These 2 Great Dairy Free Cheese Spreads are both super simple to make, use whole ingredients and are immensely flavourful!
The best thing about a dairy free cheese is that it is creamy, rich in magnesium and tastes amazing! It has all the nutrients required for hormone health. If you are not in some form of a nut free protocol, this recipe is great!
This dairy free cheese has three main ingredients for, which are cashew, nutritional yeast and lemons. It works great mixed with fried onion, tomatoes, green chillies and peppers as a topping on a gluten free bread! You can also make the herbed variation and spread it on a gluten free toast, add some sliced tomatoes, lime, salt and pepper for a quick and simple meal.
What is great about this recipe, is that my son loved it! Most of the dairy free cashew cheese that I have bought have not tasted nice, and he had a mental block against all dairy free cheese. I was eating this on toast one evening.
He looked at it and joked that it will have that yucky cashew cheese taste. I urged him to try it and that was it! I lost the two chilly cheese toasts that I had made for my dinner!
Jokes apart, dairy is a big problem for many. Even if you are not plant based, you might have inflammatory issues with dairy. I cannot tolerate even a little cheese but this has worked amazing!
Stay dairy free and enjoy your taste for cheese with these 2 Great Dairy Free Cheese Spreads!
Cashew is one nut which has a bad reputation. So many people think that it is high in cholesterol and is fattening. In fact it is rich in all the nutrients that you need to get over premenstrual syndrome. I always include plenty of cashew during different phases of my cycle. It is actually rich in nutrients!
This dairy free cheese contains no preservatives, thickeners or emulsifiers, like many store bought ones have. neither does it have the strong cashew taste which most of the preservative free dairy free cheese have.
Most of them only taste of cashew. It is not nut free, but it is soy free! Many dairy free cheese have tofu clended with fats. That can be a major problem for many people who are estrogen dominant.
Dairy free cheese is easy to spread. It does not crumble and look dry like many others do. When it is mixed with sauteed vegetables, it tastes simply amazing! As i said, for me the true test of an anti-inflammatory recipe working, is when my son has approved it. It’s not easy to get kids to try something healthy.
For an extra special dairy free cheese try the version with garlic and oregano. You can reduce the tuemeric even more for this version. Both versions work great in pasta as well!
As you keep seeing all my recipes, I have three stars of the show, in this case, it’s cashew, nutritional yeast and lemons. Remember my mantra, which is enjoy food from concept to creation to consumption!
You really want to bring your awareness. Intention matters. If you think that you need to support hormone health, try this dairy free cheese, loaded with brilliant nutrients.
Let’s breakdown the ingredients of these 2 Great Dairy Free Cheese Spreads recipe before going into it:
Cashew– For me the greatest benefit of cashew is magnesium! Magnesium is required for hundreds of functions in the body and most people are deficient. It is especially required in greater amounts during premenstrual syndrome. They are also rich in zinc, iron, manganese, selenium, B6 and much more. The four key nutrients that you need for good sleep are tryptophan, magnesium, zinc and B6!
Nutritional yeast–If you are on a plant based diet, vitamin B12 can be a concern. It is a great source of proteins, is rich in many B vitamins and can be helpful in preventing B12 deficiency in vegans. It also has that beautiful cheesy flavour. There is a concern that is might be a problem for some people with histamine intolerance.
Lemons–Lemons are my star ingredient! It has so many benefits including raising stomach acid for better digestion, allowing urine pH to be more alkaline and also being rich in vitamin C. I have a lemon tree and pluck it fresh whenever I need! They are simply awesome!
This super simple recipe can be adapted two ways for a great cheese spread which is dairy free. It is made from whole food ingredients and is great if you are not nut free!
- 1/2 cup Cashewnuts
- 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
- 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Lemons
- 1/2 tsp Salt more if you like
- 1 pinch Turmeric powder
- 4 pods Garlic
- 1/4 cup Oregano ideally fresh, else use dried herbs
- 1/4 cup Water
Soak the cashewnuts for an hour or two in water.
Discard the soaked water and blend the soaked cashew, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, turmeric and water until very smooth and creamy.
This basic dairy free spread can be used as a base to mix with vegetables and topped on a gluten free toast. It can also be used with gluten free pasta.
If you want to try the second version of this, with garlic and herbs, chop the garlic fine and lightly toast them. You do not need any oil. Just toast them on low heat. Chop the oregano fine and gently fold in the garlic and oregano into the basic cheese spread. Use it on toast and add your vegetables. You can also use it with roast vegetables inside a gluten free roti or tortilla and make yourself a wrap!
Always remind yourself that food is medicine! Including this recipe is a great way to transition away from dairy which can be highly inflammatory. Dairy is a challenge for many to break down, apart from the fact that it might be full of antibiotics and hormones.When you cannot break it down, you end up congesting your lymphatic system.
If you try this out and love it as much as I do, share a picture on instagram and tag me @phytothrive_yogini! My recipes are all super simple, but all of them have an intention towards a system in the body. My intention is that you learn to use food as medicine, but in the simplest way possible.