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Jalapeño Poppers {by The Primal Desire}

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Just in time for holiday parties, Holley from The Primal Desire is back with a dairy-free recipe that is the perfect party appetizer. Raj and Holley have a ton of easy, delicious recipes just like this one, and you can find even more in their free eBook, “Cheap Paleo Recipes“.

Well, where has the time gone? We are in the heat of December (or the chill? You know what I mean…), and the holidays are fast approaching. Christmas concerts, holiday parties, cheer and merriment. And of course FOOD! Food is love and as you spend time with friends and family the urge to overindulge surrounds us. I know I have just started a string of holiday coffee dates, wine lunches, and holiday beverages.

Snacking, parties, potlucks and open-houses. It can be hard to find dishes easy to take with you that are tasty and affordable to make. And healthy. And easy. These paleo jalapeno poppers can be vegan if your omit the bacon- I know I would be sad to see the bacon go, because, hello…bacon, but it is a versatile appetizer. And when you use red and green peppers they kind of look like a string of old school Christmas lights! Cool. Playing with your food is fun.

Have you finished your Christmas shopping? I haven’t started mine. But I did get organized enough to send cards. Funny story: I bought my Christmas cards last year. Not in January when they go on sale, I bought these in November, and had every intention of sending them last year. I failed. I am in the liquor business so the month of December is hectic: stocking and selling cheer. And well, I forgot about them, they ended up in a pile. It must have been meant to be, I discovered them stacked neatly in said pile at the beginning of this month. So a year late, but none the wiser, I sent out my last years cards. Except I just gave away my secret. Shoot. I only had to find a couple envelopes to change addresses, my friends don’t move much. Last year I didn’t get around to personalized messages inside (thankfully) so I took care of that this year. Look at me ahead of schedule! They are even stamped and mailed. I am entirely impressed with myself, but when I really think of it, I am a full year behind. I wonder if I should purchase next years cards now and put them in a pile? Feels like it might be too organized!

Now about that Christmas shopping… I have lots of time… right?

Have a safe and happy Holiday season from Raj and Holley at!

Jalapeno Poppers by The Primal Desire

Jalapeño Poppers {by The Primal Desire}

Yield: 12 peppers
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Bacon wrapped or meat-free, these spicy creamy jalapeño poppers use nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor without the dairy. Perfect for holiday parties.


  • 12 Jalapeño or Fresno peppers, or some of both
  • 1 cup Raw Cashews, soaked 24 hours
  • ½ cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 12 strips Bacon, optional
  • 24 Toothpicks or oven safe small skewers


  1. Cover cashews with water and pop in the fridge overnight.
  2. Drain the cashews, saving 1/2 cup water.
  3. In a food processor or blender pour the cashew water, and drained cashews, pulse.
  4. Add nutritional yeast, lemon juice and salt. Pulse until smooth. Set aside.
  5. Prepare the peppers, cutting them lengthwise and scooping out the seeds. I leave the stems on if possible. Gloves may be a good idea, those seeds under a nail can wreak havoc if unnoticed.
  6. Spoon cashew cheese into jalapeño halves, filling them to a slight heap.
  7. If you are using the bacon, cut the slices in half and wrap each pepper, securing with a skewer or tooth pick.
  8. Pop in the oven 350°F 30-40 min (until bacon is cooked to your liking).
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 2 halves
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 341mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

Nutrition is calculated by a third party and may not be 100% accurate

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Tuesday 14th of March 2017

These are so delicious !! How long does the cashew cheese keep in the fridge ?? I had left over from two weeks ago and made a new batch of poppers with the remaining ... it tastes fine but don't want to get sick!

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