Vegan “Cheese” Ball


I am very excited about this recipe! I wanted to make an appetizer type thing that would be enjoyable to non-vegans. I love my cashew cheese so I thought that maybe I could make a cashew cheese ball. It worked! This is officially approved of by cheese eating friends.

  • scant 1/4 cup dry roasted almonds (to roll in when finished)
  • 1 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh chives (cut into bits)
  1. Soak cashews in water for about an hour prior to beginning recipe.
  2. Use a food processor to pulverize the almonds. Spread almonds on a dinner plate.
  3. Drain and rinse cashews. After rinsing, drain well. You don’t want extra moisture on them.
  4. Add cashews to food processor. Process until smooth.
  5. Add salt and process.
  6. Add lemon juice slowly. Watch the consistency. It needs to be moldable, not too thin. Use less juice to keep it dryer. It will solidify in the fridge.
  7. Lastly add fresh chives, and process lightly (too much and it will be a green spread, still tasty, but odd).
  8. Scoop out “cheese” with your hands and roll into a ball. It will be oily and soft. Roll the ball in the almonds.
  9. Place on a plate and cover with a bowl. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, over night is best.
  10. Spread on crackers or crusty bread.
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11 comments untill now

  1. Thank you for this recipe! I’m going to try this but I’m going to use Raw Almonds, since I’m a Raw Vegan.

  2. Avo – I think raw almonds will be yummy too. Let us know!

  3. This turned out VERY yummy. My omni husband tried it and had neither bad nor great things to say about it, but he’s pretty picky, especially about vegan food. As far as I’m concerned it’s delicious, and I’ll definitely be making it again.

  4. Veg-in-Training @ 2009-09-27 18:38

    thanks for a great recipe. I served this at a bridal shower today. It got great reviews. I thought it was really great. I had to sub green onions for the chives. It worked out great. It was very easy too!

  5. I just made this today and it turned out great! Though I was wondering (step 3) why drain and rinse the cashews after pulverizing them? Being as they were already in the foodprocessor it was quite an ordeal trying to rinse and drain tiny pieces. I used my hand as a strainer, the only strainers I have had holes that were way to large. I only had a small amount of raw sliced almonds around here so I just crushed them up with the bottom of one of my glass jars. It looks amazingly like a cheese ball!!

  6. Hi Elle, happy to hear the cheese ball turned out great. It is one of my favorite party snacks. Step 2 says to food process the ALMONDS, not the cashews. The reason I do the almonds first is after you food process the cashews the processor is a bit messy. Hope that makes sense.

  7. Ah, that would have been alot easier. Tasted great though.

  8. veggan foods are always the best for anyones health because it is low fat and low sodium ..

  9. well, if you really want to be healthy, i believe that veggan foods are the best “-‘

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