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Sliceable Cashew Cheese [Vegan]

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If you’re vegan and you’re craving cheese, you gotta try this. Super simple, can be whisked under an hour. Set to perfection, you can slice this, grate it, melt this, there is no oil in this and made from all natural ingredients. 7 ingredients (without counting water in) Best part of all, completely soy-free.

Sliceable Cashew Cheese [Vegan]


  • 1/3 cup raw cashews [Soaked overnight in a cup of water]
  • 1 heaped Tbsp + 1.5 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 clove garlic (you don’t want this to be a garlic cheese)
  • 1.5 tsp starch of your choice (Tapioca/Arrowroot/Corn)
  • 1.5 tsp agar agar powder
  • 1 Tbsp + 2 tsp juice from lemon
  • 1/2 cup +1/2 cup water
  • Salt – to taste


  1. In a saucepan, mix agar agar in 1/2 cup water. Keep aside
  2. Discard the water from cashews. Rinse them really well. Add cashews to a food processor with nutritional yeast, garlic, starch, salt, lemon juice & 1/2 cup of water. Make a very very smooth paste.
  3. Add the cashew paste to agar agar mixture.
  4. Bring this to boil on a low-medium heat until it forms a thick pancake-batter consistency.
  5. Quickly transfer to ramekins. This quantity makes one full ramekin and another 1/2 ramekin sized cheeses.
  6. Refrigerate for an hour. Carefully remove from the ramekin and enjoy

Consistency will be that of silken tofu[ A hard-jelly consistency]


You could add a pinch of turmeric for a deep yellow color.

Taste check the cashew paste. If you like it to be more tangy, feel free to increase the quantity of lemon juice.

It will be a think ‘jelly’ consistency. Not as firm as normal cheese. However, you could hold and grate through a grater. Mine became a bit mushy. However, managed to pass through the sieve though.

Tastes excellent with crackers





Dairy-free sweets and meat-free dinners with Indian flair. I am Charanya, a vegan and gluten-free blogger and founder of Yes, I am Vegan. I am an IT lecturer by day and blogger by night. I have been vegan for three years now and gluten-free, the last year. One common question I get asked is, what do you eat? That's why I started blogging, to show the world, vegan and gluten-free food isn't hard to cook. You just need to look for it.



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5 Months Ago

If it comes out like jelly, add more agar and starch. You have to experiment. I doubled it.
I want to know if you can freeze this?

Paul Youd
8 Months Ago


I used Just Wholefoods Vegeset - and it came out \'just\' perfect! :)

Well, it is slightly grainy - but I didn\'t mix it for very long at all - longer next time. The flavour is very cheesy - I added half a tsp of bouillon powder. I can see already this is going to be the base for many different varieties of cheese. Boy, am I going to have fun with this!

Many thanks for this recipe - I\'ll never buy cheese again!

It\'s quite soft, so I don\'t know if I\'ll be able to grate it - but I don\'t care, I\'m extremely pleased.

Thanks once again, Paul

10 Months Ago

Taste is good, but it comes out like jelly, not sliceable at all! :(

1 Years Ago

This is delicious, but consistently comes out more like a pate. Not a problem, but not really what I consider at "slcieable" cheese. Very, very tasty though.

13 Mar 2017

I wonder what would happen if you added a little more agar agar? That\'s what thickens it, right?

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