5 Ingredient Smoked Almond Vegan Cheddar Cheese | picklesnhoney.com #recipe #vegan #cheddar #cheese

Smoked Almond Vegan Cheddar Cheese

5 Ingredient Smoked Almond Vegan Cheddar Cheese | picklesnhoney.com #recipe #vegan #cheddar #cheese

Whether you’re giving up dairy products for health reasons, or you’re doing it for the animals or the environment, cheese can be an especially tough food to quit. I have my sensitive stomach to help keep me in line (dairy has always been a no-go), but if you’ve been in the habit of putting cheese on everything your whole life, quitting it can really test you.

In the last few years a lot of vegan alternatives have become available, from Kraft-like singles to more artisanal varieties. Aaron and I much prefer the latter, but a single container of almond milk cheese can easily add $10 to our weekly grocery bill. That’s why in recent months I’ve been trying to be better about making more of our staples from scratch. If you’re trying to do the same (or if you just really love cheese), there’s a new book that I’d very much recommend adding to your cookbook shelf. It’s called This Cheese is Nuts! and it’s by Julie Piatt, who coauthored The Plantpower Way. Since launching in June, it’s been the #1 bestseller on Amazon in the Vegan, Natural Foods, and Allergies categories, in addition to being in the top 100 books overall. And for good reason.

I’ve bookmarked at least half of Julie’s recipes so far—everything from classic fondue, to provolone, to brie, and gorgonzola blue cheese. Every recipe looks incredible! Nearly all of the ingredients are simple and accessible, and while some cheeses require a dehydrator, many only involve soaking some nuts and giving them a whirl in your food processor.

5 Ingredient Smoked Almond Vegan Cheddar Cheese | picklesnhoney.com #recipe #vegan #cheddar #cheese

This Smoked Almond Vegan Cheddar Cheese definitely falls into the extra easy camp. It’s 5 ingredients and once you’ve soaked your almonds overnight, it takes about 5 minutes to make. At first I was a little skeptical about how it would turn out given that it’s so very simple (even by my minimalist standards), but we currently have a handful of dips and spreads in our fridge and I’ve been reaching for this vegan cheddar cheese every single time.

A couple of quick notes: 1) The recipe makes a large batch. If you’re not feeding a crowd, you might consider halving it. 2) I used the full amount of the packing liquid from the pimientos peppers (3/4 cup) to create a smoother consistency. You could probably add a tablespoon or two more if you want it extra creamy.

A big thank you to Julie for sharing her beautifully approachable almond cheddar cheese recipe! I know Aaron and I are going to get a lot of use out of This Cheese is Nuts!

5 Ingredient Smoked Almond Vegan Cheddar Cheese | picklesnhoney.com #recipe #vegan #cheddar #cheese

Share

Smoked Almond Vegan Cheddar Cheese

5 Ingredient Smoked Almond Vegan Cheddar Cheese | picklesnhoney.com #recipe #vegan #cheddar #cheese

Smoked Almond Vegan Cheddar Cheese

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: about 3 cups


Prep Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

A simple and wholesome 5 ingredient vegan cheddar cheese spread, using almonds as the base. Once you've soaked your almonds, this recipe takes only a few minutes to make!

5 Ingredient Smoked Almond Vegan Cheddar Cheese | picklesnhoney.com #recipe #vegan #cheddar #cheese

Smoked Almond Vegan Cheddar Cheese

Print

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup pimientos from a jar, plus 1/2 to 3/4 cup packing liquid
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons smoked sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: about 3 cups

Prep Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

A simple and wholesome 5 ingredient vegan cheddar cheese spread, using almonds as the base. Once you've soaked your almonds, this recipe takes only a few minutes to make!

Instructions

  • Rinse the almonds well. Place them in water in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Drain the almonds. In the bowl of a food processor, place the almonds, pimientos, nutritional yeast, salt, garlic powder, and ¼ cup pimiento liquid. Process until the mixture is well incorporated.
  • Remove the lid and test the cheese for texture and salt content. If you want a smoother spread, add pimiento liquid in small increments and process again. Add more salt if needed.

Reprinted from This Cheese is Nuts: Delicious Vegan Cheese at Home by arrangement Avery. Copyright © 2017 Julie Piatt.

Leave a Comment

  1. Krissy says

    Loving this SO much! I’m going to start soaking my almonds now so I can make it tomorrow. 🙂

  2. juliew. says

    This looks really amazing:D I wanted to try and make it today but unfortunately I couldn’t find the smoked sea salt.Would adding liquid smoke be the same or using smoked almonds?

    1. You can use regular sea salt, or liquid smoke should work well! I’d start with a drop or two and taste it, then go from there. 🙂

      1. juliew. says

        Thank you.I’ll try the liquid smoke.sounds awesome:)

  3. Michaela says

    I was feeling skeptical when I first read the ingredients, but you were right–this “cheese” spread is GOOD. It also couldn’t have been any easier! Even my husband who is a big cheese head (lol) said he wants me to make it again for him. Thank you! This is a keeper.

  4. I’m really curious to see how this recipe will turn out! Thanks for sharing (and your photos are amazingly beauitful!).

    1. I hope you love the cheese spread, Diana! I had my doubts because it’s so simple, but now I find myself craving it. 🙂 Thank you for the sweet words about our photos! <3

  5. I’ve seen this book making it’s way around the blog world, I think I’ll have to pick it up! I love Julie and Rich when they’re on the Rich Roll Podcast together, big time relationship goals 😉 I still haven’t tried making any vegan cheeses and just keep spending too much on store-bought ones, haha. We have a ton of local companies doing crazy amazing things with vegan cheese here in Vancouver. It’s really something else…but ya like $10 for a small container or square of cheese. I should probably venture into making some! This sounds really easy, I think I can do it! haha…beautiful pics as always.

    1. There are so many companies doing amazing things with vegan cheese—how lucky are we?! Julie’s book is great for those days when you don’t want to spend $10+ on fancy cheese, and a lot of her recipes are EASY. I literally bookmarked half the recipes to make. 😉

  6. Kristyna says

    Hi, I’m allergic to raw almonds (cooked are fine). Would this recipe work with lightly toasting the almonds before soaking?

    1. Hi Kristyna! I haven’t tested Julie’s recipe with toasted almonds, but I think it should still work. 🙂 Let me know if you give it a try! (it’s a great recipe)

Cancel

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

css.php