Vegan cashew cream cheese

Vegan cashew cream cheese

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Prep: 15 mins plus soaking and chilling, No cook


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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  • 250g cashews



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

  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast



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

  • juice 1 lemon



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

  • a few chives, chopped (optional)


  1. Place the cashews in a large bowl and cover with water. Cover the bowl with wrap 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 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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D-W's picture
19th Dec, 2019
I *urge* everyone to stop using clingfilm -- it's never needed, and we are poisoning all species, including ourselves, with plastic (it's in the seas, in the fish we eat, the water we drink, the salt we use ...) * Use a dinner plate-- or a salad plate or saucer -- to cover a bowl. Not only easier, but cheaper (you're not buying clingfilm). * Before chilling pie dough, wrap it in waxed paper, then wrap that in a clean kitchen towel. * Likewise, we don't need foil. If you want to prevent browning while cooking something like a lasagna, cover it with a sheet pan. In short, we have to stop being casual about the massive amount of trash we create, the toxic trash we create, the degradation of Earth by mining to make aluminum foil. For generations, home cooks and professionals managed perfectly well without foil and plastic, and we can too.
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Kristin Skarsholt
12th May, 2019
Great basic recipe with lots of scope for adding flavours! My new favourite is adding a generous handful each of parsley and dill for a beautiful herby cream cheese. I think 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of salt should be in the recipe.
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david j
5th Jan, 2018
I found the yeast too overpowering. It dominates both the taste and smell. I added sundried tomatoes and basil (instead of chives) and it sort-of saved the batch, but I think it'll be better for me with 1/4 the amount of yeast.
2nd Oct, 2017
Easy to make, but ingredient-wise, nutritional yeast is not easy to source in the UK, specially when you're outside the London bubble.
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Mary Threlfall
6th Apr, 2020
It's normally in the free from section in Asda
21st Nov, 2017
Nutritional yeast is available in Holland and Barrett’s stores all across the UK :)
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.
21st Nov, 2017
Could I use regular yeast instead? Or would this not work?
21st Nov, 2017
Ooh no, they are two completely different things.
31st Aug, 2016
What is the conversion to cups for the cashews, please?
goodfoodteam's picture
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.
31st Aug, 2016
How many cups of cashews is 250 grams, please?
21st Nov, 2017
UK and US cups are different sizes so as this is a UK recipe And after doing some digging, 250 grams is the equivalent to 1 and 2/3 cups
5th Feb, 2016
What is nutritional yeast?
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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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