Cheesy Cashew Spread (V)
Are you a cheese-lover? But either prefer not to eat cheese or it doesn’t sit well with your stomach? Here’s a solution that may get really close to our beloved cheesy flavour. Nutritional yeast plays the main character in this play and once you’ve tasted this spread, you’ll understand why. Cheese? Cheese!
nutritional yeast – as good as cheese?
Nutritional yeast is a food condiment that is said to be nutty, savoury and even resemble the taste of cheese. This sounds very promising to vegetarians and vegans which is why nutritional yeast is widely used as cheese supplement. Does that sound good to you? Let’s find out what nutritional yeast truly is. It is a deactivated form of yeast, often of the type Saccharomyces cerevisae. The deactivation takes place through heating yeast that has been fed with a growth medium, mostly glucose or beet molassess. Two tablespoons of nutritional yeast can provide you with significant amounts of B vitamins (1&2) and iron as well as 9% complete protein (meaning that all essential amino acids are included – essential are those that the body cannot produce itself). People who do not consume meat need to be aware of getting alternative vitamin B12 sources. While yeast cannot produce B12, it is often fortified with B12 – so if you’d like to consume nutritional yeast as a source of vitamin B12, make sure that it has been added to the product you’re buying. So far, I’ve used nutritional yeast in soups, stews, spreads, dips and pestos and must say that I really like its smokey flavour. Have you tried it yet?
Prep Time: 5 min
Total Time: 10 min
Servings: 1 small jar
For this recipe you will need:
1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight & rinsed
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 generous pinches of salt
pepper to taste
1 small glove of garlic (I prefer to quickly roast it)
- In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until creamy and smooth. Adjust pepper and salt to taste.
- Serve with roasted veggies, freshly baked bread or your favourite crackers and enjoy this delicious & nutritious alternative to cheese.