Cashew Chipotle Raw Vegan “Cheese”


Preparing your own alternatives for dips and cheeses may sound like a complicated process, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. This smoky, spicy, and creamy “cheese” can be whipped up in mere minutes, and be ready for you to enjoy as a dip with vegetables, tossed with spiralized zucchini noodles, or with macaroni (brown rice versions to keep it gluten-free!) for a semi-traditional comfort food.

The recipe was shared with us by Navitas Naturals, an excellent retailer for organic and raw “superfoods.” Regarding the health benefits, they state, “This cruelty-free [recipe]uses cashews full of minerals to keep our skin radiant … Cashew nuts are a satisfying and nutritious snack, and offer a rich portfolio of beneficial oils — including an ideal ratio of healthy saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats. Navitas Naturals Cashews are also a good source of plant-based protein, iron, and other trace minerals.” Now that you know how good this recipe is for you, it’s time to whip up a batch, so here is the recipe …

Cashew Chipotle Raw Vegan Cheese Alternative Recipe

Cashew Chipotle Raw Vegan “Cheese”
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Serves: 8 servings
  • 2 cups Raw Cashews (like the ones from Navitas Naturals)
  • 1 tsp. garlic, fresh
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ – 1 tsp. chipotle powder, to taste
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup filtered water
  1. In your food processor, place garlic, salt, cashews and chipotle, and process into powder.
  2. Next, add your lemon juice and water, and process into a thick cream.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  2. This is by far the best do-it-yourself cheese substitute I’ve ever tried. Thank you! I’m not sure if I’ll ever be completely dairy-free, but recipes like this give me hope that it might not be so tough after all. 😉 I’ll definitely be trying more of your recipes!

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