Easy vegan cashew cheese slices (aka sliceable #Gary)
I did a lot of research before daring to attempt this because I really wanted to keep the recipe super easy and using as little ingredients as possible. And I was really happy with the result!
All ingredients are natural, there is no chemical nastiness in it. Agar agar binds everything together. It's a sea vegetable and often used as vegan gelling agent (it can be found in health food stores or on Amazon). The vegan cashew cheese doesn't contain any coconut oil or starch either and therefore is much healthier and less calorific than almost all of the store-bought cheeses.
The cheese slices are very similar in terms of taste and looks but they aren't quite as firm so you have to handle them with a bit more care.
Cashew cheese slices ingredients:
- 100g cashews
- 150ml water water
- 3 tsp lemon juice
- 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tsp agar agar flakes (same as agar flakes)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- A dash of smoked paprika powder
- A dash of turmeric for colour)
Preheat your oven to 200C (375F).
Blend all cashew cheese ingredients in a high-power smoothie blender (plus a dash or turmeric, just for colour). If necessary add a tiny bit of water but only a tiny bit - it needs to have more a paste-like consistency than a creme.
Line a baking tray with baking paper. Evenly spread the cheese paste on the tray (3-5mm thick).
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
Take out, let cool down (it's autumn here now, so outside on my balcony was just fine - or put in the fridge until completely cooled down). Then cut into slices. Lift the slices carefully off the paper so they don't break.
Have on a sandwich or whichever way you like. Enjoy!
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