Cashews’ adaptability as a vegan ingredient goes far beyond cashew butter and cashew milk. Soaking these nuts overnight transforms them, giving them a silky and smooth texture that makes vegan cheese possible – and delicious.
By Mallory Diekmann
The recipe for cashew cheese is quite simple. Cashews are soaked in water overnight, then blended.
Fortunately, this basic recipe can be used as a canvas to create endless types of cheese. After all, the world did not stop at cheddar.
Cheesy Vegan Recipes
Vegan Nacho Cheese
Not only does this recipe for vegan cheese look the part, it acts like it too. Although one of the characteristics that is often lacking in cheese replacements is the “cheese-pull,” this vegan cheese doesn’t even look vegan. It melts and stretches and is guaranteed to fool your taste buds.
Perhaps you can also use the cheese for your own vegan pizza.
Vegan Mac ‘n’ Cheese
The addition of roasted red peppers and paprika is what makes this mac ‘n’ cheese so delicious.
The dish is smokey and has so many layers of flavor that you may forget what every mac ‘n’ cheese tasted like before it.
Not only can cashew vegan cheese be used in savory dishes, but it is key to making sweet vegan dishes, too.
Sweet Vegan Inspiration
Vegan Cannoli Bites
Cashew cheese acts like ricotta in this recipe for cannoli bites.
Blending the soaked cashews with extra-firm tofu creates the ultimate silky texture, which is complemented beautifully by the crunch of the mini chocolate chips. The shells of these decadent morsels are baked instead of fried, which means it is totally acceptable to have more than one.
It is hard to believe this banana cashew cheesecake recipe is vegan.
The combination of ripe bananas and soaked cashews create that perfect texture that cheesecake is known for.
But a cheesecake is only as good as its crust, and this crust is brilliant. While the toasted hazelnuts bring out the nuttiness of the filling, the raw chocolate provides a bitter note that breaks up the sweetness from the dates.
Not enough chocolate? Try these Espresso Walnut Brownies.
Do you want more vegan snack ideas? Here are 9 more snacks that you can make!
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