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Homemade Cashew "Cheese"

This Homemade Cashew Cheese is a delicious vegan alternative to traditional cheese, made with just a few simple ingredients including cashews, nutritional yeast, and lemon juice. Spread it on toast, use it in a dip, or add it to your favorite dishes for a cheesy flavor without the dairy.

Tasty Team
May 04, 2023
87% would make again
Homemade Cashew "Cheese"

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for 12 slices

  • 2 cups raw cashew (260 g)
  • 3 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 ½ cups water (600 mL)
  • 3 tablespoons agar-agar flakes

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 93
  • Fat 6g
  • Carbs 5g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Sugar 0g
  • Protein 3g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. In a blender, combine the cashews, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and 1 cup (240 ml) of water. Blend for 1 minute, until very smooth.
  2. In a small pot, bring the remaining water to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Slowly add the agar-agar flakes while whisking continuously. Continue to whisk the mixture until thick, about 2 minutes.
  4. Allow the mixture to cool until the steam evaporates, then add to the blender with the other ingredients.
  5. Blend for 1 minute, until smooth.
  6. Pour the mixture into a medium bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or until thickened.
  7. When ready to serve, invert the cashew cheese onto a plate. Slice or mash into cashew cheese spread and serve.
  8. Enjoy!
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Homemade Cashew "Cheese"

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