If you follow me on instagram, you would have probably already seen my post about the bridal shower I co-planned for an amazing soon to be bride.
If you look closely on the table, you’ll see cucumber slices with cream cheese and tomato. Dairy and I have a love hate relationship. In other words, I love cheese but my body… not so much. These little bites teased me all evening. I know from first hand experience it can suck to miss out on things we used to enjoy because our body doesn’t agree with them.
Fortunately, alternatives are definitely possible if you’re willing to do your due diligence… and as an added bonus, the alternatives are usually much healthier, especially if you’re willing to get busy in the kitchen yourself.
I make a vegan “cheesecake” with cashews, which are seriously magically little things… you can do soo much with them, I swear the possibilities are endless. I had seen a similar method floating around the internet to make a dairy free/healthy version of a ricotta/cream cheese. After making the simple cucumber bites for an appetizer I knew I had to try and make a version friendly for those of us who avoid dairy on a regular basis.
The process itself is slightly time consuming, but each step in itself is easy enough. As long as you plan ahead ideally the night before, making the cashew “cheese” is pretty much as simple as it gets.
- 1 c of soaked cashews (ideally overnight, minimum 4 hours)
- 1 tbsp of spices (I made mine a herb and garlic blend to mimic what we did for the bridal shower)
- Juice of 1 fresh lemon
- 1 tsp of sea salt
- cherry tomatoes, halved
- cucumber slices
Drain and rinse your cashews and place into a mixing bowl with the spices, lemon and salt.
Once all your ingredients have been added, place into high speed blender and blend until smooth
I paired mine with cucumber slices by spreading the mixture on top and topping with half of a cherry tomato, but there are a ton of ways you can use this. I also added it to tomato sauce to make a creamier, rose-like sauce for my pasta tonight.
I know some people may be skeptical to use cashews as a dairy/cheese replacement, but I highly encourage you to try it if you’re like me and love cheese but don’t like the tummy ache and bloating that comes with it.
I promise you won’t be disappointed!