Life Changing

by HEAB on February 5, 2010

So Deb changed my life when she introduced me to the gums. My smoothie and ice-cream lovin self will never be the same, and now Mae has changed my life with her Humnut Sauce.

I first used it as a pizza cheese sauce and immediately fell in love…


Ever since, I’ve been using the Humnut Sauce in and on everything, and yesterday’s lunch was no exception. I present to you Spaghetti Carbonara, HEAB style…


My “pasta” was the flesh of half a spaghetti squash topped with 2 slices of prosciutto and steamed Brussels sprouts. The Humnut Sauce consisted of 2 TBSP hummus, 2 TBSP nutritional yeast, and water to thin, plus a drizzle of tahini. Ahhhhh, so freaking tasty! To all my vegan friends, just sub tempeh for the prosciutto or don’t even worry about it. It’s the sauce that makes this dish. πŸ™‚

How about you? Have you received any life changing tips or recipes from other bloggers lately?

Edited to Add: The folks from Vita Coco, producers of delicious 100% natural coconut water, just emailed me, and they’re offering one lucky winner a free case of their product. For a chance to win, simply click here to become a fan of Vita Coco on Facebook. If you haven’t tried their coconut water, I highly recommend it…my favorite recovery drink after Hot Yoga or Tabata Intervals! πŸ™‚


Bekah February 17, 2010 at 7:07 am

brussel sprout porn… mmmm.

And fabulous recipe by Miss Mae, I love it already and I haven’t even tasted it yet.

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) February 6, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Correction! The OMG OMG OMG = Spiced Nutella is with CARDAMOM not chipotle- it’s my HOLY MOLE that has chipotle, with peanuts and ??coffee grounds?? Gah, can’t even remember my own recipes b/c usually they are created by just grabbing what looks good at the moment. If I write it down afterward, then I’m lucky. If it wasn’t for blogging I would have forgotten 80% of my “recipes” as countless other “recipes” pre-blogging days have been forgotten and never made again.

Gracie February 6, 2010 at 9:37 am

What exactly does the nutritional yeast do in the humnut sauce…?

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 6, 2010 at 10:25 am

Gracie, Nutritional yeast is non-active yeast with a nutty/cheesy flavor. So, it adds a cheesy taste to the Humnut sauce as well as a nice dose of vitamin B-12. πŸ™‚

Carolyn February 6, 2010 at 5:32 am

Re: Life changing tips and recipes….Too many to even remember… Well, i do but it would be embarrasing to list them all! Life is a lot more fun when lots of food and nutrition obsessed women (and guys) spend brain power thinking up creative food ideas together! πŸ™‚

The Brunette February 5, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Went out and bought brussels sprouts after I read this. I can only cook so many at a time, because if I have leftovers I just eat them all and end up with a slightly bloated brusselbelly.

Deb February 5, 2010 at 10:31 pm

You changed my life by creating the ingredient combo for the Omg Omg Omg nut butter that I made for your first Heabversary giveaway. From memory I believe it was hazelnuts, hazelnut chunks, cocoa powder, chipotle n stevia, right? You deemed it The Spiced Nutella. Heanev on earth.

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 6, 2010 at 6:37 am

Right Deb. That was it, and it was Heaven on Earth. Although, I’m quite partial to your Holy Mole. πŸ™‚

the vegster February 5, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Finally got me some brussel sprouts at the store today!! πŸ™‚


Jenna February 5, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Humnut sauce looks delish !!

The Pancake Girl February 5, 2010 at 8:24 pm

That pizza looks good! The last couple of days I have been craving brussel sprouts, and I credit your blog for that. πŸ™‚

Light Delight with Tou Tou February 5, 2010 at 8:05 pm

I LOVE hummus….but never thought about using it in pizza!! that pizza look really yummy and perfect for a dinner!!!

Food-Fitness-FreshAir February 5, 2010 at 7:39 pm

That pizza looks incredible. I will be trying that sauce. Nutritional yeast and tahini are two of my favorites. I often make tahini dressings, but haven’t thought to add nutritional yeast to them.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 5, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Thanks to Tyrah for linking me in your comments as a life changing thing…wow.

