- 1 cup whole raw cashews, soaked overnight
- 1/3 cup water
- 4 tsp coconut vinegar*
- couple pinches of salt
- pinch of sugar
- 2 probiotic capsules (open the capsule, and add the powder only to the mix)
- 1–2 TB unsweetened canned coconut milk (skim the heavy part off the top of the can)
- Rinse the soaked cashews in cold water, then transfer to a blender or food processor. Add the water and puree until very smooth. It’s ready when you can rub the mixture between your thumb and index finger and not feel any grit.(I have an older blender, so I puree for a full minute, then allow it to cool/rest for a bit, then repeat about 5 times to obtain the right smoothness.)
- Add in the coconut vinegar, salt and sugar and puree again. Stir in the probiotic powder. Do not add in the coconut milk yet.
If using a dehydrator
- Scrape the mixture into a nut milk bag. Place into a dehydrator, flattening it out as needed if you have a layered tray dehydrator. Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 6 hours. Final result: intense flavor, slightly darker color.
If you don’t have a dehydrator
- Transfer the mixture into a sanitized glass jar. Cover with a tea towel and secure with a rubber band. Place in a dark spot (I put mine in my kitchen cabinet) for 12 hours. Final result: mild and tangy flavor, bright white color.
- If you don’t want to dehydrate or leave at room temperature: Transfer the mixture to a container and place into the refrigerator for 12 hours. Final result: mild and subtle flavor, white color.
- Next, scrape the mixture into a clean container and add in the coconut milk and stir. Add any additional flavorings to taste** (or leave it plain), then cover and place in the refrigerator for an additional 12 hours to allow the flavors to develop.
The cheese will last a couple of days in the refrigerator. Use it on bagels, crackers, crusty bread or with fruit and vegetables, or as a vegan goat cheese substitute.
* I think coconut vinegar is the best vinegar to use for vegan cheeses, and strongly recommend using it over apple cider vinegar, as I’ve received mixed reviews on using it in cheese applications like this.
** Herbs, dried or fresh, such as dill, tarragon or chives; olives, crushed nuts, minced garlic, nutritional yeast, tahini, sun dried tomatoes or mellow miso. Salt and pepper, to taste.