How to make Cashew Cheese

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Vegan cashew cheese is one of the best vegan cheeses out there (in my humble opinion). It works well as a melty cheese in sandwiches and you can flavour it in any way you like. 

Making vegan cheese is actually a lot easier than it seems like at first. It’s one of those things that sound daunting, but actually ends up being easy and straightforward. 

I like to add nutritional yeast to my vegan cheese to really bring out the cheesy flavours, but you can just leave that out if you prefer. 

This cashew cheese recipe has a thick, creamy almost cream cheese like texture and can be seasoned with fresh herbs, garlic and anything your heart desires. 

What’s great about this vegan cashew cheese recipe

  • It’s easy to make
  • Can be seasoned exactly how you like it
  • Quick to make 
  • Great cheesy texture
  • Healthy and loaded with nutrients (especially if you use nutritional yeast in the recipe)
  • Vegan, gluten free and soy free

What seasoning should I add to my cashew cheese?

You can add any seasoning or flavouring you like. I like to add dried oregano, minced garlic and sometimes even chili flakes to give my cheese extra flavours…and of course I always make sure to add nutritional yeast to boost the cheesiness and add extra nutrients. 

Is vegan cashew cheese healthy?

Yes. Cashews are rich in nutrients in itself and with the added nutritional yeast you get a cheese with lots of health benefits like:

  • Rich in Vitamin B
  • Good source of Calcium
  • Contains lots of protein
  • Good source of Zinc
  • Contains Vitamin K
  • Good source of Magnesium and Manganese
  • Lots of fiber
  • No saturated fats
  • Lowers risk of heart disease

How to use vegan cashew cheese

You can use vegan cashew cheese in sandwiches, tortillas, quesadillas and even in vegan queso dips. There’s a lot of ways to use it, so don’t be afraid to get creative.

How is this easy vegan cheese made? It’s very simple. Just:

Instructions

  • Soak the raw cashew nuts in water for at least 2 hours. If you’re in a hurry, you can soak them in water overnight and they will be ready to cook in the morning.
  • Drain the water from the cashews and pour the cashews into a food processor along with the minced garlic, nutritional yeast, white vine vinegar, dried oregano, dried thyme, salt and pepper.Pulse until the cashews are completely blended. Scrape down the sides in between blending.
  • Next, add water and pulse until the cashews are creamy and thick. Pour the cashew cheese into a covered container and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.

Vegan Cashew Cheese

This delicious vegan cashew cheese is incredibly easy to make and goes well with everything. Made with cashew nuts, garlic, vinegar and lots of spices, it's rich, creamy and a complete crowd pleaser.
Course Vegan
Cuisine American
Keyword vegan cheese
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Author Simone – Munchyesta.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Raw Unsalted Cashew Nuts
  • 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 tbsp White Wine Vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 large clove Garlic Minced
  • 1 tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 2 tsp Dried Thyme
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • ¼ cup Water add more if needed

Instructions

  • Soak the raw cashew nuts in water for at least 2 hours. If you’re in a hurry, you can soak them in water overnight and they will be ready to cook in the morning.
  • Drain the water from the cashews and pour the cashews into a food processor along with the minced garlic, nutritional yeast, white vine vinegar, dried oregano, dried thyme, salt and pepper.
    Pulse until the cashews are completely blended. Scrape down the sides in between blending.
  • Next, add water and pulse until the cashews are creamy and thick. 
    Pour the cashew cheese into a covered container and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.

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