Guys if you are like me and cannot digest most dairy products well, or choose not to eat cheese due to your dietary preference, you are going to absolutely LOVE this recipe. When I set out to make it I really had low expectations because I had never made a true cheese spread before, but boy was I pleasantly surprised.
This spread has an incredible herb and cheese flavor, and the texture is spot on! I knew it was the real deal when I had my husband try it (who used to work for a cheese company!) and he said that it was absolutely delicious and something he would eat with a spoon (if I let him haha). I personally think it goes perfectly with my favorite Mary's Crackers that are gluten free and have an awesome crunch to them.
I do really want to make sure you guys know what to expect when making this vegan cheese though, because while the taste and texture is amazing, it is not going to replace a slicing cheese, or ooy-gooey melting cheese in my opinion. Sometimes I find that vegan/dairy free recipes trying to mimic the real dairy filled thing aren't honest enough with comparison expectation, so I want you guys to really know what to expect!
The best way to describe this cheese in my opinion is that it is very similar in consistency to a cheese spread. It is not going to be overly smooth like a cream cheese, and is not going to have any sort of melting tendencies like a brie would. This vegan herbed cheese really is very similar in both texture, taste, and consistency to a dairy based herbed cheese spread that you would put out at a party with crackers and sliced vegetables. That is why when I go to serve this cheese at parties I always bring crunchy options to spread the vegan cheese onto, as this really seems to compliment the flavor and texture best.
Lastly, this cheese couldn't be easier to make, but does require some setting. This just means that you aren't going to be able to whip this cheese up for a party without a little planning ahead. But most of the time spent on this cheese is just sitting and setting in the refrigerator, the actual process of making this cheese can be done in under 10 minutes. To help you out and make sure you all know how to plan your time right to make sure this cheese is ready to impress at your next party I outlined the steps I would take below to have it ready to go when you need it to be.
Steps to making the thyme and chive herb vegan soft cheese
Soak 1.5 cups of cashews in a medium size bowl filled with 3-4 cups of cold water
Allow your cashews to soak overnight (minimum 12 hours)
Drain soaked cashews and add to a food processor with the other ingredients listed below.
Combine all ingredients for 3-5 minutes until the mixture is really smooth and creamy.
Fold in some chopped herbs for the amazing herbed flavor.
Take a cheese cloth and place the cheese spread onto the cloth, shaping it into a ball.
Fold the cloth over the cheese, place it in a bowl, and allow the cheese to sit again for ~8 hours.
Remove the cheese after it has been set and chilled, and top with some more chopped herbs.
Serve with crackers, or sliced veggies and enjoy! In my experience the cheese will keep in an air tight container for 3-4 days after making...but usually doesn't last that long.
thyme and chive herb vegan soft cheese
makes one 10-12 oz cheese ball
- 1 cup raw soaked cashews (soak in cold water in the fridge overnight)
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- 1 tsp white vinegar
- 3 tablespoons cold water
- 1/2 teaspoon himalayan sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon thyme
- 2 tablespoons chopped chives
- Note: Keep about about a tablespoon of herbs to sprinkle on top of cheese before serving
- Soak 1.5 cups of cashews in a medium size bowl filled with 3-4 cups of cold water
- Allow your cashews to soak overnight (minimum 12 hours)
- Drain soaked cashews and add to a food processor with the other ingredients listed below.
- Combine all ingredients for 3-5 minutes until the mixture is really smooth and creamy.
- Fold in your chopped herbs for the amazing herbed flavor.
- Take a cheese cloth and place the cheese spread onto the cloth, shaping it into a ball.
- Fold the cloth over the cheese, place it in a bowl, and allow the cheese to sit again for ~8 hours.
- Remove the cheese after it has been set and chilled, and top with some more chopped herbs.
- Serve with crackers, or sliced veggies and enjoy!