|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 2 1/2 cups (8 servings)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 20g||26%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||9%|
|Total Carbohydrate 12g||4%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||7%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This walnut cream dessert sauce is great with any cooked fruit or with simple cakes, but it's particularly good with pears. Enjoy it at holiday dinners or just because you want to pamper yourself. The recipe is vegan, but you can make some variations if you don't follow a strict vegan diet.
- 2 cups walnuts (halves and pieces)
- 1 cup almond milk (or hazelnut milk)
- ¼ cup coconut nectar (or rice syrup)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt (sea salt)
Place the walnuts in a bowl with enough water to cover them and allow them to soak for at least 8 hours or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 325° F.
Drain the walnuts well and blot them dry with a paper towel. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet or cookie tray and bake for 10 minutes. Let the walnuts cool completely.
Place the almond milk, nectar or syrup, vanilla and sea salt in a blender. Blend for 10 seconds.
Add the nuts to the mix and blend again until smooth. This could take as long as a minute. You may have to stop periodically to scrape down the sides.
Chill for 30 to 45 minutes in the refrigerator.
- Turn the walnuts halfway through the cooking process so that they brown on both sides and don't burn.
- Make your own nut milk or buy one without the food additive carrageenan (a harmful carcinogen).
- Add two teaspoons of maple syrup for added sweetness. (Make sure it's pure maple syrup to comply with a vegan diet.) A dash of cinnamon also adds a nice flavor.
- Instead of making a dessert, you can use this sauce to top pasta. Add Swiss chard or another wilted vegetable of your choice to round out the meal.
- Swap a favorite nut for the walnuts. Chestnuts make a nice substitution, especially around the holidays.
- Non-vegans can use honey in place of coconut nectar or rice syrup. However, honey—derived from bees—is not included in a vegan diet.
- For a traditional creamy texture, use crème fraiche, heavy cream, or half-and-half in place of almond milk, if you eat dairy. You might also try one part cream cheese and one part sour cream. Tinker with the recipe until it meets your personal dietary goals and taste.