Cheezy Broccoli Bites (Raw & Vegan)

Cheezy Kale Chips are the BOMB!!! Totally addictive in a healthy way! My only complaint is The "cheeze" will flake off the kale chips and makes a crumbly mess when you eat it.  Not to mention, you end up with kale ALL in your teeth.  Not very attractive.. I really love this cheeze sauce and came up with another way to eat it.   I made the same cashew cheeze sauce recipe and put it on broccoli..  I wasn't sure how it would turn out by dehydrating, but WOW!  This is my new favorite way to eat raw broccoli. YUMMY!

It's cheezy and crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside.  You don't need a toothpick afterwards and with the broccoli, the cheezy sauce doesn't fall off,  it gets into every knook & cranny of the broccoli floret.  Broccoli Bites are hands down better in taste than kale chips..

Broccoli Bites blog board

Can I make this if I don't have a dehydrator?  First off, WHY don't you have one?  They are awesome and you can get a decent one for around $30.  To be honest, I've never tried to make this another way.

What if I have a nut allergy?  I have also made this same recipe with soaked sunflower seeds instead of cashews and it turned out great!

Here is what you are going to need for the cheeze sauce.

Nutritional Yeast is a delicious seasoning that has a "cheezy" flavor and full of Vitamin B. It's also vegan, gluten free, salt free & sugar free... I absolutely LOVE it sprinkled on popcorn

Cheezy Cashew Sauce Ingredients

soak the cashews in water (not tap water) for 2 hours.  This will make your sauce smooth & creamy.

cashew water

Let soak for 2 hours then drain.  LOVE these sprout toppers.  They fit on any mason jar and are very inexpensive.  Around $8 for 3 different lids, different drain sizes for tiny seeds and large nuts.

cashew soak board

Mix everything in a high speed blender or food processor.  I have made this recipe many times over using both pieces of equipment and it has turned out great.

Cheeze sauce ingredients

Get some Broccoli florets...

Broccoli and raw vegan cheeze sauce vertical

Pour on the sauce...

broccoli raw with cheese sauce

mix it up...

broccoli raw with cheese sauce mixed

Lick the food processor clean.. just kidding.. kind of.

broccoli raw cheese sauce mixed vertical

Lay them on your dehydrator

broccoli with cheese on dehydrator

and walk away for 12 hours and dehydrate.  My first "test" batch didn't get photographed because I literally ate every single one of them off the dehydrator. Shame on me....   So I had to make another batch and remind myself not to eat all them before they got photographed. This time I shared the broccoli bites with the kids.. They LOVED IT!

Broccoli Bites Raw Vegan

I had to make two batches of these.  Once you take a bite, it leaves you wanting MORE..  Simply irresistible!!

broccoli bites raw vegan vertical

so yummy and the kids went crazy over these... I know yours will too!  This is our new favorite way to eat raw broccoli.. It's crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside with a good for you cheezy -ness to it.   YUM!

RECIPE:

Cheezy Broccoli Bites (Raw & Vegan)
 

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch broccoli, washed, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup cashews (soaked 2 hours & drained)
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded & chopped
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  1. Place broccoli in a large bowl.
  2. Put remaining ingredients into a vitamix blender or food processor and Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour mixture all over the broccoli and stir well to cover the florets.
  4. Lay coated broccoli in a single layer in a dehydrator. Dehydrate at 105 for 12 hours or overnight, until coating is dry and broccoli is crispy.
  5. store in a ziplock bag

Notes

This can also be made nut-less using raw organic sunflower seeds instead of cashews

broccoli bites raw vegan closeup

I use the exact same cashew cheeze sauce on my recipe for Cheezy Kale Chips 

Kale cashew cheese

and remember.. Both of these recipes can be made nut-less using raw soaked sunflower seeds instead of cashews.

 

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