Pure Deliciousness: Cashew cream cheese

I love cheese. Given the choice between cheese and chocolate I would choose cheese.  It was really hard to give up cheese in 2009 but I couldn’t deny the effects of dairy on my body. I haven’t really tried to find any substitute for cheese because I’m not a fan of the over processed vegan cheeses and I don’t tolerate nutritional yeast.

I have been curious about nut cheese for a while but the recipes I saw all look like too much work. Finally I decided that I needed a cheese like spread to go over my flat bread.  I already knew I wanted to use cashews, lemon and cayenne pepper.  I decided to look more diligently because I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel.  I used the following recipes for inspiration:

vegan cashew cheese

From: http://cleanfooddirtygirl.com/cashew-cheese-easy-recipe/

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From: http://invegetableswetrust.com/2013/10/22/cashew-cream-cheese/

After a few tries here’s the recipe I came up with:

My Cashew cream cheese

My Cashew cream cheese

Ingredients

1 C raw cashew soaked for 4 hours
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp water

Directions

Place ingredients in a high powered blender and pulse until creamy, stopping occasionally to scrape the sides.  If you would like a thinner cheese add more water.  You can soak the cashews for longer but I find it starts to get slimy after 6 hours.

Cinnamon Raisin Flatbread with Casheww BreakfastI enjoyed my cream cheese with cinnamon raisin flat bread and spent a few moments in heaven.  This is now one of my favorite recipes.  I hope do make a herbed version very soon.

What herbs so you like in cream cheese?