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Herbed cashew cheese! Oh man, I am so excited to share this recipe with you. I’ve tried a lot of diary-free cheeses over the last decade and none of them are as good as homemade cashew cheese. It’s tangy, creamy and incredibly delicious. If you’re a fan of spreadable herb cheese then you are going to LOVE this recipe.
I actually first shared this recipe with you back in 2013. But as my blog has come a long way since then, I figured it was time for a photograph and recipe makeover. That means I tested this one a few times over the past month to make it even better. We’ve been enjoying it on crackers, sandwiches and tossed with hot pasta for a simple weeknight dinner. It’s so, so good.
Let’s make it!
The base of this cheese is cashews, obviously. If you’re new here, then you might be surprised that pureed cashews are my favorite way of making dairy-free dreams come true. I use them for ricotta in my vegan lasagna, as cheese in the best ever chili cheese dip and as actual cheese in my vegan parmesan.
You’ll want to soak the cashews first as this makes them easier to blend. It’s not completely necessary, but it will take longer to puree to creamy if your cashews aren’t soaked. To quick soak, cover cashews with boiling water and let sit for at least 15-20 minutes to soften.
Then! Puree with water, lemon juice and probiotic powder (!) I know that seems like a weird ingredient, but it’s essentially just the inside of a probiotic capsule. Adding the probiotic powder to the cashew puree adds in a dose of yummy bacteria that are not only good for you, but make this cheese taste like actual cultured cheese! You don’t need to buy a special probiotic for this, almost any brand will work. You will likely need a few capsules to get to 1 teaspoon.
Cover and let sit out on the counter overnight. This is how the cheese is cultured; putting the cashew mixture in the fridge doesn’t allow the probiotics to bloom and do their thing. I usually prep this in the morning, let it sit out while I’m at the office, and then finish it when I arrive home at night.
Mix in the herbs, a little nutritional yeast and ta-da! Cashew cheese is served.
I can’t wait to hear what you think about this one!
I also highly encourage you to make this one tonight, because I’ve got the perfect sandwich to use it on — coming on Thursday.
Don’t you just want to dig in?Print
Vegan cashew cheese! This herbed cashew cheese is SO amazing, you’d never believe it was dairy-free! Packed with probiotics, healthy and creamy! Amazing as a dip, on sandwiches or tossed with pasta.
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Can you omit the probiotic powder or does that give it the tang? Thank you!
It gives it a tangy taste, but you can omit it!
Thats really look Yummy…
OMG, this is so up my alley. I use cashew cream is so many things, soups, sauces – you name it. Never made the cheese though. Added probiotic powder – SCORE! I am totally making this. Thanks for sharing the recipe. 🙂
This looks amazing! Where do you get your dairy-free probiotics?
Thanks Quincy, I used the NOW Foods Probiotic-10 25 Billion Vegetarian Caps. Thanks!
I love the idea of soaking cashews and making “cheese” out of it. You’ve motivated me to pick up some cashews at Trader Joe’s and give this a try. Your recipe is packed full of nutrients.
Awesome! let me know how it turns out Dr. Barb!
I have been meaning to experiment with making my own cashew cheese! This looks like a great recipe to get me started! 🙂
Thanks Deb! Once the nuts are done soaking, it comes together pretty easily!
Oh how I love cashew cheese! Awesome recipe, would be perfect on my collard green wraps! Can’t wait to try it.
Oooo that sounds delicious!
very interesting use of cashew. this is will be a great addition to parties 🙂 Happy Spring
Yes! It’s a perfect appetizer and allergy-free winner 🙂 Dairy-free, soy-free & gluten-free! I love it with Mary’s Gone Crackers
why have i never made cashew cheese? looks amazing!
I don’t know! It’s so easy and much cheaper than the $6 a pop container at Whole Foods! I have been experimenting with different flavors and it is so much fun!
I c.a.n.n.o.t. believe this is dairy free!! AMAZING! This looks delicious and flavorful! Thanks for posting the recipe.
Thanks for the comment- hope you enjoy it!