I’ve been on a bit of a bagel kick lately, ever since we tried the new flavors of Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-Free Bagels. They have such a marvelous taste and chew when toasted, and are completely dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free. After picking up the whole grain Everything variety, I decided to look for a new savory spread to try. I searched my own site, and discovered a dairy-free Chipotle Cashew Cheese recipe that was originally shared with us by Navitas Organics.
I made a few tweaks to their original Chipotle Cashew Cheese recipe. First, I like to powder the cashews to ensure they are well ground and to make the blending easier. You can use a spice grinder to do this in batches, but you will need a blender or food processor to blend up the creamy cheese.
Also, I added an option for more water. In the cheese shown here, I actually ended up using 1/2 cup water because the mixture was too thick for my blender. It was more like a thick sauce at first, but it thickens substantially within a few hours in the refrigerator.
I felt that the flavor of the original Chipotle Cashew Cheese recipe needed something to add depth and balance. So I put just a little nutritional yeast in there. It is optional, but I think it really helps to bring a slight cheesiness forward. And finally, I used garlic powder, because we aren’t big fans of fresh raw garlic in our household.
The end result is delicious slathered on toast or bagels, and would probably be wonderful on celery sticks or mixed into a sauce or rice.
If you want some more toast topping ideas, Canyon Bakehouse has a FREE Toast Tuesday eCookbook. Ten of the recipes are dairy-free, and most others can be easily adapted to be dairy-free or vegan. And this is not a sponsored post. I just thought I would share this eBook for recipe lovers!
Special Diet Notes: Chipotle Cashew Cheese
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and paleo-friendly.
- Put the cashews in your food processor or high power blender and process until powdered. I use the single-serve cups on my Ninja blender.
- Add the lemon juice, water, nutritional yeast (if using), garlic, ½ teaspoon chipotle powder, and salt. Process until smooth. If it is too thick for your machine, you an add more water, as needed.
- Taste and blend in more spice or salt, if desired.
- Transfer the mixture to an airtight container and refrigerate for 3 hours or more. It will thicken quite a bit as it sits.
- Keep leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
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