Monday, 23 May 2011

Raw 'cheese' dip

This is the perfect party food! It's creamy, it's 'cheesy' it's oh so tasty, and, it's made from nuts. 
Nuts are super good for us. I think it is a shame that many 'weight loss plans' seem to put them off limits as they are so nutritious and contain good fats essential for our health. In fact, nuts can actually speed up metabolism and they keep you fuller for longer, we enjoy them everyday.

In this recipe I've used macadamia nuts. They have a beautiful creamy texture that is also slightly sweet, giving the dip a ricotta cheese feel to it. In the past I've also used plain un-roasted cashew nuts and the result is fabulous!

Have fun playing with this recipe, you can add loads of different herbs and spices to make it your own.
It can be served up with raw veggies, crackers, flat breads, all sorts of wonderful things. Sticking with a bit of a party theme, I've served it up with some sea salted blue corn chips, which at £3.99 a bag (yikes) are a very special treat in this house! 

Raw 'cheese' dip
4 cups of macadamia nuts, soaked for 4 hours and drained
Juice of 1 large or 2 small lemons
1 clove of garlic
1/4 tsp paprika
1 tsp nutritional yeast
Pinch of sea salt

Blitz it all together in a mini chopper, food processor or a blender if you have a powerful one. Can be blitzed roughly or as smooth as you like. How's that for fast food?!

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