So I wanted to try making homemade raw vegan cashew cheese after work this week. I've been spending way too much money on raw cashew store bought cheese. I had all my ingredients ready to go but then I realized I had to soak the raw cashews for 2 hours, which I hadn't prepped 😐.
I decided to experiment, and used the raw pine nuts I had at home instead. I thought pine nuts would have a similar flavor, and since they are a soft texture I figured they would be fine in the food processor without soaking.
So I made the recipe and it came out good! But it didn't quite taste like cheese. After chilling it for a few hours I tasted it again and came to the conclusion that I had just made raw vegan pâté!
Here's the recipe:
1 1/2 cup raw pine nuts
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ teaspoon garlic powder (for stronger garlicky flavor, use ¾ teaspoon garlic powder or 1 crushed garlic clove instead)
½ teaspoon salt (more as needed)
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup water (more as needed)
You can serve this as a dip or you can use it as a spread for veggie sandwiches and wraps. 😃