Ever since I won my Blendtec last December I’ve been
threatening promising to make cashew cheese. Actually, ever since I attended a raw food class three years ago I wanted to attempt to create some of the creamy and delicious cheeses and sauces that we made in class with cashews (and almonds, walnuts, and pecans!). My old excuse was my crummy blender, but once I got the Blendtec I knew it was time. It just took me another 10 months.
Finally, about two weeks ago, I bought a large bag of raw cashews. I have no idea what I did with my notes from class, but I remembered that, in addition to the cashews, the important ingredients were lemon juice, salt, and pepper. You can’t go too far wrong with those simple ingredients.
Cashew Cheese: Vegan, Raw, Gluten-free
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- 1 clove garlic
- ½ teaspoon salt
- pepper to taste
- ¼ cup water
- Soak the cashews for at least one hour. Then rinse and drain them.
- Place the cashews, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper in a blender or food processor.
- Pulse to chop the ingredients (about 30 seconds).
- Add the water and blend until smooth
- Refrigerate until chilled
That’s it! And if you’re really in a hurry (and you have a good blender) you can even skip the soaking part.
I know you’re saying to yourself, “why haven’t I tried this yet?” Right?
This stuff is seriously addictive. I’ve been
licking it off my fingers serving it with crackers, but it can be used on pizza, as a creamy pasta sauce, or as a sandwich spread. You can vary the texture and thickness by adding more or less water, and/or soaking the cashews longer (up to 24 hours), which makes for an even creamier version.
You can also get creative with herbs or other flavorings. The second time I made cashew cheese, I used basil instead of parsley. Some of the other add-ins I think would be delicious are sun dried tomatoes, dill, cucumber, scallions, and nutritional yeast. Though not all at the same time!
In the meantime, I just used some of the above to top off my cashew cheese and crackers!
I can’t wait to experiment with other nut cheeses too. I have to remind myself that, even though cashew cheese is delicious, made with whole-food ingredients, and full of healthy nutrients, cashews are still a high fat and calorie food, so a little goes a long ways. Why do you think I’m making small batches?
Have you ever made or tried nut cheeses? If so, feel free to leave a link in the comments. I’m anxious to try more.
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