Friday, January 27, 2012

Nut-Free Raw Vegan Cottage Cheeze

I have been racking my brain as to what fun new dip or spread I could pair with the Rosemary & dried Currant crackers from Monday's post. Then I remembered this recipe:
Caraway Cottage Cheeze (click)
I thought, "That's just too easy! Why not make a more affordable version, and nut-free too?"
Yay for tasty ideas!
Since the original version calls for the use of Macadamia nuts I was worried that substituting sunflower seeds for this luscious oily nut might take away from the creaminess and "cheesiness" of the recipe. Well, I'm not going to lie to you -- the flavor and texture is slightly different, but it's hardly noticeable and now you get the benefit of enjoying it with less fat (yes, I'm thinking about swimsuit weather already). 
Nut-Free AtV Cottage Cheeze
Makes roughly 1.5 cups
Step 1.
Beforehand Prep:
Soak 3/4 c Sunflower Seeds for 4 to 6 hours
Drain and dry your seeds before using them in the following recipe
Remeasure your seeds to make sure that you have the exact amount that the recipe calls for (seeds will expand while being soaked, so you may end up with a little bit more than you need)
Step 2.
Making Your Nut-Free Cottage Cheeze
1 c (packed) peeled and shredded Zucchini 
1 c Sunflower Seeds (soaked 3 hours, then drained/dried)
1 Tbsp ground Caraway Seed
1 Tbsp Onion powder
1 tsp Nutritional yeast
1 tsp ground Mustard Seed
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1 tsp Date Paste
1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/3 c Water
Pulse/puree the above ingredients together
Stop to scrape down the sides of your food processor two or three times
Continue to puree for up to a minute  
Finished consistency will be slightly course in texture:
For an extra creamy kick: 
Stir in 2 to 3 Tbsp of AtV Sour Cream
Some of my favorite ways to eat this cottage cheeze are:
- Mixed into a pile of sprouts with fresh chopped apple and green onion
- With a big tray of veggies and pickles
- Stuffed into a tomato

Happy Friday!
It's time for a little late night snack and some X-Games with the hubby...

xoxo,

2 comments:

  1. Ooooh thanks for sharing this, I have a huge tin of sunflower seeds so I'll give this a go :)

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  2. Sounds great. maybe if I have time this weekened I'll make the rosemary crackers to go with it but I love the cucumber chip too.

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