Dairy-Free Cheese Spread

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This is my go-to recipe for Dairy-Free Cheese. I spread it on sandwiches and bake it into casseroles.

Giving up dairy was not easy…mainly because I loved cheese so much.

During my vegetarian years, nearly every meal I ate contained some form of cheese. Cheddar cheese sprinkled on scrambled eggs, cream cheese spread on sandwiches, mozzarella cheese melted into pizza and ricotta cheese baked into casseroles. I was a bit of a cheese freak!

Once I learned that all the dairy in my diet could be contributing to the stomach aches, sinus issues and stubborn excess pounds I was dealing with at the time, it was a no-brainer to give the dairy-free life a whirl. Relief came quickly, and I’ve since become a big believer in the benefit of greatly reducing or even eliminating dairy consumption completely.

But what was I going to bake into my casseroles? And what would I spread on my sandwiches?

Don’t even think about suggesting soy-based, fake cheese products. Not only do these “foods” not taste like cheese, they have been heavily processed. No. Thank. You.

This Dairy-Free Cheese Spread, made with raw cashews, has done the trick — working beautifully in baking as well as simple spreading. It’s mild, creaminess adds that texture dimension that’s lost when cheese is removed.

Dairy-Free Cheese Spread
A Recipe by Diana Keuilian
5.0 from 3 reviews

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Serves 16


  1. Place the cashews in hot water and soak for 10 minutes and then discard the water.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth and creamy. May take 5 minutes or longer, so be patient and wait until it’s really creamy.

Serving size: 1 Tablespoon     Calories: 90     Fat: 8     Carbohydrates: 2     Sodium: 50     Fiber: .5     Protein: 2    
Dairy free recipe for cashew cheese spread

This is my go-to recipe for Dairy-Free Cheese. I spread it on sandwiches and bake it into casseroles.


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  • Julia December 13, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    What a great alternative when it comes to dairy products. It’s simple, delicious and easy to make!

  • juyne September 3, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    All I can say is wow!!! I wish I had this recipe long ago. It is so creamy and rich. We used avacado oil and a plethera of herbs. Yummmmmmm

    • Diana September 4, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks for sharing Juyne! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Melanie Palmer July 8, 2015 at 1:26 am

    This stuff is good! I love it as a snack with apples 🙂

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