Winter feels like it’s in full swing today, it’s chilly and rainy and I’m loving it to make everything feel fresh. The pups aren’t much of a fan, this morning’s walk before work was more like a drag and they’re reminding us it’s time to turn on fireplace. Soon, I’m actually enjoying the chill and they have plenty of blankets for snuggling.
But facing a huge salad or raw vegan dish can be a challenge when it dark, cold, and rainy. So I’ve turned to my favorite winter comfort ingredient for this creamy and warming sauce – hemp seeds.
This versatile creamy and hearty sauce can be used as a dip, salad dressing, or for steamed winter veggies. It packs some great super foods such as raw garlic, fresh rosemary, and chia seeds. But no refined sugars or oils, I’m sticking with whole fats here.
Creamy Winter Garlic Sauce
- ½ cup shelled hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- 2 cloves garlic
- sprig of fresh rosemary
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- ½ cup water or unsweetened almond milk, as needed
- salt and pepper to taste
Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend to a smooth and creamy texture. Serve and enjoy! Makes 4 servings.
The texture is thick and rich and could be perfect for dipping as well.
I coated steamed spaghetti squash and brussels sprouts in it for a hearty and filling meal that’s also light.
The flavor is perfect with savory rosemary and a bright garlic flare blended into a decadent and creamy texture.
Keep winter comfort food healthy with this simple sauce!
Jennifer Bliss says
Hemp seeds AND chia seeds! I need to try them both as a duo in dressing recipes! I don’t know why I forget about that! Looks awesome! I just re-ordered some hemp seeds – I’m getting low – so my father was putting a Piping Rock order in and I remember liking theirs so I should be getting them soon along with their cashews!
Yes, chia seeds add thickness to the texture and so tasty, love adding them this smoothies also.
Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real says
This sounds really good! I’ve never had hemp seeds so I’d be curious how they taste.
Thanks and hemp seeds are great for simply throwing into smoothies, making dairy alternative blender sauces, and to use in flavored toppings with their nutty flavor. Also great source of protein and omegas.
You are the queen of sauces. I think I need to make a double batch so I can use it as both a dressing and a dip. Plus, I can imagine swirling it into a creamy tomato soup, or maybe even a vodka sauce… Okay, make that a triple batch.
Haha, thanks. Yes, it would work great in soups too, fresh rosemary and garlic goes with so much.