If you could choose between eating a big spoonful of vegetable oil and egg yolks versus a handful of cashew nuts, what would it be? If you would rather nibble on the nuts, then you are in the right place! Today we'll show you how to make egg-free and oil-free vegan mayo, prepared with cashew nuts and few other plant-based ingredients.
The main goal of this recipe is to prepare a dipping sauce as tasty as traditional mayo - dare we say, tastier? - but much healthier. To do this, we selected two magic ingredients: cashews and aquafaba.
In case you didn't know, aquafaba is the protein-rich water found in a can of chickpeas. When you whip it, it turns into a foam much like egg whites.
You could prepare vegan mayo using only cashew nuts blended into a paste. Still, by using aquafaba, we can make our mayo just as creamy but reduce the calories and fats by almost 50%.
By replacing eggs and oils, we are getting a much better nutritional profile out of this most beloved dipping sauce: a fraction of the fats, more fibres, and no cholesterol at all.
Let's take a look at some numbers. A portion of traditional mayo has 120 calories and 12 g of fats. The same serving of our vegan mayo instead has 60 calories and 4.8 calories. Impressive right? And it's so simple to make. Ready for this? Let's whip 'n' blitz!
NOTE: The default ingredients yield 200g (7oz) of mayo and a serving consists of 20g (0.7oz).