Cashew chia and jalapeno sauce

RECIPE: Cashew, chia & jalapeno sauce

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Found the perfect raw superfood sauce that goes with just about anything! Recipe by naturopath Roberta Neslon.

Chia seeds aren’t just for breakfast puddings and smoothies! Chia seeds are the perfect way to thicken sauces and dressings at the same time as boosting the amount of nutrients you get from your food.

This sauce is a great thing to have in the fridge throughout the week. It is the perfect accompaniment to some corn chips or chopped vegetable sticks; a good substitute for cheese when you want to drizzle something over homemade nachos or even as a dressing to a crunchy green salad.

It’s spicy, creamy, completely raw and 100% vegan making it a versatile sauce suited to most people’s needs.

If your blender or food processor is not high powered, soak your cashews for longer to soften them more so you get the same creamy and smooth texture.

Cashew chia and jalapeno sauce on sweet potato

Enjoy cashew chia and jalapeno sauce on drizzled over sweet potato .


Makes approximately 2 cups
  • 1 cup cashews, soaked for 2 hours and drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 jalapeño, de-seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • A generous handful of coriander, including stalks
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 heaped tablespoons chia seeeds

How to make

  • Place the soaked cashews, water, jalapeño, onion, coriander, lime juice, salt and pepper to a blender or food processor and blitz together until it becomes a smooth and creamy sauce. If you need to add more liquid, add one tablespoon of water at a time until the mixture becomes smooth
  • Transfer the sauce to a jar or tub and stir in the chia seeds until they are evenly mixed through. Set the sauce aside for 10 minutes or so to allow the chia seeds to thicken the sauce
  • Serve alongside some corn chips, on top of a salad, with a side of baked sweet potatoes or store in an airtight container for up to 1 week

Combining her background in nutrition with her public health expertise, Roberta of Nauturo Medico is using every mouthful to help the world be a healthier, happier, more sustainable place.

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