Easy Basic Raw Vegan Nut Cheese Recipe

serves 8 ~ $1.49 per serving


  • 2 cup nuts, soaked overnight ($9.90)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice ($.50)
  • 1 teaspoon probiotic powder (or a few capsules, opened) ($1.50)
  • dried or fresh herbs for rolling


  • In a
    blender, add together all the cheese ingredients except for the probiotics and dried herbs. Add more water if necessary for blending.
  • Puree for several minutes until
    as smooth and creamy as possible. 
  • Stir in probiotic powder.
  • Pour into a jar or other glass
    container and cover with cheese cloth. 
  • Let sit for about 24 hours at room temperature to develop a cheese flavor. As it sits, the nut “cream” will also 
    thicken up, making it easier to handle.
  • Once the flavor has developed to your liking (taste test every so often), divide in three equal
    portions and form into circles. 
  • Wrap each in the cheese cloth and place
    them in a colander with a weight or weighted plate on top. Put the
    colander in a sink or over a plate or bowl to catch any drips. A lot of
    the liquid will be pressed out of the cheese this way.
  • Let it press for
    several hours.

This doesn’t get gooey and it will be the consistency of firm cream cheese. Further pressing can make it a bit more firm.

When it has the desired consistency, remove from the cheese cloth, shape
into a wheel and roll in dried or minced fresh herbs (optional).

For a harder rind on your cheese, place entire cheese wheel into dehydrator for several hours.

nutritional information

  • calories: 180      fat: 17 gr      carbs: 5 gr      protein: 5 gr

*edited to add soaking nuts to directions and decrease water from 1 1/2 to 1 cup.

32 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh, and I pinned so I can come back to this!

  3. Gah that loosk delicious!

  4. Richa says:

    the cheese texture looks so good!

  5. foodfeud says:

    Where do you find your probiotic powder?

  6. I'm with foodfeud – I'm new to probiotic powder. Where do you find yours? What brand? What other uses have you found for it? Thanks!

  7. You had me with "cheese"!! Yum!! As always – fabulous post!! I love it here!!!!

  8. Yasmine says:

    Hi Lisa,
    What sort of nuts did you use ? Your nutritional information is for which quantity? Thank you!

  9. oh my goodness, this looks amazing. I love it!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I appreciate that you put nutritional statistics with your recipes. Thanks! BTW, they look marvelous and I'll look forward to trying them.

  11. Anonymous says:

    this looks hard, there are a lot of steps

  12. Mari says:

    It seems like usually we soak nuts for cheese, but you don't soak the nuts first for this one?
    Can't wait to try it!

  13. Unknown says:

    Can this be frozen?

  14. Ponolicious says:

    Wow! love the graphics on your blog too! seriously inspired!

  15. Meredith says:

    I made it and mine tastes sour. Its been less than 24 hrs. Do you think I let it go too long?

  16. Anonymous says:

    What type of nut, and herbs did you use?

  17. Parad0x says:

    Two questions: Why the probiotic tablet, is it to ferment the cheese? If it is, it leads to my second question: Can I use active yeast instead?

    Will definitely give this a try!

  18. Gendi says:

    With hazelnuts do you have to remove the brown 'skin' on the nut first?

  19. Gendi says:

    Thanks for your reply. How long once made is it likely to keep in the fridge. I unexpectedly have to go away for a few days.

  20. Anonymous says:

    What kind of nuts is good to use? It doesn't say in the recipe. THANK YOU 🙂

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  22. Nancye Smith says:

    I realise you say we can use any nuts we prefer, but I was wondering if you could tell your viewers your preferred choice of nuts? Love the site, and love the food. I'm quite eager to make a few of these mouthwatering 'Raw' dishes, they all look really beautiful, and so healthy, and thank you so much for sharing…

  23. jerawat says:

    awesome post, like your food.