Vegan Chive Cream Cheese | Cashew-based

For this month’s Recipe Redux, we were challenged to make a recipe using a new kitchen gadget or gizmo.  My current kitchen gadget obsession is my dehydrator.  I used it to make this flavorful vegan chive cream cheese out of cashews and aquafaba.  I’m also linking up with Deborah and Sarah for Meatless Monday. 

 

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Growing up in my house, bagels and cream cheese (aka bagels and schmear) was a staple.  My mom grew up on Long Island and I was raised in a Jewish-community; I went to our local deli (shoutout to Once Upon a Bagel) at least twice a week.  In fact, when I go home over the holidays, my friends and I still go there for bagels to catch up.  Like you’ve seen in previous posts, I’m a big savory breakfast fan.  However, I’m not a fan of the vegan cream cheeses you can buy at the grocery store.  I find them off-tasting.  So I wanted to try making a simple savory vegan cream cheese that tastes great.

 

 

My mom got bought me an Aroma dehydrator as a present and it has been SO much fun to use!  If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve definitely seen me post about making different cheeses or dried snacks in it.  I was on a mission to veganize our Christmas appetizers, and in the process, read a lot about making vegan cheese.  I tried out brie and dips, and played around with nut-based cheeses, different probiotics, different aging techniques, and various flavors.  The simplest one I came up with was this cashew-based vegan chive cream cheese.

 

 

This dehydrator recipe uses aquafaba.  Aqua-what?  Aquafaba is the starchy liquid that inside the chickpea cans.  Normally I just drain that, BUT it’s actually a magical ingredient, acting as a binder, emulsifier or leavener.  I can’t wait to experiment with it more.  The recipe also calls for soaked cashews.  Soaking cashews for at least 8 hours and then blending them creates an incredibly rich and delightful cream.  I have not tried this recipe with other nuts.

 

Homemade Vegan Chive Cream Cheese

 

Soak the cashews overnight or for at least 8 hours.  Drain and add to a food processor fitted with an s-blade.  Shake a can of chickpeas to mix up the starches.  Drain the can – adding the liquid to the bowl of the food processor and saving the beans for another recipe (might I suggest homemade hummus or vegan cookie dough?).  Add in the remaining ingredients and process on high until smooth.  You will have to scrape down the sides a few times, depending on the strength of your food processor.

 


 

 

Lightly grease 2 4-inch springform pans with coconut oil.  *You can also use small shallow glass containers, like pyrex Tupperware pictured earlier. Transfer the chive cheese to prepared pans.  Cut out a ring of parchment paper to cover the surface of the cheese. Pro tip: This prevents the top layer from forming a hard crust.  

 

 

Place in the dehydrator and dehydrate at 95 degrees for 24 hours.  Remove and spread on your favorite toasted bagel.  This recipe makes two cups and stores in a sealed contained in the refrigerator for three weeks.

 

 

This was a hit at my brunchy book club.  With the left overs, I’m thinking of using it as a sandwich spread later in the week.  Maybe even experiment with using it as a vegetable dip.  Who knows!

 

What’s your favorite kind of cream cheese?  If you try this recipe, let me know!  Rate it, leave a comment, take a picture and tag @Rabbitfoodruns on Instagram.  I’d love to see your vegan chive cream cheese creations!  

 

Buen provecho,

Becca

 

What I used for the recipe…

 

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Vegan Chive Cream Cheese
vegan chive cream cheese dehydrator cashews
Servings
cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked for 8 hours
  • 3/4 cup aquafaba *See note
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp dried chives
  • 1/2 tbsp dried dill
  • 1 tsp white pepper *can sub black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
Servings
cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked for 8 hours
  • 3/4 cup aquafaba *See note
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp dried chives
  • 1/2 tbsp dried dill
  • 1 tsp white pepper *can sub black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
vegan chive cream cheese dehydrator cashews
Instructions
  1. Soak the cashews in filtered water for at least 8 hours (or overnight).
  2. Drain the cashews and add to a food processor fitted with an S-blade. Add in the remaining ingredients and process on high until smooth. You may have to stop and scrape down the sides a few times to make sure all the ingredients are blended.
  3. Lightly grease 2 4-inch springform rounds (or alternative glass container). Transfer the mixture into the rounds. Cut out a piece of parchment paper to fit over the opening and cover the top layer of cheese. Dehydrate at 90 degrees for 24 hours.
  4. Remove and enjoy on your favorite bagels, toast, or on sandwiches.
Recipe Notes
  • Aquafaba is the magical liquid inside of a can of chickpeas that you probably throw away.  3/4 cup is equivalent to the amount in one can of chickpeas.  Save the chickpeas to made homemade hummus or vegan cookie dough.  You could even season the leftover chickpeas with salt and stick them in the dehydrator alongside the chive cream cheese for 4 hours to make a crunchy chickpea snack.
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Adele Pile
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This looks great….if only I had a dehydrator. I’ve said that a lot over the past week as the apricots are looking amazing 🤓 Thanks for sharing this Migraine-friendly recipe 💜💜💜

meredith
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This vegan cream cheese looks so yummy! I was just looking for a dairy free cream cheese at the grocery store and so disappointed with the options… they all contained gums of one kind or another. I am definitely going to try this recipe soon!

Farrah
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I’ve been meaning to try making/using aquafaba for something! This looks awesome! *-*

Clarinda
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Um. This kind of blows my mind. I may need to try this. One more reason to get a dehydrator.

Lindsey Pine
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This looks so delicious! I’ve got to try this!

EatRealLiveWell
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Making my own cream cheese has never crossed my mind! I always just buy kitehill. This seems super easy and less expensive though 🙂 I also need to try using aquafaba on my own – my non-vegetarian mom has in recipes for me a few times but I have yet to!

Monika
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Your vegan cheese sounds gorgeous! Pinned! #Recipe Redux

Deborah @ Confessions of mother runner
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I still have not tried to make cashew cheese yet but this looks delicious! thanks for linking up

caseyluber
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I’ve always been intrigued by aquafaba and love how you use it here! If I don’t have a dehydrator do you think I would get similar results in a low temperature oven?