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Garlic & Chive Vegan Cheese Spread

This is my super simple, yummy vegan cheese spread made from cashews and a few other simple ingredients. It's got a convincing and satisfying 'real cheese' taste. Even my dairy loving husband approves! ;)

What you need to make it:

  • 1 cup cashews

  • 1 cup aquafaba (liquid from 1 can of chickpeas)

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 2 cloves fresh garlic

  • 2 tsp onion powder

  • 1 1/2 tbsp tapioca starch

  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • Fresh snipped chives (about 1/4 cup)

What to do to make it:
  1. Soak the cashews overnight in cold water or for 15 minutes in a pot of freshly boiled, hot water. Rinse the cashews and place in a high-speed blender.

  2. Add the aquafaba, apple cider vinegar, garlic clove, tapioca starch, onion powder, 4 tbsp nutritional yeast, fresh chives and sea salt to the blender. Blend for 2 to 3 minutes until smooth. Note: if you add the chives before blending, your cheese will be green like mine. If you prefer, add the chives while cheese heats on stove to avoid the green hue.

  3. Warm a medium-sized pot over medium-low heat, pour the cheese sauce into the pan and stir until the cheese thickens to a thick and stretchy consistency.

  4. For a cheese spread, enjoy the cheese warm or let cool.

  5. If you want a cheese with a little more consistency (it will never be hard), add cheese to a bowl and tap the bowl on the counter a couple times to get the air bubbles out. Leave to chill completely (about 25 minutes), then place in fridge in a covered dish.

If you make this recipe, please take a photo and tag @yourbestlifewithlisa


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