Salty, sweet, tangy...umami; this raw food version of “peanut” sauce is uber delicious and nutritious.
Today's flavor comes straight from my kitchen. I whipped up a batch of spicy sauce for my veggies and had to share. For people concerned about peanuts, you can use any nut as a base, although peanuts and almonds seem to taste the best. Traditionally, peanut sauce is made from roasted ground peanuts and includes coconut milk, sugar and other very interesting herbs and spices. It can be found in a variety of cultural cuisines, including Indonesia, Thailand, and Africa. It seems that in the U.S. the most popular rendition of peanut sauce is in the form of Satay, which is roasted meat or veggies on a skewer and then dipped into the sauce. Finding authentic peanut sauce made from traditional ingredients with traditional effort can be a challenge but one worth the hunt if possible.
In the meantime, if you want a delicious, nutritious and easy to make home version, you can try this recipe. My favorite way to enjoy it? Spiral cut some raw zucchini and carrots then mix it all together. It’s a savory, nutty dish that hits and satisfies all the flavor notes in your palate. You can use either almonds or almond butter or peanuts, or peanut butter or a combination of all of the above. I personally like a combination because I do not have an allergy to peanuts.
Savory Nut Sauce
- ½ c nuts pureed into butter or nut butter
- 1 Tbs Nama Shoyu or Braggs amino acid
- 1 Tbs of minced garlic
- 1 Tbs ginger
- 2 Tbs lemon or lime juice (I combine both)
- dash of chili pepper or jalapeno
- 1 Tbs lemongrass (you can leave out if unavailable)
- 1 - 2 dates (optional)
- water (amount depends on how thick you want your sauce)
Mix all ingredients in food processor or blender until desired consistency. Can be stored in the fridge for several days and just added to veggies or used as a dip.
From a health perspective, traditional peanut sauce is actually quite good, containing a wide variety of nutrient dense ingredients. Unfortunately, most of the conventional versions of peanut sauce that you will find today contain high amounts of sugar and other additives attempting to recreate the umami flavor with cheaper ingredients. The ingredients provided in the recipe above are all nutrient dense and provide a number of health benefits ranging from decreasing oxidative stress to enhancing digestive balance.