Pretty Please, Make Me Some ‘Cashew Cheese’

Pretty Please, Make Me Some 'Cashew Cheese'
A standard staple in my kitchen, cashew cheese is super versatile.

Make cashew cheese a staple in your kitchen

There are so many ways to use cashew cheese, from drizzles, to dips to creamy dessert like textures. The possibilities are many. Cashew Cheese, as it is commonly called, may also be referred to as a cashew sauce, cashew drizzle, or cashew spread depending on the consistency.

Using cashew cheese is an excellent way to eliminate dairy from your diet without losing all those creamy like condiments, and other tasty dishes typically derived from dairy. The recipe below will provide you a base that you can tweak as you please.

A few different ways to use cashew cheese:

As a drizzle over savory dishes
Cashew Cheese Drizzle
Cashew Cheese Drizzle
As a sweet, pudding like dessert
Sweet Cashew Cheese
Sweet Cashew Cheese
As a dressing, on salads, rice or buddha bowls
Cashew Dressing
Cashew Dressing
As a dip for veggies
Ranch Dip, Cashew Cheese Style
Ranch Dip, Cashew Cheese Style
As an alfredo like sauce in Italian dishes
Cacio e Pepe
Cacio e Pepe, My Way –> Click the picture to get this recipe on the blog!
As cheese on pizza
cashew cheese mozzarella
Cashew Cheese Mozzarella, it really works!

Lemony Cashew Cheese

2-4 servings of creamy goodness

1 cup raw, unsalted cashews, boiled or presoaked
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup filtered water, adjust for desired consistency
1 tsp sea salt

1. Boil cashews for 15 minutes or allow to soak for no more than 2 hours
2. Strain and rinse well
3. In a high speed blender, combine all ingredients adding water gradually and testing for desired consistency and taste along the way
4. Blend on high for at least one minute, or until smooth
5. Allow to chill or serve immediately

  • Timesaver: boil the cashews instead of soaking
  • Savory or Sweet: use this recipe as a base, add herbs and other spices to make it more savory, or add maple syrup instead of lemon for a sweet version
  • Consistency: use more or less water to make for a drizzle or a thicker dip
    Storage: store in refrigerator for 3-4 days, it will thicken over time
  • Lemony and Peppery Cashew Cheese: use base above and add 1 tsp black pepper
  • Sweet Pea Cashew Cheese: use base above, omit lemon and ACV, and add 1 Tbsp maple syrup, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp vanilla bean (or vanilla extract)
  • Garlicky Lemon Cheese: use base above and add 1-2 cloves roasted or fresh garlic
  • Olive You Cashew Cheese: add 1/4 cup of kalamata olives to base above


What is your favorite way to use cashew cheese? Do you like it savory or sweet?


This recipe was created by Jessica Yeager, CNE <–click the pink and come hang out on FB with me!

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