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How to Make Dairy-Free Cashew Cream Cheese


Are you looking for a dairy-free alternative to classic cream cheese? Well, look no further as this recipe will satisfy your craving for rich and creamy cream cheese with the use of healthy and plant-based ingredients. 


Not only is it super simple to make your own dairy-free cashew cream cheese, but it is so versatile in flavors and recipes! You have to try it to believe it, but you may even find yourself sneaking a guilt-free spoonful!


Is cashew cream cheese healthy?


Yes! It’s a great alternative to traditional cream cheese! Cashew cream cheese is also a great option if you’re looking to decrease your consumption of dietary cholesterol and animal-based saturated fat! 


Cashews are not only rich in nutrients like protein, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus but they also contain antioxidants to help your body fight off oxidative damage! 


Depending on what your main goals are in nutrition and diet, cashew cream cheese can be a healthier alternative! 


How do you substitute vegan cream cheese?


There are so many fun and delicious ways to use cashew cream cheese! The following are just a few ways to incorporate it into your recipes.  


  • Spread it on a toasted bagel as a healthy alternative to traditional cream cheese 
  • Add it into your favorite pasta sauce to make it rich and creamy  
  • Use it as a dairy-free alternative when making your favorite no-bake cheesecake  
  • Incorporate it into various pastry recipes such as a cheese danish 
  • Use it as a dairy-free alternative to make soft and luxurious cream cheese frosting 

What does cashew cream cheese taste like?


Cashew cream cheese is soft and creamy in texture and has a harmonious balance of savory and tangy! 


The cashews give the cream cheese its rich texture, the lemon juice adds the classic tang and the Himalayan salt gives the recipe its savoriness!  


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Dairy-Free Cashew Cream Cheese

Dairy-Free Cashew Cream Cheese

Yield: 4
prep time: 0 H cook time: 20 M total time: 20 M



How to Make Dairy-Free Cashew Cream Cheese

  1. Most importantly, start with soaking cashews, ideally overnight. If you are in a pinch you can also boil a pot of water, allow to cool slightly, 1-2 minutes, then pour over cashews and soak 15-20 minutes. The end result may not be as smooth, but the flavor will still be exceptional!
  2. Add all ingredients into a food processor and mix until as smooth as possible, remember to stop to scrape the sides as needed.
  3. Transfer the cream cheese into a small air-tight dish, and smooth the surface with a spoon or spatula. Cover, then chill in the at least 1 hour before use. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  4. Store remaining cream cheese in the fridge for up to two weeks.
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