Smokey Almond Cheese Balls

| 1 March 2018

We have been on a month-long gentle cleanse free from sugar (especially any kind of processed sugar even in its natural forms),  caffeine, gluten, most grains and starchy carbs. What have we been eating? Lots of veggie-based smoothies, greens, natural fats, seaweeds and fermented foods. Naturally, plant-based cheeses have been high on our menu list. As a result, we’ve been creating more recipes than usual, and naturally, we ‘ve come up with some awesome new kitchen staples! (It is amazing what a good old cleanse can do to boost your creativity!)

Onto the recipe:

Smokey Almond Cheese Balls

(takes 10-15 mins to make, feel free to double the recipe and keep some in your fridge )

Ingredients

2 cups of almonds, presoaked

1/2 of lemon juice

1/2-1 tsp of organic smoke liquid

1 tsp of dill pollen or dried dill

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 tsp black salt

1-2 TBLS of nutritional yeast

1/2 tsp of probiotic powder

1 clove of garlic

1 TBLS of tamari

up to 1/2 cup of water

1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil.

Method

Start by rinsing the almonds, add lemon juice, tamari, almonds, garlic, and salt into a high-speed blender. Add just enough water to aid the blending. Blend vigorously on high using a push stick. Add more water if needed, however, be mindful: you want your cheese smooth and creamy enough, not too runny.

Continue by adding the rest of the spices and dry ingredients (apart from the probiotics). Gradually fold in the olive oil while the blender is still on, continuously using the push stick. Finally, adjust salt to taste and, using a wooden spoon, gently mix in the probiotics.

Place the creamy cheese into a container with a lid, and allow to sit on a counter (ambient temperature) for 12-18h. Taste it to see if it is sour enough, then place in the fridge to set for a creamy cheese spread. Alternatively, place in a freezer for a firmer set – the cheese will set enough so you can form it into antipasti balls. Then use them in salads, squish one on top of a cracker or mix in with some yummy grains or veg.

Enjoy!

With Celebration & Appreciation,

Joel & Aiste