Guest Blogger: Barefoot Essence – Healthy Jalapeño Poppers

28 Sep

Jackie is most likely in transit between moving from Canada to the US and during her time in Canada she has been very kind to provide a few posts to VBU! Feel free to read her previous posts: Wheat, and soy ….oh my! Change your diet, skip surgery and I’m a shareholder…in Community Shared Agriculture. Stay in touch with Jackie through her Facebook, Twitter and blog. Welcome back Jackie!


A friend of mine told about some jalapeño poppers she made recently and I instantly had an uncontrollable urge for these spicy and creamy bites (thank you for the inspiration!) I picked up the ingredients the next day and set out to make a healthy plant-based version of a usually greasy and fattening version.

I was thrilled with the results. They were spicy, crunchy, creamy, melt-in-your mouth peppery goodness.
I ate so many I spoiled my dinner, but it was worth it.

Makes 24 poppers


  • 12 jalapeño peppers, halved, seeds removed
  • 4 tbsp. macadamia or cashew nut butter (or use the same amount soaked nuts)
  • Juice of ½ lemon or lime
  • 3/4 tsp. sea salt, divided
  • 3 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ¾ cup raw hulled sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. dried cumin
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce
  • 1 cup daiya shreds (I used cheddar)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Place halved jalapeño peppers open side up on a stoneware baking sheet or a metal sheet lined with parchment paper
  3. For the creamy filling; in a food processor, process nut butter or soaked nuts, lemon or lime juice, ½ tsp. sea salt, 2 tbsp. cilantro and nutritional yeast until smooth then distribute among peppers
  4. For the crunchy topping; in a food processor, pulse sunflower seeds, 1 tbsp. cilantro, chili powder, cumin, hot sauce and ¼ tsp. sea salt several times until the mixture is well integrated but still chunky, then spoon on top of the creamy topping
  5. Top each pepper with daiya shreds
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until daiya melts

Top with more hot sauce if you want them even spicier. Then try not to burn your tongue.



4 Responses to “Guest Blogger: Barefoot Essence – Healthy Jalapeño Poppers”

  1. Kinenchen September 28, 2012 at 9:44 am #


  2. My Plant Based Family September 28, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    These would be perfect for a potluck! No one would even ask what’s in them. I get tired of having to justify food and talk people into trying it. I see these in my future 🙂

  3. toxicvegan September 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    I am SO excited by this! There are two things I have wanted to veganise forever – mint choc chip icecream and jalapeno poppers! Thank you, thank you!! x

  4. veganbrain September 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    These look really good. I will definitely be trying this soon 🙂

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