Wednesday, September 21, 2011

3 Ingredient Cashew Spread

Chip's New Best Friend
Have you ever been to a raw, vegan restaurant and ordered a pizza? Chances are you had this dolloped all over it. The first time I had a cashew cheez' made me think they must be fooling me. I couldn't believe it was non-dairy and this delicious. Well now you can make it at home for less pain on your wallet! This easy recipe will have you coming back for more.

This spread is great on homemade pizza, crackers, chips, lasagna, salad, sandwiches, and more. The cashews provide a smooth creamy texture as the tomatoes give you the sweetness your body craves. The basil kicks in at the end with some herbal notes to delight even the most stubborn of taste buds. This spread, also used as a soft cheez', is so versatile and easy that you'll be keeping cashews in your cupboard for now on.

There are two methods to do this, but since I have the Omega 8006 Juicer (single auger), I chose it. You can use any blender, preferably a high powered one or food processor. The blender and food processor will result in a creamier texture. Whatever you have on hand will do the job!

2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight 
1 1/2 cups sun dried tomatoes
1 Handful fresh basil 
*Save some of the water from the cashew soak

Blender/ Food Processor Directions
Drain most* of the water out of your soaked cashews. (You can drink this if your a real health nut.) Leave a little bit of the water at the bottom so that the blender will turn more easily. Place raw cashews in machine.
Blend until nice and creamy.
Add in your sun dried tomatoes and basil and blend until all combined.
Use a rubber spatula (or your finger) to get all the goodness out of the container. Store in a ziploc bag, tupperware, or any other wide-rimmed airtight container.

Juicer Directions
Use a blank filter with the 4-holed nozzle. Feed raw cashews through the juicer twice, so that a creamy mixture is left. Place the sun dried tomatoes through, alternating with leaves of basil. Use some of the cashew water to push through if its not coming out. If you dumped it down the sink, just use purified water. After all has been through the masticator, mix together with a fork to combine thoroughly. Enjoy on anything you can possibly put this on!

Ps: There are plenty of health benefits of cashews!

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