Cashew Cheese

Cashew cheese is a creamy, delicious vegan cheese that’s full of healthy fats and protein.

Cashew Cheese with cashews

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I am not vegan, I’m just a lover of real food. And this cashew cheese is real food. When I first mentioned it to my family, I got some funny looks but that didn’t last long.  Now they love it!

Cashew cheese overhead view

This recipe is a basic one that can be easily modified.  Add more water, it will be thinner and cream sauce-like.  Add less water and it will become similar to the texture of ricotta cheese.  Even less water will yield a crumbly texture so that you can add it to salads.  You can also change up the texture by adding tapioca flour, which is what I add to my vegan queso dip to give it a stretchy texture.

Cashew Cheese in a bow

Once the cheese is made, there are so many ways to use it, here are some of our favorites:

  • in place of ricotta
  • cream sauces for pasta and vegetables
  • dips
  • salad dressings
  • add turmeric for a cheddar look in vegan mac and cheese

Cashew Cheese

Cashew cheese is a creamy and delicious vegan cheese that’s filled with healthy fats and protein.

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Cuisine: Vegan
Servings: 12
Calories: 196kcal
Author: Anne
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  • 2 cups raw cashews soaked in water 4 hours or overnight
  • 1 tablespoon tamari sauce
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • up to 1 cup water


  • Drain cashews and place in a food processor with tamari, garlic and nutritional yeast.
  • Blend until crumbly, gradually add water until you reach desired consistency


Serving: 1/4 cup | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 135mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used

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    1. No it doesn’t taste like cashews. It tastes like a mild cheese with a consistency similar to ricotta cheese.

  1. Cashew cheese or cream is so forgiving. It adds creamy smooth texture to anything. I often add it to my curries for that beautiful texture. This is a great recipe to keep.