Cashew Cheese

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour + chilling


3/4 cup

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
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


  • 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.

    What do you serve with cashew cheese?

    Spread cashew cheese on crackers, toasted bread or bagel chips. It can also be served with veggies or a sandwich spread.

    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.