The Best Vegan Cream Cheese (3-Ingredients)

The Best Vegan Cream Cheese (3-Ingredients)

This Vegan Cream Cheese is made from just 3 simple ingredients, yet is made with vegan cultures to taste just like the real thing! The creamy texture and tanginess will absolutely wow your taste buds. You’ll never need another homemade vegan cream cheese recipe! 

A vegan cream cheese recipe that is made from cashews and easy to make! Plus, it requires just 3 simple ingredients. Get ready to bring your bagels to the next level! #vegan #creamcheese #cultured #cashew #probiotic #easytomake #veganbreakfast #musttry #breakfast #spread #vegancheese #oilfree #glutenfreeBeing from New Jersey, a bagel with cream cheese was my ultimate go-to breakfast growing up. To this day, it’s something I crave on the regular. While there are thankfully many plant-based alternatives to choose from in grocery stores now, sometimes homemade can’t be beat! A vegan cream cheese recipe that is made from cashews and easy to make! Plus, it requires just 3 simple ingredients. Get ready to bring your bagels to the next level! #vegan #creamcheese #cultured #cashew #probiotic #easytomake #veganbreakfast #musttry #breakfast #spread #vegancheese #oilfree #glutenfree

Ingredient You’ll Need 

  • Cashews: These nuts are one of the best, neutral tasting creamy ingredients to use when making homemade plant-based cream-based sauces, dips and spreads like this cream cheese. Make sure to purchase raw cashews that contain no added flavors and have not been roasted. Reserve those for making things like this Cashew Curried Trail Mix.
  • Vegan probiotics: When choosing probiotics for making homemade cashew cream cheese, it’s important to choose a probiotic strain that is suitable for food fermentation and will yield the best smooth texture. If you’d like to use the same probiotics capsules we used, shop them on Amazon here. Or, look for a multi-strain probiotic with strains like Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum, or Lactobacillus casei. Also make sure to purchase capsules, not pills!
  • Salt: A bit of sea salt adds flavor, enhances the texture and helps aid in the fermentation process. 

Equipment Needed

How to Make Vegan Cream Cheese

  1. Soak the cashews. Place the raw cashews in a small bowl and cover with filtered water. Soak overnight, or for a minimum of 8 hours. 
  2. Blend the cashews smooth. After 8 hours, drain the cashews completely, then transfer them to a food processor or high speed blender (best option). Add 1/4 cup of water, then blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. 
  3. Add probiotics and salt. Transfer the smooth and creamy cashew mixture to a clean bowl and mix in the probiotics and salt. 
  4. “Culture” the cream cheese. Loosely cover the bowl with a piece of cheesecloth, then use a rubber band or a piece of string to fasten the cheesecloth to the bowl. Allow the cream cheese to sit for 12 to 18 hours to culture. 
  5. Taste and season! After 12 to 18 hours, taste to make sure it’s as tangy as you’d like and season with additional salt as needed. 
  6. Enjoy. Enjoy the cream cheese immediately or store on the refrigerator until chilled.

A vegan cream cheese recipe that is made from cashews and easy to make! Plus, it requires just 3 simple ingredients. Get ready to bring your bagels to the next level! #vegan #creamcheese #cultured #cashew #probiotic #easytomake #veganbreakfast #musttry #breakfast #spread #vegancheese #oilfree #glutenfree

Serving Suggestions 

The best thing about this homemade vegan cream cheese alternative is it’s made without any spices like garlic powder, onion powder, or chives meaning you can use it in both sweet and savory recipes. Think of it as a classic plain cream cheese that’s neutral flavor is as versatile as traditional cream cheese. 

Here are a few of our favorite ways to use it: 

Recipe FAQs 

Are the probiotics necessary?

Probiotics play an important role in making cream cheese by causing the fermentation process and creating the bacteria that give cream cheese it’s unique tanginess. If you absolutely must leave the probiotics out, we’d recommend adding an acid such as apple cider vinegar or lemon juice but it won’t be the same flavor. Instead, it would make a good creamy spread. 

