Thursday, June 6, 2013

Vegan Parmesan Flavored Cashew Cream Cheese

Vegan Parmesan Flavored Cashew Cream Cheese
Breakfast is the number one meal of the day, its the most important and gets you started for your day. The problem is, not everyone has the time to sit or stand over a stove when they are on the go. We usually don't eat breakfast or grab something that isn't going to be good to get us threw until lunch. This recipe shows how to make a perfect spread for your breakfast time rush. With its healthy and delish consistency, you can have it with not only a bagel but with your veggies and/or other favorite baked goods. If you get bored with breakfast, you have a perfect creamy base to add to any other recipe you can think of that needs a cheesy add in. A perfect recipe for convenience as well as being yummy...all you need to do is remember to not hit that snooze alarm and miss out. Enjoy!

Vegan Parmesan Flavored Cream Cheese

Ingredients

-1 cup raw blanched whole cashews
-1 1/2 cups water and extra for soaking
-1 teaspoon agar agar powder
-1/4 cup nutritional yeast
-1/4 cup vegan parmesan cheese
-1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

Take your cashews and place them in a dish and cover with water to soak the cashews. Do this for at least 4 hours or even a couple days. Rinse and drain the cashews when they have been soaked.




The day you want to make the cream cheese. Bring the 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan and add the agar agar flakes to the boiling water. Cook for five minutes, whisk constantly until the agar is dissolved completely. Once done boiling, set aside to get ready to use. 

Put the drained cashews into a blender with all the remaining ingredients. 

Ready to Blend Soaked Cashews with Ingredients
Ready to Blend Soaked Cashews with Ingredients
Place the set boiled liquid into a measuring cup (for easy pouring). Pour in the liquid *CAREFULLY* and blend on high until very smooth. You may need to scrap down sides as needed. 

Almost Smooth Vegan Cream Cheese Base
Blending Vegan Cream Cheese Base
Finished Vegan Cream Cheese Base
(At this point you can stir in other flavorings you may like. Herbs, jalapenos, cracked pepper, etc.)

Pour into a storage dish that has been lined with plastic wrap.

Prepared Container
Ready to Chill Vegan Cream Cheese
Place in the fridge and chill until it has firmed up but spreadable. 

Set-Up Vegan Cream Cheese
Remove the vegan cream cheese by either pulling the plastic wrap up or just transferring to a serving dish. You can store it in an airtight glass or plastic container in the refrigerator and use within a week, like any fresh food. Serve with bagels or other bread choices, mixed into recipes, or use as a dip for veggies. Enjoy!

Finished Bagel with the Vegan Cream Cheese
(Garnished with Fresh Chives)
-Amy