Gourmet Vegan Fermented Cheese (#1)
It's been said by many a vegan that giving up cheese was the hardest part of going completely plant-based. Dairy products are known to cause inflammation and can lead to heart disease by adding high amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat to your diet*. It should also be noted that there is no vitamin or nutrient found in dairy and meat products that can't be found from a plant-based source.
I've found that to successfully transition to a more plant-based diet, I needed to release the idea that the vegan options were going to be identical to to their non-plant-based counterparts. They are not, but they are equally as delicious in their own way! And they frequently contain much higher nutritional value and benefits without causing tummy issues. Take my vegan fermented cheese recipe for example; it's cashew-based and so easy, you will want to make it again and again. It tastes like a yummy and flavorful sharp cheddar cheese.
- 2 cups of raw cashews, soaked overnight
- 1 capsule of vegan probiotic powder (I use this one)
- 2.5 teaspoons of lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon of white pepper (plus more to top if desired, can sub for black pepper)
- 3 tablespoons of filtered water
- 2 tablespoons of your favorite herbs (dill, parsley, etc.)-optional
- Drain and rinse the cashews.
- Blend all ingredients in the blender, except for the probiotic powder, until completely smooth.
- Open the probiotic capsule and pour into the cheese, blend for a few seconds until completely combined. If you're adding the herbs, transfer to a bowl and mix them in.
- Place the mixture in a cheese cloth and hang over a bowl or place in a colander sitting over a bowl to let all the liquid drain out.
- Let it ferment at least 24 hours before tasting it. Full fermentation time will vary based on the taste you like. The longer it ferments, the stronger the flavor will be.
- You can now form the cheese into a ball (or whatever shape you want) and cover the top with pepper, herbs or paprika.
This vegan cheese recipe goes great with my Green Juice Crackers! Give it a try!
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