Raw Cashew Cheese

raw cashew cheeseRaw cashews have a subtler flavor than their roasted counterparts, so they’re great for adding creamy texture to your dishes without overpowering other flavors. Raw cashews provide beneficial iron, important for oxygen transport in your body. They are also rich in other minerals like zinc, copper, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, manganese and selenium. These little cashew nuts actually look like a big smile. In fact, they are potentially good for boosting your mood, helping with depression and stabilising your thoughts. Raw cashews are so versatile in raw/ vegan recipes – great for raw desserts, cheese, soup, dips, smoothies, etc. They are a staple in my pantry. This raw cashew cheese is a wonderful non-dairy vegan substitute if you have trouble consuming dairy. It does taste like a real cheese, thanks to my friend, nutritional yeast. Great for dips, snacks and appetiser!

For people who have trouble consuming dairy, but really miss the taste of cheese, cashew “cheese” is a wonderful non-dairy vegan substitute.  Thanks to nutritional yeast, it really does taste like cheese, albeit a soft one, and is a very satisfying snack, dip or appetizer, without any of the allergenic properties of pasteurized cow dairy. – See more at: http://www.vanilleverte.com/cashew-cheese-duo-black-pepper-onion-and-garlic-herb/#more-2902
the little cashew nut is shaped like a “smile.” Yes, cashew nuts are potentially good for for helping to boost your moods and stabilize your thoughts. – See more at: http://www.raw-food-diet-magazine.com/health-benefits-of-cashews.html#sthash.zYA0dMPU.dpuf


1 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
1 cup almond milk or water
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
a pinch of salt
a squeeze of lemon

Drain the soaking water and place the cashews in a blender. Puree with just enough almond milk to help them puree. Scrape down the sides of the bowl frequently and puree until smooth. Add salt and lemon. Blend one more and transfer to a serving bowl. Serve with raw veggies or crackers. To make a raw lasagna, I sliced cucumber lengthways and layered with cashew cheese. You can also add vanilla, maple syrup and cinnamon to this cashew cheese for a sweet flavour – great for a healthy icing on cake or muffins.

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