Virtual Vegan Potluck – Raw Appetizer: Pulp cracker with Cashew sauce

Welcome! I have the pleasure of being the host site and the first blog post to start the Virtual Vegan Potluck. What a cool idea and thank you very much Annie for thinking of this. Being the creator of VBU, I totally appreciate building a community. This kind of potluck idea is excellent and I am already excited for next year.

Away we go!

I love easy party finger foods. I’m a fan of: apéritif,  hors d’oeuvres, canapés, petit fours, and crudités. Looks like the French really enjoy bite sized foods, non?

I often find I have a lot of left over pulp from juicing. Why not keep the momentum going and not waste?

Pulp crackers:
– 2 cups of pulp
– 1/2 cup ground flax seed meal
– 1/2 to 1 cup of water

Take your pulp and add some ground flax seed meal. Depending on how much pulp you have the ratio should be 1/2 cup flax meal to 2 cups of pulp. Mix the pulp and flax meal in a bowl by hand and add the water in slowly. You might not need all of the water. If you over water, don’t worry, you’re going to dehydrate anyway. Add in some of your favourite spices, I prefer Italian spices and garlic powder. If you’re up to it you can add some cayenne for a kick, but only 1/2 a teaspoon.  Too much can ruin a good thing.

Spread out the mix your non stick drying sheets and take a shot glass to cut the crackers out. My mother always made her cookies this way and I love how perfect cookies come out using this method. Who needs to spend on fancy cookie cutters when you have a shot glass. The left over shapes make excellent croutons.

Dehydrate at 115F for 6-8 hours, depends how crispy you want them.

As for the cashew sauce, hopefully you have soaked cashews the night before, but in case you don’t, just soak for at least 2 hours. This really helps with the blending process and also brings the nuts’ enzymes “alive” so to say.

Cashew sauce:
– 1 cup of raw soaked cashews overnight (minimum 2 hours)
– 2 tbsp minced garlic
– 1/2 tbsp onion powder
– 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

Mix everything in a food processor until you have a consistency you’re happy with and there you have it. Additional options: parsley, dill, cilantro. Perhaps not at the same time, but they do add a nice flavour.

Raw appetizer full plate, Lidia Le Francois, Air Eater

Close up raw appetizer with cashew sauce, Lidia Le Francois, Air Eater

Happy eating!

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45 Responses to Virtual Vegan Potluck – Raw Appetizer: Pulp cracker with Cashew sauce

  1. A great start to the Potluck! I love the idea of that cashewy spread on crackers, but I’m afraid I would wolf too many and not have room for my dinner!

    • aireater

      Thank you Lorna. Glad you like the recipe, it’s easy to get carried away, but at least it’s a healthy appetizer.

  2. I love the idea of using some of my vegetable pulp for this! I am always looking for ways to use it up. Great recipe! :)

  3. These sound so delicious, Lidia – and I LOVE the simplicity. Food doesn’t have to be complicated to be satisfying, yummy and healthy! Cannot wait to get a dehydrator! Thanks for all of your support, my dear!

    • NOMNOMS! Excellent dish you brought~ I had a cousin of this dish at a raw vegan restaurant in Austin. The name escapes me at the moment, but I’ll do the write-up this week and send you the name. Great kick off point!!

    • aireater

      Thank you Annie! I suppose you could put a spiralized zucchini or carrot on top, but I also enjoy simplicity. You will LOVE having a dehydrator, it’s so fun. The pleasure is all mine, I’ll help any time!

  4. I love this! I am crazy for cashew spreads. Thanks for hosting us!

    • aireater

      Thank you. The pleasure is all mine. I am quite excited to see so many wonderful people and such creative ideas!

  5. That cashew spread sounds/looks fabulous!

  6. Fabulous post! I adore raw crackers…and anything made from cashews! And the use of the pulp? Genius! Thanks for a great start!

  7. I love the idea of re-using pulp for crackers. Brilliant! That cashew sauce looks mighty tasty too!

  8. Brilliant use of your juicing pulp! I’m definitely trying that. Question – what are you using in your juice? Do some pulps work better than others? Like more vegetable based ones?

    • aireater

      Thank you! My pulp varies, but I’d say carrot works the best, but you’d probably want more than just that in for flavour such as: celery, parsley, spinach, and kale. Also, why not throw in some garlic or onion powder for fun.

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  10. Pulp crackers–what a cool idea! I don’t juice, but if I ever do, I will try making these!

  11. Just making my way through the virtual vegan potluck and wanted to say hello :-)

  12. Great idea! We have a juicer and I’m always trying to find uses for the pulp. Waste not, want not :-)

  13. Love your crackers! I REALLY need a dehydrator!

  14. Hello fellow canadian! So nice to meet you and find your blog! Cheers

    • aireater

      Hello Trish! Very cool to find another Canadian indeed. I checked out your blog too. Great that you’re making healthy decisions.

  15. Ooo finger foods are great for appetizers, wonderful idea! I love that you made your own crackers-and live too!

    • aireater

      Thank you! The crackers are more so that I wouldn’t waste the lovely pulp after a green juice. I really appreciate the kind words.

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  17. Thanks for sharing! I love cashew sauce. :-)

  18. Thanks for hosting this event and contributing such an outstanding dish to it my friend – looks simply stunning 😀

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  19. What a great recipe! Since going plant based I love anything cashew! :)

  20. I would MUCH rather have the pulp from my juices end up in my belly (rather than the compost pile.) What a brilliant idea!

    Like many others, I totally heart anything with cashews . . . delicious! I can’t wait to try this out.

  21. Looks delish! We don’t own a dehydrator but we do get loads of scorching sunlight here. I don’t do juicing but can we do the same thing with nutmilk pulp and grated veggies? Would I need to squeeze some juice out of the veggies before adding them into the cracker dough?

    • aireater

      Hello Susmitha, thanks for the comment! I imagine you can do the same if you squeeze out the juice as you mentioned. It probably won’t be exactly the same, but it’s worth a try. I don’t see what harm it could do. Let me know how it goes! Thanks for reading.

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