Herbed Cashew Cheese Spread

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by Catherine in Snack

Herbed Cashew Cheese Spread – a work in progress

It’s only a week ago since I made my first batch of this Herbed Cashew Cheese Spread, and I have to say it’s a heck of a lot easier than I thought it would be.

It does take time to ferment, but other than the time for fermenting the rest is easy-peasy….. and we know how much I like easy-peasy 🙂

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  • 2 cups cashews
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 tsp probiotic powder
  • 1 tbsp light miso
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts, chopped
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chives, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • fresh ground pepper

Herbed Cashew Cheese Spread

Mix probiotic powder with water and stir.  Add water/probiotic mixture to blender, add cashews.  Blend at low speed and gradually increase speed and blend until smooth.  Spoon mixture into a nut bag, squeeze and place in strainer and leave to ferment for up to 8-12 hours (see picture above).  Time required to ferment will differ depending on how warm it is.  Do not ferment beyond 12 hours as it may become rancid.

Once fermentation process is complete, spoon cheese from nut bag into bowl.  Add remaining ingredients, stir well together. Place in mini 4.5 inch spring form pan (see picture to left). Press well and leave in fridge for at least 6-8 hrs to mold to the spring form and so flavours are more enhanced. Turn upside down, release from pan and sprinkle with dried herbs.

Herbed Cashew Cheese Spread & Flaxseed Crackers

Nut cheese is very dense with the nuts, so I prefer to only use a little for portions.  One example is to use Flaxseed Crackers or Multi-seed Crackers with a slice of cucumber topped with a dabble of cashew cheese spread.  Yum!!

Cashew cheese is also delicious used when making wraps, spread some cashew cheese spread over the wrap or lettuce leaf, add vegetables and sprouts, perhaps a little salsa, et voila a dee-licious and scrumptious lunch.

  1. Vittina says:

    Hello Catherine,

    Where does one go to purchase a nut bag?

    1. Catherine says:

      Hi Vittina – Where are you located? In our area, we can normally find in health food stores and you can also get online at Amazon: Click HERE. Does that help? Cat xox

  2. Christopher says:

    I was looking for an alternative to dairy cheese (lactose intolerant) and found this site by searching. I’ve now made 2 batches (one of which was a very nice rosemary dill combination). I’ve now made my way to the smoothie section of your page and will be making my first one in a couple minutes.

    Also coincidentally I’m also living in Ottawa. Do you know of any good health food stores in the Nepean area? I normally bus in the winter so getting out to westboro is sometimes a bit of a pain.

    1. Wow, isn’t that great news Christopher…I’m so glad you like the Cashew Cheese… as for stores in Nepean area, I’m not sure which part of Nepean? There is Rainbow Foods at Carling/Pinecrest, I actually also get a lot of my organics at loblaws (except in summer I use local farmers markets). Not sure if that helps?

      1. shrike88 says:

        Loblaws is close by so I started picking up some of the fruits and greens there. I may check out Rainbow foods next time I’m in the vicinity. Thanks again!

        1. Oh I forgot, I think most of the Farmboy stores also carry organic produce. If you want fresh organic produce for the summer now is the time to sign up. There are a couple, I can get you the names if you are interested.

          1. shrike88 says:

            Sorry for the delayed response, that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks 🙂

  3. Didie says:

    Do you have any idea about the time you can keep it in your fridge ?


    1. HI Didie – I would think it would be ok in the fridge for about a week. I’m not really sure, because in our house it’s usually always gone within 3 days 🙂

      Catherine xox

      1. Didie says:

        Thanks a lot Catherine for your answer !
        I’ll try this soon 🙂


        P.S : Catherine is a french name… do you have french origins (I’m French ;-))

        1. Hi Didie – no I’m not French, I’m actually Danish but born in Canada so my parents wanted to give me an “international” name that would work in Denmark, Canada and where ever else me may have lived 🙂 which ended up being mostly Canada.

