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Thick slice of cashew cheese on a wooden board.
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4.78 from 162 votes

Hard Sliceable Cashew Cheese

Vegan cashew cheese that is sliceable and perfect for a vegan cheese board! It's delicious on crackers and you can slice it into perfect slices and you can mash it up on a cracker if you like. Full flavored, authentic looking and quick and easy to make too!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Gluten-Free, Side
Cuisine: Vegan
Diet: Vegan
Servings: 20
Calories: 71kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add the cashews, ⅓ cup water, lemon juice, coconut oil, tahini, carrot, salt, paprika, cayenne, dijon mustard, nutritional yeast and garlic powder to the blender and blend until very smooth. Leave the mix in the blender and set aside.
  • Add 1 cup of water and the agar agar powder to a saucepan and heat, stirring regularly until boiling.  Boil it for 1 minute (time it), stirring regularly and after 1 minute remove it from the heat and pour it into the blender on top of the cheese mix.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Moving quickly, as it will start setting up very fast, pour the mix out into a round dish sprayed with non-stick spray.
  • Refrigerate until set. To remove from the bowl, turn upside down onto a plate.

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Notes

  1. It is crucial for the success of this recipe that you use agar agar powder and not flakes. Flakes are much less powerful and if you DO use flakes you will need to use 3 times as much (3 tablespoons).
  2. This might seem like a lot of salt, but it works perfectly in this recipe.
  3. I used a regular round bowl, it was 5 inches round and 2 inches deep. I chose it because it was quite straight up the sides so created a nicer shape for the cheese. But you can really use any bowl or ramekin, and if your bowls are smaller, then just use 2 bowls for 2 smaller blocks of cheese.
  4. This cheese can be grated but it tends to get firmer the longer it's in the fridge. So it's better for grating on the second day than on the day it's made. 
  5. It does also melt. We put a slice on a cracker and put it in the microwave for 15 seconds and it melted. So yes it does melt! 
  6. We have also tried it on pizza. We tried it grated onto a pizza and sliced. Either way was great. We put it on with all our other toppings before going into the oven and it got nice and soft and melty along with the other toppings. It doesn't spread or anything, but it's very good.
  7. This recipe makes one 21 ounce (600g) round of vegan cheese. 
  8. Serving size is 4 slices which is approximately 1 ounce. 

Nutrition

Serving: 4Slices | Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 303mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg