Simple, easy & VEGAN 'Cream Cheese'! This recipe is easy to prepare, made from wholesome ingredients and delicious to eat - supportive of a healthy, vegan lifestyle! It's high in both plant-protein and nutritional content. This cashew based cream cheese is the perfect smooth and spreadable texture! Enjoy adding to all your favorite dishes for an extra bite of cheesy bliss.
Vegan I Gluten-Free
Serves: ~2 cups
Time: overnight soaking + 10 minutes
2 cups cashews, soaked in water overnight
1/2 cup water, + more as needed
1 clove garlic
2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. dried thyme (optional)
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. black pepper
To prepare the cashews - Place your cashews in a bowl and cover with 2 - 3 inches of water. Let rest overnight, 8 - 12 hours.
Drain your cashews and rinse them well, stirring with your hands to help remove any jelly coating on the nuts.
To prepare the cheese - Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender. Mix on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, 30 - 60 seconds.
Adjust the consistency with water as needed, slowly adding 1 tbsp. more at a time until desired texture is reached.
Taste and adjust the seasoning to your preferences, adding more lemon, herbs or salt if desired.
To serve - Transfer your cashew cheese to a bowl or jar. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve. To slightly thicken the cheese, place it in the fridge for 1+ hours.
To store - Enjoy or keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 - 7 days.