Cashew Nut Cheese
Whenever I’ve over indulged in food and alcohol or my gut feels particularly sensitive after having eaten too much dairy, I take probiotics to restore and maintain a healthy gut. Recently, I’ve been including goat’s milk cheese into my diet, as an alternative to cow’s milk as it doesn’t trigger the same sensitivity and intolerance levels I have with cow’s milk – a horrendous situation as I love ALL cheese fondly.
A colleague recently contacted me asking what she could use as a substitute for mascarpone in my Raw Chestnut Cheesecake
recipe, as she is milk protein intolerant.
Her question did get me thinking. I’m familiar with some of the cheese alternatives on the market but in all honesty these products leave me cold. Other alternatives are silken tofu or cashew cheese. I’ve only recently discovered cashew cheese and was intrigued by the hype surrounding this dairy alternative, so I thought I would make a batch and compare it to the real thing.
Although this dairy alternative will never be found on my traditional cheese platter of eyes, cheddars and blues, the is one of the closest in texture and flavour for fresh and cream cheese available and will make a perfect substitute in recipes calling for mascarpone or ricotta cheese. It’s neutral on the palate and absorbs flavours extremely well. You could also use this cream cheese as a basis for a dip.
is a perfect substitute for recipes calling for cream cheese, its suitable for people who have dairy and lactose sensitivities and intolerance.
Preparation Time: 24 Hour Process
Makes: 2 x 425g Jars
½ Cup Coconut Cream
2 Cups Raw Cashews
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
1 Teaspoon Acidophilus Powder
Pinch of Salt
Soak cashews for 1012 hours then place into a food processor.
Add the coconut cream, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and acidophilus powder to the cashews and process until smooth.
Transfer the cheese to a bowl and cover with cling wrap then cover with a couple of towels. Leave to ferment in a warm place for up to 12 hours. The will have a similar consistency to cream cheese such as mascarpone.
I use Ethical Nutrients Inner Health Plus Dairy Free, Acidophilus Capsules
as a probiotic supplement. Three capsules equals one teaspoon of Acidophilus Powder.
can be used as an alternative to soft cream cheese or butter.
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