I'm sure I'm not the ONLY one out there who could live on chips and queso! Raise your hands! I know you're out there!!!! Although I'd love to eat it daily, my waistline says otherwise. My heart skipped a beat when I was introduced to vegan queso. The first time I was told about it, I won't lie, I was extremely skeptical. I mean, how can you make a cheeseless queso that actually tastes good and satisfies that craving? Well, it exists, and it's darn good my friends! Like good enough to actually make it into my SideKicks cookbook! Not only that, but it's very versatile! My favorite way to eat it, other than straight up with chips, is over warm zucchini zoodles! You will read the ingredients and think I've lost my marbles, but I promise you, it's amazing and you will thank me later! The key to this "queso" is to have a really good high powered blender. Bonus if you have one with a heating function like my BlendTec does. I can make this in less than 5 minutes, and it's hot and ready to eat. If your blender does not have a heating element, then you will want to warm it on the stove before eating. Ready for your mind to be blown? Here we go:
8 oz water
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/3 cup raw, unsalted cashews
1/3 cup raw, unsalted almonds
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp paprika
A few dashes of your favorite hot sauce (I love Valentina or Cholula)
Add all ingredients into blender in order listed. Run on high speed for 180 seconds. If your blender does not have a heating function, you will want to heat it on the stove to warm it up. Serve over zoodles, noodles, with tortilla chips, over nachos, or on any recipe that would be enhanced with a cheese sauce. Adding in some jalapenos or Hatch green chiles after blending would be an EXCELLENT idea too! Yum!
I absolutely love granola! I love the crunch, the slight sweetness, the nuts, and the dried fruit. What I don't like is the unnecessary ingredients added to store bought granola! Especially when it's this easy to make! The great thing about making it at home is you can add what YOU like and make it your own! You can add a variety of nuts, seeds, dried fruits, even chocolate chips if you so desire! I like to keep it on the healthy side, so today I used gluten-free old fashioned oats (don't buy quick oats!), a mixture of nuts and seeds, unsweetened shredded coconut, and some dried cranberries! I decided to change up my own recipe and add in Orange Vitality essential oil instead of Cinnamon and Lime listed in my recipe book. I make it differently every time! Here is basic recipe to follow, then you can tweak it to fit your palate!
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup raw nuts and/or seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup unrefined, organic coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup organic blackstrap molasses
1/4 cup raw, organic honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon or 2 drops Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil
Today I added 10 drops Orange Vitality essential oil
1/2 cup chopped dried fruit
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (not wax paper). In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts/seeds, shredded coconut and salt. In a small bowl, combine the melted coconut oil, molasses, honey, cinnamon and essential oils. Pour the liquid mixture over the oat mixture and stir until evenly distributed. Spread evenly on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Stir once and bake for another 5-7 minutes until lightly browned. Take out of oven and mix in dried fruit. Let cool and enjoy. Store in airtight container. Enjoy!!!