Sunday, January 23, 2011

Vegan Lemony Almond 'Feta' Pate

Almonds are something I make room for in my budget. I pay $7.99 for two pounds and that will usually last me for two weeks. I make use of all of the almond including the pulp if I make milk from it. I switch up my milks to have on hand from week to week, but lately have been leaning towards my bean milk and banananog because they are a lot cheaper, plus I really love almond pates. You can also make my Nutty Goat Cheese with almonds instead of cashews! 

This simple pate is delicious and a great stand in for feta cheese. It comes together in 5 minutes and the longer is sits in the fridge, the better it gets!

Lemony Almond Pate
  • 2 small or 1 large garlic cloves
  • 1 C almonds
  • 2 T plain soy yogurt
  • 2 T drained sauerkraut
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 2 t fresh thyme ( or ½ t dried thyme )
  • 1 T soy sauce 
  • 1 T nutritional yeast
  • 1 T green olives 
  • Salt/pepper to taste (chunky sea salt is great here if you have it)
  1. Add Garlic and a pinch of salt to food processor and pulse until completely chopped. 
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse to combine to reach the texture you desire
  3.  Add salt/pepper to taste
If this pate seems too heavy on the nuts, give my Rawco Filling a try! For those of you who have read me for a while, it was part of my 100 calorie snack series!

If winter has you down and you are looking for some stick to your ribs but healthy comfort foods check out my Kicked Up Colcannon!

Stay tuned for a healthier Gluten Free Chunky Monkey Mug Cake with Banana Pecan Ice Cream! I will post that recipe tomorrow.

Have a great Sunday! Here's hoping I can get my dog to do her business before I head out!


  1. Raw almonds are expensive, but they're so worth it! I've been buying them just to snack on. I think I might start making my own almond butter and almond milk. Looking forward to the banana pecan ice cream recipe!

  2. This looks delicious! I always have a jar of almonds in my freezer! Trader joes has the deals! :)

  3. This looks great, Melody. I will have to put sauerkraut on the list. Thanks!

  4. Beautiful! I love a good pate! The Rawco Filling looks awesome too - so fresh!

  5. Forgot to say - YES to a Chunky Monkey Mug Cake!!

  6. am I ever going to have time to make all of your fab recipes? LOL...I'll die trying, this sounds great...I've made almond feta before, but it was very basic...a recipe from the Veg Times I think...this sounds like it has a great concentration of flavors!

  7. Hi,
    This recipe sounds terrific! Where do you find almonds for that great price?
    Love your blog.

  8. As someone who just started experimenting with raw foods in December, and this very morning made my first raw cheeze (Ani Phyo's Ancho Cheeze), this looks absolutely amazing! Now I just have to eat the nacho cheeze so I can justify making this... :P

  9. Cheryl, my local store Market Basket has a lot of great deals!.....trader joes also has good deals on nuts...Melody

  10. Wow! This looks like a great and innovative dish! :)

  11. I'm pretty excited to try this, but since I'm not exactly sure what it's supposed to come out tasting like, I have a little question about omitting or substituting some ingredients. I don't have any thyme or olives, and don't want to buy whole jars of either, so would I be okay just leaving them out? Is there anything you'd recommend I use instead? Or do the olives add something irreplacable to the recipe? Thanks!

  12. re Almond Pate, the olives do add a very specific taste that makes it taste more like a tangy cheese, but it will still be good without it. You might just add a bit more sauerkraut or some miso if you can have that.. and fresh basil, parlsley or other herbs!


  13. I recently made the RAWco filling and literally "ate it up!" I love your recipes!!