Recipe Redux: Herbed Cashew Cheese

Welcome Spring! Perfectly timed, this month’s Recipe Redux theme is Green with Herb Envy. I can’t think of a better way to welcome warmer months and fresh herbs than this flavorful spread.

herbed cashew cheese

I am so excited to share this recipe with you! Of all the “better for you” makeover recipes that I make, dairy-free, nut based creams are my absolute favorite… and this creamy, herb-filled cheese is no exception.

Enjoy it on crackers, spread on sandwiches, tossed with hot pasta, there are no limits to what this dip can do.

To really up the nutrition benefits of this cheese, I add probiotic powder, made from opening up probiotic capsules, but you can make it without. If you do include the powder, you’ll enjoy the probiotic benefits and cultured tang. It’s worth it to include if you can.

herbed cashew cheese

Don’t you just want to dig in?

Don’t be intimidated by the long soaking times.  Sure, it takes a little more time to soaking and culture the nuts, but the process couldn’t be easier!

Recipe Redux: Herbed Cashew Cheese
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 tsp. probiotic powder (obtain from dairy-free probiotic capsules)
  • 3 cups raw cashews
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 large lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • ½ cup finely chopped basil
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • dash cayenne pepper (optional but awesome if you roll that way)
Instructions
  1. Soak cashews for at least 1-2 hours in cold water. Rinse after soaking and add to the base of a high-speed blender or food processor. Add probiotic powder and ¾ cup water. Blend for 2-3 minutes until very smooth. If it is too thick, add a bit more water but don't add more than you need. You want it to be thick like dip, not runny.
  2. Place the cashew mixture in a bowl, cover with a dish towel and leave overnight (8-10 hours) on the counter to culture.
  3. Remove dish towel and add in the rest of the ingredients. Mix together and eat!
  4. Preferably with Mary's Gone Cracker's Herb variety. Wow. It's an herb flavor explosion... of the very best kind.
  5. Toss any leftovers with pasta for an easy weeknight, no-cook sauce. Should keep for a week in the fridge.

  • http://www.AnAppleADayNutrition.com Louise @AnAppleADayRD

    I c.a.n.n.o.t. believe this is dairy free!! AMAZING! This looks delicious and flavorful! Thanks for posting the recipe.

    • DK

      Thanks for the comment- hope you enjoy it!

  • http://www.dontwhitesugarcoatit.com Elizabeth Jarrard

    why have i never made cashew cheese? looks amazing!

    • DK

      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!

  • http://www.foodpleasureandhealth.com dixya@food, pleasure, and health

    very interesting use of cashew. this is will be a great addition to parties :) Happy Spring

    • DK

      Yes! It’s a perfect appetizer and allergy-free winner :) Dairy-free, soy-free & gluten-free! I love it with Mary’s Gone Crackers

  • http://www.foodconfidence.com Danielle Omar – Food Confidence RD

    Oh how I love cashew cheese! Awesome recipe, would be perfect on my collard green wraps! Can’t wait to try it.

    • DK

      Oooo that sounds delicious!

  • http://www.dietitiandebbie.com Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes

    I have been meaning to experiment with making my own cashew cheese! This looks like a great recipe to get me started! :-)

    • DK

      Thanks Deb! Once the nuts are done soaking, it comes together pretty easily!

  • http://www.nutritionbudgeteer.com Dr Barb, Nutritin Budgeteer

    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.

    • DK

      Awesome! let me know how it turns out Dr. Barb!

  • http://shugurcan.blogspot.com Quincy @ Shugurcän

    This looks amazing! Where do you get your dairy-free probiotics?

    • DK

      Thanks Quincy, I used the NOW Foods Probiotic-10 25 Billion Vegetarian Caps. Thanks!

  • http://www.nourishmentconnection.com Angela Marinelli

    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. :)

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