Garlic and Chive Cashew “Cheese” Dip

Garlic and Chive Cashew “Cheese” Dip

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I will start by saying I am a huge lover of cashew cheese and this recipe did not disappoint. It is free of  dairy, is totally vegan, and full of protein, healthy fat, and flavor.

This “cheese” dip gets it’s flavor from nutritional yeast, which can be purchased at health food stores or many places online (I’ve bought it on Amazon before). Nutritional yeast, for those who aren’t familiar with it, is a deactivated yeast that has an almost cheesy flavor. It is an awesome addition to soups, rice, as a topping for popcorn, or anything that needs that extra little bit of “cheese”. Nutritional yeast is a favorite among people on a plant-based or vegan diet because it can serve not only as a replacement to cheese, but also as a dietary supplement. It is actually a complete protein, full of B-complex vitamins (crucial for cell metabolism and energy, and a group of vitamins that can sometimes be a challenge to get enough of for non meat-eaters), and free of gluten, dairy, and sugar.

Ingredients
(Makes about 8 servings)

-2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
-1 cup raw cashews
-1/2 tbsp olive oil
-1 clove garlic
-2 tsp chopped chives

Directions
-Soak raw cashews overnight
-Drain water from cashews
-Combine all ingredients in a food processor until creamy and dip is smooth without any pieces of cashews left

Yeah…SUPER EASY!

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Enjoy as a dip with either veggies or crackers. 🙂

Here’s the nutrition facts, for anyone who was wondering:

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Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes

(recipe yield about 4 small pancakes)
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: <5 minutes

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Pancakes have always been a favorite of mine, and I’m not just talking breakfast; I could seriously eat pancakes for every single meal. That’s why I was so excited to find a version that was not only lighter and healthier, but so much easier & quicker  to make.

Today’s recipe is just too easy not to share. Not only are these pancakes gluten free (totally grain free, actually), but they only require two ingredients, and contain no added oil or sugar! Oh, and they take WAY less time than the regular variety.

Ingredients:
-2 eggs (or egg whites, or flax egg for vegan)
-1 medium banana (ripe or even a little overripe is perfect)

Directions:
-In a small mixing bowl, mash together 1 medium banana and 2 eggs until mixed (I just use a fork, no fancy equipment here)
-Add mixture to a griddle or pan on medium heat and flip once lightly browned.
-Serve with banana slices, fresh berries, or whatever you like.

Though these only require 2 ingredients to make, I also love to experiment by adding other things to the batter or on top. Some favorites have been almond butter, chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, fresh or frozen berries, cinnamon, or whatever else is on hand. The possibilities are endless. 🙂