Roasted Garlic and Sun Dried Tomato Vegan “Cheese”

by Susan on May 29, 2013

Vegan Cheese

Roasted Garlic Vegan Cheese

Roasted Garlic? That’s not raw! No, it isn’t. But in this post I am going to show you one of the ways I incorporate cooked elements in my raw recipes to make over the top delicious bites to dine on. For me, food isn’t just about putting nutrients into your body. Food is about delighting your senses with wonderful, healthy edibles. 

Cashew cheese is a great entry recipe for making raw, vegan cheese. It takes a couple of days but the actual “hands-on” time is minimal. You just have to be a little patient. I love using rejuvalac to make my cheese because it works great and is very cost effective. But you can substitute a probiotic powder if you don’t want the hassel. 

You can make this recipe with roasted garlic (not raw) or raw garlic, which would keep it’s raw status. But I encourage you to live a little and try the roasted garlic version. 

I have had a lot of people asking me for recipes that use left over nut-milk pulp. So, I am including a raw recipe for BBQ crackers (shown), which I made with nut-milk pulp.

My favorite nut milk is an almond and cashew blend. I use it 95% of the time. The nut milk pulp I used was this blend. Pure almond pulp would be fine also. Just make sure you are using pure nut milk pulp…with nothing else (ie dates) added. I will note that raw crackers made with nut milk pulp tend to have a little chewier and tougher texture than the ones I make from ground nuts. But they are still tasty and a worthy way to use the pulp. 

You can find truly raw cashews here: Raw Cashews

*A note about the pulp. I collect my nut milk pulp over the course of a month or two. When I make the milk, I just throw the pulp in a glass container in the freezer to batch dehydrate (dry) later or immediately dehydrate it and store it. When I have enough saved up and dried, it gets a quick whirl in the high-speed blender and presto! Nut milk pulp flour. 

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Susan January 17, 2014 at 5:09 pm

I usually cover it. Cheers!

Susan January 17, 2014 at 5:09 pm

I use them on some cooked things but don’t expect them to melt….they won’t. :-)

Denise January 25, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Well if you’re using cashews in the U.S. that you didn’t pick off a tree yourself, they’re not raw cashews anyway even if it’s labeled as raw. So I say go ahead with the roasted garlic!

Susan January 25, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Hi, Denise, You can get truly raw cashews from Navitas Naturals. Check their website. Cheers!

Jamie March 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm

This cheese rocks my socks! My friends and I gave up cheese for Lent and I made this for a dinner party. Everyone was floored! The cheese really has that “umami” tang and the Rejuvelac gives it complexity. Thank you so much – I think I may survive until Easter after all!

k1kkz April 14, 2014 at 6:50 am

Hi, Susan … since I am overseas and not used to your measurement system please clarify for me … the temperatures in all your recipes is in Fahrenheit or Celsius? It makes quite a difference … Sorry if the question has been asked before, I couldn’t find any info in the FAQ. Greets!

Wendy May 11, 2014 at 3:56 pm

I am very inspired to make this ! I can smell the yumminess of it already :-)
What would the measurement be for using probiotics instead of rejuvelac ?
In Joy

Susan May 17, 2014 at 12:16 pm

You can use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon. But you will be eliminating liquid and may have to adjust. Cheers!

Diego August 9, 2014 at 7:53 pm

I tried this recipe and loved it!!! I think aging this cheese would make wonders, but I don’t know how to do it.
Have you ever tried aging cheese? If you have how do you do it?

Carrie August 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Hi Susan,

I went online to search for something other than the cashew cheese that I’ve made many times now. I love it but I’m ready for more variety. I just discovered your site and would love to make this “cheese.” Maybe this is a silly question, but if I use proboitoc powder instead of the rejuvelac, what liquid can I substitute? I’m very new to vegan and raw food so I’m at a loss. (Maybe you can’t answer this because you do note in the FAQ that you don’t provide info on substitutions, but I thought I’d ask just in case. I won’t hold you accountable if it the recipe doesn’t work!)

Elitsa August 17, 2014 at 6:50 pm

just one question, do I add 1/2 cup Rejuvelac (just the drink) or the actual sprouted wheat berries?

Susan August 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm

You just use the Rejuvelac. Not the wheat berries. Cheers!

Susan August 21, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Hi, Carrie, I would just take a minute to figure out how much water you are omitting and add it back in. Cheers!

Susan August 21, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Hi, Diego. I would have to write a whole post about aging cheeses. Maybe that is something I need to look into! Cheers!

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