One of our aims here, at I Nourish Gently is giving you vegan deliciousness, breaking the myth that vegan food has to be boring, tasteless, or bland. This recipe is sure to nourish your taste buds in the most satisfying way!
Eggplants have a rich, filling taste, and this version of them is sure to have your friends and family begging for more! Here’s the recipe and what its creator has to say about it:
In my household we cannot get enough of this healthy vegan chipotle aioli and fists have flown over it. Okay, not really because we’re pretty generous, but seriously, it’s lick the bowl worthy. Pair it with these eggplant fries with a kick and you’ve got a winning team!
Eggplant Fries With Chipotle Aioli [Vegan, Gluten-Free]
3/4 c-1 c. almond meal (you may have to add a bit more as you go depending on size of eggplant)
1 tbsp. chopped herbs (oregano, thyme, rosemary)
1/2 c. almond milk
For the Chipotle Aioli:
1 4 oz. package hemp tofu
1/2 can artichoke hearts + 2 tsp. liquid
3 tbsp. almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
1.5 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. onion powder
juice of 1/2 lemon
4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce + 1 tbsp. sauce OR 1 tbsp. chipotle hot sauce
For the Fries:
Pre-heat oven to 400˚F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Remove stem from eggplant and peel off skin. (It is okay if some remains on). Cut lengthwise until you get 4-5 long layers. Sprinkle with salt, cover with a paper towel and let sit for 30 minutes to an hour. Dab excess moisture off of eggplant and cut into french fry shapes.
Pour almond milk into another bowl. Mix herbs, salt and pepper together in a shallow bowl with almond meal.
Dip eggplant into almond milk, then coat with almond meal mixture. lay on baking sheet in one layer and bake for 15 minutes. Turn over and bake for another 10 minutes. Turn fried over and bake for another 5 minutes.
For the Aioli:
Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.
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Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”