Soaking time:  12 hours
Prep time:  10 minutes       Makes 3 cups

2½    cups raw almonds, soaked at least 12 hours
¼      cup plus 1 tablespoon raw tahini
¾      teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1½    teaspoon organic cumin
¼      cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
¼      cup plus 3 tablespoons lemon juice
¾      cup water
¾      teaspoon salt
smoked paprika for garnish

Drain and rinse soaked almonds. Place almonds in a food processor and grind. Add remaining ingredients minus ½ the water. Purée the ingredients, adding more water until creamy. Taste and adjust seasonings to taste. Spoon into a serving dish and drizzle with extra olive oil and smoked paprika. Serve with cut veggies or raw flax crackers.

Recipe adapted from Café Gratitude by Melissa Costello, Karma Chow.