For Stoptober, I decided to give up eggs and dairy. To be honest, it’s not been as difficult as I thought it would be, but there are occasions where I’m really missing cheese.
The vegan cheese I’ve tried (and I’ve tried about 3 so far) have all been awful. It may look like cheese, but it certainly doesn’t smell or taste like it. Plus, one look at the ingredients is enough to put you off. It’s basically full of palm oil and stabilisers – nothing that will provide my body with any nutritional value. So, I decided to give cashew cheese a try. I’d read several recipes online and none of them seemed to convince me that it would taste anything like cheese.
Furthermore, the key ingredient to make it even remotely ‘cheesy’ seemed to be something obscure called ‘nutritional yeast’ – what the heck is that?! Certainly not something I had handy in my kitchen cupboard.
Then it hit me.
The perfect solution and the magic ingredient to making a seriously yummy cashew cheese that actually tastes like cheese.
Yep, marmite. Trust me. This is the best vegan cashew cheese you will taste!
- Half a cup of cashews
- 1/2 lemon
- Soak the cashews in water for 1 hour
- Pop them in a blender with 1/4 cup water
- Squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon into the mixture
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- Add a teaspoon of marmite
Pulse the mixture until the consistency is similar to hummus and pop it in the fridge for an hour to ‘set’.
The marmite gives the ‘cheese’ that tangy, salty yumminess that you crave when you think about all your favourite cheesy dishes. That little extra savoury kick that makes you do that weird little happy dance as you tuck into your favourite food.