People always tell me “I could never live without cheese.” I used to feel the same way, which is why I motivated to create substitutions like this one.
This simple dairy-free recipe will wow your skeptical friends at parties and probably will become a staple you keep on-hand in your fridge. It is delicious on crackers, used as a dip for veggies, or a spread for sandwiches and wraps. This recipe is incredibly versatile and I encourage adaptations (be sure to share your findings/pics with us). With only a few whole food ingredients and 5-10 minutes of prep time(after soaking, of course), you will have an un-processed dairy replacement with endless possibilities. Experiment, have fun and share!
I have to recommend my go-to gluten-free Herbes de Provence cracker recipe from one of my favorite’s—Elana’s Pantry. I make her recipe with 1 tsp of arrowroot powder (for texture) sifted into the almond flour, and it is fabulous. Yes, fabulous (see crackers above). The recipe is quick and easy. Definitely try it.
Makes: 2 cups
Prep Time: 1-2hours soaking, 5-10 to prepare
High-powered blender or food processor
1 1/2 cups raw, organic cashews
1-2 cloves organic garlic
1/4 cup pure water (if you make your own, or have access to it, I highly recommend using rejuvelac instead of water for nutrition, digestion and an even stronger “cheese” taste)
2 tbsp fresh, organic lemon juice
1/2 tsp Celtic or pink Himalayan sea salt
Let‘s get started.
Soak your cashews for 1-2 hours. You can skip this step if you are in a hurry.
Rinse cashews well. Place all ingredients in the blender until ultra creamy. That’s it!
I have served two adapted versions of this recipe at my 5-course, plant-based 24 Carrot Supper Club dinners and received rave reviews. One guest even requested more after the meal was complete! (yes, we hooked her up)
Here are some fun ideas to change the flavor of this spread. Just add to the blender, to taste.
Pink peppercorn, sumac and honey
Wild-harvested raw honey
Honey and chili pepper
Herbes de Provence
Fresh herbs like dill and/or parsley
Raw or roasted onion
Liquid smoke and maple syrup
What flavor would you make this Simple Cashew Cheese Spread?
raw, vegan, plant-based