Ode to Cheese (idiot proof recipe below)

This week I discovered cashew cheese which makes the best Mac N Cheese ever. I know I said the Daiya recipe was good, but it was really just tolerable. This one, is so good, Andrew has eaten it three meals in a row.

I found a recipe for cashew cheese on anunrefinedvegan.com it looked amazing, I knew I would love it, but Andrew would not–he likes plain cheddar, but it inspired me to try a cheddar version. What I came up with is amazing (with a lot of help from my friends)

Cashew Cheddar (never will another cheese pass my lips)

1 package Pamona’s Pectin (All the recipes I found used agar, but Somer tried this and it makes a creamier cheese–I still can’t believe she thought to use this, so weird, but perfect)
3 cups water
2 cups raw cashews
3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1/3 C. nutritional yeast
2 tsp. Herbamere (spike or salt of choice)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
½  tsp turmeric (for color)

Update: Somer made this and replaced 1 C. carrot juice for one of the cups of water, and 1/2 t. smoked paprika added in for  a lovely orange color.

Mix 1/2 C. of the water with the small calcium packet from the pectin package, set aside. Heat the other 2.5 cups water til nearly boiling. Pour into power blender. Add pectin, and all other ingredients except calcium water. Blend until smooth. Add calcium water and pulse til incorporated. Pour into bread pan and refrigerate until it sets up—it doesn’t take long.

when I tasted this, I almost cried, I love cheese, every kind of cheese and I missed it so much. I did give this a little kiss and told it I loved it. Andrew asked me to please stop, I was embarrassing.

Best Mac N Cheese EVER (Andrew approved!) inspired by recipe from Jessica Seinfield’s “Deceptively Delicious


1 lb pasta, cooked and drained

1T olive oil

1 T flour

1 c almond milk

2 T earth spread (you need this because the cashew cheese does make it kind of dry)

1/2 c cauliflower pureed (I also use butternut squash, you can omit this, but it really makes it creamy, and it is how I get Andrew his veg)

1 1/2 c cashew cheese (see recipe above)

1/2 t salt

1/8 t smoked paprika

1/8 t black pepper

5 drops red food coloring

10 drops yellow food coloring (you can omit of course, but it made it look just like mac and cheese and this is important to our tastebuds, if our mind tells us it is, it is a lot easier for our mouth to accept it is—really scientists have done studies about this)

Method: heat olive oil and flour until paste, add milk, bring to soft boil to thicken, add cauliflower, stir in cheese, earth spread and seasoning, stir until melted and creamy, mix in pasta. I add a little hot sauce to mine, but not Andrew’s.

And for the last recipe tonight, this is seriously on of the most delicious things I have ever tasted and it is not just because I am Vegan deprived (I caved and had a bite of Costco red velvet–ok, the whole cupcake, I was so drained after, but I LOVE Costco red velvet). Anyway, this pudding is seriously decadent.

Chia Pudding (OMG!)


2 cups Water
1 cup Cashews
½ cup Hempseeds
½ cup Coconut Sugar
¼ tsp Sea Salt
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
½ cup  Coconut Oil
2 ½ Tbsp  Chia Seeds


1. Soak the cashews in water for 4-6 hours. When finished rinse the cashews with water and strain.

2. If coconut oil is solid place in a pan or double boiler on the lowest temperature possible. Once oil becomes a clear liquid turn the heat off. Coconut oil should melt at 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. Place the water, the soaked cashews, the hemp seeds, the coconut sugar, the salt, and the vanilla extract in a high-speed blender. Blend on high until you have a nice creamy consistency.

4. Turn the blender on low and while it is running slowly pour in the melted coconut oil. Place the lid back on and run the blender on high for a few seconds.

5. Turn the blender on low and slowly pour in the chia seeds. You will want to make sure the chia seeds stay whole

6. Place mixture in a sealed container (a quart size mason jar works great) and refrigerate over night. Super Food Chia Pudding is great topped with cacao nibs and hemp seeds or fresh berries. Love light and Yummmm, for every one.

Recipe Credit: Evan Rilling

21 thoughts on “Ode to Cheese (idiot proof recipe below)

  1. I was so distracted by the cheez that I missed your chia pudding recipe, LOVE. Wonder if it can be made without all the coconut oil? It probably is what gives it the creamy silkiness….

  2. I’m totally laughing about the food coloring. We had an issue with our sheets being dry yesterday so we put ugly sheets on our bed last night, and I’m positive I slept worse because of it. They’re on the bed again tonight and I’m afraid it’s going to ruin my week.

    • Weird eh? I would have thought vegans would be more educated on the whole? Then again, it is a facebook poll….

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    • I think that is a good impulse. This cheese is so easy, you will love it. Cashews are the new staple in our house.

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    • I use the same recipe as a cheese spread, just leave out the Pamera’s pectin. It is delicious layered into lasagna

  5. Carolyn – I just “made” this – or should I say I butchered it. Ever have one of those times where you execute EVERY step of a recipe incorrectly? Yeah, that’s what I did. If it turns out, I’ll let you know your recipe is idiot-proof. It does taste good, so that’s not nothing. 😉

    • I do have those times, A LOT, in fact I made the chocolate pudding Erika posted a few days ago and the first batch tasted like bad vodka and was runny, second batch tasted like medicine, not sure what I am doing wrong, but I am going to find a different pudding recipe. This cheese really can’t be ruined, if it doesn’t set up, just make a double batch of mac n cheese. 🙂 but interested to hear if it does set up.

      • Looks like it’s going to work – so there you go – you win “idiot-proof” recipe status. And thanks for sharing such a great one.

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  8. I LOVE that you included a recipe for cashew cheese! As someone who is lactose intolerant and trying to watch saturated fat intake, I tend to feel a bit deprived on the dairy-front. Thanks so much for posting! Can’t wait to make it! (goodtablematters.wordpress.com)

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