Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Simple bean burger with a cashew "cheese" sauce

Who said that vegans cannot enjoy a burger? I think that we can and this version is quite healthy, oil free and gluten free (if you try to avoid gluten).
We enjoyed this with a cashew "cheese" sauce and tomatoes. You can add pickles, lettuce, ketchup mustard or anything else that you like.

The burger:

Ingredients (makes about 6-8 medium patties):
350 g beans (red, pinto, black...) (2 cups)
165 g rolled oats (1.5 cups) *
150 g carrots, grated (1.5 cups)
150 g onions, chopped (1.5 cups)
2 tbsp tomato paste **
1.5 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp sage
1 tsp basil
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp ground coriander
½ tsp cumin
1 tsp smoky paprika
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp chili powder ***

In a food processor or blender, add the oats and blend until you make a coarse flour. If you have quick or instant oats you can skip making the flour and use it like that.
After your flour is ready, add the rest of the ingredients and blend until a little chunky.
Let it rest in the fridge for at least half an hour.
Form patties and cook in a nonstick pan (with or without oil, as you prefer), or you can bake them too.
Make a burger and enjoy!
*I prefer to blend half of the oats into flour and the other half just like that. It helps a lot with the consistency.
**You can substitute tomato paste with ketchup, barbecue sauce (make sure it doesn’t have any animal products in it, though).
***If you love spicy foods you can add more chili powder.

The cashew sauce:
170 g (1, 1/3 cups) cashews
60 g (1 cup) nutritional yeast
225 ml (1cup) soy milk
20 ml (1, 1/3 tbsp) apple cider vinegar
20 g (1 heaping tbsp) mustard
1 g (1/3 tsp) black pepper
3 g (1 tsp) ground turmeric
1 pinch of salt
Soak the cashews for at least 1 hour, or better, overnight. If you don't have the time, boil them for 10-15 minutes, rinse them and you're good to go 
Add everything in a blender and blend until smooth.
Store in the fridge in an air tight container for about 1 week.

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