Another classic game day recipe or even just an awesome party pleaser. Party? What’s that?
I mean we can 100% make our own lockdown parties for 1 or household style. Maybe with friends on zoom… And someeeeeday we’ll reunite in person and will have SO MUCH FUN together!!
I don’t have much rambling for this one, let’s just dive right in!
Vegan Jalapeño Poppers
Yields 4-5 servings
5 large jalapeño peppers, halved amp; deseeded
1/2 cup gluten-free cornmeal or breadcrumbs
Raspberry jam for dipping, optional (I used a raspberry pomegranate recently that was so yum!)
1 1/2 cups raw cashew pieces (soaked for at least 2 hours, strained amp; rinsed)*
1 cup filtered water or vegetable broth
1 tsp salt (I use pink fine ground Himalayan)
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp cumin seed powder
2 tbsp chives, dried or fresh (feel free to use other herbs here like parsley)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2-3 tbsp fresh chopped parsley for garnish, optional
*Soaking your cashews will help to soften them for a smoother blend. It also releases some of the phytic acid and makes them more digestible.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (218 Celsius)
Add cashews, water (or broth), salt, chives, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, and cumin to blender or food processor and blend until super smooth. I prefer to use my vitamix for this, but any blender or food processor will work. The vitamix just gets it extra creamy. If you prefer, you can use a store-bought vegan cream cheese as your filling. Just be aware that some of them will melt when baked instead of holding a firm texture.
Place the cornmeal in a small bowl and set aside.
Place jalapeños on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper
Fill jalapeños with cashew cheeze and sprinkle cornmeal on top of cheeze
Bake for 15-20 minutes until top is crispy and jalapeños are softened a bit
Garnish with some chopped parsley and serve immediately by themselves or with a side of raspberry jam (yum!). I love the tart contrast!
If you happen to have any leftovers, store in a sealed container in the fridge and reheat as desired.