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Creamy “Cashew” Cheese Dip

Posted Oct 20 2012 7:09pm

I’ve always loved cheese. Unfortunately, it doesn’t love me back. Living in the South, that means lots of parties where I have to resist creamy, spicy cheese dips.  Especially during football season.

This week, I decided I was tired of feeling deprived so I tried my hand at homemade cashew “cheese” dip. This recipe is really easy and my kids had no idea it wasn’t real cheese.

This is a great recipe to have on hand for holiday parties. I promise, your family and friends will love it as much as traditional cheese dips.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups soaked raw cashew (I soaked mine over night, but 2-4 hours will work)
  • 1 1/2 cups of water (you can also use chicken broth for more flavor)
  • 6 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 a red bell pepper (for flavor and color)
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • chili powered
  • cayenne pepper
  • onion powder

Directions:

After you soak your cashews drain them and toss them into your Vitamix or another strong blender or food processor.

Add in the bell pepper, nutritional yeast, water, apple cider vinegar and garlic and blend on high until creamy. It will start to look like cheese dip.

I like my dip hot so the next step is to pour your dip into a small sauce pan and slow heat it over medium heat while stirring. This is also when the seasonings come into play.

I didn’t measure.  I just started sprinkling and tasted as I went unit I got a flavor and heat I liked.

You can also experiment with other spices or flavors. Mix in a little salsa or toss in some lime juice and cilantro. This recipe is so easy to customize for different tastes and dishes.

Have you tried cashew “cheese” dip? What do you think? Is it an an equal substitute for real cheese dip?

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