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Cashew Cheese

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour + chilling


3/4 cup

Updated: May. 13, 2022
Spread this vegan cashew cheese on crackers, layer it on a toasted bagel or serve it with fresh vegetables. It also makes a delicious, out-of-the-ordinary sandwich spread! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Cashew Cheese Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Place cashews in a small bowl. Add enough warm water to cover completely. Soak cashews for 1-2 hours; drain and discard water. Add cashews and remaining 5 ingredients to food processor. Cover and process until smooth, 1-2 minutes, scraping down sides occasionally. Transfer to serving dish. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Soaking the cashews is an important step to create a smooth and creamy texture.
  • Add your favorite herbs and spices to create different flavors.
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  • Cashew Cheese Tips

    What is cashew cheese?

    Cashew cheese is a non-dairy, vegan substitute for cheese. It is typically made of blended cashews, nutritional yeast, water and a blend of seasonings. You can use cashew cheese for vegan mac and cheese and as a cheese spread for crackers.

    How do you soak cashews for cheese?

    You can soak cashews for cheese by soaking them in room temperature water overnight or by soaking them in boiling water for 10-15 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 tablespoon: 56 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 101mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat.

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