Homemade Vegan cream cheese with herbs

This vegan cream cheese with herbs and garlic is a delicious, dairy-free alternative to traditional cream cheese. It is perfect for spreading on bagels or crackers or using in recipes that call for cream cheese.

This cream cheese is made with cashews (affiliate link) and fine herbs, so it is high in protein and low in fat. It is also a good source of calcium and has no cholesterol.

vegan cream cheese with herbs in a wood bowl with cherry tomatoes and sliced baguette on the side.

About this recipe

There are many recipes to make vegan cashew cream cheese. For example, you can make it with nut milk pulp from almond milk. There is one cream cheese recipe with tofu that is amazing; there is vegan cream cheese with macadamias, with no cashews (affiliate link), etc.

But my favorite vegan cream cheese, which I hope becomes your favorite recipe too, is this one: cashew cream cheese recipe with herbs.





cashes in water in a bowl, galic, fresh herbsa bnd lemon juice to make vegan cream cheese.

Ingredients to make vegan cream cheese

  • Cashews (affiliate link). Soaked for three hours or overnight, read below for a super seedy cashew soaking method.
  • Olive oil. always use good olive oil.
  • Lemon juice or lime juice
  • Garlic, always fresh; please do not use pre-minced garlic, NEVER.
  • Apple cider vinegar (affiliate link), sub with rice or white vinegar. It is necessary for that extra tanginess in every bite.
  • Fine herbs, a combination of your favorite fresh herbs. It can be scallions, chives, parsley, basil,
How to soak cashews fast?

As an alternative of soaking your cashews for 3 hours:

•you can boil them for ten minutes and then let them sit for five minutes or until completely cooled down.
 
•microwave for 2 minutes and then let them sit for five minutes or until completely cooled down.

•pour hot water over them and let them sit for 15 minutes or until completely cooled down.
cashews in the bowl of a food processor

how to make vegan cream cheese

  • Drain the soaked cashews (affiliate link) and place them in a blender or food processor (affiliate link) container with vinegar, lemon juice, raw garlic, and olive oil.
  • Blend until it has a cream cheese consistency. Add the freshly chopped fine herbs. Mix and check for seasoning; adjust if necessary.
  • Scrape the blender or food processor (affiliate link) container with a rubber spatula and place the vegan cream cheese in a serving bowl or container if you are using it later.

How to store the dairy-free cream cheese

Store in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator. It will last up to five days. You could also freeze it for up to two months in a freezer-safe container. The texture may vary, but it would be equally delicious.

freshly made cashew cream cheese with chopped fresh herbs

Serving suggestions

Can I buy vegan cream cheese at the store?

The brands that I love and think have the best flavor are Miyoko´s, made from cashew milk; I also love kite hill, made from almond milk, and Violife.

serving myself a  glass of red wine

Other recipes that you may like:

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vegan cream cheese

Vegan cream cheese with fine herbs

Alejandra Graf
This vegan cream cheese is made with raw cashews and fresh herbs. It tastes fantastic with bread, homemade crackers,  or crudites.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Soaking time 3 hrs
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup
Calories 141 kcal

Equipment

  • Food processor

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup cashews soaked overnight or at least three hours
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2- 3 tablespoons water * if you need your blender to run better

Instructions
 

  • Drain the soaked cashews and place them in a blender or food processor container with vinegar, lemon juice, raw garlic, and olive oil.
    Blend until it has a cream cheese consistency.
    Add the freshly chopped fine herbs. Mix and check for seasoning; adjust if necessary.
  • Scrape the blender or food processor container with a rubber spatula and place the vegan cream cheese in a serving bowl or container if you are using it later.

Notes

You can use the herbs you have at home, only one or a combination of all or skip. This cheese tastes better if it’s cold and holds very well in well closed container in the fridge for up to three days

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 141kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 4gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 393mgPotassium: 150mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 0.3IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg
Keyword vegan cheese

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