Happiness is a toasted bagel slathered with cream cheese....cashew cream cheese that is!
We needed a spread to go with our Greater Knead bagels. We went on a long hunt for dairy-free cream cheese, that was also free from all my other allergens, such as corn and coconut. However, we were having no luck.
Instead of trying to find a product that clearly didn't exist at the time, we decided to make our own! Our homemade cashew cream cheese is vegan, corn-free, coconut-free, and seriously so yummy, pairing perfectly together with The Greater Knead's bagels. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Update as of 11/13/2023:
We discovered this brand of non-dairy cashew cream cheese while shopping at Whole Foods the other night and knew we had to share it with you! They are called Treeline Cheesemakers. They have a variety of vegan cheese products that are carefully crafted from fine cultured cashews and real, simple ingredients. They use no coconut oil or unpronounceable ingredients, which we absolutely love. Check out their cream cheese collection!
This is the video we discovered that helped us through our cashew cream cheese-making journey. We couldn't have done it without the help of this video, therefore would like to give credit where credit is due!
Homemade Cashew Cream Cheese
Diced carrots, red onions, and celery
Add the raw cashews to a medium-sized mixing bowl and pour enough water into the bowl to cover about an inch above the cashews, giving them enough room to sit and swell. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let sit on the counter for about 8 to 12 hours.
When the soaking time is up, drain the cashews and rinse well. Transfer the cashews to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend for a few minutes, until smooth.
Once cashews are smooth, add in all the other ingredients. Blend until everything is well incorporated. Be sure to stop and stir as needed to ensure proper mixing and pureeing.
Remove the mixture from the blender/processor. Add to a bowl and mix in your desired add-in, if using. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge until ready to enjoy on a Greater Knead bagel!
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