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Zesty Herb Cashew Cheese

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 35 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/4 cup water, divided
  • 2 cups cashews,* raw
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsely, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped

Optional

  • 1/2 teaspoon chives, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add cashews and cook for 20 minutes until soft. Rinse them with cold water or soak them overnight (see note). Set aside when done.
  • Add garlic, nutritional yeast, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt to a food processor. Process until creamy. Add parsley, dill, cashews and herbs (chives, basil, marjoram, or thyme), if desired. Process until smooth, and transfer to a small serving bowl.
  • Serve cold with whole wheat crackers or vegetables.

Notes

*Alternative method: place cashews in a container and add enough cold water to cover them. Place a lid on the container, and refrigerate for up to 12 hours. Leftovers can be refrigerated up to 5 days in an airtight container.
Nutrient Analysis:
Serving size: 1 tablespoon Calories: 80 calories, Fat: 7 grams, Saturated fat: 1 gram, Carbohydrates: 4 grams, Sugar: 1 gram, Sodium: 2 milligrams, Fiber: 0.5 grams, Protein: 3 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams