Homemade Creamy Cashew Cheese

Homemade Creamy Cashew Cheese
If you love cheese but don’t love the way it makes you feel, or if you feel like getting adventurous in the kitchen, this recipe by Joy McCarthy is for you! If you’ve never made fermented cashew cheese before, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to whip up your own dairy-free, gut-friendly cheese! Let Joy show you how to take your cashews to a place they’ve never been before.


  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked for 6 hours or overnight
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup filtered water
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 capsules of advanced gut health probiotic 15 billion CFU
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary for garnish


  1. After cashews have soaked, drain the water and give them a quick rinse.
  2. Place cashews in a high power blender and add garlic, apple cider vinegar, water, dried rosemary and sea salt. Blend until smooth and creamy. See note about blending!
  3. Open up two probiotic capsules of advanced gut health probiotic 15 billion. Sprinkle into blender and blend again.
  4. Scrape out the mixture on to a cheese cloth and place in a medium size bowl. Let sit on counter for 24 to 72 hours. Or place in a warm place like the oven, with the oven OFF.
Notes: I used two capsules of advanced gut health probiotic, but this cheese would work with only one capsule of 15 billion. The key to get it super creamy is making sure you blend it really really well. It should be almost like cream when it’s finished blending. I don’t think it would work in a food processor, you need a high power blender.  
Joy McCarthy
Joy McCarthy

Joy McCarthy is the Founder of Joyous Health, a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and best-selling author. A trusted nutrition expert, Joy has been featured in hundreds of publications both online and in print; and is a regular health expert on TV. Through her innate drive to inspire others, Joy has created numerous online programs and eBooks under JOYOUS U and is a faculty member at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. Joy lives in Toronto with her husband Walker and their daughter Vienna.

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