Goodness. It’s been so long since I put together a recipe that I feel like I forget how to do this!
Luckily, what’s coming your way doesn’t need much of an introduction.
I first discovered the power of pureed nuts with my walnut whipped cream. Obviously that’s a sweet recipe, but if we’re going on texture, the creaminess is something that I knew could definitely translate over to a savory recipe. Plus, I’ve heard praises sung about cashew “cheese” everywhere from other vegan blogs to veggie restaurants.
I’ve tried cashew cheese, and it’s amazing… especially in mac & cheese. (P.S. that recipe is still one of my all-time faves!)
But alfredo sauce is obviously a different breed- a different cheese. I knew I needed a more mild flavor that was still creamy. So I turned back to walnuts. Mixed with some herbs and almond milk?
And, the flavor is dead on. Don’t believe me? I challenge you to try it!
Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo
1 cup almond milk
1 cup walnuts, soaked
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tsp lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp vinegar
2 tsp dried basil or oregano
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of guar or xantham gum (optional)
your choice of pasta (or spaghetti squash!)
After soaking the nuts for 1-2 hours, drain them and put in a blender or food processor with the almond milk. Puree until smooth, and add the rest of the sauce ingredients. Puree until smooth. Heat over stove in a pot over low heat until desired temperature (add more milk if the sauce reduces at all)
Cook pasta according to instructions, pour sauce over, and serve.
I’ve also talked again (and again) about my coffee obsession and daily (more like three times daily) need for Starbucks, as well as my obsession with healthifying their flavored drinks.
One of my faves on the Starbucks menu is the Mint Mocha Frappuccino. However, I’m too cold for a frap. And it’s too early for White Peppermint Mocha Lattes. So this is strictly a Mint Mocha Latte.
Ands it’s crazy easy.
Mint Mocha Latte
1/3 cup almond milk
1 scoop CocoCardio (or another hot chocolate mix; or cocoa powder)
Scant 1/8 tsp (like a couple of drops) peppermint extract
Stevia to taste
Mix the almond milk, hot cocoa mix, peppermint extract, and stevia in the bottom of your mug until combined thoroughly. Top off the mug with hot coffee, or a mix of hot coffee and hot water depending on desired strength. Garnish with whipped cream or foam if you want!
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