Awesome Sauce

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Sometimes we have tapas for dinner. Happy hour nibbles. Simple. Nice. Fun. We make an event out of it. Fresh cut fruits & veggies, nuts, dips, spreads, crackers, cheeses. We mix and match flavors. We see if a sweet flavor like raspberry or honey mixes well with a strong cheese and an almond, or maybe a red pepper. We sit outside in the backyard and enjoy the sunset and the weather. We watch the birds and maybe the squirrels. We enjoy the simple things in life. Like the company of a wonderful person!

A few months ago I was planning  one of these tapas nights (we often do these on a Friday night). So, on my way home I stopped at Whole Foods Market to pick up some fun veggies and things to have for tapas night. That’s where I first encountered this amazing sauce.

I immediately fell in love with the flavors. Spicy. Creamy. Complex. Smoky. I dipped a cracker into it. Love! I dipped veggies into it. More love! I spread it on things. I licked it off the spoon! yep, I admit it! It was that good. Only problem is, that it comes in a little container. It was gone way too fast.

So, I set about making my own. And, the nice thing about making your own, you can suit the flavors to everything you want them to be. Want it spicier? Add more chipotle. Is it too spicy? Add less chipotle. Mmm, I wonder what a Sriracha Awesome Sauce would taste like? I bet it would be yum!

When I made my first batch of Awesome Sauce and had my husband taste it he loved it, and asked what was in it. I listed off all the ingredients. He asked, “but what gives it that creamy texture, is it sour cream?” Almonds, I said, blended up like that, the almonds become creamy. It’s vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, Paleo, grain-free, and sugar-free. I’m not sure that he really believed me even then that this super creamy, super yummy dip had no dairy in it. But, he continued to eat it.

In fact, the other day he asked if we had any more of that Awesome Sauce, because he was looking for a yummy snack. I told him we were all out, but that I would be happy to make more for him! Yippie!! Success, the husband liked it! That’s a big win!! Especially for a vegan dip!

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Some notes about some of the more unusual ingredients for in the recipe…

  • Chipotle Paste is one of my favorite ways to use chipotle (it’s super easy!). I always have a jar in my fridge. Take a look here for the instructions on how to make your own.
  • Nutritional Yeast Flakes have a strong flavor that’s often described as savory, nutty, or cheesy. You’ll see it used in vegan cheeses, and it’s a good source of protein and vitamins.
  • Bragg Liquid Aminos are like soy sauce, with a nice salty flavor. It’s also a good source of protein.

This snack’s a little high in calories, but it’s from all those good for you fats in the almonds and grapeseed oil. “Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats as are found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease,” ~World’s Healthiest Foods. So, don’t worry, it’s still good for you!

So, here, in all its yumminess, is Awesome Sauce. And, later I’ll have a guide for Awesome Wraps for you so you can enjoy this sauce at lunchtime too.

Awesome Sauce | Life Currents #vegan #sauce #awesomeSauce http://lifecurrents.dw2.net

Awesome Sauce | Life Currents #vegan #sauce #awesomeSauce http://lifecurrents.dw2.net

These are the almonds I use for making the sauce. Don’t worry that they still have skins on them; the skins get ground up, and I think they contribute to the pretty color of the sauce.

Awesome Sauce
Serves 16
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110 calories
2 g
0 g
11 g
2 g
1 g
34 g
78 g
0 g
0 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
34g
Servings
16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110
Calories from Fat 96
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
17%
Saturated Fat 1g
5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 78mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 2g
1%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 0g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
1%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons water
  2. ½ cup raw almonds
  3. ½ cup + 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil, or oil of your choice
  4. ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  5. 2 teaspoons bragg liquid aminos
  6. 1 teaspoon chipotle paste
  7. 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  8. ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  9. ½ teaspoon salt
  10. ½ teaspoon cumin
  11. ½ teaspoon chili powder
  12. ¼ teaspoon paprika
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in the order listed in a high-powdered blender (such as a VitaMix) or a food processor. Blend for one minute on Variable speed, turning the speed up as you blend. Turn the dial up to high, and continue to blend for 1-2 minutes or until smooth and creamy.
  2. Store in the refrigerator in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. If sauce separates, just give it a stir.
Notes
  1. Makes about 2 cups. For the serving size, I figured about 2 tablespoons per serving
  2. Find the instructions for Chipotle Paste here: http://lifecurrents.dw2.net/chipotle-paste/
Adapted from The Faux Martha
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calories
110
fat
11g
protein
2g
carbs
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Adapted from The Faux Martha
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Awesome Sauce | Life Currents #vegan #sauce #awesomeSauce http://lifecurrents.dw2.net

