Sunday, December 26, 2010

Raw Holiday Cashew Cheese (Vegan, GF)

First off, we hope everyone had a great Christmas! Ours was filled with family, food and fun like always. And we're really excited because we got a new camera, in between a DSLR and a regular point and shoot...definitely an upgrade from our old one. Since it was ordered online it hasn't come in yet, but when it does you can expect to see even more beautiful pics of food :P

So, onto the cheese:
Seriously, this is the best raw vegan cheese on the planet. OMG. My whole family was reveling in its cheesy goodness. Even my stepbrother who lives on McDonalds was astounded by how similar it was to real cheese! I couldn't believe it! If you want to impress non vegans with vegan food make this spread. I made this for our Christmas Eve dinner, but now that Christmas is over though you can change the add ins to whatever you like, something less festive looking, unless you're a fan of red and green.

2 1/2 cups soaked cashews
2 tsp Gen-Mai brown rice miso
3/4 tsp sea salt
2 1/2 tsp lemon juice
3 tbsp water
chopped red pepper, parsley, green onion

Process cashews until smooth paste forms, add in all other ingredients (except for red pepper, parsley and green onion). Process until smooth. Scoop into a bowl and cover with a towel or plastic wrap. Let sit in a warm place for 12-24 hours so the miso can ferment the cheese. Then mix in veggies/herbs. Serve with crackers or cut up vegetables.


  1. This looks really yummy and so festive!

  2. That looks so good, guys! I need some cashews now;-)
    Hope you guys had a relaxing and happy holiday weekend too!

  3. Looks very tasty - and what are those crackers? They look great! I can't do soy, but I bet this would work well with Miso Masters' Chickpea Miso.

  4. @Cami: I've heard of chickpea miso before, actually I think it's even more ideal for vegan cheese because of its yeasty taste.

  5. Looks fabulous--a must-try! Do you use a regular food processor for this, and it still comes out that smooth?

  6. @Ricki: yes I processed the cashews first for a few minutes then added everything else in.