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Clamless Chowder with Warm Gluten Free Garlic Cheez Biscuits


Clamless Chowder with Warm Garlic Cheez Biscuits

Clamless Chowder with Warm Garlic Cheez Biscuits

Vegan MoFo Recipe #2

When I told my boyfriend I was  making “Clamless Chowder” he laughed so hard I though he was going to hurt himself. Apparently he thinks it is hugely funny to have Clam Chowder sans clams. Well the smile was literally wiped off his face when he tasted it. If I do say so myself, it tastes even better than the original.

Creamy and peppery with a hint of ocean taste from the Arame, perfectly paired with the Cheez Biscuites and nice cold glass of Chardonnay 🙂

Now this post is actually four recipes (does that mean I can take the next three days off?) but do not be intimidated, this is definately worth the extra effort. You can also make extra Cashew Cream and  Chedah Cheez and keep them on hand for other recipes (yes they will be popping up in the next few days posts).



Clamless Chowder with Warm Garlic Cheez Biscuits

Clamless Chowder with Warm Garlic Cheez Biscuits

Clamless Chowder

Makes 4 – 6 serves

  • Ingredients:
    3 Tblspn vegan butter or coconut oil
    1 large onion, diced
    2 large ribs celery, diced
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 can mushroom pieces (or if you can find them, canned  oyster mushrooms, drained and diced)
    ¼ cup all-purpose flour
    4 cups vegan chicken or vegetable broth
    2  potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
    2 bay leaves
    ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbspn Arame flakes (dried seaweed)
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1 cup vegan cream, recipe below (you can also use full fat coconut milk)

In a large soup pot, melt the butter over med heat. Add the onions and celery and cook until soft. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook an additional min.

Add in the flour and stir to combine completely then allow to cook for 1 min.

Slowly add the broth, stirring to mix. Add the potatoes, bay leaves, black pepper and arame flakes. Bring to a simmer then reduce the heat and allow to barely simmer for 20 mins stirring occuassionally. Season with salt.

Stir in the cream and let heat through for one min before serving.

Clamless Chowder with Warm Garlic Cheez Biscuits

Clamless Chowder with Warm Garlic Cheez Biscuits

Vegan Cream

Makes one cup cream.

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews soaked in water overnight
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Drain the cashews. Add cashews and water to blender. Blend on high for 3 or 4 mins until smooth and creamy scrapping down the sides as necessary.  

Clamless Chowder with Warm Garlic Cheez Biscuits

Clamless Chowder with Warm Garlic Cheez Biscuits

Gluten Free Garlic Cheez Biscuits
Makes 6
  • Ingredients
    Cooking spray
    1 3/4 cups all-purpose Gluten Free Flour Mix (see below for recipe)
    1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons baking powder
    2 1/2 tspn sugar
    1/4 tspn salt
    3 Tblspn vegetable shortening, at room temperature
    4 Tblspn cold vegan unsalted butter
    1/2 Cup  chedah cheez  (recipe below)
    3/4 cup non dairy milk
  • For the garlic butter:
    3 Tblspn vegan butter
    1 clove garlic, smashed
    1 tspn chopped fresh parsley

Preheat oven to 425
Pulse the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a food processor. Add the shortening and pulse until combined. Add the butter, pulse 4 or 5 times, or until the butter is in pea-size pieces. Add the cheese and pulse 2 or 3 times. Pour in the milk and pulse just until the mixture is moistened and forms a soft dough. Turn out onto a clean surface and gently knead until the dough comes together. Do not overwork the dough or the biscuits will be tough.

Drop the dough onto the baking sheet in  1/4-cup portions, 2 inches apart, and bake until golden, 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the garlic butter: Melt the butter with the garlic in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley. Brush the biscuits with the garlic butter and serve warm.


Clamless Chowder with Warm Garlic Cheez Biscuits

Clamless Chowder with Warm Garlic Cheez Biscuits



All Purpose Gluten Free Flour Mixture
Makes 1 kg flour

Thouroghly mix together the following flours.

  • 100g brown rice flour
  • 100g buckwheat flour
  • 100g millet flour
  • 100g quinoa flour
  • 100g sorghum flour
  • 100g oat flour
  • 100g teff flour
  • 150g potato starch
  • 150g cornstarch
Clamless Chowder with Warm Garlic Cheez Biscuits

Clamless Chowder with Warm Garlic Cheez Biscuits

Chedah Cheez

Makes one cup

  • 3/4 cup plain unsweetened soy milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oul
  • 3 Tblspn cornstarch
  • 3 Tbspn nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tblspn white miso
  • 2 tspn lemon juice
  • 1 tspn apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tspn tomato paste
  • 3.4 tspn onion powder
  • 1.4 tspn dry mustard powder
  • 1/4 tspn guar gum

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high speed until smooth and creamy.

Transfer mixture to a pot and heat over moderate heat stirring constantly. As the mixture heats up it will begin to thicken and appear lumpy. Stir vigerously while continuing to cook for another 2 – 4 mins until the mixture is smooth and glossy. Remove from heat and allow to cool.


Clamless Chowder with Warm Garlic Cheez Biscuits

Clamless Chowder with Warm Garlic Cheez Biscuits

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 424 g including one biscuit
Amount Per Serving
Calories 463 Calories from Fat 168
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18.6g 29%
Saturated Fat 4.3g 22%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg  0%
Sodium 863mg 36%
Potassium 1007mg
Total Carbohydrates 60.5g 20%
Dietary Fiber 5.5g 22%
Sugars 7.0g
Protein 14.3g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 30%
Calcium 15% Iron 27%
Nutrition Grade A-
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional Analysis

Good points




10 thoughts on “Clamless Chowder with Warm Gluten Free Garlic Cheez Biscuits

  1. This all looks amazing! One of my winter comfort foods is a creamy soup. I can’t wait to try this one!


    • Hi Stacey, this soup is really amazing with the creamy, peppery, seafood taste. If you like creamy soups, stay tuned, I have Smokey Potatoe Baycn Bisque coming soon, which is truely delicious. The Bacyn is from a reicpe from The Gentle Chef and it is uncanny how much it looks, tastes and smells like actual bacon. Tracy


  2. Ahhh this looks so good! It’s hot where I am at the moment, but now I’m craving warm chowder!


    • Hi Nicole, it is swinging between hot and cool here, I love soup hot on a cold day, and i love it cold on a hot day…..I have always loved cold leftovers, so, I guess soup works for me anytime 🙂 This chowder is really good (if I do say so myself), creamy and peppery and “fishy” (from the arame)….I hope you enjoy it. Tracy.


  3. Wow! Everything sounds really good. I am definitely going to try the biscuits and the chowder!


    • Hi Randi, this soup is really good. Nice and creamy and peppery with just a hint of seafood taste from the arame. The biscuits are also really good. I hope you enjoy them. Tracy


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