Awesome Sauce | Life Currents #vegan #sauce #awesomeSauce http://lifecurrents.dw2.net

Awesome Sauce | Life Currents #vegan #sauce #awesomeSauce http://lifecurrents.dw2.net

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  1. says

  2. says

    I have everything to make this sauce except the liquid aminos. Yum. You said it was awesome and I had to come and see for myself!! I bet making this is a whole lot cheaper than buying some from Whole Foods anyway!

  3. says

    Renee, the liquid aminos are basically soy sauce. I’d bet you could use regular soy sauce and it would be just a little saltier. I haven’t tried it yet, but I think it would work well.

  4. says

    Oh My Gosh! It’s more than ‘Awesome’ Debi. I can’t wait to make it and share it with my family, I bet they’ll love it too, and they will never know it’s vegan. Thanks so much for sharing. Pinning/shared.

  5. auntbeesrecipes says

    2 things: I am OBSESSED with sauce, so I HAVE to try this! Secondly, I had never heard of chipotle paste! What a wonderful idea! Thank you! <3

  6. says

    I had to click on this over at Potluck (oh my veggies) because of the name! I’ve made mayo out of almonds before but this looks absolutely incredible!!! I’m pretty sure almonds are magic. I’m going to try this out for my veggie burgers this weekend. Great recipe!

  7. says

    Pinning this to try! I have everything but the chipotle paste so I know what I’m picking up after work. can’t wait to taste it. Thanks!

  8. jugglingrealfoodandreallife says

    Hi Debi. I’m stopping in from Let’s Get Real today. As everyone has said, this sauce does look awesome. It does look pretty creamy. It’s hard to believe the skins are in there also. Is there a reason for the grapeseed oil- flavor or texture? I’m more of an olive oil girl. Looking forward to making this with my kids. This sauce will be called magic sauce in our house. We can turn nuts into sauce. That must be magic!

  9. says

    The original used grapeseed oil, so I stuck with that. I think olive oil will work just fine. I use both of these oils and have never really encountered any reason not to use one or the other. I love the name “Magic Sauce”! Great! Yeah, I was a little concerned about the skins as well, and in fact, I bought some slivered almonds just in case, but never needed to use them. Thanks for the comment! Cheers!

  10. Stacey Werner says

    My husband and I LOVE tapas for dinner! This looks so good… we’ll have to add it to the mix!

  11. says

    I would never have thought you could use ground up (fine) almonds to make a creamy sauce! Live and Learn! It sound delicious!

  12. says

    Looks soooo good. I am going to have to try the Chipotle paste. I have been on this weird chipotle kick lately, probably because it’s full of YUMM.

  13. says

    Your awesome sauce looks…AWESOME! Your ingredients weren’t what I was expecting but I am trying this! I have a feeling I am going to love it. I bet its great on paninis! I can’t wait to try it! Visiting from Tasty Tuesdays!

  14. Joy @ Yesterfood says

    Debi, I have pinned this, and am looking forward to trying it! I can’t believe how healthy it is- good for you for making your own version! Thanks for sharing this with us at Treasure Box Tuesday! :)

  15. says

    I can’t believe I actually drooled. This looks like a tasty sauce. We love to dip our cracker or corn chips to salsa but I guess I’m gonna try this one. Oh my! I can’t wait.

  16. Elisebet F says

    Sounds tasty and packed full of nutrition! I think I’d love this on homemade crackers.

  17. says

    This looks gorgeous Debi! Will have to keep my eyes open for chipotle paste, don’t think I’ve seen that anywhere but it sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing over at the new FB group :) pinned and stumbled!

  18. says

    I love the name of this sauce and sounds like it is truly fitting! I have a feeling this is the kind of sauce I will make and put on everything I eat! Thanks for sharing :)

  19. Becca says

    I try not to use oil in my cooking, do you think i could substitute some avocado to give it the richness that the oil provides?

  20. says

    Hi Becca! Sorry for the delayed response. Yes, I think it would work, and I think it would be super delish! An Awesome Avocado Sauce! Maybe I’ll have to try that one myself as well! Yum. Thanks for the suggestion.

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