Vegan Smoked Cashew Cheese

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This is unlike any cashew cheese that you’ve ever tasted. Filled with heart-healthy fats and protein, this raw vegan cheese is is creamy, sliceable, and has a refined smokiness from the paprika. The cheesy flavor comes from the nutritional yeast, which is an essential pantry item for anyone on a vegan diet. You can pair this cheese with fresh apple or pear slices for a lovely afternoon snack. Don’t knock it until you try it!

You can add slices to healthy crackers as well. Lastly, be warned that the texture differs from a regular block of cheese. This cheese is much softer and creamier, almost like brie.

Vegan Smoked Cashew Cheese
  • Prep Time:10m
  • Cook Time:5m
  • Total Time:15m


  • 1 c raw cashews
  • 1/2 c nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp. grade A maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. agar agar powder
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric
  • 14 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 c Water
  • pinch of sea salt


  1. Add everything (except for the agar agar and 3/4 cup water) to a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Add the remaining half (3/4 cup) of water and the agar agar to a medium pan over medium-low heat.
  3. Simmer for five minutes, stirring throughout. You do not want any agar agar lumps in the bottom of the pan.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and pour in the cashew cheese mixture. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  5. Pour the mixture into a mold, which is lined with parchment paper, for one hour so it can firm up.
  6. Remove the cheese from the refrigerator, slice, and enjoy. Consume the cheese within five days and keep refrigerated.