The Best Raw Vegan Cashew Queso Dip

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Legend states that anyone who tries this dip falls in love with it. That’s true for anyone who enjoys food, not simply people who follow a raw vegan or vegan diet. It exhibits a velvety, luxurious texture that offers an intense cheesy flavor. On top of the inherent cheesiness, this dip brims with an array of spices that delight your palate. Simply dive in with pieces of raw vegetables or raw vegan dehydrated crackers and enjoy!

The first ingredient of note is cashews, which make up the base of the dip. In order to achieve the smoothest consistency possible, you have to soak the raw cashews in water for about one to two hours. After you drain the water, you can blend them with the other ingredients. Speaking of other standout ingredients, nutritional yeast is going to help you achieve that signature cheesy flavor you crave from queso dip. Not all nutritional yeast is created equal, though. Try your best to get nutritional yeast that is non-fortified. Although, some people argue that fortified nutritional yeast is a better option for vegans because it contains synthetic B12, but this comes down to personal preference.

You’ll notice that this dip contains a lot of spices, helping you achieve that signature cheesy flavor. If you want to increase the level of spice, add more cayenne pepper or chili powder. Essentially, the blend of spices aims to emulate a packet of taco seasoning, minus the excess sodium and preservatives. Cumin and turmeric actually pair beautifully and give you the signature queso color. Try it and let us know how you like it in the comments below.

The Best Raw Vegan Cashew Queso Dip
  • Prep Time:10m
  • Total Time:10m

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c raw cashews
  • 3/4 c raw cashews
  • 1/3 c nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 c nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt, or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt, or more to taste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • pinch of turmeric
  • pinch of turmeric
  • 1 c homemade almond milk
  • 1 c homemade almond milk

Instructions

  1. Soak the raw cashews in water for one to two hours and then drain the liquid.
  2. Add the soaked cashews and the rest of the ingredients to a food processor or high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  3. Transfer the queso dip into a bowl and then serve with fresh vegetable sticks, for example, celery stalks, carrots, and bell pepper slices.
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