Garlic Herb Cashew Cheese

Dairy free, vegan friendly, nutritious, Garlic Herb Cashew Cheese

This flavourful, versatile, vegan friendly cashew cheese is a nutritious one. Anyone can enjoy it! The recipe I’m sharing today contains just 9 simple ingredients + a touch of planning. The simplicity of this recipe requires soaking cashews overnight, blending them with some delicious flavours, then transferring the deliciousness to a bowl or container where it can be kept stored in the fridge- not too bad!

The soaking process of cashews is important. It rinses and softens them, making them easier to blend into recipes. I like to add my cashews to a bowl of water before I go to bed, this way when I wake up they are ready for me to use at any time. All you have to do is drain the water the cashews were soaking in and rinse them through a few times and they’re good to go. Pretty simple!

As I mentioned, cashew cheese is versatile. It’s not only a dairy free and vegan friendly option that’s nutritious and healthy but it can also be combined with whatever flavours you desire. I personally love using garlic and herbs like dill, nutritional yeast, as well as lemon juice and apple cider vinegar for some acidity. These ingredients give the recipe a flavour blasting kick that makes it unforgettable.

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What makes this recipe flavourful?

Nutritional yeast // adds cheesiness…

Garlic // adds flavour energy, aroma, and depth…

Fresh lemon // adds a zesty kick…

Apple cider vinegar // adds acidity…

Dijon mustard // adds mild acidity, sharp flavour, medium spice, and a touch of creaminess…

Dill // delivers a bright + tasty flavour…

Sea salt // adds that touch of salt we all know so well and love…

What makes this recipe nutritious?

Cashews, which make up the bulk of this recipe, are packed with filling nutrition! I talk more in depth about cashews in my Vanilla-Cinnamon Cashew Milk post. Cashews contain a high nutritional profile that includes an excellent source of healthy fats, plant protein, vitamins, antioxidants, and important minerals such as copper, zinc, and magnesium. Cashews aren’t the only ingredient that makes this recipe nutritious. Garlic, fresh lemon, apple cider vinegar, and dill are a few other ingredients to name that deliver healthy benefits in this recipe. Garlic is a potent medicinal ingredient that helps combat sickness, fresh lemon is detoxifying, apple cider vinegar improves digestion, and dill comes packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and anti-viral/anti-inflammatory properties.


Ways to enjoy cashew cheese…

  • Spread cashew cheese onto healthy crackers and top with extra herbs or some cucumber, etc…
  • Spread cashew cheese onto some sprouted toast, avo toast, wraps, sandwiches, baked potatoes, etc…
  • Dip fresh chopped raw veggies or homemade fries into cashew cheese…
  • Turn cashew cheese into a creamy dip or sauce by blending it with plant based milk…

Anyone can enjoy this delicious dairy free + vegan friendly cheese! It’s that good. So let’s get to the best part of all…

Garlic Herb Cashew Cheese

  • Servings: 2 cups
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
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Dairy free, vegan friendly, nutritious, Garlic Herb Cashew Cheese


  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water overnight (or at least 4-8 hours)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, raw unfiltered
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp dill
  • Pinch of sea salt


  1. Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until thick, creamy consistency is achieved.
  2. Keep stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 7 days.
  3. Tip – While blending, use a spatula to push down any mixture that gets forced to the sides of your appliance to make sure everything gets blended together evenly.

    Note – The cashew cheese can be enjoyed immediately, or once it has been chilled in the refrigerator. It’s up to you! Once cashew cheese has been chilled, it will further harden. It will be soft when freshly made prior to refrigerating. Add more or less ingredients for desired taste + consistency preferences.

Have you ever made or tried a cashew cheese? Do you have any homemade specialty dips or spreads you like to make? I find recipes like the Garlic Herb Cashew Cheese are great for entertainment! Be sure to let me know if you gave this recipe a try by using the hashtag #thenourishedvibe or tagging me on Instagram @thenourishedvibe.

Good vibes only,Jenna

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