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..
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.
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
soak the cashews in water (not tap water) for 2 hours. This will make your sauce smooth & creamy.
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.
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.
Get some Broccoli florets...
Pour on the sauce...
mix it up...
Lick the food processor clean.. just kidding.. kind of.
Lay them on your 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!
I had to make two batches of these. Once you take a bite, it leaves you wanting MORE.. Simply irresistible!!
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!
- 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
- Place broccoli in a large bowl.
- Put remaining ingredients into a vitamix blender or food processor and Blend until smooth.
- Pour mixture all over the broccoli and stir well to cover the florets.
- 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.
- store in a ziplock bag
I use the exact same cashew cheeze sauce on my recipe for Cheezy Kale Chips