This cashew-based cream cheese can be whipped up in a cinch! Simply blend the soaked nuts with basil, thyme, sea salt, garlic, and a few other ingredients to create a flavorful herbed cream cheese. You can crumble this cheese and use it as a salad topper, spread some on bread, crackers, or veggie patties, or layer it onto pizza – the list of options is endless!

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Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese [Vegan]

Calories

1558

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked 2-12 hours
  • A big handful of fresh basil
  • A small sprig of thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil or other oil of your choice
  • Water, if needed
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Preparation

  1. After soaking the nuts, drain and rinse them well.
  2. Add the nuts in blender with the other ingredients, except the oil.
  3. Blend the mixture very well until it is super smooth.
  4. If the mixture looks too dry, add a little bit of water.
  5. Add the oil when you’re sure the cheese looks creamy, buttery, and smooth. Check the taste.
  6. If you have time, leave the cheese to set so that more flavors develop.
  7. Put a cloth on a strainer and refrigerate it.
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Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 1,558 | Total Carbs: 76 g | Total Fat: 127 g | Total Protein: 53 g | Total Sodium: 29 mg | Total Sugar: 13 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.