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Vegan Cream Cheese

Updated: Jul 9


The BEST Vegan Cream Cheese! Easy to make, and BETTER than store-bought!


I've always been a fan of Cream Cheese! But since going vegan, I haven't found one that really WOWED me. Sure I like Miyoko's and Kite Hill just fine, but they were always good for Vegan Cream Cheese. This recipe, is just flat out good!


It's a very simple recipe with only 4 ingredients too! And obviously, you can mix in whatever you want for some flavored cream cheese!


The ingredients are just cashews, coconut cream, salt, and lactic acid. Now, I realize a lot of folks probably don't have lactic acid in there pantry, but if you ever make your own vegan cheeses you really should! It adds a certain tangy cheesiness that you just can't get from vinegar, lemon juice or even nutritional yeast. I did a test with lemon juice and not only was it a weak imitation, it just kinda tasted like lemons!


For the Lactic Acid, I get mine from Amazon or Modernist Pantry, so buy from one of them!




If you're gonna add stuff in, just make sure to consider the moisture content. For instance, for the Strawberry flavor, I used dried Strawberries as fresh would've added to much liquid. You can use fresh, but you'll need to adjust your cashews and coconut cream. Also in regards to the coconut cream, don't use the coconut water in the last 1/3 of the can, that will ruin the creaminess as well!


For the Dill Pickle, I just added some garlic powder, chopped up some dill pickles and added some dried dill (fresh might be better). And for the Jalapeño, I just diced up a pepper and added garlic powder. It's that easy to mix stuff in! I'd love to know what you plan on doing with it!


Also, you will need a high speed blender for this! Otherwise it might turn out grainy!


And lastly, it's important that you leave this in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight (which is ideal) before eating so it'll firm up and the flavors will mingle too!


Here's a handy dandy VIDEO showing the process too!



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RECIPE

  • 1 cup cashews

  • 150 grams coconut cream

  • 1 heaping tsp lactic acid (or to taste)

  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)

Strawberry Cream Cheese

  • Add in about 1/2 oz. of dried strawberries

Jalapeño Cream Cheese

  • Add in one finely diced jalapeño

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (or to taste)

  • More salt if you wish too!

Dill Pickle

  • Add in some diced pickle slices (I used about 5-6 slices)

  • Fresh or dried dill (a few shakes)

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (or to taste)

  • More salt if you wish too!


INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Soak your cashews in boiling water for about 20 minutes.

  2. Add everything to your high speed blender and blend until smooth.

  3. Add to some tupperware and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, overnight is ideal.

  4. Enjoy on bagels, crackers, whatever you like!

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