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Cashew Tofu Cream Cheese [Vegan]

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Need the perfect cream cheese for your bagels? This cashew tofu cream cheese has the thick, creamy texture of the dairy version along with that slightly tangy flavor brought to you by lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. It's a fantastic neutral base for adding in your favorite flavors: try it with chives and garlic, dill, or even strawberry!

Cashew Tofu Cream Cheese [Vegan]


  • 1 14-ounce package extra firm tofu
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 3 tablespoons filtered water
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure cane sugar


  1. Put the cashews in 2-cup measuring cup (or bowl) and cover with filtered water to the top.
  2. Set aside and soak overnight, or at least 2 hours. Drain well.
  3. Press the tofu. To do that, wrap the tofu block with paper towels. Weigh it down on a cutting board with a heavy cast iron skillet (or a regular skillet with cans on top) for 10 minutes.
  4. Let the water in the tofu drain and saturate the paper towels. Remove the paper towels and place the tofu in a clean kitchen towel. Covering well, squeeze out as much moisture as you can over the sink.
  5. When dry, add the tofu to a high-speed blender.Add the remaining ingredients: soaked cashews, water, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and sugar.Blend until smooth, starting at a low speed, and gradually moving higher. Blend for 2 minutes.
  6. This is a thick mixture, so use your tamper from the beginning to blend the ingredients.
  7. Check with a spatula that all the ingredients are being blended.
  8. Add any seasoning /flavorings you like, such as dill, lemon zest, mustard, capers, red onion, etc… Store in an airtight glass container.
  9. Will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks.


Makes 1 3/4 cups.





Inventive, original, and well-tested favorites from a professional kitchen that anyone can make. Karen Sheer is a professional chef, writer, caterer and food consultant specializing in original recipes. Her blog is A Zest For Life – Karen’s Obsession with Food and Style. Each recipe is inventive, original, and well-tested. Karen’s recipes are written to give you the feeling that she is in the kitchen with you coaching step by step. Health and wellness are her passions. Karen’s recipes promote fresh, local ingredients which lead to a healthier lifestyle!



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5 comments on “Cashew Tofu Cream Cheese [Vegan]”

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3 Days ago

I love this recipe! I always add a bit more lemon juice and a couple of teaspoons of nutritional yeast for a more "cheesy" taste.

Green Trees
2 Months Ago

Great recipe! I would\'ve rated 4 stars because I also felt it needed a little tweaking. After first tasting it as written, I added another 2 t of lemon juice, another 1 T of apple cider vinegar, and another 2 t of sugar. The 3/4 t (in the recipe as written) of (table) salt was good. I also omitted the water from the recipe because although I drained my tofu, I did not bother to press it. Thank you for the recipe =)

Ally McLaughlin
25 May 2018

Glad you enjoyed it! :-) - Ally, recipe coordinator

Susan Proctor
1 Years Ago

I made this cheese spread and no one could beleive that it is vegan! It is a very good recipe as the mixture is low in nuts. I added more lemon juice and cider vinegar however. I also added one crushed garlic, and for flavouring, I just added Italian mixed herbes for pasta. it comes in a jar. I am going my second batch of this cheese spread today.

Karen Sheer
18 Nov 2016

So happy you are enjoying my recipe - happy cooking! Karen

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