Thanks to you, Heather, for indicating that nooch is different from Brewer’s yeast. I was telling another blogger this yesterday but was having a hard time googling correct/concise info and how serendipitous that you wrote that to reader Katie about indeed, they are different. I knew that, and this just validates it a bit for me πŸ™‚

Life changing things. Wow. The internet and having access to all the raw un-baked desserts…sooo many things to do, view, tweak, incorporate, I love it all!
And nooch is pretty cool too πŸ™‚

Lori February 5, 2010 at 6:17 pm

I can honestly say that, like you, the hummus sauce from Mae is A-FREAKIN-MAZING! Seriously. I can’t get enough of it either! I made a tortilla pizza with her hummus cheese sauce, tahini, and brussel sprouts the other day, and now that is all I’m eating. I can’t stop. Genious. Pure genious, that girl!
Happy Friday!

candicemccoy February 5, 2010 at 6:09 pm

“How about you? Have you received any life changing tips or recipes from other bloggers lately?”

Um, yes! My life was changed when you introduced nutritional yeast to me. I’d never even heard of it before, but now I’m hooked!! And as a vegan, it comes in really handy!

Serena February 5, 2010 at 5:02 pm

That humnut cheese *is* amazing πŸ˜€

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 5, 2010 at 4:37 pm

I have to say the hummus on my pizza was pretty freakin’ amazing! Oh and oatgurt! HHMMM I need to make more of that…so good!

Mae (OhhMay.Wordpress) February 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Heather you’re so awesome! Thank you so much- your carbonara looks amazing!!! I have a spaghetti squash, I just need to grab some prosciutto. I love that stuff- it’s the best way to start an omelet!

Speaking of, I made your HEAB-ifyed humnut stuffed omelet last night. Soo good! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

You take my concoctions to a new level, and for that I am eternally grateful! πŸ˜› πŸ˜€

Michal February 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Hummunt sounds like an amazing combination of tasty!

Susan February 5, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Wow there are countless things that I’ve learned from blogland – and only some have to do with food! I think the best lesson I’ve been reminded of is how good it feels to be generous; generous with kindness, with belongings, with yourself! Sounds a little cheesy, but those are my favorite things that I take away from blogging.

I need to get me some HUMNUT sauce STAT!

Anna February 5, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Oohhh…I LOVE the sound of this humnut sauce!

Mandy February 5, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Is there a difference is guar gum and xanthan gum in terms of what they do? I have xanthan, but not guar, and am wondering if I need both to make your ahhhhhmazing ice cream.



Heather Eats Almond Butter February 5, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Mandy, Yes, you need both, or you won’t get the ice-cream effect. I’ve always used them together. Xanthan makes your smoothie or ice-cream really thick, and the guar makes it creamy. Read more about them here:

eatmovelove February 5, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Hmmm….spaghetti sauce has been life-changing. And anything chocolate. I could go on…love your pizza pics. And…

Must. Get. Bacon.

stacey February 5, 2010 at 2:40 pm

I agree that Mae’s “Humnut sauce” is life changing. I have made it twice this past week as a pizza topping and I am looking forward to making a couple of dishes with it this weekend. It’s soooooo good!

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) February 5, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Like you need to even ask?! HEAB helped me make over my bowls of oats forever. Oh and got me into putting tahini in the darndest places. It goes with everything–I think that might actually be true.

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Diana, It’s true. πŸ™‚

Ameena February 5, 2010 at 1:55 pm

I am not addicted to giant bowls of veggies mixed with hummus. Never thought that would fill me up but it really does!

Humnut cracked me up!

Fallon February 5, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I love coconut water during the warmer days when you get back from a workout and is so sweaty. The cold coconut water is so refreshing. It been a bit harder for me to enjoy it during the winter, can’t wait to get back into drinking it in a few months. This is a fun giveaway!

mrssturgis February 5, 2010 at 1:34 pm

That sauce looks SO delicious.

