Vegan cashew cream cheese

Vegan cashew cream cheese

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Prep: 15 mins plus soaking and chilling, No cook

Easy

Makes 400g

Nothing beats a herby cream cheese. Have this dairy-free spread on toast or stir it into a pasta dish, our vegan version is easy to make and there's no cooking involved

Nutrition and extra info

  • Dairy-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per tbsp

  • kcal124
  • fat9g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.3g
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Ingredients

  • 250g cashews
    Cashew

    Cashew

    ka-shoo

    The seeds from the 'Cashew Apple' - a tree which bears bright orange fruit and is native…

  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
    Yeast

    Yeast

    yee-st

    Yeast is a living, single-cell organism. As the yeast grows, it converts its food (in the form…

  • juice 1 lemon
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • a few chives, chopped (optional)

Method

  1. Place the cashews in a large bowl and cover with water. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave to soak overnight or for at least 4 hrs.

  2. Drain and rinse the cashews then add them to a food processor with the nutritional yeast, lemon juice, 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tbsp water. Whizz until very smooth, about 5 mins. You may need to stop and scrape the sides down with a spatula.

  3. Transfer the cashew cheese to a dish or bowl and stir through the chives, if using. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge for 1 hr to firm up a little. The cheese will keep in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

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taniarosler
16th Feb, 2016
I made this last night. It was so easy and tastes lovely. Very subtle but tasty. I didn't have chives to hand but can see that they would've added a lovely dimension to it. I might've added a tiny bit more salt too, and perhaps some herbs. It'll be worth experimenting with, but it's very nice as it is, and a great nutritious food to give to the kids too.
allofdark
31st Aug, 2016
What is the conversion to cups for the cashews, please?
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goodfoodteam
8th Sep, 2016
Thanks for your question. We only work in metric for our recipes but can tell you that 150g cashews is equivalent to 1 American cup size - hope this helps you to convert the recipe.
allofdark
31st Aug, 2016
How many cups of cashews is 250 grams, please?
condrona
5th Feb, 2016
What is nutritional yeast?
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goodfoodteam
21st Mar, 2016
Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast powder or granules sold as a food product in health food stores. It doesn't foam or froth like normal yeast as it is inactive and it is high in B vitamins. It is often used by vegans as an alternative to dairy as it has a savoury 'cheesy flavour'.
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