This homemade vegan cashew cream cheese is the perfect dairy-free spread for any bagel and tastes even better combined with a red onion marmalade.
I’ve been wanting to experiment with homemade vegan cheeses for a while and knowing I had a jar of red onion marmalade in my cupboard made it the perfect opportunity to create a dreamy weekend brunch: homemade vegan cashew cream cheese and red onion marmalade on bagels.
The vegan cashew cream cheese is exceptionally easy to make: just pop all of your ingredients into a high powdered food processor (I used my Vitamix) and blend until creamy. How long you need to blend for will depend on your equipment – this took less than a minute in the Vitamix – so keep checking as you go. Without a Vitamix or equivalent, it may take significantly longer but I haven’t tested this. If it comes out too thick, adding a little water should get you to your desired consistency.
I decided against adding nutritional yeast to the cashew cream cheese since I sometimes find it can taste a little bit plasticky uncooked. I expect some of you will be pleased to discover a vegan cashew cream cheese that is made with readily-available ingredients too and I’ve consciously tried to make it so. The recipe calls for a little oil-infused garlic but this can be substituted for a plain oil and one small clove of garlic, though the resulting flavour will be stronger.
Fortunately, most bagels (as far as I’ve seen in the UK) are accidentally vegan so you should have no problems picking some up ready-made. Of course you could take this vegan brunch to the next level and make your own bagels!
- 60g plain cashew nuts, soaked in hot water for at least an hour
- 1tbsp garlic-infused oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- Pinch of dried rosemary
- Drain the cashews and add into a high-powered blender along with the oil, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. Blend for around 1 minute in a high powered blender, or around 3-5 minutes (or longer if needed) in a lower powder unit, until it has formed a smooth, thick paste that resembles cream cheese. If it is too thick, then add a little warm water.
- Transfer to a small dish and sprinkle over the dried rosemary. Serve on a hot bagel with red onion marmalade or use as a substitute to cream cheese in any other dish!
- Store in an airtight pot in the fridge for up to three days.
Depending on the strength of your blender, you may need to soak the cashews for longer or blend for longer. Older cashew nuts will also need soaking for longer than fresher ones.
Have you tried making your own vegan cheese before?
Mercers of Yorkshire sample kindly provided by the BBC Good Food Show.