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2 Great Dairy Free Cheese Spreads

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!
Prep Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Accompaniment, Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack, Spreads
Cuisine Eclectic Indo Mediterranean, Gluten Free
Servings 4 people


  • Mixer


  • 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!
Keyword Cheese, Dairy free, Plant Based, Vegan