15-Minute Cashew Cheese

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Published: Aug 28, 2021 · Modified: Aug 28, 2021 · This post may contain affiliate links.

This 15-Minute Cashew Cheese is perfect for dipping veggies, crackers, and more. Finally, here is a spreadable, vegan-friendly cheese that is bursting with flavor! 

scooping up 15-minute cashew cheese with celery stick

It takes literally no time to whip up this cashew cheese recipe. Even better, you can change the thickness to your taste! I like my cheese nice and thick so it's great for spreading on a bagel, bread, and more. 

This 15-Minute Cashew Cheese recipe is...

  • Vegan 
  • Dairy-free 
  • Gluten-free 
  • Ready in 15 minutes 

How to Make 15-Minute Cashew Cheese 

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  1. Start by adding all the ingredients into your food processor. 
  2. Blend until smooth, making sure to scrape down the sides as needed. 
  3. Season the cheese with salt and pepper! 

Tips & Trick for 15-Minute Cashew Cheese 

15-minute cashew cheese in a jar topped with chives

Food Processor

I find that using a food processor or high speed blender for this recipe is key. Otherwise, the cashews and other ingredients won't break down enough to create a good cheese-like texture. 

Soaking Cashews 

You have to soak your cashews overnight to make this recipe. To do this, add cashews and water to a bowl, then place in fridge to soak overnight. 

Or, to speed up the soaking process, boil the cashews in water for 30 minutes. Whichever method you choose, the nuts just have to get soft so they can cream up properly. 

Variations to 15-Minute Cashew Cheese

15-minute cashew cheese in a jar next to chips in a small bowl

Ingredients Used 

Feel free to swap out ingredients to change the flavor of your cheese. I love the bite of the apple cider vinegar with the chives and lemon. But if you're not a fan of chives, swap them out with something else.

Green onions could be a good option! You could also try adding garlic, parsley, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, etc. These are all great swaps for this cheese recipe!


I used apple cider vinegar, but you could swap it for some white wine vinegar for a less bite-y vinegar. It will work the same but lessen the bold flavor. 

15-Minute Cashew Cheese FAQs

dipping a celery stick into 15-minute cashew cheese

How can I make this cheese thinner? 

If you want your cheese to be a bit thinner, add a little more oil and water to the recipe. I recommend adding more by ½ teaspoon at a time to prevent your cheese from becoming too watery. 

How do you serve cashew cheese? 

Pair this cashew cheese with crackers, chips, veggies, bagels, toast, pasta, etc. This vegan cheese is so delicious and can be used in so many ways!

How should I store cashew cheese? 

This cheese spread needs to be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. In the fridge, your cheese will remain good for up to 5 days.

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15-Minute Cashew Cheese

This 15-Minute Cashew Cheese is perfect for dipping veggies, crackers, and more. Finally, here is a spreadable, vegan-friendly cheese that is bursting with flavor! 

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Course: Sauces, Dips & Dressings

Cuisine: American

Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian

Keyword: how to make cashew cheese, vegan cashew cheese

Servings: 2 cups

Calories: 528kcal


  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked overnight, see notes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup fresh chives
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper


  • Place all ingredients in a food processor.

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  • Blend until smooth. You may need to scrape the sides a few times to remove any un-blended bits.

    vegan cashew cheese

  • Adjust the salt and pepper to taste.

  • The resulting cheese will be very thick and spreadable—even sliceable after being refrigerated! If you’re looking for cheese with a thinner consistency, add up to 2 more tbsp of oil and water.


  • To make this cashew cheese, you need to soak the cashews overnight. Simply place cashews in a bowl, cover with water, and set in the fridge overnight. If you are short on time, you can place the cashews in hot water (boil water, then remove from heat) for 30 minutes instead.
  • Serve cashew cheese with tortilla chips, crackers, celery, or carrot sticks. Garnish with fresh chives.
  • This cheese can be used as a dip or to make creamy pasta.
  • Keep the cashew cheese in the fridge, in an airtight container, for up to 5 days.


Serving: 2gCalories: 528kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 18gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 26gSodium: 590mgPotassium: 682mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 219IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 5mg

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