          I live in Ottawa and it’s bilingual with french & english …. Je parle un peu Francais (un peu!!) 😉 Where in the world are you ?

          1. Didie says:

            Denmark…. it’s not so far from France ! 😉
            I’m French living in… France 😉 Not very sexy isn’t it ? 😀 But I’m happy here, so ! The only problem here is to be vegetarian (I’m not completely vegan… but I work on it !) because the population in France is very attached to the meat in the french gastronomie…
            Is it easy in Canada ? I spend 3 weeks in holidays 10 years ago but I was not veg at this moment…

          2. I live in Ottawa, Canada’s capital and being vegan hear is getting a lot easier – it’s not like that everywhere though. I would love to go to France (I keep suggesting to my hubby :-)) perhaps on our next trip to Germany/Denmark we can also visit France – a beautiful country but I was only there as a small child so MANY years ago 😉

  4. Felicia says:

    That looks amazing! Will be trying this one!

    1. Thanks Felicia, I think you’ll love it. Let us know!! xox

  5. Christina says:

    Is the probiotic essential to the recipe? Also, is a nut bag different than cheese cloth?

    1. Christina, I think you can use fresh lemon juice instead of probiotic but I’m not certain – I have not tried it but I have seen similar recipes with lemon – not sure if it will be the same though. Probiotic powder is available at most health food stores and some pharmacies.. you can get a small bottle. Nut bag is a lot finer than cheese cloth, but I think cheese cloth may do the trick… again, not certain as I haven’t tried it myself so I hate to steer you wrong… but the intent of the bag it so let it drain, so I think wrapping it in cheese cloth would be ok, just don’t squeeze too much so that the “cheese” doesn’t go through the cloth… hope that helps. Let me know what you end up doing and how it works xox

  6. Are the cashews raw? how long does it have to ferment?

    1. Yes, I always use raw nuts/seeds for all my recipes. To ferment it takes 8-12 hrs (I think I have that noted in the recipe), the time can vary depending on how warm it is – if it’s warmer in your kitchen/outside less time is required. Does that help?… xox

  7. ybertaud9 says:

    Bravo! What a great Facebook page… will recommend on ByzantineFlowers FB page!

    1. Awwwww aren’t you sweet… thanks so much xox

  8. Stephi says:

    My blender isn’t as high powered as the expensive ones, so I would need to soak the nuts. Would that mess the recipe up?

    1. No, I don’t think so Stephi. You could perhaps also use a food processor but the cheese may be not quite as smooth, but a little texture is always nice anyway. Let me know how it works out.

  9. ybertaud9 says:

    Awesome! Must try… thanks! 😉

  10. Aimee says:

    Looks great! What kind of ‘probiotic powder’ do you use and where did you find it?

    1. I use a brand called Natural Factors Mega Probiotic Powder, however there are many brands on the market these days. I purchased at Natural Food Pantry in Westboro Ottawa, but from what I’ve seen most health food stores carry probiotic powder. I hope that helps.

      1. Do you know if the probiotic powder is vegan? Thanks! Great recipe! =)

        1. Great question,not all probiotics are vegan so it’s important to choose vegan. Many say vegetarian and I’ve made that mistake before – those that are vegan will say so explicitly. Let me know how you like it!! Catherine xox

          1. I might try making a cashew cheese using rejuvelac first =) (as I don’t really know where to find vegan probiotic powder… =/ )

          2. That’s a great idea. I know others who have done that. Where are you living? Most health food stores (i.e. Whole Foods if you are in the USA) will carry the vegan probiotic powder.

          3. I know, I used to live in the US, now I am in Germany… and I doubt any store close to me will have it 😉
            So, in order to avoid expensive shipping costs, I might try the rejuvelac version. =)

          4. My hubby is from German 😉 I’d love to hear how it works for you. I know someone who used lemon in pace of probiotics, about 3 Tbsp and reduce the water a little. I was planning to try it next time – perhaps that’s an option for you as well. Look forward to hearing how it works for you. Cheers!

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