This is a dense and creamy spread that's just the right amount of sweet! It doesn't taste like cream cheese, but it's a nice alternative! It almost looks like cake when it's done baking, but once it cools off, it spreads nicely. Give it a try!
This recipe is adapted from Vegetarian Cooking for Dummies
Maple Nut Spread (yields 8 servings, or 2 cups) Ingredients 1/3 cup raisins, soaked hot water 1 cup cashews 1/4 cup basic homemade yogurt (or store bought if you prefer) 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tbsp tahini 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 tsp flour Directions: Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 1 quart baking dish (I used a 2 quart because I didn't have a 1 quart and it worked fine).
Place raisins in a bowl and pour hot water over them (enough to cover). Set aside to soak.
Place cashews, yogurt, maple syrup, cinnamon, tahini, vanilla and flour in a food processor/blender. Blend until well combined.
Drain raisins and add to food processor/blender. Pulse several times to chop them up and blend them into the cashew mixture.
Pour cashew mixture into baking dish and bake, uncovered, for 20-30 minutes, until set. Cool completely before serving.