Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Homemade Coconut Butter

The first time I tried Coconut Butter, I was hooked. It tasted scrumptious on everything! Surprisingly, my purchase lasted forever as I only used it occasionally and it was pricey. 


Imagine my delight when I found an easy recipe to make Coconut Butter from two great sources: Chocolate Covered Katie and Coconut Butter in a Vita-Mix They both  use 2 cups organic shredded coconut to make this delicious concoction. And since my huge bag of Coconut takes up plenty of room in the freezer, maybe I need to make a batch and share it.

Looking further, I discovered a very helpful source to answer questions on exactly what and how to make Coconut Butter. Visit Mark Sisson, Mark's Daily Apple, for 10 Tips for Making the Best Coconut Butter Ever! 

Enjoy!

Con Queso Cheeze or Nacho Sauce


Cheezy



Creamy



Lo-fat


For those who think that they can't give up cheese to be vegan
this is by far, 
one of the easiest and tastiest cheeze sauces! 
EVER!






Con Queso Cheeze or Nacho Sauce

1 cup cooked, mashed butternut squash
¾ cup non-dairy, unsweetened, unflavored yogurt
¾ cup water + additional water
½ onion
5 Tbsp NY
¼ - 1/3 cup raw cashews, soaked, rinsed, drained
3 Tbsp tapioca flour
½ chipotle Chile 
1/4 cup Red Bell Pepper
2 Tbsp - 1/4 cup Sun dried tomato 
dash Cayenne pepper, optional
½ - 1 tsp salt

A HIGH speed blender will result in a creamier sauce. If you don't have a HIGH speed blender such as a Vitamix or Blendtec, process the cashews and water longer. Test the liquid - there should be no gritty feeling.

Process everything until smooth and creamy. 

Taste, adjust seasonings as needed. 

Add additional water one tablespoon at a time depending on thickness desired.
Transfer to saucepan, cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thick and gooey, about 2-7 mins.

Taste, adjust seasonings and salt.

NOTE: Salt - this does need to be salty like regular cheese, so don't skimp on the salt.

Cashews - if you want your cheeze creamier, use 1/3 cup cashews, otherwise the 1/4 cup should be plenty.

Store in refrigerator.
Freezes well.

Enjoy!
RB


Mac ‘n Cheeze, Cheezy Veggies, Broccoli or Chowder Soups: adjust water depending on thickness desired.


Salsa Dip: add chunky salsa to cooked sauce just before serving.