Raw food sauces are (you've heard this phrase before) delicious and nutritious. For example, my recipe for raw Fettuccine Alfredo dresses translucent ribbons of pale green zucchini with a sauce made from soaked cashews and a tasty spice blend. Believe me; you will not miss the cream or the butter (or the fat and calories).
If you like your sauces green instead of white, try my raw Pesto. Like the original, my recipes calls for basil leaves, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pine nuts. The only difference is that the pine nuts are raw instead of roasted.
One of my favorite raw food sauce recipes is the Mock Peanut Sauce that I created for Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People. Traditionally, this sauce calls for roasted peanuts, but I use raw almond butter instead. As well as retaining more nutrients, I think raw almond butter actually tastes better in the recipe.
You can make your own almond butter or purchase it in stores. Just make sure you choose raw almond butter.
Mock Peanut Sauce
- 1/2 cup raw almond butter
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons tamari
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh fresh ginger
- Dash cayenne
- Dash salt
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth
This simple raw sauce can be kept for up to five days in the refrigerator. Drizzle it over your favorite veggies at lunch or dinner or use it as a dipping sauce to add Asian flair to the crudites your serve at your next party.