Cashew Cream Cheese

This vegan oil-free herb & garlic cashew cream cheese takes just five minutes to make and is the You will want to put this vegan cream cheese on just about everything (I particularly love it slathered on bagels or in a vegan lasagna).

For this recipe, you will want to soak your cashews overnight, or boil them for 20 minutes to soften. This makes things a bit easier for your blender, and will result in a creamier ‘cheese’ consistency.

One of the questions I get asked most often on Instagram is how on earth to give up cheese when transitioning to a plant-based diet. I also found this to be one of the most difficult foods to part with. With that said, simple and healthful recipes like this oil-free cashew cream cheese make it a lot easier! The other thing I find amazing about vegan ‘nut’ cheeses is that you don’t have that achey or bloated feeling in your stomach after eating it like dairy often causes.

You can read more about why I choose to avoid oil in my plant-based lifestyle here.

Ideas For Vegan Cashew Cream Cheese

Like I said, you can put this cashew cream cheese on just about everything, but here are a few of my favorite ideas:

  • On a pizza like dollops of mozzarella
  • In a veggie wrap for more flavor
  • Slathered on a bagel or english muffin
  • On top of soup
  • On a mashed or baked potato

The possibilities are truly endless! 

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The Cream Cheese

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Vegan Cashew Cream Cheese

The Recipe: Vegan Herb & Garlic Cashew Cream Cheese (Oil-Free, Whole-Foods, Plant-Based)

A simple and delicious five minute vegan cream cheese that can be used on everything!
4.82 from 22 ratings


  • 1 Cup Cashews, Soaked
  • 1 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ¼ Tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • ½ Tsp Dried Basil
  • ¼ Tsp Dried Dill


  • High Speed Blender or Food Processor


  • Soak your cashews overnight or boil them in water for 20 minutes to soften.
  • Add all ingredients to a high speed blender or food processor and combine until smooth, scraping down the sides and pulsing as needed to get a creamy consistency.