This flavourful, versatile, vegan friendly cashew “cheese” recipe is so yummy and nutritious— anyone can enjoy it!
Cashew cheese is versatile. It’s not only a dairy free and vegan friendly option that’s nutritious and healthy, but it can also be combined with whatever flavours you desire. I personally love using garlic, dill, nutritional yeast, as well as lemon juice and apple cider vinegar for some acidity in my cashew cheese recipes.
The soaking of the cashews is an important advanced prep step in this recipe as it softens them, which makes them easier to blend up. I like to add my cashews to a bowl of water before I go to bed, this way when I wake up they are ready for me to use at any time. Having said that, you can get away with soaking them for at least 4 hours and they will still blend well! After soaking, all you have to do is drain the water the cashews were soaking in and rinse them through a few times and they’re good to go. Pretty simple!
Ways to Enjoy Cashew Cheese:
- Spread cashew cheese onto healthy crackers and top with extra herbs or some cucumber.
- Spread cashew cheese onto some sprouted toast, avo toast, wraps, sandwiches, baked potatoes.
- Dip fresh chopped raw veggies or homemade fries into cashew cheese.
- Turn cashew cheese into a creamy dip or sauce by blending it with plant based milk.
GARLIC HERB VEGAN CASHEW CHEESE
A delicious vegan friendly “cheese” option that’s versatile and delicious. Gluten free, dairy free, plant based, and packed with protein, healthy fat, and fiber.
Serves: 2 cups | Time: 15 minutes | Difficulty: Intermediate
- 1 cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked
- 1/4 cup water to start
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 garlic glove, peeled
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp dill
- Pinch of sea salt
- Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender (I used my Vitamix) or food processor and process until your consistency is as smooth or as chunky as you desire.
- Keep cashew cheese stored in an airtight container in the fridge up to one week.
Notes: While blending, use a spatula to push down any mixture that gets forced up the sides of your appliance to make sure everything gets blended together evenly. Add tsp amounts of water at a time if your consistency is too thick. Taste test while blending and add more or less ingredients for desired taste/consistency preferences. The cashew “cheese” can be enjoyed immediately, or once it has been chilled in the refrigerator. It’s up to you! It will be soft when freshly made prior to refrigerating. Once cashew “cheese” has been chilled, it will harden more.
Have you ever made or tried cashew “cheese”? Do you have any homemade dips or spreads you like to make? Comment below to share. I hope you have an amazing day!