Dairy-Free Goat Cheese Alternative
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This recipe was adapted from Adapted from C'est La Vegan. Please note that the Prep time is hands on time only. Please allow time for soaking the nuts and letting the mixture strain if you are enjoying it unbaked.
Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: French
Serves: 6 servings
  • ¾ cup cashews (see Nut Note below)
  • ¼ cup oil (see Oil Note below)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 to 1¼ teaspoons salt, to taste
  • ½ tablespoon cracked pepper or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (optional)
  1. Put the cashews in a medium bowl and cover with several inches of water. Let soak for 6 to 8 hours.
  2. Drain the cashews and put them in your food processor or blender. Add the oil, lemon juice, water, and 1 teaspoon salt. Process until smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. Taste and add more salt, if desired.
Baked Version
  1. Preheat your oven to 200°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Scrape the cashew mixture onto one side of a piece of cheesecloth. Roll it up in the cheesecloth to form a log, twist the ends and fold them under to lightly secure. Place the log on your prepared baking sheet. (You are baking on low, so the cheesecloth is fine in the oven).
  3. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the cheese is set, but still soft.
  4. Gently remove the cheesecloth, and sprinkle with peppercorns or herbs, if desired.
Unbaked Version
  1. Line a sieve with cheesecloth, and spoon the cashew mixture into the center of the cheesecloth. Bring the corners of the cheesecloth together and twist to secure the cheesecloth around the cashew mixture. Set it back in the sieve and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.
  2. Turn the dairy-free goat cheese out onto a plate and peel off the cheesecloth to serve.
Nut Note: You can sub blanched almonds or macadamia nuts in a pinch. Just make sure the nuts you use are "raw" (unroasted) and unsalted. Almonds have a slightly nuttier flavor than cashews and macadamias are richer.

Oil Note: The original recipe uses non-GMO canola oil, but rice bran oil, extra-light olive oil (not extra-virgin!), safflower oil, or another neutral-tasting oil will work nicely.

Tahini Option: The people at Vegetarian Times add 1 tablespoon tahini to this blend. This can add a little "cheesiness" to the flavor, but some people don't love the bitterness of tahini. Try it if you like!
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/dairy-free-goat-cheese-alternative