My love affair with cashews continues. This recipe was brought upon by my love of sweet potato fries, baked of course. ( I know you’re rolling your eyes ) I made it for the first time a year ago for a dinner party to enjoy with some appetizers and it was delicious.
I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for a while now but I haven’t had the time. I thought I should post this before things get really busy at school. Which they will in about a week or so, hurray for me…
Anyway, you’re going to love this recipe. It’s a great dip for about ANYTHING and awesome drizzled onto some roasted veg. It’s full of good fats from the cashews and therapeutic properties thanks to the garlic.
Garlic is known for it’s sulfur containing compounds including allicin, which is produced by finely chopping or crushing garlic. You can increase it’s medicinal properties by letting it sit after it is chopped for 10 mins. These properties decrease when cooking. For this particular recipe I roasted the garlic whole so this enzymatic process of converting alliin to allicin will not take place.
Garlic is anti-fungal and microbial, so it’s great at kicking candida’s ass. It’s antibacterial and antiviral benefits help treat infection caused by bacteria and viruses.
Cashews are a great source of protein and heart healthy monounsaturated fats. These fats help reduce high triglyceride levels. ( Triglycerides are essentially fats that are carried in the blood ) High triglycerides are associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Cashews are also rich in magnesium, which helps to relax those nerves.
Keeping it short and sweet… Onto the recipe!
Roasted Garlic Aioli
1 cup of raw cashews (soaked beforehand)
2 whole cloves of Garlic
1 tbsp. of freshly squeezed lemon juice
2/3 cup of filtered water
Himalayan pink salt & pepper to taste
1. Soak cashews in filtered water for about 3 hours. Discard water and rinse.
2. Roast whole garlic cloves at 400° for 35 mins or until soft.
3. When the garlic is ready and your kitchen smells oh so delicious, add all of the ingredients into a high powered blender.
4. Blend until smooth and Enjoy!