Easy Vegan Nacho Cheese

Vegan nacho cheese. Can it be done? Yes, it really can! This recipe will have you telling others that it’s “not yo cheese!”


Ingredients

  • 2 cups potatoes, diced large
  • 1 cup carrots, diced large
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast flakes (but to be completely honest I always double the serving of nutrional yeast in all my recipes)

Optional Additions

  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika/smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp vegan chicken-style seasoning

Instructions

  • Boil the potatoes and carrots in water until soft
  • Blend potatoes, carrots, water, oil, and seasonings on high in a blender until the ‘cheese’ is smooth
  • I enjoy eating it with only tortilla chips, but it can be used in Mexican dishes, on pasta, or as a topping!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bliss Balls

Blissful is an understatement. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pitted and softened dates
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla extract

Toppings or Add-Ins:

  • Coconut
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Chocolate nibs or chips

Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until combined. The consistency should be sticky and moldable.

Roll in coconut, nuts, or chocolate for a professional finish.

(If you want just chocolate bliss balls, omit the peanut butter. If you want peanut butter bliss balls, omit the cocoa powder.)

Crispy Onion Straws

Perfect for casseroles, burgers, or simply by themselves.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large white onion
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk
  • 1 1/4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tbsp onion powder (as the onion flavor is taken away when soaked in the wet mixture)
  • 3 tsp salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 3 cups oil for frying

Whisk non-dairy milk and vinegar together to make a buttermilk mixture. Let sit while you cut your onion.

Using a mandolin, or a firm grip and a sharp knife, slice the onion into very thin almost see-through slices.

Soak the onions in the wet mixture for around 10-15 minutes in a shallow dish.

In a separate dish mix together all the dry ingredients. This will be the coating.

Heat your oil in a heavy pan. Grab a handful of onions out of the wet mixture and slightly drain off before adding it into the flour mixture. Toss around until evenly coated and give a little shake before adding to the oil.

Keep a close eye on the onions as they shouldn’t take more than 3-5 minutes to crisp. Occasionally stir to make sure the onions aren’t attached.

Once fries to your desire use tongs to take the onions out and lay them on some paper towel to drain. Repeat the process until all onion is used.