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Easy Cashew Cheese Spread {Vegan & Gluten Free}

Easy Cashew Cheese spread is a perfect vegan option for a potluck, holiday meat and cheese board, or a meal prep snack box!

Easy Cashew Cheese Dip plate

Cashew cheese spread. I know. Stick with me. 

I have been blending up nuts in a food processor and calling them dips and spreads for a few years…. but have yet to share any of them on the blog. Wha!?

While you won’t find a ton of vegan content on my blog, you will find my highly addictive Air Fryer broccoli which is where I fell in love with nutritional yeast.

Bad name. Delicious, nutrient dense stuff!

Easy Cashew Cheese Dip close up flat lay

Cashews are by far my favorite nut to add to all the things, and again, I am not sure there is anything with cashew on the blog yet. So sorry! 

I love making this easy Cashew cheese spread to take to a potluck or holiday party and it is inhaled by vegans and non vegans alike.

If you have ever had Boursin cheese, this is a very similar texture – minus the diary. 

Easy Cashew Cheese Dip finished in processor

This has also been what I have been having as a mid afternoon snack.

The fat in the cashews keeps me satiated longer, and I often use cucumber slices as the “cracker”.

Hello, easy snack idea.

Easy Cashew Cheese Dip bento snack box

I have even been known to make this into a full on (non vegan) lunch, by adding and egg, some fruit and a carb.

Hi crackers. I love you. 

Easy Cashew Cheese Dip meal prep snack box

Ok, here is the quick rundown on how to make this easy cashew cheese spread!

Start with cashews soaked in water. You must do this part. 

Then add in some lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and nutritional yeast to a food processor.

Easy Cashew Cheese Dip raw ingredients in food processor

Pulse a few times.

Scrape the sides.


Easy Cashew Cheese Dip after processing

Try not to just eat it all with a spoon at once. 

Ok, you totally can, but crackers, cucumbers, crustinis. ALL great vehicles to get this into your mouth!

Easy Cashew Cheese Dip close up on a cracker

Next time you make a snack box, or want to bring a vegan option to a potluck, make this and tag me @mealplanaddict on Instagram so I can see! 

Easy Cashew Cheese spread on a cracker

Easy Cashew Cheese Spread {Vegan & Gluten Free)

Print Recipe
Easy Cashew Cheese spread is a perfect vegan option for a potluck, holiday meat and cheese board, or a meal prep snack box!

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword bento box, cashew cheese, gluten free, vegan, vegan cheese, vegan meal prep
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 240
Author Steph


  • Food Processor


  • 2 cups raw, unsalted cashews
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • juice from one lemon
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes


  • Soak the cashews in water for a minimum of 2 hours.
  • After soaking, reserve 1/4 cup of the soaking liquid and discard the remaining liquid.
  • Add the cashews, reserved soaking water, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and dried red pepper flakes to the food processor.
  • Pulse a few times until the mixture starts to come together.
  • Stop the processor, scrape the sides, and pulse again.
  • Repeat this until the mixture is blended, but not over whipped like a nut butter.
  • Place your cheese spread in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours to firm up a bit, and really develop the flavors.
  • Store in the fridge, in an air tight container for up to a week.


Get creative and make this into a bento snack box with crackers and raw veggies. You can also add a protein to round it out into a full no microwave lunch!


Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g

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  1. Hi just found you on IG and love your blog. All of your prepping is inspirational. Question about this recipe – do you think it would freeze well?

    1. This is a really good question. I need to test that! I haven’t tried freezing it before, so I personally am not too sure.

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