This rich and creamy spread can easily take the place of any soft cheese, like cream cheese, but unlike dairy-based cheeses, it does not contain any saturated animal fat or cholesterol, and does not come with all the risks and problems of dairy. On the other hand, being a plant cheese it DOES contain fiber, and is loaded with healthy fats and protein, as well as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.
It is incredibly versatile because you can flavor it in any way you like, whether you want a spicy, sweet, sour, smoked, or herbed version, and it can complement almost any dish. You can spread it on some wholesome bread or your homemade flatbreads and crepes to make all kinds of wraps, and even use it on potatoes and other starchy vegetables. You can even cut it into pasta dishes and mix into other meals. It can be gentle and mild to appeal to young children, and it can be strong and flavorful to appeal to teens and adults.
PREP TIME: < 5 mins (+ soaking time + setting time)
SERVINGS: makes about 4 small cheese bars (over 2 cups of liquid volume)
- 100% Plant-based (Vegan)
For a ginger version, add a small chunk of fresh ginger or some ginger powder
For a garlic version, add 1 to 2 cloves of fresh garlic or some garlic powder
For a spicy version, add 1 to 2 small chili peppers, or a jalapeño pepper, or some chili powder, black pepper, or cayenne pepper powder
For an herbed version, add some fresh or dried herbs
For a curried version, add some organic curry powder
Other possible flavor additions: paprika, cumin, turmeric, mustard, vegetarian smoke flavor, etc.
For a yellow color, use some turmeric powder, and for an orange color, use some paprika powder.
Soak the cashews in a bowl covered with water for 2 to 4 hours prior to making the cheese. (You can also just leave them to soak overnight.) When you are ready to use them, drain all the water and rinse the cashews well several times.
Place one portion of the water (3/4 cup) and all of the ingredients, except for the Agar Agar Powder, in your high-powdered blender, and blend on high speed until a smooth and creamy consistency results.
Place the other portion of the water (3/4 cup) with the Agar Agar powder in the sauce pan and begin to heat on high while stirring to…