Creamy Herbed Almond Cheese

Creamy Herbed Almond Cheese

I think this summer is all about snacking. For reals.

It’s so easy to snack when there are such amazing veggies in-season… veggies which really can only be eaten raw. Because, well, cooked cucumber just sounds weird.

For summer snacking, you need something to dip, something to spread. And we all know that homemade coconut butter is the thing if you want something sweet-ish, but what if you’re in the mood for something savory? Then it’s all about this creamy herbed almond cheese.

I love making “cheese” from nuts and you might remember my creamy cashew cheese awhile back. Cashew cheese is great as a “melted cheese” substitute, but for something to spread on crackers or sprinkle over zucchini pasta? It’s gotta be herbed almond cheese.

This recipe requires a little work in advance because I recommend soaking the almonds in water overnight (to help them soften) and then removing the skins. The great thing is that once they’ve soaked, it is much easier to ‘pop’ the skins off. I don’t usually engage in kitchen tasks that I find tedious, but this step is crucial to yielding the most creamy, decadent almond cheese. So let’s get to it!

Creamy Herbed Almond Cheese Creamy Herbed Almond Cheese

 

Creamy Herbed Almond Cheese
 
Yield: ⅓ cup cheese
Author:
Recipe type: Snack
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almonds, soaked overnight, skins removed
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • generous pinch of salt
  • 1 garlic clove (or ½ teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herbs
Instructions
  1. Add almonds, olive oil, nutritional yeast, salt,and garlic to a food processor.
  2. Puree until smooth (but not runny).
  3. Add herbs and pulse until incorporated.
  4. Enjoy!
Notes
Nutritional yeast is what gives this recipe its "cheesy" flavor. Regular yeast will not work as a substitution. You can find nutritional yeast at any health food store or online as well.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    You’re so right, healthy dips and veggies are perfect summer food. Little effort, tasty, and energy-boosting!
    This almond cheese looks so simple but delicious.

  2. Dyan Maramba says

    Sonnet — The recipe looks simple and delicious! When you mention “fresh herbs”, which herbs do you recommend? Thanks!

  3. Dyan Maramba says

    Made it tonight for some friends. It’s good! Not bad at all. Thanks for this appetizer alternative!

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