Cashew cheese is a great alternative to regular dairy products. If you are new to vegan lifestyle or intolerant to dairy, cashew cheese is a great alternative. It tastes just as delicious and contains several great nutrients cashews can offer. Cashews contain 31% of the daily recommended value for copper, 23% for manganese, 20% for magnesium, 17% for phosporus and 12% of the daily recommended value for vitamin K.
In translation, cashews help diminish the frequency of migraines, improve cognitive functions or lower the blood pressure. Antioxidants in cashews help fight the free radicals in body and this can help protect against heart disease and cancer.
Cashew Cheese Recipe
1 cup cashews (soaked approx. 4 hours or until tender),
1\4 cup of filtered water,
1 tbsp nutritional yeast,
2 cloves of garlic,
sea salt to taste ,
pepper to taste,
Optional: add your favourite herbs like dill, cilantro or even cayenne pepper.
For a small size cheese, blend 1 cup of soaked cashews in a blender or food processor with 1/4 cup filtered water, 2 cloves of garlic, fresh squeezed lemon juice, sea salt and pepper. Add additional spices to your liking and taste.
The consistency should be similar to hummus to be called a cashew cheese. However, if it contains more liquid it will become more of a cheese sauce.
Ideas for use
This recipe is so simple, delicious and nutritious. It can be used as a spread or dip, dolloped over a bed of rice, spread inside a lettuce or collard green wrap or as dressing on fresh cucumber, red pepper, carrot etc.
It makes for a delicious cream sauce over broccoli, cauliflower, baked or sautéed portobello mushrooms or stirred into a bowl of rice noodles. You can also make a delicious raw vegan cheescake.
Have you tried cashew cheese? What are your favourite ways to include it in your recipes and diet? Let us know in the comment.
Enjoy and have a great day!