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Easy DIY Vegan Cheese Spread

Recipe by Gem’s Wholesome Kitchen

Suitable for Vegans, Low Carb Diets

Difficulty Easy

Makes 12 crackers
Prep time
 5 minutes (plus soaking the nuts for at least 2 hours)


  • 200g cashews
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or 1 clove chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt to taste
  • pinch of freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 12 crackers

To flavour the spread

Pick one of the following:

  • Smokey - 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Truffle - a few drops of truffle oil
  • Chives - chopped fresh chives


Step 1
Soak the cashews by placing them in a bowl and cover with water by about 2cm. Cover the bowl with a clean tea towel or cloth and let sit at room temperature for at least 2 hours, and ideally overnight. The nuts will plump up as they absorb the water. Once soaked, drain and rinse them in a colander under cool running water.

Step 2
Put everything in a food processor or blender. Pulse to roughly break down the cashews. Scrape down the sides, add 60ml water and blend again for about 2 minutes, until the smooth and thick. It should have the consistency of hummus; add an extra splash of water if needed. Taste and add more lemon juice, salt and pepper if necessary.

Step 3
Now add your chosen flavour, either Smokey, Truffle or Chives and mix well.

Step 4
Spread generously over the crackers and add a garnish of your choice such as cress, sliced radish or chopped herbs.

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