This FREAKING DELICIOUS asian-inspired sauce is made with Sacha Inchi seeds instead of the typical peanut butter. I personally don’t digest legumes well AT ALL (yes, peanuts are a legume! Not a nut or seed) but I freakin’ love peanut sauce so I decided to get creative! All you people with soy, dairy, peanut, and gluten allergies, this one’s for you!
Why No Peanuts?
I spoke about this on my Instagram story today, but I typically remove legumes from clients’ diets who have digestive issues: leaky gut, dysbiosis, bloating, gas, and more. The reason for taking out legumes is to remove stressors from the diet in order to support the healing of the gastrointestinal tract. Legumes can be VERY irritating to the gut lining as they contain lectins and phytic acid. Peanuts are especially irritating because they also contain aflatoxins, a toxin produced by a certain mold that grows on peanuts.
This is NOT to say that peanuts and legumes are all bad! There are plenty of beneficial nutrients + minerals in legumes that, when digestion is optimal, can be extremely healthful. Simply put, some people may (and do) benefit from removing these foods from their diet for a period of time in order to heal.
Why Sacha Inchi?
Sacha Inchi is an ancient superfood grown and harvested in the rainforests of Southeast Asia. This seed is a powerhouse of nutrients, specifically calcium, iodine, iron, protein, and most notably omega-3 fatty acids. This superfood seed contains 350% of the USDA daily value of omega-3’s per serving, that’s 20x the amount found in wild caught salmon! Insane. This seed is also one of the few plant-based sources of a complete protein, containing all essential amino acids. Because of this, a single serving (1/4 cup) of sacha inchi packs 8.5 grams of protein. Thats a lot for a little seed!!
In this recipe, I used Imlak’esh Organics Sacha Inchi Protein Powder, which is essentially ground up sacha inchi seeds. This powder can also be used as a kick ass, superfood protein powder by adding 1/4 cup to your post-workout smoothies!
Before I throw this amazing recipe at you, I want you all to know this is NOT a sponsored post and I am not paid to speak about Imlak’esh. I am sharing this information with you because I LOVE finding incredible brands who are doing things right- for both my health and for the sustainability of our world. Imlak’esh is a team of funky superfood revolutionaries who spend their time traveling the world and teaching villages how to produce market-worthy products to make a sustainable profit. Pretty much, if the Imlak’esh team lived in colorado they’d be my best friends 😉 They give 5% of their profits to social equality + ecological projects, and I personally LOVE supporting small businesses who are in it for the greater good.
Now go make this sauce and slather it on EVERYTHING!
- 1 1" piece of ginger, peeled
- 1 small garlic clove
- 5 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1 tsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp mineral salt/pink himalayan salt
- ¼-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- Sacha Inchi "Peanut Butter" mixture (below)
- ½ Cup Sacha Inchi Protein Powder
- 4 tbsp avocado oil (olive oil would work as well)
- 2 tbsp water
- In a small bowl, mix together the Sacha Inchi "peanut butter". Set aside.
- Add all ingredients to your food processor (ginger, garlic, coconut aminos, lime juice, coconut sugar, salt, red pepper flakes, Sacha Inchi "peanut butter") and pulse on high until smooth, about 1 minute.
- Enjoy immediately over your favorite rice bowl or dip some fresh spring rolls into the sauce. YUM!
- Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks