by diana on November 9, 2010

in Raw & Vegetarian Recipes


This raw cashew carrot pate is a favorite raw food item at my raw food classes. People love it so I thought I would share it.

Raw Food pates are great because you can prepare a large batch and it keeps in the fridge for about a week and you can also freeze it and take it out as you need it.


Cashew Carrot Pate

  • 2 Cups soaked Cashews (should soak all day or overnight)
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 green onions
  • 1/4 C chopped dates (more if you like it sweeter)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp fresh dill (or 2 tsp dried dill)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • About 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (start with less & add more if needed)

Put carrots, onions and dates in food processor and blend. Then put those in a bowl.

Put cashews in food processor and process until fine. Add some water if mixture is too dry.

Add blended carrot mixture from bowl back into food processor and blend together. Stop processing and scrape sides of food processor and taste the mixture. Does it need more lemon juice? More apple cider vinegar? Do you want it to be sweeter? If you do add more dates or more honey. Adjust to taste.

When you are making any raw food recipe you want to adjust it to your taste. Get used to doing this. Don’t just take another person’s measurements and follow them exactly and not taste and then serve the food. Taste it as you are making it, adjust the ingredients to your liking. Substitute ingredients if you don’t like something. Add various herbs, spices, etc.

This is what I teach people in my classes. It is not about “following recipes” it is about creating great tasting healthy foods! Be open, don’t over-analyze. Don’t over-think! Just do.

Use your senses, close your eyes and taste the food – what flavors is it lacking? Is it great the way it is? Do this each time you make something and like anything else – practice makes perfect and you will get better at it each time you do it.

Have fun and don’t think of this as such a chore! You don’t need an EXACT recipe and it is so much easier when you do not have to rely on them.

Let me know how it goes and let me know if you are the kind that tends to rely on recipes or can you “create” without a recipe. I would LOVE to hear from you!


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