crumbly vegan parm

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Sometimes you just need a hit of salty, umami flavor to finish a dish.  This crumbly, nutty vegan parmesan is just that + it’s made from healthy ingredients.  It’s super easy to whip up and lasts indefinitely in the fridge.  The perfect garnish for pizza, pasta, soups, roasted veggies and more.  Mix it into vegan burgers/meatballs, sprinkle it over avocado toast, garnish a simple arugula salad with it.  Pull out your food processor and let’s go!

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INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup raw almonds

1/2 cup raw cashews

1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds or hemp seeds or pine nuts

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1 tablespoon kosher salt**

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion flakes or 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

optional: 1/4 teaspoon of porcini or shiitake mushroom powder (adds umami but perfect without it too)

** this makes it pretty salty- just like a real parmesan is very salty. This is meant as a garnish and not eaten on its own.  You can start with less salt and add more as you see fit if you are sensitive to sodium.

METHOD:

Place all ingredients in a food processor.  Pulse until the mixture looks fine but still crumbly, as shown in the below photo.  DON’T over-process or leave the processor running because the nuts will turn into butter if you do.  That’s it!  Store in a jar in the fridge.

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berry-almond breakfast smoothie

berry almond butter smoothie

I have been loving this smoothie for breakfast lately!  I love oatmeal or pancakes for breakfast, but sometimes I just want something sweet and creamy.

This smoothie takes 2 minutes to make in the morning (no cutting fruit or anything!) so its ideal for when you’re in a rush but want something good for you too.  It has tons of healthy, filling fats from the almond butter and antioxidants from the berries.

I equally love this smoothie made with a frozen banana instead of the berries.  It is seriously like a milkshake this way- the banana makes it super creamy and sweet.

The hint of almond extract in this is so delicious.  It elevates the other ingredients and makes a basic smoothie a little more fancy.  If you’re not a fan of almond flavor (like my husband), try vanilla extract instead.

Almond breakfast smoothie. (serves 1)

1c unsweetened almond milk

1/2 c frozen berries OR 1 large-ish frozen banana

1 heaping tablespoon almond butter

5 drops stevia OR sweetener of your choice

1/8t almond extract OR 1/2t vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!

Much Love,

A.

P.s. Kids are into it too 😉

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