Have you guys heard of Pili nuts?
It’s a wonderful nut indigenous to the Philippines that has a rich buttery flavor.
According to Pilinuts.org, aside from its great taste, it also carries many nutritional value such as the heart healthy omegas and all 8 amino acids. Pili nuts have the highest level of Vitamin E among all nuts and the highest level of Magnesium, important for healthy nerves, muscles and bones.
I’ve eaten Pili nuts before but only the ones that are glazed with caramelized sugar, they’re the most popular kind in my old neighborhood-and apparently also here in the Bay Area. Every time I check a Filipino grocery store here, I couldn’t find the fresh Pili nuts I’ve been wanting to try without all those sugar.
I wanted the plain ones because I’ve been hearing about nut cheeses: Macadamia cheese, Cashew cheese, so I grew curious. What if I made Pili nut cheese? It’s something unheard of because I kept looking everywhere for a recipe, assuming somebody has already done it. But then again, most Filipinos are not vegan so maybe the thought never crossed their minds.
After some research and testing, I’ve found the plain ones and tried out my own recipe. Much to my delight, it came out like this:
I’m including this Pili nut cheese to my gift set for auction. The gift set includes the cheese, a tote bag, and a mini cookbook compiling our all-time most popular recipes on this site. All proceeds will help feed vegan meals to the poor communities in India as well as help the country’s abused animals.
To learn more about the fundraiser, please visit Richa’s (the organizer) blog for details.