Sunflower Seed and Pine Nut Vegan Pate

I attended a baby shower for my sister-in-law, hosted by GreenB.E.A.N. Delivery owner Beth Blessing. As she welcomed me into her home, Beth pointed out several vegan options on the baby buffet. And as awesome as it is to have someone recognize AND cater to the vegan diet, hummus and a nut bowl aren’t exactly culinary accomplishments.

I was sipping the party punch as I chatted with the mom-to-be, and decided to try the hummus. It looked boring and basic, but I’m used to that.

Suddenly, I could’t make out what anyone was saying. My taste buds hijacked my hearing, cutting off all sensory input that wasn’t directly related to the party taking place in my mouth. I think I even stopped breathing for a brief moment.

Full disclosure: My initial impression registered carnivore-quality flavor. I remembered my mom’s homemade fried chicken; and as a future vegan, the best part wasn’t the poultry. It was the crunchy crumbs left on the plate that were as good as any dessert that was offered.

Seriously, I didn’t even swallow…I found Beth and asked with a mouth full of food…”WHAT THE HECK IS IN THAT?”

She simply shrugged and mentioned something about sunflower seeds and pine nuts. She assured me it was a vegan pate.

Everyone who saw my reaction came to try a bite. So a word to the wise. Don’t draw attention to this, lest you have to share. It’s THAT good.

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Sunflower Seed and Pine Nut Vegan Pate
Colleen Kachmann is a certified integrative nutrition health coach and author of Life Off the Label: A Handbook for Creating Your Own Brand of Health and Happiness. See more at colleenkachmann.com
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  1. Roast seeds and nuts in oven at 300 degrees for 20 minutes. Add all ingredients to Vitamix or food processor. Blend to a chuncky consistency.
  2. Don't over process---the oil permanently separates from the nuts, and while it's edible, it's not as satiable. If you find it to be too thick, add a few tablespoons of water.
  3. Serve with crackers of choice. Or skip the party and eat it with your fingers all by yourself. Vegan Pate is better than the alternative.