The overnight oats for sure, I’m now addicted to the breakfast cookie. And Green Monsters. I had tried to make one before with kale, and because I don’t have a vitamixalicious, it was so chewy that I was sad. Angela (OhSheGlows) suggested spinach! And it blends beautifully and is so freakin’ tasty that I’m addicted and now trying to convert my huz too πŸ™‚

The Foodie Diaries February 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm

discovering savory oats via blogland seriously changed my vida. oh, and deb’s egg white oatbran!

EE February 5, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Just goes to show how much you can learn from a variety of people. I never liked spaghetti carbonara, but that version of it might be just right!

Abby February 5, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Ive embraced many new foods bc of blogging.. I was always anti “overnight oats” (because everyone was jumpin on that bandwagon) but now Im hooked (PLUS you save some time in the AM)

Happy weekend, Heather πŸ˜‰

Erica February 5, 2010 at 12:56 pm

That sauce sounds and looks just amazing. I love that its vegan too=fabulous! I wish I could enter the coco water giveaway but I don’t do facebook πŸ™ Happy weekend Heather

eaternotarunner February 5, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Angela at Oh She Glows has the best uses for pumpkin!

Katie February 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I would have to say that the kabocha squash was a life changer for me. I can’t even remember where I first saw it, but man, my life would be empty without it. That, and your frozen avocado trick. I ate some more mexican avocado pudding for breakfast dessert today. That is, after I ate humnut sauce on my leftover stir fried veggies from last night! Have you tried the humnut sauce on butternut squash? Heaven.

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 5, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Katie, I have not, but I have some kabocha that are simply screaming for some Humnut lovin. πŸ™‚

Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 5, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I really, really want to try cheez or Humnut. I have no idea what nutritional yeast is or a good brand- any ideas?!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 5, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Katie, Nutritional yeast is a non-active yeast that has a nutty/cheesy taste. It’s also high in B-vitamins, and so it’s great to use in “cheeze” sauces if you’re vegan. I’m not vegan, but I love using it in place of Parm and in various sauces. I buy mine in the bulk section at Whole Foods, and they also sell it in canisters in the supplement section. Just make sure you buy nutritional yeast and NOT Brewer’s yeast. 2 different things.

Tyrah February 5, 2010 at 12:46 pm

recently morning changing are Averie’s overnight mango coconut chia oats!!! seriously good!
Love your blog, definitely making me want to up my intake of Brussels sprouts! =)

Mary February 5, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Chocolate Covered Katie’s melted banana trick.
Life. Changing!

Evan Thomas February 5, 2010 at 12:32 pm

I don’t even remember where I saw it first but chocolate avocado pudding was life changing. I think I have at least 1 a day, and it’s completely out of want. I never would have guessed me to go through so much avocado but here I am!

Mara @ What's for Dinner? February 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I still can’t believe that Mae is in high school…
I also have to get up the courage to try nutritional yeast, it does really freak me out. Seriously though, the most life-changing advice i’ve gotten lately is from YOU. I don’t think I can express enough how much our emailing the other day (last week?) helped me out. I got some perspective, stopped feeling like a freak, and am finally starting to feel normal again… so thank you my friend πŸ™‚

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 5, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Mara, You know I’m ALWAYS here for you. πŸ™‚

Erin February 5, 2010 at 12:24 pm

My most recent life changing tip was from YOU! Your bacon in the stir-fry trick was ahhmayzing in my stir-fry last night! Two strips of bacon, broccoli, Brussels, carrots, onion, red and green bell pepper, and mushrooms! I didn’t even need sauce on top! It was so delish that I made another one for work today!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 5, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Erin, Bacon makes everything better!!! πŸ™‚

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 5, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Mae has given me some AMAZING recipes to try, too. I have some nutritional yeast and really want to try the humnut sauce!

Heather (Heather's Dish) February 5, 2010 at 11:45 am

i’ve gotten so many great recipes, but the biggest ones that changed my eating habits are the whipped banana oats from kath and the breakfast cookie from Tina…introducing oats back into my life made me want to change my eating habits for the better πŸ™‚

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