Thought I'd share a quick little recipe I found for a great mayo substitute if you can't do eggs, don't want all that nasty soybean oil, or want deviled eggs and think all that egg between the mayo and eggs themselves is over kill. Whatever your reason, I think you will enjoy it. Use it in any recipe calling for mayonnaise.
The original recipe can be found in the Nourishing Friends Cookbook authored by Leanne Vogel. I keep these ingredients in my pantry on a regular basis, so it was easy to whip up a batch quickly.
I think you could easily substitute the cashews for macadamia nuts and the raw apple cider vinegar for raw coconut vinegar, and hemp oil for the olive oil, if you wanted. It's a very nourishing recipe with the ingredients as is truth be told.
Coconut milk and oil are full of health benefits! The oil contains 3 anti microbial and antibacterial medium chain fatty acids. They are all a super boost to the immune system naturally. One of the acids in particular is called monolauric acid. In the body it is converted into a compound called monolaurin. Our bodies need utilize element to stay healthy. Make a note it is ONLY in organic unrefined virgin coconut oil. The only other food that contains monolauric acid is human breast milk. (This is one reason breast feeding is so important.) The oil is in the milk. The milk is a blend of the flesh and water. It's packed with vitamins B, C, E, and many minerals like magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus.
Cashews contain healthy monounsaturated fat, and are high in antioxidants, special vitamins,that help deter cancer cells from forming. They are rich in magnesium, which is an integral mineral in our bodies it regulates nerve and muscle tone, controls how much calcium we receive, reduces high blood pressure, helps with going and staying asleep, and relaxes muscles. I get my cashews from Trader Joes or Nuts.com.
The recipe originally just calls for sea salt. Beware of that term. All salt is from the sea, so technically any salt can say, "sea salt." I specifically noted Celtic sea salt. Another acceptable salt would be Himalayan (pink salt). Celtic sea salt is from the coast of France. It has not been bleached or dyed white like table salt, all of the natural minerals are still in tact (over 75) like sodium, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and more. It also does not contain any scary anti-caking agents. I don't know about you, but I just want to eat salt.
Ahhh the wonders of turmeric, such an incredible little root! Used in Ayurvedic medicine for years, here in the USA we are finally waking up to its power. Turmeric is a deep yellow/orange root, first heard used widely in India, has wonderful immune health properties as well as a natural anti-inflammatory. I throw it in whatever I can.
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is a super source of healthy omega 9. It has some omega 3's, but not much. Our bodies naturally make the fatty acid omega 9, so take it easy. It a healthy fat for the heart. Make sure to choose a true EVOO. Look for ones in dark glass bottles, with deep rich yellow/green hues, and a harvest date on the back. Many olive oils on the shelves in today's markets are not pure even if they say so on the label. California's olive oil standards are very high, so one from CA is a safe bet.
I actually drink a little raw "unpasteurized" apple cider vinegar (ACV) everyday in my water. It's great for digestion, regulates the pH in the body, burns fat, and helps our immune system function well. I like the Braggs brand. ONLY RAW ACV has the health benefits.
1/2 Cup Organic Whole Coconut Milk
4 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup Raw Cashews (soaked for at least 20 minutes in filtered water in a glass jar or bowl)
1/2 Tsp Celtic Sea Salt
1/4 Tsp Organic Ground Turmeric
2 Tbsp EVOO
3 Tbsp Raw ACV
Put everything in a food processor or blender.
Process really well until creamy.
That's pretty much it. Then put it into a glass jar or Pyrex type dish. It should keep for a few weeks in the fridge. Enjoy!
After being refrigerated the oil balls up a little bit and looks grainy. That's perfectly fine and natural.