Spiced Up Gluten-Free, Vegan & Refined-Sugar-Free Lemony Maple Almond Butter Dressing a.k.a. Lusciously Creamy & Deliciously Smooth Dressing, Sauce & Marinade FTW!

Spiced Up Gluten-Free, Vegan & Refined-Sugar-Free Lemony Maple Almond Butter Dressing a.k.a. Lusciously Creamy & Deliciously Smooth Dressing, Sauce & Marinade FTW!

Hi munchkins! 

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Happy Thursday! 

It’s ALMOST the weekend & we have so much to look forward to because this one is a LONG one! Labour day, FTW! Let’s pray for sunny weather & use it as an excuse to enjoy DELICIOUS food. I mean, did you really need an excuse? WHO ARE WE KIDDING?

No but seriously, there’s nothing better than a fresh, crisp salad full of greens, protein & healthy fats smothered in a nutritious, creamy & luscious dressing (& if we can eat it outside to enjoy the last few rays of sunshine, WHY THE F NOT?)

AND SO, as promised (because I ALWAYS keep my promises!), yesterday, I whipped up a Spiced Up Lemon-y Maple Almond Butter Dressing & it’s seriously the closest thing to perfection you can get in a dressing.

What I love about this one is that it’s:

Gluten-free!

Vegan!

Refined sugar-free!

Made with the cleanest ingredients!

Luscious, creamy, delicious!

&

Can double as both a dressing & a marinade or sauce for sushi, seafood, chicken, raw fish, tartare or rice paper rolls! 

Ladies & gents, I present you with my Spiced Up Gluten-Free, Vegan & Refined-Sugar-Free Lemony Maple Almond Butter Dressing a.k.a. Lusciously Creamy & Deliciously Smooth Dressing, Sauce & Marinade FTW!

And nutrition-wise? IT’S QUITE THE HEALTHY CHOICE! It’s all things:

Full of healthy fats (mostly unsaturated!)!

Fibre!

Vitamin E & magnesium!

Great for digestion!

Good for your bones & your skin & heart healthy!

Good energy boost!

Reduces cholesterol & supports healthy cellular function!

Who would’ve thought you could reap all these benefits from an ALMOND-BUTTER BASED salad dressing, right? 

AND WAIT FOR IT, the GINGER adds the perfect touch with its anti-inflammatory properties & its abilities to help ease muscle pain & soreness, lower blood sugar, improve cardiovascular disease risk factors & treat chronic indigestion and other stomach discomfort issues! 

YOU GET ALL OF THIS & IT TASTES NOTHING SHORT OF HEAVENLY!

So, without further ado, LET ME EXPLAIN HOW TO MAKE THIS HEAVENLY-NESS YOURS. LET’S GET RIGHT TO IT! 

My loves, YOU WILL NEED:

  • 2 garlic cloves, CRUSHED;
  • 1/4 cup of creamy almond butter;
  • The juice of one lemon;
  • 2 tbsp. water;
  • 2 tsp. of pure organic maple syrup;
  • 2 tsp. of natural organic unseasoned rice vinegar (Make sure to buy the no-sodium/no-added-sugar kind!);
  • 1/2 tsp. of ginger powder or 1 tsp. of fresh ginger, CRUSHED;
  • 1/2 tsp. of smoked paprika;
  • 1/4 tsp. of black pepper;
  • Himalayan pink salt for seasoning;
  • A pinch of cayenne;

That’s it. That’s all. No refined sugars. No dairy. No gluten. Nothing bad. ONLY THE CLEANEST INGREDIENTS!

Ok loves, NOW FOR THAT HOW-TO?

IT DOESN’T GET SIMPLER THAN THIS. Seriously. 

  • Add all the ingredients to your food processor & process until SMOOTH, LUSCIOUS & CREAMY!

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  • Once your dressing is ready, check the consistency/texture & see if it’s where you like it & of course, TASTE & adjust the seasoning, if necessary.
  • If you find your dressing is too thick:
    • You can add some more lemon juice for zest!
    • Maple syrup for natural sweetness!
    • Rice vinegar for tanginess!
    • Or simply add some more water!
      • Add these ingredients progressively so that you don’t end up with a watered down dressing!

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  • If you find your dressing isn’t thick enough & you prefer to use it as more of a marinade or dipping sauce and want to achieve a creamier consistency, add more almond butter! This will also give your dressing/dip a nuttier flavour!
  • DEVOUR!
    • If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container & refrigerate!

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