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Maple Nut Spread

Posted Jul 17 2012 6:44am
I'm not a tofu kind of gal!  I guess I assume it's sort of a "go to" for vegetarians/vegans, but maybe I'm wrong?  Are there others like me that just don't like it, except for miso soup?

I've been longing for a "cream cheese" alternative for toast and such, but most recipes seem to use tofu.  This recipe that I adapted was no exception.  I decided to get creative though and use cashews instead.  I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out, but this was one risk that was worth the reward!

This is a dense and creamy spread that's just the right amount of sweet!  It doesn't taste like cream cheese, but it's a nice alternative!  It almost looks like cake when it's done baking, but once it cools off, it spreads nicely.  Give it a try!
This recipe is adapted from Vegetarian Cooking for Dummies
Maple Nut Spread (yields 8 servings, or 2 cups) Ingredients 1/3 cup raisins, soaked hot water 1 cup cashews 1/4 cup basic homemade yogurt (or store bought if you prefer) 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tbsp tahini 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 tsp flour Directions: Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly grease a 1 quart baking dish (I used a 2 quart because I didn't have a 1 quart and it worked fine).
Place raisins in a bowl and pour hot water over them (enough to cover).  Set aside to soak.
Place cashews, yogurt, maple syrup, cinnamon, tahini, vanilla and flour in a food processor/blender.  Blend until well combined.  
Drain raisins and add to food processor/blender.  Pulse several times to chop them up and blend them into the cashew mixture.
Pour cashew mixture into baking dish and bake, uncovered, for 20-30 minutes, until set.  Cool completely before serving.

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