How to Make Homemade Sushi Without a Mat

Quinoa & Hummus, Vegan/Plant-Based Sushi

I love sushi, but unless it’s at a sit down/upscale restaurant most of the sushi that you’ll find is not very healthy. That’s why I have crafted my own with this recipe… added bonus, YOU DON’T NEED A MAT (which is why I didn’t try making homemade sushi a long time ago).

To make the quinoa sticky (in place of sushi rice), I used my cashew & chickpea hummus recipe.

What you’ll need?

Homemade Hummus Ingredients

  1. 1 1/4 cups of chickpeas, canned (or previously prepared/cooked)
  2. 1/4 cup roasted and salted cashews
  3. 1/2 juice of a lemon
  4. 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  5. 1 tsp garlic powder
  6. Water (add to desired consistency)
  7. Sprinkle of paprika on top

Homemade Sushi Ingredients

  1. 1 sheet of nori
  2. 1/4 cup of quinoa (about 1/2 cup cooked)
  3. Cucumber, julienne (enough to fill the inside of the sushi)
  4. Carrot, shredded (enough to fill inside of sushi)
  5. 1/8 of hummus recipe
  6. Parchment paper

How to assemble?

Begin by blending all of the ingredients listed in the hummus recipe, adding water until the mixture smooth and creamy. Put in a container and set aside.

To prepare the sushi:

  1. Start by putting a sheet of nori between 2 damp pieces of paper towel.
  2. Next, cook the quinoa in water for 12 minutes over the stovetop (medium heat).
  3. While the quinoa is cooking, julienne and shred the vegetables.
  4. Take the quinoa off of the stove and mix in 1/8 of the hummus recipe.
  5. Place the sheet of nori on a sheet of parchment paper (where it will be stuffed and rolled).
  6. Spread the quinoa and hummus mixture on top of the sheet of nori (covering the entire surface area).
  7. Place cucumber and carrot, stacked on top of each other, on the lower 1/3 of the nori covered in quinoa and hummus (this is the side that is closest to you).
  8. Roll the sushi.
  9. Leave sit for about 10 minutes and allow the nori to stick, then slice into 8 pieces.
  10. Enjoy!

If you made this or adapted the recipe at all, please share and tag me on social, or contact me!

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