Pine nuts contain essential fatty acids which help to lower the “bad cholesterol” (LDL) and raise the “good cholesterol” (HDL) in our bodies. They also happen to contain a large amount of healthy minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Whether you’re trying to cut out dairy, or you just feel like trying something new, this is a simple and tasty treat. Throw in some of your favorite herbs to add additional flavor.
Ingredients (yield one cup)
1 cup pine nuts, soaked for at least 2 hours
1 clove garlic
¼ cup + 1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon sea salt
20 turns of fresh black pepper or ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
In food processor, mince garlic.
Add all other ingredients, reserving water.
Blend. With the machine running, slowly add water until desired texture is achieved.
Chef Nikki is the founder of Mostly Vegan, a health food consultancy based in NYC. Previously, she was the executive chef at the acclaimed raw vegan restaurant Pure Food and Wine. You can find her at mostlyvegan.com, on Instagram at @mostlyvegan or contact her via email at nikki[at]mostlyvegan[dot]com