, 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, and add 1.5 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste

Follow the directions, but you will need to add another 7 minutes or so to baking time because there is more moisture.

wpid-20150708_153933.jpgMy taste buds loves this one because it had a deeper, earthier flavor and the coconut flour added a density and extra toothy texture to the slices.  This one is for those of you who love a thicker, richer flavor, but for lighter and more buttery, go with the first.

However, making either version this pretty is a must! 🙂

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