Vegan Cashew Cheese
Vegan Cashew Cheese

Vegan cashew cheese is a creamy and delicious dairy-free alternative to traditional cheese. It’s versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes, from dips and spreads to pasta sauces and sandwich fillings. Here’s a basic recipe for making vegan cashew cheese:


  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked and drained
  • 1/4 cup water (adjust for desired consistency)
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (for a cheesy flavor)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
  • Pinch of turmeric (optional, for color)


  1. Soak the Cashews:
  • Place the raw cashews in a bowl and cover them with hot water. Let them soak for at least 2 hours, or overnight for best results. Drain the soaked cashews before using.
  1. Blend the Cashews:
  • In a blender or food processor, combine the soaked and drained cashews, water, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, minced garlic (if using), salt, onion powder (if using), and a pinch of turmeric for color (if desired).
  1. Blend Until Smooth:
  • Blend all the ingredients until the mixture is completely smooth and creamy. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides of the blender or food processor a few times to ensure everything is well incorporated.
  1. Adjust Consistency:
  • If the cashew cheese is too thick, you can add a little more water, a tablespoon at a time, until you achieve your desired consistency. If you want it thicker, add more cashews.
  1. Taste and Adjust:
  • Taste the cashew cheese and adjust the seasonings as needed. You can add more salt, nutritional yeast, or lemon juice to suit your preferences.
  1. Serve or Store:
  • Transfer the vegan cashew cheese to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. It will thicken slightly as it chills. Use it as a dip, spread, or in your favorite recipes.

Vegan cashew cheese is a versatile dairy-free alternative that provides a creamy and cheesy flavor without the use of animal products. You can experiment with different seasonings and variations to create a cashew cheese that suits your taste. Enjoy it on crackers, sandwiches, pasta, or as a dip for vegetables.