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This Vegan Roasted Garlic Aioli is delightfully creamy and garlicky. Additionally, this stuff manages to be both super-rich and low in oil! It’s aioli magic.

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If you’re nasty, as in Miss Jackson—if you’re nasty about garlic, this recipe is for you. I use six fat garlic cloves and it’s delightfully nasty—I mean garlicky. I don’t know how Janet Jackson feels about garlic or which “nasty food” she’s referring to in the song.

Cashews

Roasted, salted, unsalted, or raw cashews will all work well for this aioli. If your cashews are salted, you probably won’t need to add salt to your aioli, but that depends on your personal taste and just how salty the salted cashews are.

If you are using unsalted cashews, add a 1/2 teaspoon of salt, then taste the aioli and add more if desired.

The cashews do not have to be whole cashews, for this batch I’m using cashew pieces. If you can find halves and pieces and at your grocer, they often cost less.

To Soak or Not To Soak?

If your blender is high-speed, there is no need to soak or boil your cashews. If you have a non-high-speed blender, soaking the cashews overnight or boiling them and letting them sit for 30 minutes in the hot water is recommended. Drain the cashews before adding them to the blender.

Garlic Prep

I recommend smashing the garlic cloves before peeling because it makes them easier to peel. If you watch a lot of Food Network or you’ve worked in a restaurant, you’ve probably seen someone use their big knife blade turned flat to smash the garlic cloves, like a boss. I don’t think this works well because it could damage the blade and it provides an opportunity for injury. If you are using a ceramic knife, I especially don’t recommend it.

Instead of a knife, I smash/crush garlic with a large coffee mug. I know a chef who uses a glass 2-cup measuring cup. He uses that same glass measuring cup to amplify his music, placing his iPhone inside. There is something satisfying about smashing garlic under a mug. I think it’s the popping sound.

using a heavy mug to crush a glove of garlic
Using a heavy mug to crush a clove of garlic
peeling the smashed garlic cloves
Peeling the smashed garlic cloves
Six fat, crushed and peeled garlic cloves
Six fat, crushed, and peeled garlic cloves
scraping the sliced and chopped garlic into a pile blade side up to keep the knife sharp and happy
Scraping the sliced and chopped garlic into a pile, blade-side up to keep the knife sharp & happy

Let’s Make Vegan Roasted Garlic Aioli

Ingredients for Vegan Roasted Garlic Aioli
Ingredients for Vegan Roasted Garlic Aioli

Load the blender with everything except for the oil/Earth Balance & garlic cloves.

In a pan or skillet, heat the oil or melt the Earth Balance heat the oil or melt the Earth Balance over medium heat and add the sliced/chopped garlic.

Stir and flip until the garlic browns. This takes about 5 minutes. Avoid burning the garlic. Let the pan-roasted garlic cool slightly and then transfer it to the blender.

Blend until creamy and chill or enjoy right out of the blender.

Store in the fridge in an airtight container. Stir before each use. Can be frozen for up to a month.

Vegan Roasted Garlic Aioli on Miso Eggplant & Red Onion Skewers (coming 8/18/2020)
Vegan Roasted Garlic Aioli on Miso Eggplant & Red Onion Skewers
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Vegan Roasted Garlic Aioli

This Vegan Roasted Garlic Aioli is delightfully creamy and garlicky. Additionally, this stuff manages to be both super-rich and low in oil! It's aioli magic.
Course Basics, Dip, Salad, spread, topping
Cuisine American, French, Mediterranean, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword classic, creamy, oil-free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 16 servings of 2 TBSP
Calories 58kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 oz package silken tofu
  • 1 cup raw or roasted cashews if using salted, wait to add salt until you've tasted, see notes below
  • 3 TBSPs lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard any variety
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt wait to taste if using salted cashews, more if desired
  • 4 – 6 cloves garlic sliced and cut into a medium chop
  • 1 TBSP Earth Balance or oil of choice, for pan-roasting the sliced garlic

Instructions

  • Load the blender with everything except for the oil/Earth Balance & garlic cloves.
  • In a pan or skillet, heat the oil or melt the Earth Balance heat the oil or melt the Earth Balance over medium heat and add the sliced/chopped garlic. Stir and flip until the garlic browns. This takes about 5 minutes. Avoid burning the garlic. Let the pan-roasted garlic cool slightly and then transfer it to the blender. Blend until creamy and chill or enjoy right out of the blender.
  • Store in the fridge in an airtight container. Stir before each use. Can be frozen for up to a month.

Notes

Silken tofu is a custard-style of tofu. 

Cashews

Roasted, salted, unsalted, or raw will all work well for this aioli. If your cashews are salted, you probably won’t need to add salt to your aioli, but that depends on your personal taste and just how salty the salted cashews are.
If you are using unsalted cashews, add a 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Then taste the aioli and add more if desired.
The cashews do not have to be whole cashews, for this batch I’m using cashew pieces. If you can find halves and pieces and at your grocer, they often cost less.

To Soak or Not To Soak?

If your blender is high-speed, there is no need to soak or boil your cashews. If you have a non-high-speed blender, soaking the cashews overnight or boiling them and letting them sit for 30 minutes in the hot water is recommended. Drain the cashews before adding them to the blender.
Nutrition Information is approximate.
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Nutrition

Serving: 2TBSP | Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

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If you like this recipe you might also like Oil-Free Vegan Mayo, Vegan Garlic Alfredo Sauce, 5-Minute Garlic Hemp Seed Parm a.k.a. Garlic Shake, and Miso Eggplant & Red Onion Skewers (coming 8/18/2020). If you want to make silken tofu into delicious pudding, check out Creamy Silken Chocolate Vegan Pudding.

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