Garlic and Chive Cashew “Cheese” Dip

Garlic and Chive Cashew “Cheese” Dip

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I will start by saying I am a huge lover of cashew cheese and this recipe did not disappoint. It is free of  dairy, is totally vegan, and full of protein, healthy fat, and flavor.

This “cheese” dip gets it’s flavor from nutritional yeast, which can be purchased at health food stores or many places online (I’ve bought it on Amazon before). Nutritional yeast, for those who aren’t familiar with it, is a deactivated yeast that has an almost cheesy flavor. It is an awesome addition to soups, rice, as a topping for popcorn, or anything that needs that extra little bit of “cheese”. Nutritional yeast is a favorite among people on a plant-based or vegan diet because it can serve not only as a replacement to cheese, but also as a dietary supplement. It is actually a complete protein, full of B-complex vitamins (crucial for cell metabolism and energy, and a group of vitamins that can sometimes be a challenge to get enough of for non meat-eaters), and free of gluten, dairy, and sugar.

Ingredients
(Makes about 8 servings)

-2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
-1 cup raw cashews
-1/2 tbsp olive oil
-1 clove garlic
-2 tsp chopped chives

Directions
-Soak raw cashews overnight
-Drain water from cashews
-Combine all ingredients in a food processor until creamy and dip is smooth without any pieces of cashews left

Yeah…SUPER EASY!

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Enjoy as a dip with either veggies or crackers. 🙂

Here’s the nutrition facts, for anyone who was wondering:

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5 thoughts on “Garlic and Chive Cashew “Cheese” Dip

    • Thank you! I agree, cashew cheese is the best for everything! 🙂 I analyze my recipes using the recipe builder on FitDay.com. I believe caloriecount.com also has a really easy to use recipe builder as well without needing to register.

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  1. Loving your new blog- can’t wait to follow. 🙂 I’m actually doing an all-Vegan month (and featuring it on my blog) in Sept!! Would love to feature some of your awesome recipes! Question- I’m allergic to tree nuts and so many yummy looking spreads and sauces contain cashews, any subs I can use or am I just out of luck?

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    • Thanks for reading, Kayli! 🙂 You can almost always sub a nut for another nut in most recipes, for example subbing peanuts for cashews if your allergy only extends to tree nuts. However, I realize this can be a challenge for many people because nut allergies tend to extend beyond just one type. Seeds are an amazing replacement in things like nut butters and spreads! Pumpkin and/or sunflower seeds pureed in a food processor or blender with a little bit of olive oil and salt can be a great alternative to cashew butter, and adding flax seeds will give it a more “nutty flavor”.

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