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Umami vegan cream cheese.

This vegan cream cheese is one of the most delicious and nutritious treats you can have. I actually ran out of it within 24 hours and will now make a larger batch. The coconut oil will not only give a good creamy texture, but also will harden a bit in the refrigerator, possibly preserving it for longer than my temptation to eat it can handle! It tastes great on everything! But then, I guess that is the purpose of cheese in this life. Umami is a flavor that is found in foods such as truffles, yeast, cheese, ripe tomatoes; this 5th flavor was discovered in the early 1900’s by a Japanese scientist.

Cashews contain the nine essential amino acids. The nutritional yeast will not only give it a cheesy flavor but also will pack your cheese with a big dose B vitamins and protein.

It is extremely simple to make, just soak the cashews overnight and then mix everything in a food processor until smooth! It took mine about 1 1/2  minutes. Make 30 second intervals if your processor heats up.

Ingredients:

1 cup cashews soaked overnight

1/3 cup of coconut oil

2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast

1 teaspoon of Cajun (or sea salt)

1 tablespoon truffle infused olive oil (optional)

1 1/2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

1/2 tablespoon of tahini

2 cloves of garlic

2 tablespoons of lime juice

Serving suggestion: Pita bread stuffed with zucchini, broccoli sprouts, mashed beans, topped with a squirt of reduction of balsamic vinegar. The black seeds on top are bamboo smoked sesame seeds. I must say, the little cheese ball in the middle was actually not enough, I am telling you it is a bit addicting, but so healthy as well!

Rawnola Recipe

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What do you get when you make homemade granola using all raw ingredients?

Rawnola!

While the texture is slightly more chewy than traditional homemade granola which is baked in an oven, the taste is equally as delicious. I love making rawnola because it is extremely versatile. You can use it any way you would with granola – add it to smoothie bowls ( such as the ones we made yesterday ), chia pudding, on it’s own with some almond milk, or just eat it straight out of the jar!

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