Is this a good vegan cream cheese to cook with?

Absolutely! If you love a good creamy pasta or rich, savory dishes, this plant-based cream cheese is an excellent choice. 

Can I make this vegan cream cheese nut-free?

Unfortunately, cashews are an essential ingredient in this non-dairy cream cheese. If you want to test a nut-free version on your own, we’d recommend using soaked sunflower seeds. It will likely be darker in color, but it would probably be the best nut-free option. You may be able to find a tofu, cream cheese, or beans. 

What store-bought vegan cream cheese brand do you recommend?

Kite Hill cream cheeses are one of our top picks, especially their chive version. It’s the perfect tangy cream cheese for savory recipes. 

Storage Instructions

This vegan cream cheese recipe will keep for up to 7 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container. We haven’t tested it, but regular cream cheese tends to freeze well, so this cashew-based cream cheese should as well. If you’d like to try it, we’d recommend transferring the cream cheese to a freezer safe container such as a glass jar or a sealable container. 

 A vegan cream cheese recipe that is made from cashews and easy to make! Plus, it requires just 3 simple ingredients. Get ready to bring your bagels to the next level! #vegan #creamcheese #cultured #cashew #probiotic #easytomake #veganbreakfast #musttry #breakfast #spread #vegancheese #oilfree #glutenfree

More Homemade Vegan Recipes You May Enjoy: 

If you make this recipe, let us know what you think in the comments below! + If you post any photos on Instagram, make sure you tag us @sweetsimplevegan and @consciouschris so that we don’t miss it, we love seeing your photos!

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A vegan cream cheese recipe that is made from cashews and easy to make! Plus, it requires just 3 simple ingredients. Get ready to bring your bagels to the next level! #vegan #creamcheese #cultured #cashew #probiotic #easytomake #veganbreakfast #musttry #breakfast #spread #vegancheese #oilfree #glutenfree

The Best Vegan Cream Cheese Recipe


  • Author: Chris @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 18 hours
  • Yield: 12 servings

Description

This Vegan Cream Cheese is made from just 3 simple ingredients, yet is made with vegan cultures to taste just like the real thing! The creamy texture and tanginess will absolutely wow your taste buds. You’ll never need another homemade vegan cream cheese recipe! 


Ingredients

Serve with


Instructions

  1. Place the cashews in a small bowl and cover them with filtered water. Allow the cashews to soak for at least 8 hours, preferably overnight. Once soaked, drain the cashews completely.
  2. In a high-speed blender or food processor, add in the cashews and 1/4 cup water. Blend together until smooth, scraping the sides down as needed. Add more water as needed to blend into a thick and smooth paste.
  3. Place this mixture into a clean bowl and mix in the probiotics and the salt. You will need to break open the probiotic capsules and dispose of the casing.
  4. Loosely cover with a piece of cheesecloth*. Use a rubber band or a piece of string to hold the cheesecloth down. Allow the cashew cream cheese to sit at room temperature for 12 to 18 hours to culture.
  5. Taste test to make sure it is as tangy as you would like. Add in the salt and mix thoroughly.
  6. Put a lid on the cashew cream cheese (or transfer it to a container that has a lid) and place it in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Notes

  • Make sure the probiotics you use are capsules and not pills. You will be opening the capsules and emptying the contents into the cheese. We purchased this bottle of probiotics. We know it comes with a lot, but you can also take it orally to improve your gut health!
  • If you do not have a cheesecloth, you can also use a nut milk bag, plastic wrap with a few holes poked into it, or a clean mesh produce bag.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
  • Prep Time: 18 hours
  • Category: Spread, Side, Breakfast
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-free

Keywords: Cream, Cheese Cashew, Vegan, Dairy Free, Breakfast, Cultured, Spread

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