Sun dried Tomato Cashew Cheese Spread

by Susan on May 25, 2009


Once again, in the interest of simplifying your life, we have a raw food recipe that can be used more than one way. You can start with the base, which can be eaten as it is, or get creative and add it to other ingredients to make the rawchoes. I used smoked sundried tomatoes to give it a little more depth.

Sun Dried Tomato Cashew Cheese Spread

  • 1 C. Cashews soaked for at least 6 hours and drained.
  • 1/2 Shallot coarsely chopped
  • Juice of one Lemon
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 1/2 C Smoked Sun Dried Tomatoes

Turn on food processor and while blade is running, drop the clove of garlic in. Once it is chopped, add the cashews, shallot, lemon juice and pinch of sea salt. Process until a thick paste forms. Add chopped sun dried tomatoes and process until tomatoes are incorporated into the mixture. There will still be some chunks of tomato.



I recently served these to a non-raw friend and he thought they were great. And so much healthier without the standard corn chips and dairy.

Layer Corn Flax Chips on plate. Crumble Sun-dried Tomato Cashew Cheese Spread on top of chips. Top with chopped avocado, tomatoes and Mock Sour Cream.

Mock Sour Cream

  • 1 Young Coconut (flesh from)
  • 1/4 C soaked Cashews (soaked for at least 4 hours)
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1 T white Miso
  • 1/2 C water
  • Combine all ingredients in Vitamix blender. Blend until smooth.

Corn Flax Chips

  • 6 C Frozen Corn
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 limes (juice from)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 t cayenne
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1 C flax seeds, ground

Combine all ingredients in food processor and pulse until a paste is formed. Remove from processor and stir in the flax seeds. Spread onto teleflex sheets and score lightly. This batter is sticky so you may have to wet your hands when spreading it out. Dehydrate at 145 for 1 hour then 114 for 5-6 hours. Flip chips over, remove teflex sheets and finish dehydrating until dry.

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Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet May 27, 2009 at 2:04 pm

That looks delish! I recently made a mock sour cream and cucumber sauce that was very yummy as well. :-)


cherrybombpie June 1, 2009 at 1:58 pm

this looks absolutely lovely. I love dips. Thanks for the recipe.


Mandee June 4, 2009 at 6:14 pm

The dip/spread sounds delish and I will deffo be trying that corn chip recipe

Reply June 14, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Mmmmm! Those look incredible! i’m going to have to try those out, too~ one question, though: how does one ‘crumble’ the cheez spread? Do you dehydrate it for a bit first?
Thanks for sharing your fabulous recipes!


Carol July 18, 2009 at 11:53 am

What can I substitute for coconut meat and coconut oil? I have a friend that is allergic. It seems a lot of raw recipes require coconut.


Tied Dildo September 16, 2009 at 1:23 pm

ehh… amazing ))


Kc September 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm

I’m new to the whole raw food diet. What is teleflex?


Susan September 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm

It is the non-stick sheet that you can buy for your dehydrator.



Jacki January 26, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Did you smoke the tomatoes?


Susan January 26, 2010 at 9:17 pm can buy them that way.


Jules June 28, 2010 at 8:45 am

Hi I just found your site tonight and it is fantastic. I just want to ask: why do you use ‘frozen’ corn for the corn flax chips? Did you buy it on the cob, remove the kernels and then freeze them yourself? Thanks for sharing your creative ideas, I have become a fan.


Susan June 28, 2010 at 8:49 am

Jules: I buy frozen, organic corn. Corn is now flash frozen so it isn’t heated before freezing. The frozen corn provides a better texture for these.


Laura December 2, 2010 at 9:43 pm


Can you add a print recipes button on your site?

Thank you.


Susan December 2, 2010 at 9:49 pm

I will be offering the recipes as cards soon. You will be able to purchase them already printed or in a download format.


jean` January 27, 2011 at 3:06 am

Susan, l’ve just discovered your site and everything looks scrumptiousut have not had a chance to try anything yet- Where to begin??? Anyway, thank you. l will be consulting you a lot.


Bri January 20, 2012 at 10:01 am

According to most alkaline/acidic pH charts, corn and any corn products are deemed acidic. Is that true? I guess its not bad since all your ingredients are raw, i just like to keep everything as alkaline as possible. What do you think? Anyway, the recipe sounds delicious!


S January 30, 2012 at 8:38 am

Bri, “sweet corn” is a veggie rather than a grain. Despite its seeming ubiquity it accounts for less than 2/10th of 1 percent of all corn grown. As a fresh veggie it has a mild alkaline quality. No worries. Of course fresh will almost always be better than frozen, even flash frozen (and that also depends on the company that packages it as to whether it’s been par-boiled or not before freezing so it doesn’t hurt to ask — which also raises awareness). I’d also recommend organic if at all possible. :)


Susan February 8, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Actually, sweet corn is still classified as a grain but we eat it as a vegetable. :-)


Ann February 12, 2012 at 1:49 am

Bare with me here I’m new to raw eating…isn’t anything heated over 115 degrees not considered raw? I noticed your chip recipe instructions say to dehydrate the corn paste at 145 degrees for an hour. Thanks!


Susan February 12, 2012 at 4:10 am

The higher temperature in the beginning allows for faster dehydration, and safer dehydration. The raw status of the food is never compromised because the temperature of the food never goes above 115, it is just releasing water in that first part of dehydration and stays quite cool. There are quite a few articles on the site about dehydration. You can use the search function to read more about it. Cheers!


Melanie February 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Is it okay to dehydrate in the oven on a temp right above warm?


Lizzy August 1, 2012 at 10:45 am

Fabulous spread!…sprinkled some smoked paprika to replace the smokiness of the tomatoes…could have eaten it right out of the processor bowl 😛


QueenF October 8, 2012 at 11:53 pm

these look so good I know my kids who are all but willing to go raw with me would luv these so as soon as I get a dehydrator this is one of the first meals Illbe making ~ you make the food sooo pretty


Susan June 14, 2009 at 9:23 pm

It isn’t necessary to dehydrate the cheese spread. Just use your fingers to pull pieces off and drop onto the chips! Thanks so much for your comments!


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